Sunday, July 26, 2009
1 Peter 1:13-15
This is a long and oh how significant passage so we have studied it for two weeks now. "Therefore, prepare your minds for action, be self-controlled. Set your hope fully on the grace to be given to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But, just as He who called you is holy, be holy in all you do." To me "prepare your mind for action" means clean out my mind of nonsense things and fill it up with truth, maintain clear focus, pray up, renew myself with the Holy Spirit. Further, I must keep my eye on the prize. Don't be distracted and lose focus to the things of this world. Do not return to my selfish ways of before I became a believer in my precious savior Jesus Christ. Seek Him every minute of every day and stay on the path that He has planned for me. Run everything through the "is this going to bring glory to God" filter just as in Ephesians 4:1. The most significant thing I have discovered about myself on this faith journey with Jesus Christ is that my biggest weakness is my mind so this verse speaks directly to me. I have to be intentional with my thought life and meditate on God's ways instead of just letting my mind wander because inevitably the enemy will try to fill my mind with the wrong ideas and blur my focus. I also must follow 2 Corinthians 10:5 "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." Therefore, not entertaining any thoughts that are not Godly but take them captive and turn them into truths from God and His Word.