Bless Your Mind

While it is true that the devil battles for your soul it is also very true that he battles for your mind. God does not want your mind weighed down or in near chaos. He desires peace for you and has given directives that will bless your mind.
Bless Your Mind
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Think about it and you will see. Satan through the world desires to crowd each of our minds. And while there is a lot of negativity to plague our thoughts, there are those things that seem pleasant, exciting, and more positive that, in their end, actually cause more spiritual harm than good. It is easy to see how crowding our minds comes about. In this age of technology not only is there music with worldly themes playing in many stores or TVs hanging in restaurants with all sorts of visual images, but many people seem to be constantly listening to

something whether they are on a cell phone or any other device.

As a result, people think about these things throughout the day and if they are badgering enough, the thoughts follow them to bed. What we think about, or we can say “meditate upon,” plays a very important role in how we live. As you can see with the increased trouble in the world it is apparent that many people have the wrong things on their minds. This often produces very unpleasant results. Worst than that, Romans 8 shows that carnal or worldly thinking will ensure spiritual death.

God desires each person to inherit Eternal Life and that before they leave this world that each person’s mind is mainly in a state of blessedness and not bogged down with the things of this life. His written Word gives us a number of directives about what to meditate upon and how to meditate. Speaking from experience, His ways are far better than transcendental meditation and whatever else the world has to offer to bring “peace” to a human mind.

In a moment, we will look at three awesome ways God wants us to meditate, but before we get to that it will be interesting to see something about the Hebrew words used in the main passages below. Whenever the word “meditate” occurs in any of the verses in this article it always carries the sense of talking to one’s self. Yes, that is right. Sometimes the world jokes and says one is crazy if they talk to themselves. That is a little “curve ball” from the devil so we do not practice what the Word of God really says. If we practice what God’s Word says we will be far better off.

Think about it and be honest with yourself. You do communicate with yourself. We all do. There are times we run through our minds what we want to say and, especially if no one is around, we say things to ourselves audibly. There are times this is okay in order to help us “work things out.” However, when it consumes a good bit of time it needs to stop. Instead, we need to meditate, including speaking, about what God wants us to meditate upon and vocally say what is pleasing in His sight. This is because God loves us and wants the best for us.

Because God loves us and wants the best for us let us look at three awesome Biblical ways we can bless our minds. All of them are in the Book of Psalms and are as follows. First, we are to meditate upon . . .  

I. God’s Word - Psalm 1:2

For the sake of understanding verse 2 better I have included verse 1:  “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of YHVH, And in His law he meditates day and night.”

Naturally the Holy Bible, the written Word of God, is the place to start. From it we avoid what people say about God and His ways and learn first hand from God what God says about Himself and His ways. From it we also avoid the confusion of the world’s changing “facts" and standards. By regarding what God actually says and not what the world says, we avoid walking in the counsel of the wicked, standing in the way of sinners, and being a scoffer.

Prayerfully reading the Word of God will help you to meditate upon it. In reading, you will come across things that will touch your heart and soul. Begin to talk to God about them. There is a very wide range of things that we can think about from God’s Word. For many, at least at the start of their walk in God through Christ, the passages that bring encouragement or comfort are the most helpful.

To far too many the Holy Bible appears to be a dull book and one that is hard to understand. However, the key to get away from this is personally knowing the Author, God, through Christ, the only Way (John 14:6) any of us can know Him. Once we have come to intimately know the Author, we will delight in His Word [1]. As we grow in Him, we will be meditating upon His Word day and night. Even as we come across daily struggles, if we truly love God through Christ we will be thinking about how we can please Him based upon His Word. We learn to love the Word and meditate upon it all the time because Christ Himself is that Word.

II. God’s Ways - Psalm 77:12

“I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds.”

While the context (verse11) speaks of the past, verse 12 would also include the present and future. It is an easy thing to focus upon the deeds of God. A


great starting place is creation. Though we might possibly understand how the things of nature (like the mountains) came to be due to some possible processes according to the current thought of science, one can see the Creator behind it (Romans 1:20), if the worldly clutter (Romans 1:21-32) is removed from their minds. When one’s mind is bothered by earthly things look for the glory of the hand of God in nature. The forest, the ocean, how some animals are designed, the beauty and intricacy of some stones, and more can provide a way to focus upon how God works.

Most important, though, is His work in salvation. Consider verses like Romans 1:16-17, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "But the righteous man shall live by faith.” It is amazing to see a once broken life now surrendered to God growing in the likeness of Christ. Whether it is a seemingly “good” person “who hardly ever did anything wrong” or the worst person you can think of, it is a marvel to see what God does to their life if they have  truly surrendered to Christ. It is also a marvel to see Christ growing in each true Christian as they continue to walk with Him.

We may list many things about the ways of God, but I will give one more example. By the mighty hand of God Israel was reestablished as a nation in 1948. The United Nations was formed a few short years before that. There are multitudes of current events that are laying the groundwork for the fulfillment of Revelation 4 to 19 where a remnant of Israel will be spiritually saved, become truly redeemed. The vast majority of current events will seem dark, negative, and frightening to some, but the true child of God knows the current Age of the Gentiles will soon end, the Great Tribulation will be ushered in, and after Armageddon Christ will establish His Kingdom on earth.

III. God - Psalm 104:34

While verse 34 of Psalm 104 is our next passage, I would like to present it with its two preceding verses, viz., 32-33 (AV*), “He looks on the earth, and it trembles: he touches the hills, and they smoke. 33  I will sing unto YHVH as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. 34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in YHVH.” As you see, verse 32 fits right in with what I just mentioned about current events and the Great Tribulation being the next time period to come.

Despite current events and the Great Tribulation period, our response should be singing praise to Him because, if we think about it, God does not change, therefore “My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in YHVH." No matter what happens, God will always be holy, good, loving, and those that fully trust Him through Christ can enter into those blessed things. It is an immense comfort to know that He will be always present, all knowing, able to help, and much more.

Do not permit your mind to be burdened with the things of this world, but permit it to be at peace and ease by meditating upon His established Word, His marvelous ways, and upon God Himself. This is difficult to do in the natural. Its fulness and eternal reward can only be had in Christ. Christ within will enable you to truly fixate your mind upon God and His wondrous doings.

Notes:

[1] Please read Get Into The Godly Habit Of Studying God’s Word at http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/get-godly-habit-studying-god-s-word .

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by September 20, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M418 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the New American Standard Bible changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. * = For other versions the spelling of some words is updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    Through love and forgiveness God created a new world without rancor or desire of revenge or hidden remorse of conscience. We are at peace with him; we are at peace with each other.
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