Previously I talked about the mind and how to free your mind from temptations. Some of the things I have already covered are:
- What you think Success should look like
- How the heart and mind influences one another.
- What it means to renew your mind.
- How a mind looks like that needs renewing.
- Repenting asks from us to change our mind
- Use your mind to understand and think in a sober way.
This week I will continue to look at what we need to understand and remember and use our minds for.
The first thing we need to understand, is to realize we cannot see everything that is real.
By faith we understand that time was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are invisible.
There are many things we see, but we can only understand it if we believe in something that cannot be seen. It sounds strange, but if we list the well-known examples, it starts to become clear. We can see that things fall back to earth when there are no external forces to keep it up. We cannot see the force that pulls things back to earth: gravity is invisible. We can see the effect of gravity, but we cannot see the force of gravity. We can see tides move in and out, but we cannot see the force of the moon pulling on earth. We can feel wind blowing from one side to the other, but we cannot see the pressure differences. There are many things we can observe in the natural and many times we are looking for natural explanations. Many of the natural explanations are invisible. In the same way we can see so many things in the natural that is caused by the spiritual world. The spiritual world is invisible. That is where faith comes in. Let us not only have faith in the invisible gravity, moon and pressure differences, but let us also have faith in God and what He can do. He created gravity, the moon and the impact of pressure, so let us start to have faith in everything else He created.
For the unseen things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being realized by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, for them to be without excuse:
The word ‘’realize’’ in this passage comes from the word noeo, which means to apply mental effort, to think or to perceive.
We realize we can clearly see God’s power and divinity in the things on earth, things that are made, even though we cannot see or perceive God as such.
The second thing we need to understand is the mysteries in the Bible.
Jesus shares with His disciples the prosecution that will follow after He leaves the earth as in Mat 24, the same passage can be found in Mark 13:14
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’, spoken of by Daniel the prophet (whoever reads, let him understand)”
Here Jesus talked about the end times. He needs us to understand what Daniel has prophesied, don’t run back to get your clothes, etc. Know your Bible, understand well enough that you will be able to recognize what is coming, so that you are ready. We should not be ready physically by what we wear, it seems your clothes will not be that important in heaven, but be ready spiritually.
Many things in the Bible are mysterious, for me it is when I read Revelations or the many wars in the Old Testament, but I pray for God to open my eyes, so that I always get something from those passages.
If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given to me toward you, that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I wrote before in few words, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ).
The third thing we need to understand, is so the importance of remembering. Use your mind to remember Scripture and use your mind to understand what you have been reading.
In Mat 16 we read how the disciples forgot to take bread with them for a meal across the sea. Jesus told them they must be careful of the ‘’leaven’’ of the Pharisees and Sadducees. They thought He meant they should have been careful of which bread they were supposed to bring, they did not realized he meant their influence in their thinking. Jesus said the following, which can also be seen in Mark 8
“Do you not yet understand, nor remember, the five loaves of the five thousands, and how many hand baskets you too up; nor the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many lunch baskets you took up? How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you about loaves, but to be aware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees?” Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Jesus needs us to remember all the miracles He has done in our lives. Every time God has helped you financially, you need to remember and then understand that you must not worry like the disciple did for forgetting the bread. We worry too much about bread, or money and too little of what is IN the bread, what made the bread or money, because that is the real problem. God will feed you, you must just make sure you do not get ‘’infected’’ by the leaven of the world, the lies in the world.
I once got very upset with someone playing the Lotto. I was not judgemental about him playing the Lotto, but I was upset that he said, “At least I contribute to charities.” That upset me. If you feel in your heart to give R100 per month to charities, do so, don’t play R100 Lotto. I am not sure about the latest statistics, but at the time that happened, 50% of the money for Lotto earnings went into the pockets of the TV production and LOTTO business owners and the resto of the 50% were split between winning money and charities. Therefore only R25 of your R100 will land up at a charity of one type or another. If you want to use Lotto to donate for charity, play R400 LOTTO, of which R100 goes to charity, R100 can be won and R200 is to pay for the LOTTO bosses. LOTTO is not designed for you to win. We need to UNDERSTAND how these things work……
More Bible verses about remembering and understanding or thinking:
2 Pet 3:1-2
I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past…
Rev 5:2 Jesus sais to Ephesus
Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent and do the works you did previously or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.
And it seems when we remember things from the past, we think about it, it leads to repentance, all three of these aspects requires you mind.
More things to remember:
First, Christ has risen from the dead – our faith is different to all others due to this fact.
2 Tim 2:8
Constantly keep in mind Jesus Christ, risen from the dead,……
Second, Remember how Paul (or your own pastor) worked in his/her ministry. Let us remember each other’s good works…..
Therefore be always alert and on your guard, being mindful that for three years I never stopped night or day seriously to admonish and advise and exhort you one by one with tears.
Third, Remember the words of Jesus and follow in His footsteps
In everything, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus Himself: ‘It is more blessed ogive than to receive.’
We cannot see everything that is real.
Have faith in God as you have in gravity, pressure and tides.
Remember Scripture, Understand what you have been reading, and think about it.
Remember Jesus’s miracles to strengthen your faith.
Use your mind to: Remember, Think, Repent.
Remember: Christ has risen from the dead; each other’s good works; the words of Jesus and follow in His footsteps
May the LORD bless you and keep you.
May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you
May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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