Tuesday, February 21, 2017

THE MIND OF CHRIST

“If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask of God, who gives to all generously.”  (James 1:5 NASB)

Periodically, we find ourselves at a loss to know what to do or how to respond. It’s then we ask for help, and God delivers more than intelligence and ideas and good old common sense. He dips into His well of wisdom and allows us to drink from His bucket, whose refreshment provides abilities and insights that are of another world. Perhaps it might best be stated as having a small portion of the “mind of Christ.”

-- Charles Swindoll in Bedside Blessings


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Monday, February 20, 2017

SECOND BEST

“The tribes of Reuben and Gad owned vast numbers of livestock. So when they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideally suited for their flocks and herds, they came to Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the other leaders of the community. They said,… ‘The Lord has conquered this whole area for the community of Israel, and it is ideally suited for all our livestock. If we have found favor with you, please let us have this land as our property instead of giving us land across the Jordan River.’”  (Numbers 32:1-5 NLT)

Do you ever approach God as if He were a giant search engine? You tell Him what you want and expect instant results. What if God doesn't give you what you're really looking for? That's OK. There are lots of other "search engines" out there: parents, friends, the mall.

But God isn't the big search engine in the sky. And if He has something in mind for you, He won't substitute it for something that's second best -- even if it's something you really want or think you need.

-- Tracy Carbaugh in Soul Journey, Summer 2003


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Friday, February 17, 2017

INTO YOUR HEART

"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.”  (Deuteronomy 6:6 ESV)

Notice that it doesn’t say ‘on your minds’ because there is a difference. I think there is a difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge, and that distance between the head and the heart, about 12 inches, is a long distance to travel. It is information up here [in the head] but it is transformation down here [in the heart]. So, what the writer of Deuteronomy is saying is, this can’t just be in your head, it has to get into your heart.

-- Mark Batterson, from a talk entitled “Parenting 101”


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

A CHANGED LIFE

"Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."  (Matthew 3:2 NLT)

The Greek word for repentance is metanoia -- literally, to think differently or to change one’s mind. But it means something deeper than this in the Gospels. It means to have a change of mind that leads to a change of heart and a change of values that ultimately leads to a changed life.

-- Adam Hamilton in The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

STRAYING FROM THE PATH

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23 NLT)

The word for sin in the Greek New Testament is hamartia. It means to miss the mark or to stray from a path. In English, the word sin carries a lot of baggage -- meanings that may or may not have been intended in the Bible. But in Greek the meaning is much simpler, and virtually all of us, religious or not, can see how it relates to our lives. Implied in the idea of straying from the path or missing the mark is that there is a path or mark -- an ideal that we are meant to live by. I haven’t met anyone who disagrees with this concept. All honest and thoughtful people will recognize that at times they stray from this path. In fact, the biblical story is largely about humanity’s straying from the path, beginning when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, and God’s call for the human race to get back on the path -- to repent.

-- Adam Hamilton in The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus


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