The 1st paragraph really caught my eye about it being impossible to live for God in our own strength. I find myself doing exactly that and not even realizing it. It was a good reminder.
Where the lesson talked about girdding up our minds, it reminds me of how Satan uses a runaway mind to control a person. People don’t even think about keeping your mindunder control. You can’t let it run everywhere without your permission just like you wouldn’t let your toddler. YOU decide where it will go and what it will think on. How can the mind of Christ have control over our minds if we let them run helter skelter where ever it wants?
Committing to daily Bible study will put a leash on our minds as it tells us in Romans 12:2. When our minds are renewed they are pointed in the right direction, but we still are the ones to guide where they go. This isn’t just impure thoughts, but negative, critical and complaining thoughts. Included in this could be thoughts of fear and worry.
All actions and words start with a thought. That’s another reason it is so important to guard what we think on or thoughts we allow to linger. They could into to something more. If our thought life is under God’s control then our words and attitude will reflect that.
Another outward pouring of this is our love for others. All love comes from
God. If He does not live in us then we cannot love with a pure love.
1 John 4:11-12 ” Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.”
Sadly in our fallen world today the word “love” is not associated with God but with sensual love, and fleeting emotions of infatuation.
God’s Word is not just another book, it has power. It is words of the Creator of the Universe. It was written personally for each one of us. When it is read heard, or spoken it has the power to change and do the impossible in the lives receiving it. Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Oh the treasure we all possess in His Word and fail to use it. How would our lives, churches, marriages, families and world be changed if we were committed to learning and applying it.