I got my BS degree in Education, taught and coached a few years, then God called me to the preaching/pastoral ministry. So now at 76 years of age, I have been an 'educator' for a long time. The Bible says that the 2 greatest commandments are to Love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength....and to love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:25-28)
Today I want to deal with 'The mind is a terrible thing to waste'. I've had great teachers, parents, grandparents, brothers, my wife and our wonderful children and grandchildren. I've learned things from each of them and I want to build well on that foundation.
It would be a sin NOT to.
1) THE BIBLE TEACHES US ABOUT A BAD MIND:
a) A bad mind can be a doubting mind, especially if it is continued and does not seek the truth. We need to 'doubt our doubts' and direct our doubts to a worthy authority.
I believe this authority is the Bible (II Timothy 3:14-17)
and the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14)
'For as many as are led by the Holy Spirit, these are the sons of God'.
See also Jesus' words in John 16:13 about guiding our mind into ALL truth!
b) A bad mind is a blinded mind (II Corin. 4:3-4)
Satan blinds through lies and half-truths.
Someone has well said:
'None are so blind as those who will NOT see'.
George Matheson and Fanny Crosby were both blind, but could see the things of God very clearly and have blessed many generations!
The Bible says, 'Where there is no vision, the people perish'. (Proverbs 29:18)
The year before my father-in-law's death, he began to lose his eyesight. Years later when La Moyne was talking about her Dad, she mentioned in a speech that her Dad had 'lost his vision'. She said that all of a sudden she realized her mistake and told the people that her Dad had only lost his eyesight.....NOT his vision!
c) A bad mind is a closed mind....not willing to learn (II Timothy 3:7), not willing to change....and usually a pessimistic mind. I had a friend in High School whose pet answer to a teacher's question was always, 'I don't know'. He probably didn't know, but had a closed mind to learning and finding the answer.
The Bible is a 'seeker-friendly' book, if opened and read!
d) Today, with all of the communication tools, a bad mind can be a cluttered and crowded mind. I heard of a book entitled, 'Clutter's Last Stand', dealing with bringing some order out of clutter and making space more 'useable'. We experienced this first hand today as our son, our daughter and her friend had a garage sale at our house here, clearing out many things from the garage as well as other areas in our home. It's been a GOOD feeling, knowing that things we no longer need, have been removed and will give us more space!
Our mind needs this also, for it can be filled up with what WE want....and nothing with what God wants!
How long has it been since you turned the TV off (stereo, games, etc.) to read the Bible or another good book?
These are all tools and servants, but are not to be our 'Master'.
As I've said before, I feel that America's greatest need, is to be still and know that He is God. (Ps. 46:10)
e) A bad mind can be impure, fleshly or as the Bible says, a 'carnal' mind
(I Cor. 3:1-3 and Romans 8:5-8)
See also Genesis 6:5....and Romans 1:21-28 speaks of a 'depraved mind'
....and I Timothy 6:3-5)
II. THE BIBLE TEACHES US ABOUT A GOOD MIND:
A key scripture for us to move from a 'bad mind' to a 'good mind' is Romans 12:1-2. The Apostle Paul urges us to 'present our bodies a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service; and be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect Will of God.'
a) A good mind is a spiritual mind. (I Corin. 2:14-16)
It can be so great that it can not be explained in earthly or physical terms, but ONLY in spiritual terms!
b) A good mind is a committed mind, born anew and renewed daily.
A mind must not be like a bed, made up daily.
The key here is the object of our commitment and this MUST be God and His Holy Word.
c) A good mind is a healthy and sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 says; 'God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.' No mind is safe or sound, unless it is securely anchored in God, for God truly is our present help and eternal hope!
d) Above all, a good mind is the mind of Christ. (Philippians 2:5-11) Paul reaches to the heights here and you will miss a blessing if you do not study these Scriptures.
If we have the mind of Christ, we will have the following:
1) A willing mind (II Corin. 8:12)
2) A single mind (Philippians 2:5-6) with undivided loyalty
3) A servant mind (Philippians 2:7, 8a)
4) A submissive mind (Phil. 8b) which is humble, obedient and God pleasing.
5) A sacrificial mind (Phil. 8c) The Christian life is not just how much you are willing to receive, but how much you are willing to give. Take all that God gives and give all that God asks.
6) A Christ-glorifying mind (vs. 9-11) In body, mind, spirit, emotions, will, personality, job, conversations and contacts. The overall key here is, a disciplined mind....commited to Christ where we have some convictions, followed by commitment.
Without faith, a mind is a lonely cell.
Some keys to a good mind are:
1) Isaiah 26:3 ....'God will keep you in perfect peace, if your mind is fixed on Him....and trusts in Him'.
2) II Corin. 10:4-5....Please read, for it emphasizes 'bringing into captivity' every thought to the obedience of Christ.
It emphasizes that our warfare is real and our weapons must be 'real' also.
3) Here are a few practical keys to help:
Surrender at the start of each day.
Study and memorize the Word of God and let it renew your mind during the day.
Pray and yield your plans for the day, to Him.
'Every morning, lean your arms on the windowsill of Heaven, look full into the face of God, then turn strong to meet the day!'
But as you live your days, live with Eternity in mind and not only make a difference each day, but for Eternity.
Does your life seem unstable or shaky?
James I:8 says: 'A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.'
The Bible says a lot about single-mindedness.
Also, an idle mind is the devil's workshop-playground.
But an 'idol mind' replaces God with idols.
I close with this.....
I met my wife, La Moyne on Nov. 2, 1951 while I was in the Army, stationed in Colorado. I entered a room full of young people from several different churches and spied her right away because of her physical beauty. But her beauty ran deeper and here is part of the reason why. Each day as she rode the bus to school, then also as she rode the bus home from her part-time job, she was using Scripture cards to memorize verses. The verse that she was memorizing at that time was I Corinthians 10:13: 'There hath no temptation (testing nor trial) taken you but such as is common to man, but God is FAITHFUL and will not allow you to be tempted, tried or tested above that you are able, but will (with all of this) make a way of escape that you may be able to bear it all.'
Now 50 years later, she still loves God with all her heart, soul mind and strength. She (and we together) have found this to be the theme of our lives.....for God TRULY is able and faithful.
My Mom used to say to us four sons, 'Mind me!'
God says the same to each of us every day!
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