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Discover the Book - Sept. 27, 2009

  • 2009 Sep 27

Renewing a Spirit-Filled Mind


God's constant call to His servants in His Word is for their minds to be His dwelling place. That is why Paul called the early church to begin training older men in the godly habit of living reverently for God. That is the second character quality laid down for grace-energized older men in Titus 2:2.


Grace-energized men think and live reverently as they walk through each day of their lives. They are men who try by choice and conviction to worship nothing but God. Reverent men understand that nothing in life is neutral, nothing in life is harmless. Everything in life is either for God or against Him. Everything is either promoting God's Glory or opposing it.


Men, how are you doing at guarding your heart? Your heart (as the mind is referred to in the Bible) is the entry point of God's grace, the communication channel for worship and prayer, and the spiritual battle field. Is your mind daily placed under God's control—or not?


Proverbs 4:23 "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life." NKJV


Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." NIV


And since everything starts and ends with our minds, these reverent men start by keeping their minds under God's control, and that involves a life-long response to God's call to…Guard Your Mind.


Reverent Minds are guarded minds. More than anything else God wants to saturate, influence, dominate and control your mind. If God has your mind--He will also have your body, your emotions, your appetites, your time, and your money . . .


Whatever controls your mind, controls you. The battle each day is for our minds. At salvation Christ began to dwell in our minds, and we were given the duty to guard, protect, and properly nourish our minds.


The world, our flesh, and the Devil all seek to neutralize our godly minds. Grace-energized men of reverence know that Christ wants to inhabit their thoughts; and they never forget Him as they assess the daily patterns and habits of life.


How does Satan neutralize believers? He attacks their unguarded minds. Please listen to Peter's impassioned plea to all believers in I Peter 5:8-9.


1 Peter 5:8-9 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith..." NKJV


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