Thursday, November 29th, 2012
A Racing Mind (Part 4, Conclusion)
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Romans 8:6 (NKJV)
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:2 (NKJV)
If a racing mind is fueled by fear, if fear is a demon ruled by Satan, if Satan was, is, and will be defeated by Jesus, then Jesus is our Victory over fear. And not only fear, but every anguish of the mind.
Doctors have worldly prescriptions, 'But we have the Mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16). And the Mind of Christ is revealed in His Book. To regain his peace, David has a step-by-step action plan in Psalm 77. We continue:
4) David looks deep into the character of God--even God-saving moments in his own life: 'I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search' (v.6). David asks a series of six rhetorical questions (v.7-9). He knows the answers, but recounting them gives David strength and weakens the enemy's grip on his mind.
5) David starts talking about the good 'Deeds' (v.12) of God and His amazing work. Verses 13-20 are a brief recounting of 'The God Who does wonders' (v.14). The result? The enemy leaves the room. David's mind is renewed.
Our minds can be renewed, too. God wants them free from enemy control. As a God of perfect love, as a God of perfect order, 'The Deliverer' (Romans 11:26) offers us a clear and simple prescription in His Word.
In summary: 'Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things' (Philippians 4:8).
'Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 2:5).
Your expectant transformation? A mind racing from fear becomes a perfectly guided missile and missive of God. You're on your way to the Son, and demons cannot follow you. They cannot bear the light.
'Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the A Racing Mind series.