As I was praying and reading this morning, I began to think how God not only created the universe and everything in it, but He created our minds and all the intricate parts of our brain. It is bigger than any computer or any devise that humans have created with the creativity given to us by God. We will never outdo God. One scientist said that the number of connections within one human brain rivals the number of stars and galaxies in the entire universe.
From the very beginning of our life, before we were conceived in our mother’s womb, Scripture says that we were carefully knit together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139). After we are born, God gave us everything we need to glorify His name by faithfully following Him with every capacity afforded our little minds.
Now take note, the enemy is all about distracting, tempting, and enticing us. As we begin to grow, there are opportunities to follow the Spirit and then there are opportunities to follow the flesh. Paul said to the Church of Corinth that the temptation we face is common to all mankind. But God will provide a door of escape for each of us (1 Corinthians 10:13). Some have fallen to temptation, made wrong decisions, followed impure paths or listened to discouraging influences. As a matter of fact, the Scriptures deal with sin in 1 John 1:1-9. Then in the next chapter it says that this was written so you do not sin. My point is that our mind is the battleground of the soul. We can never say we have arrived and yet we don’t give in to the ways of this world.
Hebrew 3:1 says we should, “fix [our] thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest”; and Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
In other words, Scripture memory and meditation is a key to a healthy mind. It will begin to clean up the damage that has been done as we have developed and been impacted by the influences of this world. Every word in the Bible is meant to set us free from any earthly oppression caused by stinking thinking. Look with me at a few verses that remind us of the impact of God’s Word.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.
2 Timothy 3:16
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. 25 I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. 26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. 27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds. 28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
God’s Word is a doses of Truth that lodges God’s wisdom into our reasoning. I am just scratching the surface. Oh how I am falling in love with God’s Word over and over again. May you be encouraged to saturate in His Word today.
Begin to pray for Revival that will be starting on Sunday, October 15 and go through Wednesday, October 18. I believe God wants to do a new thing amongst us.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene