I have always been set back by the phrase “Love the Lord your God with all your mind”. Seems sometimes we do not have the power over what our minds are subjected to, and renewing our minds seems to be a daily activity.
My past is being used today to help others overcome in the powerful name of Jesus. Sweet! But there are days when the past has a way of sneaking in and causing torment with in me. That only happens when I allow the thoughts to hang around long enough to affect me. Romans 12:2 says that ” we are to be transformed by the renewing our minds”. Scripture has the answers to all my questions and all the grey areas of life. (Seriously, God has no grey areas)
Philippians 4: 8-9 (NIV) …Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praise worthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Can you think of any one thing that will fill any of these criteria, better than the Lord? I can’t. Scripture is also full of verses that explain God as truth, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. So when the negative starts to move in on me, and seeks to sabatoge my day…I think it, say it out loud, sing it, turn up the radio…what ever it takes to think on these things. There are have been times when those thoughts have totally overwhelmed me, and thinking seems clouded…then I just say one word.. JESUS. And the thoughts have to leave because of the power of just the name of Jesus.
I do love the end of verse 9…all instruction comes with what the benefit is to be obedient. Peace…the God of Peace will be with you. Can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t want to have peace, and totally amazed at how once taking the step to Philippians 4:8-9 myself, Peace floods and negativity runs from me. Back to renewing the mind, by thinking on these things.
( my brother Carl, is looking for stories to help compile a book on Philippians 4 :8-9, if you could give a brother a hand, I am sure that there is a blessing in it for you )