VIDEO The Spirit of the Mind, Writing Your Story

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Ephesians 4:23

What a phrase—“the spirit of your mind.” We need the Truth to refresh our thoughts and give us a basis for sound thinking, mental health, and personal transformation. When we believe Truth, we’re grounded in a biblical worldview.

 Jeremiah Johnston wrote, “Faith and the mind are not at odds; faith is not believing nonsense, faith is not embracing unreasonable, illogical things. In short, faith is not stupid. Some people seem to have faith in faith (as Dawkins and other atheists have in fact pointed out). Faith is intelligent; it is educated; it is learned; it is hungry for understanding. A healthy faith is a seeking faith. A healthy faith is not satisfied to be ignorant, to be naïve, to remain in the dark, or to pass on misinformation.”[1]

God in His wonder and glory gave us the ability to think and reason. We’re to love Him with all our minds. Sadly, at times we use those gifts for misguided purposes. But if we stop and ponder our life in the light of our Creator, that’s a journey worth taking.

One of the most dangerous places to be is when we don’t seek the truth. The easiest way to eliminate confusion is to know the truth.

Jeremiah Johnston, Ph. D.


Writing Your Story | Dr. David Jeremiah

Lion, Lamb, Savior!

The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. Revelation 5:5

Two stately stone lions watch over the entrance to the New York Public Library. Hewn from marble, they’ve stood there proudly since the library’s dedication in 1911. They were first nicknamed Leo Lenox and Leo Astor to honor the library’s founders. But during the Great Depression, New York’s Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia renamed them Fortitude and Patience, virtues he thought New Yorkers should demonstrate in those challenging years. The lions are still called Fortitude and Patience today.

The Bible describes a living, powerful Lion who also gives encouragement in trouble and is known by other names. In his vision of heaven, the apostle John wept when he saw that no one was able to open the sealed scroll containing God’s plan of judgment and redemption. Then John was told, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah . . . has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals” (Revelation 5:5).

Yet in the very next verse, John describes something else entirely: “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne” (v. 6). The Lion and the Lamb are the same person: Jesus. He’s the conquering King and “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Through His strength and His cross, we receive mercy and forgiveness so that we may live in joy and wonder at all He is forever!

By:  James Banks

Reflect & Pray

What’s your favorite name for Jesus? What aspects of His character make you want to praise Him most?

Beautiful Savior, I could praise You for all eternity and never come to the end of all that You are. Thank You for giving Yourself for me, so that I may live in Your love forever!

When God Is Silent

Like Mary and Martha, we can easily believe that God could have done better for us in difficult situations, but if we trust His timing, all will be good

John 11:1-44

In times of urgent need, our prayers become fervent and our desire for a quick answer intensifies. It seems that if the Lord doesn’t intervene soon, the very thing we dread could happen. And without a detectable response from God, we may feel as if He doesn’t care—even though Scripture assures us He does (1 Pet. 5:7). 

This may have been the way Mary and Martha felt after asking Jesus to come and heal Lazarus. They knew that the Lord loved them, but when He didn’t show up in time, their pain overtook their faith, and they both voiced disappointment: “If You had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21, John 11:32). 

We have all said or thought something similar when the Lord didn’t answer our prayers as we hoped. But we know from Scripture that God’s purpose in all His choices for us is His glory (John 11:4). His goal is not to inflict pain unnecessarily but to let Christ’s life shine through us in hardship, to stabilize our confidence in the Father’s goodness, and to strengthen our trust in His loving sovereignty. His glory is for our good, and in this we can rejoice.

Absolute Trust

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” (Job 13:15-16)

The patriarch Job was, according to God’s own testimony, the most perfect and upright man in all the earth (Job 1:8), yet he was subjected to the most severe testings that anyone (except Christ Himself) ever had to endure. He lost all his great possessions and his large family in a single day, then was afflicted for months on end with a most loathsome and painful disease. He lost the respect of all who had once honored and followed him, and was even accused by his closest friends of being a wicked sinner and arrogant hypocrite. Worst of all, the God whom he had loved and faithfully served all his life had apparently completely ignored his prayers for deliverance or even for understanding of what was happening to him. Finally, a presumptuous young religionist related what he (falsely) claimed was a divine message that even God had accused Job of sin and hypocrisy.

