Jesus Christ was once asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
The great teacher and writer Oswald Chambers wrote, “Your mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him.” I believe that is true and if the mind is greatly valued by God; then you can be sure Satan is going to fight it. The mind is the most important part of spiritual warfare. It is amazing how little Christ-followers give attention to safeguarding their minds.
Satan does not own this world but he does have access to it. His influence is seen everywhere – in government, education, entertainment, the family, business…everywhere! That is why Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life.” And yet we allow just about any thought to enter our thinking.
On the battlefield one of the most dangerous places is a mine field. What makes it so dangerous is that you do not know where the explosive are hidden.The enemy is not going to put little red flags everywhere a mine is planted. That is why you need to ask yourself, “Where did that thought come from?”
Every temptation has its origin in the mind. It is a thought before it is an action. “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” [Matthew 5:28] The implication is what you are dwelling on in your mind.
“Satan is more concerned about what you think and believe than anything else.” [David Jeremiah] We must not fall for Satan’s trap. “I don’t want Satan to outwit us. After all, we are not ignorant about Satan’s scheming.” [2 Corinthians 2:11]
The battle is for your mind. Guard Your heart.
Most of us have heard the expression “between a rock and a hard place.” The dictionary defines this phrase as “facing two equally unpleasant, dangerous, or risky alternatives where the avoidance of one ensures the encountering of the harm of the other.” Jacob facing an angry brother; Israel facing Red Sea;
We have all been at “that place” some time in our lives. James 1:2-4 In 2 Corinthians that speaks on our troubles not lasting forever and that these troubles and situations that we are faced with actually help to produce a glory that vastly outweighs any of them. “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever. So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
We all experience times of adversity in our lifetime. As the saying goes, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Turn to God and His words during times of adversity for strength and comfort. When we put our faith in him, he will help guide us to the path of happiness and peace.
And if you want to experience a rock/hard place in reality; go through Fat Man Squeeze at Rock City, Chattanooga.
The world often judges us by your friends but not everyone who says they are a friend is a friend. Samson/Delilah. Jesus /Disciples. The truth is we have many acquaintances but few friends. (This especially true among men.)
Most everyone wants friends but don’t expect to have friends if you are not friendly. If you have a good friend – you are blessed.You will always a friend in Jesus.
What does it take to be God’s friend? James 2:23 God does not need a friend but am I getting close to being God’s friend?
1. Abraham had his priority straight. Abraham chooses God over a property. Lot – Genesis 13. Seek first the Kingdom of God – Matthew 6:33
2. God and Abraham did not always agree. Good friends will listen to other. Sodom and Gomorrah. God listened and agreed not to destroy the city.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble. 2 Corinthians 1:1-3
This past June, Hunter Hostetler was working at a McDonald’s restaurant in Scottsburg, Indiana, when an older woman came through the drive-thru and decided to pay for the customer behind her—a man with four children in the van. The woman told Hunter to tell the man and his children, “Happy Father’s Day.” The woman’s spontaneous act of kindness caused an amazing chain reaction. The man in the van paid for two cars behind him; and they did the same for those who followed them. One customer after another passed along the blessings. By the end of the day, 167 drivers had paid for the orders of the vehicle behind them.
Make a conscious effort to pass along kindness to someone today.
(This thought is from David Jeremiah’s Turning Point daily devotional)