Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Busyness Plans (Part 9)
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, 'He catches the wise in their own craftiness;' and again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.'
1 Corinthians 3:18-20 (NKJV)
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
Philippians 3:7-8 (NKJV)
He rebuked Peter, saying, 'Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.'
Mark 8:33 (NKJV)
Your mind. What's in it? That's the big question. For a minute, the mind of Peter, the #1 disciple of Jesus, got filled with a bad idea. Proving? Pollution of the mind can happen to anyone who commits to Christ--regardless of position, or even because of it.
Like Paul, perhaps the world's greatest evangelist. Consider his self-described anguish: 'What I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do... O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?' (Romans 7:15,24). 'For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace' (Romans 8:6).
Or David, Israel's greatest king. In truth, he was tormented by real enemies. In lies, he was tormented by false thoughts: 'I am a worm and no man' (Psalm 22:6).
Perhaps the enemy doubles his efforts to sow noxious notions into God's appointed leaders. So we must redouble our efforts to clean the houses of our thoughts, namely our minds--and apply to them the only proven Cleansing Agent: 'The Mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16).
'The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin' (1 John 1:7). But this Solution must be reapplied frequently. Just as a cup, house or hand require regular cleansing, so do our minds. How? 'By the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God' (Roman 12:2). Consider this action plan for right thinking:
1. 'Prove all things; hold fast that which is good' (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Don't believe everything you hear--nor everything you think.
2. 'We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ' (2 Corinthians 10:5). Call a lie a lie. Cast it away from you to God. How do you recognize a lie? A lie is anything that disagrees with God's Word, Spirit or Character.
3. 'The entirety of Your Word is truth' (Psalm 119:160). Put God's Word continually in your mind. Live in It. 'If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free' (John 8:31-32).
4. 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind' (Matthew 22:37). 'You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You' (Isaiah 26:3). Disregard the clutter of your mind. Think first things first.
5. '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).
In these ways we think right.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.