Yet, despite all this, Job never once lost his faith! “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him,” he insisted. “For I know that my redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25), and “he also shall be my salvation” (today’s verse).

What an example has been provided us by this ancient patriarch, whose knowledge of God’s Word, God’s love, and God’s great salvation through faith in Christ was only a small fraction of what we know now, with God’s complete revelation before us. The apostle James well reminds us of “the patience of Job,” probably the greatest example of all “the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience” (James 5:10-11). We can, like Job, know that He who created us deserves absolute trust. HMM

The “Why” Of Praise

Praise Him for His powerful acts; praise Him for His abundant greatness (Psalm 150 v. 2).

Why should believers praise the Lord? The answer is simple: Because he deserves it!

He spoke the world into being, established the first couple in their garden home, then provided redemption for all mankind when they sinned. The Redeemer paid for your sins and mine on a Roman cross thousands of years later. We honor and extol him for these mighty deeds and saving acts. That’s reason enough to praise him.

But there is more. If he did nothing at all, there would still be necessity for praise. We are created for communion with God. We are his admiring audience, his fans, who applaud him for the glory of his attributes and the beauty of his character.

We must move on from knowing the facts about him to knowing him. We must move from distance to intimacy. Then we can truly join the heavenly band in singing:

Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Angels we have heard on high,

Sweetly singing o’er the plains,

And the mountains in reply,

Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Old French Carol.

Personal Prayer

Gloria in excelsis Deo! I’m eager to praise you in celestial language, Lord. Teach me to sing like the angels!

The Language of Music

Hallelujah Chorus

Perhaps the most famous of choral compositions.

Composed by George F, Handel for his oratorio, “Messiah,” and Halleluhah Chorus is a definitive exclamation of praise to God. “Hallelujah” comes from Hebrew ( “Hallelujah”—”Praise the Lord”).”Alleluia” is the Latinized spelling.

Kindness and Generosity

She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction is on her tongue.—Proverbs 31:26

The fifth fruit of the Spirit is kindness. In the unforgettable description of a model wife in Proverbs 31, there is this statement: “She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction is on her tongue” (v. 26). Note the use of the word “loving.” A model wife passes an inner law in the legislature of her personality that everything she says and does will be loving. Kindness is not something set in her emotions—it is set in her will and thus becomes a life attitude. May we, on bended knee, this day pass the same law in the legislature of our own hearts and so come under its sway forever.

The sixth fruit of the Spirit is goodness. The Greek word agathosune means, according to the experts, “kindness at work.” This is why the word is best understood as it is sometimes translated: “generosity.” This leads us to an interesting statement which Jesus once made: “If your Eye is generous, the whole of your body will be illumined” (Mt 6:22, Moffatt). If your “Eye” (your outlook on life, your whole way of looking at things) is generous, then your whole personality will be illuminated or lit up.

Jesus was generous toward everyone—the poor, the meek, the sinful and the unlovely—and His whole personality was full of light. By the ministry of the Holy Spirit, this characteristic of Jesus is generated in us—if we let it. And when we do, then we begin to see everyone with “the generous eye.”

Prayer

Lord Jesus, Your generous eye saw in me something that wasn’t there—and then it was there! Help me to thus create what I see in others. For Your own dear name’s sake. Amen.

Further Study

2Pt 1; Rm 12:10; 1Co 13:4; Eph 4:32; Col 3:12

From what does kindness flow out?

How can you show kindness today?

Here At The Cross

Galatians 6:14

How can I better serve Thee, Lord,

Thou who hast done so much for me?

Faltering and weak my labor has been;

O that my life may tell for Thee!

Here at the cross in this sacred hour,

Here at the source of reviving power,

Helpless indeed, I come with my need;

Lord, for Thy service, fit me I plead.

Dull are my ears to hear Thy voice,

Slow are my hands to work for Thee,

Loath are my feet to conquer the steeps

That lead me to my Calvary.

Strength for my weakness, Lord, impart;

Sight for my blindness give to me;

Faith for my doubtings, Lord, I would crave,

That I may serve Thee worthily.

Bramwell Coles, The Salvation Army Songbook