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He knew their thoughts
by Clifford Tate 
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Luke 6:8 "But He knew their thoughts" (NKJV)

Have you ever talked to a person and wondered what they thought during your conversation? The correct answer to that question is YES. We all have at one point or another wished we could read the mind of another person. Think of how you would use the information if you could read the mind of other people.

We all, even those of us who know and love the Lord Jesus, would abuse and misuse that ability if we had it. Man's wicked heart would use it for earthly greed. Many would use that ability to destroy the lives of other people.

Now think of our Lord and Savior, He can and does read the mind of every living man and women on earth. How futile it is when we try to conceal some motivation for doing or saying something that was not for His glory. He knows it every time. When we give the Lord Jesus excuses for this or that, when we know that we are to blame for that bad relationship or failed endeavor because we did not give it our all from the beginning.

For years, decades even, I gave God a thousand different excuses of why I could not stop doing drugs or going to strip clubs or fornicating, masturbating, and watching pornography. The list was endless. However, he knew my thoughts all along. He knew that I did not want to quit or stop doing any of these things, I enjoyed my sin and wanted to cover it up and keep pretending.

I think it was Abraham Lincoln that said you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. This is very true. But there is something that is even much truer that Lincoln's statement and that is that you cannot fool God anytime. God has clearly stated in His word that He is going to give to every person according to their works.

Jeremiah 25:14 "I will recompense [all of] them according to their deeds and according to the work of their [own] hands."

Well that is because He knows all and sees all. In the natural, you cannot plant corn and harvest tomatoes. Well the same thing holds true in the spiritual (and even more so) because the spiritual is the real world, this physical world we live in is not real its temporary and nothing temporary can be considered real.

God is a spirit and He lives and moves in eternity. We cannot plant spiritual corruption and expect to harvest eternal blessings. In Genesis, the Lord guaranteed that every herb and fruit tree that yielded seed would yield according to its own kind. The Lord says that they that plow iniquity will reap the same. He also says elsewhere that they have sown to the wind, but they reap the whirlwind. Wicked thoughts are an abomination to the Lord and He knows them all. He tells us that there is no peace unto the wicked. Turmoil and anguish of soul is the reward for evil thoughts in the heart of any man.

Man still has the idea that he can somehow con God and hide his true internal desires from God. That is why the Lord Jesus told us that the first and the greatest of all the commandments was that we love the Lord will all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind. Notice the emphasis on the tiny little word all, it is a small word and might be overlooked, but it is the most important word in what the Lord Jesus told us. All the heart, soul, strength, and mind in love with the Lord Jesus Christ will govern or control those thoughts that are allowed to fester in the mind by conforming them to the thoughts of Christ Himself. The Bible tells those of us who have been born into the family of God as sons and daughters, that we have received the mind of the Lord Jesus Christ and that we can (in Christ strength) bring every thought into obedience to Him.

Let us never think that we can give Christ merely lip service without our hearts being yielded to Him. In Mark Chapter 7, the Lord Jesus told us that real defilement and filth came from within the heart of every man. He called the religious people of that day hypocrites and chastised them for their man made traditions of washing cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches when their hearts (minds) were full of evil, lustful, and wicked thoughts. He went back to what He said through the prophet Isaiah when He told the people that they honored God with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him.

The Lord Jesus says that if we truly love Him we will keep (guard from loss or injury) His commands. He is not only talking about the ten commandments, the letter of the Law, no He is talking about the heart, the mind, our thoughts continually.

When Christ came to earth, He raised the bar of the Law to even higher heights than it was before. He told us not only could we not commit the act of adultery, but that we were not to even look at a women and desire to commit adultery with her. This is what Christ brought through His blood and redemption for every lost soul, a heart, and mind and changed desires. We must enter this strength that comes from Him by faith even after our salvation, because He will not force us as He did not force us to turn to Him for salvation.

The human mind can be controlled by Christ and be transformed into a totally different mind. The Apostle Paul told us what the Lord wants us to do and that is to think on things that are true, lovely, pure, just, noble, of good report, and praiseworthy. We are to meditate on these things over and over, and over until they become the dominating pattern of our thought process. When this is obeyed the Lord Jesus does something dynamic for us that is impossible for us to achieve by any form of human effort.

Sincerely in Christ,

Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author, Silent Assassins of the Soul (not yet published; coming soon)

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