All Our Minds
Then I asked Father what He meant by, I want you to love Me with all of your mind. Certainly, these things overlap a little bit. But one thing that He showed me about loving Him with all of my mind is that every thought that comes into my mind presents me with a choice I must make. If I am going to love Him with all of my mind, then I must make decisions about every thought that comes into my mind. The scriptures, through the apostle Paul, say we must take every thought captive. We must cast down imaginations or thoughts that jump into our minds that are not true. God said, Whatever is pure and lovely and noble, whatever is holy and worthy of praise, think about these kinds of things only. Paul said, We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. Romans 8 says, The mind controlled by the Spirit of God is life and peace.
Have any of you ever had a thought of bitterness come into your mind? How about a thought of jealousy? How about a thought of anger? How about a thought of lust? How about a thought of pride? These are thoughts that present themselves before you. Its as if a little man has walked up to your mind and said, I want to introduce you to a thought. We decide whether to bring that thought in and think about that thought or to reject it and say, No! Go away! This is taking every thought captive. Have you ever had a thought of depression or self-hatred? You can think to yourself, I am a depressed person; I hate myself. But thats not a mind controlled by the Spirit. We must take every thought captive. When that little man walks up and presents his idea to our brain, if it is not a pure and lovely and noble and praiseworthy thought, we MUST reject that thought! God said, I want your mind! I want you to love Me with all of your mind. You will permit no thoughts in your mind that are not My thoughts. You will be transfigured and transformed by the renewing of your mind. We permit only pure and noble and praiseworthy thoughts into our brain. We cast down every other imagination. If we will do that, we will be transformed. If we replace these kinds of thoughts with the thoughts of the Words of God, we will be transformed.
All our Strength
Each of us will make choices every day. We will choose where our affections go and whether we will love Him with all of our hearts. We will choose what our souls are allowed to do. Is my soul allowed to find identity in other things other than the blood of Jesus? Paul said, I am crucified with Christ, I no longer live. Not I, but Christ lives in me. Paul loved the Father with all of his soul. His only identity was in the cross of Jesus Christ. He meant nothing to himself apart from the cross of Jesus. So also with us. If we love Him with all of our minds, we will only permit the Word of God and the thoughts of God into our minds. We will not tolerate thoughts of depression or lust or fear. No! We push them back out of our minds. We will not permit thoughts of unforgiveness or bitterness or jealousy. We push them out of our minds. We will not live like the Gentiles in the futility of their thinking. But we will take every thought captive for the glory of God. We will love Him with all of our minds. We will spend our thinking on Him and not on other foolish things. We will love the Lord our God, not only with all of our heart (our passion), not only with all of our soul (our identity and our ambitions and plans), not only with all of our minds (every thought in our brain), but also with all of our strength.
Father showed me that our strength consists of many things. If we are going to love Him with all of our strength, then we must realize that our time belongs to Him. Our time is part of our strength. Our time is part of what we have in the physical world to accomplish things. We will allow Jesus, the love of our lives, to show us how to use our time for Him. We will not allow our time to be consumed with things that flow from love of self, rather than love of Jesus and His Father. Also, if we love Him with all of our strength, then He will also be Lord over how much we sleep. He will also be Lord over what we eat and how much we eat. What we eat is part of our strength. The Scriptures say to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, and the parts of our body only as instruments of Righteousness. Paul and other servants of God would crucify their bodies by lack of sleep and tiredness. He would crucify his body sometimes when he was hungry or beaten up by robberswhen he was stoned and left for dead lying out in the street. Because he loved God with all of his strength, he picked his bloody body up off of the ground and went back into the city to talk about Jesus. Peter and John had bloody rips on their skin from having been beaten. The religious leaders and the Bible scholars beat them with whips, and they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus. Then they went back into the marketplace and into the place where the religious people werethe places where the God-haters were. They went back into those places and told the full Good News of life in Jesus because they loved Himeven when their blood was on the groundwith all of their strength. Stephen and James and John the baptizer, and many others gave their last bit of strength in the service of Yahweh and His precious Son. We, too, are to Love not our lives, even to the point of death. Father wants us to focus on Him, to love and trust Him completely, even with all of our strength.
After I asked God this question of what it means to love Him, I was quite shocked to find out how deep the answer was. He requires of me that I love Him with ALL of my heart, because He is a jealous God. He requires that I love Him with ALL of my soul, because He is a jealous God. He requires of me that I love Him with ALL of my mind and ALL of my strength.Now, as I wrestle with these things and try to make sure that my life is getting closer to these things, I find that He catches me up into the middle of Christ deeper and deeper. I find that He makes me wiser and more loving and freer. I find that He can make rivers of living water gush from inside of me like Jesus promised. I find that He can put within me more and more of the power of an indestructible life. I find that He puts weapons of righteousness in my left hand and in my right hand.
I thought I would share this with all my brothers and sisters here at sermon index. These are some excerpts from a article written by a brother from Africa. I was reading and it really has helped me in some of the areas that I have been struggling with. Father is opening my eyes and heart as I grow daily in trusting and depending on Him in all things. I pray it may bless some here too. He truly is everything... there is nothing worth while apart from Him!!
God Bless you all