As I was heading to bed last night, I was praying that through all the ‘stuff’ of life and our ‘current circumstances’ (everybody has them), that I would be able to hear the voice of the Lord more clearly. Of course, in the stillness of the night, He did just that. “You have ‘wasted spaces in your mind’.” Well, I kinda’ knew that. Being quite tired for a long time, it takes real effort to fight off the junk that floats through the air into eyes and ears. I get about 10-15 minutes of news each day, so that I know what’s happening in the world, but try to not feed anxiety by overdosing on chat/argumentative programming on the radio or TV.
Right now I’m listening to Andrae Crouch and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir as a bedtime treat for my soul. But what do I do with the ‘stuff” of the day, the idle chatter, the idle thoughts? It is not easy to stop the unwelcome thoughts of ‘what if’, ‘why shouldn’t I do this or that?’ ‘who would know?’ Immediately, I know that those thoughts seeking to plant themselves firmly are not mine. They do not come from my heart. It is a challenge, a battle! The scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE to obey Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, PREPARING YOUR MINDS for action, and BEING SOBER-MINDED, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
I actually have a note in my phone that reminds me, “If we leave off worship, Bible reading, prayer, fellowship with other believers, we begin to drift.” We lose the impetus of accountability. The farther we drift the harder it is to fight off the ‘odd, mean, discouraging, unfaithful, self-seeking’ thoughts that seems to hover over the surface of our undisciplined minds. NIP that thought in the bud, now. The space God gave us in our minds was meant for good, to use well and with regard for His glory and not our self satisfaction. Do not entertain worthless thought. We cannot afford to allow our minds to become a wasteland. We must think and each day process the good that God has in store for us and for those around us. Listening for His voice in our day.
Taking a cue from a commercial about education…”a mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Stay in fellowship with Jesus and His family and use your mind, that precious gift, to think and live rightly giving glory to your Creator.