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Set Your Mind

November 30, 2019

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Set Your Mind

Our Lord and Creator  has given us  countless gifts — even the gift  of a mind  that can reason,  plan for the future,  learn from experience,  invent,  solve problems,  form automatic responses,  and a host of other wonders.      We can even use our minds  for either  good or evil — being fully aware  of our intents.      Because God is good  and God is love,  He wants us  to use the gifts  He has given  only for all that is good  and loving.

I received the following email forward  that is entitled  “Good example of a Brain Study“.      It explains,  “If you can read this,  you have a strong mind.”      We naturally are curious  to prove  that we have a strong mind,  so here is the test  for your enjoyment.

7H15  M3554G3  53RV35  70  PR0V3  H0W  0UR  M1ND5  C4N  D0  4M4Z1NG  7H1NG5!     1MPR3551V3  7H1NG5!     1N  7H3  B3G1NN1NG  17  W45  H4RD  BU7  N0W,  0N  7H15  LIN3  Y0UR  M1ND  1S  R34D1NG  17  4U70M471C4LLY  W17H  0U7  3V3N  7H1NK1NG  4B0U7  17,  B3  PR0UD!      0NLY  C3R741N  P30PL3  C4N  R34D  7H15.

PL3453  F0RW4RD  1F  U  C4N  R34D  7H15.

( I forwarded it. )      It’s amazing  how quickly  it becomes a pleasure  to read this brain test.      The fact  that it quickly becomes automated  is actually showing  a tiny bit  of the glory  of God Almighty  in giving us a mind.      How we use this gift  becomes a part  of the story  of our salvation  and growth  in faith.      God’s word  often speaks  of the use  of our minds.      Just a few examples  include:

Colossians 3:2
Set your mind  on the things above,  not on the things  that are on earth.

Psalm 26:2
Examine me,  O LORD,  and try me;
Test my mind  and my heart.

Psalm 16:7
I will bless the LORD  who has counseled me;
Indeed,  my mind instructs me  in the night.

Proverbs 16:9
The mind of man  plans his way,
But the LORD  directs his steps.

Proverbs 17:20
He who has a crooked mind  finds no good,
And he who is perverted  in his language  falls into evil.

Proverbs 18:2
A fool  does not delight  in understanding,
But only in revealing  his own mind.

Romans 1:28
And just as they  did not see fit  to acknowledge God  any longer,  God gave them over  to a depraved mind,  to do those things  which are not proper.

Ephesians 4:23-24
Be renewed  in the spirit  of your mind,  and put on  the new self,  which in the likeness of God  has been created  in righteousness  and holiness  of the truth.

These are all awesome  and noteworthy  truths  to consider  when we look  at what we do  with our minds.      The results  of our thinking  can definitely  influence our lives.      That is why  it is vital  to pray with King David,  in Psalm 51:10,

Create in me  a clean heart,  O God,
And renew  a steadfast spirit  within me.

We are only a creation  of God.      We need His strength,  guidance,  and grace  to live  to His glory  in holiness — i.e.,  set apart  from the thinking  of this world.      Resting in His power,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  Your word  to us  is pure and holy.      Renew us  in the spirits  of our minds  and enable us  to live  in the righteousness  of Your truth.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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