Opening Scripture: Turn to Matthew 22:37
37Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.”
LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD
Three part series.
- #1 With all your heart
- #2 With all your soul
- #3 With all your mind
The last time we were together. We talked about loving God with all of your heart and tonight we are going to talk about loving God with all of our minds, and the next time were together we will focus on loving God with all of our souls.
Here we go… Loving God with all of our minds.
In the KJV Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
And that’s point #1.
Point #1 As a woman thinketh, so is she
According to proverbs you are what you think.
What does this mean?
- If your thoughts are critical, then if those thoughts go undealt with you will likely become critical of others.
- If your thoughts are ungrateful, then you may not see the blessings when they come!
- If your thoughts are unkind, then it may be difficult for you to be nice to those around you.
- If you think it’s a burden to seek first the kingdom, then eventually you wont obey Matthew 6.
- If you get a bad attitude about group d-times, then instead of being grateful for someone making time to get with you… you will likely arrive with a bad attitude.
- If you think that effectively fishing for men is impossible, then you will live as though it is impossible. But if you think it’s possible you will make it apart of your lifestyle.
- Encouragingly the opposite of this is also true! If your thoughts are positive, then you will live in a faithful way!
How has it been going loving the Lord your God with your mind?
A notable few quotes on this topic:
- “It doubtless is true that people become what they think about.”- Gary Collins
- “When you think on the powerful truths of Scripture, God uses His Word to change your way of thinking.”
- “I also have to tell you a very important fact. Your mind is under siege every single second of the day. There is a great plan to control your thinking. In the course of time, you will become on the outside what you believe on the inside.” -Unknown
- “The devil loves to take advantage of a mind that is ignorant or one that is pushed around by wayward emotions.”
- The mind of man is the battleground on which every moral and spiritual battle is fought. – J. Oswald Sanders
- “Our defeat or victory begins with what we think, and if we guard our thoughts we shall not have much trouble anywhere else along the line.” – Vance Havner
I especially like the quote by J. Oswald Sanders… he says our mind is a battleground!
And as a movement we believe in winning battles!!
Illustration: – Though you may be unable to keep disease-ridden ships from sailing back and forth on the ocean, you can refuse them docking privileges in the harbor of your mind.
In other words:
There are two kinds of evil thoughts.
-The disease-ridden ones that are fleeting (just quickly pass through)
-The disease-ridden ones that we allow to dock and take harbor in our minds.
If we are going to be women who love God with all of our minds then we need to control our thoughts, and not let our every thought (or feeling) control us.
So how can we love God with our entire mind!
How can we change the way we think?
(Call up women to perform skit)
2 Corinthians 10:5
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.
God tells us exactly what to do when we have thoughts that are not in line with the word of God.
But sadly we don’t always obey, and there are a few things we may do instead:
-Get comfortable with the thought.
-Become friends with the thought.
-Entertain the thought.
-Share the negative thought.
What are we supposed to do?
Take it captive and make it submit to Christ!
-Not always easy!
-We can’t do it on our own but most often we need all the help we can get.
-Call discipler up to help the thought submit!!
What can we do?
Some Practical’s to help:
#1 Confess that mess!!
Confess your sin:
“ For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
Our sin starts in our thoughts.
We need to confess our sin as soon as it’s a thought.
I will never forget a sister back in Eugene; she confessed to me that she had cursed while taking her exam.
I was really surprised as I imagined her sitting in her classroom getting angry and saying a curse word in a classroom full of her peers.
Then she later told me that she cursed in her mind.
She understood that she is help accountable for her thoughts, and she confessed it as sin!
If we are to love God with all of our minds then we too, need to confess all of our sin including our sinful thoughts as we learn from Mark 7 that it’s evil thoughts that lead to a sins of commission.
You are not a strange case, as we all battle weird, dark, and evil thoughts every day. There is help available!:)
Practical #2 Ready, set, renew!
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
There are two kinds of women.
- Those who conform to the pattern of this world and
- Those who are transformed by the renewing of their mind.
The way we renew our minds is by having:
Daily Quiet Times!
If we don’t renew our mind with the word of God every day then we are likely going to conform to the pattern of the world.
Having great quiet times every day should not be an option. In the same way someone who is hungry should not skip breakfast…
We all need spiritual nourishment and should not skip our spiritual breakfast that is the word of God.
I don’t know about you girls, but there have been times that I have really battled my thoughts. Some scary and violent, others impure and critical….
Many of these thoughts were super embarrassing.
When someone confessed sin to us, it’s always helpful to relate.
We need to be reminded that we are all in this together and that we all face similar struggles.
The best way to overcome our thoughts is by confessing your sin, and renewing your mind everyday.
Saturate your mind with the word.
Apply your mind to understand and study the bible!
Embrace the heart of a Berean. (Acts 17:10-12)
Practical #3 It’ll repeat itself until you replace it.
Have you every had the same thought re-occur and you can’t seem to get rid of it.
I have had times that I have told Coltin that I have felt haunted by my thoughts.
In addition to confession, and daily renewal, we need to replace our thoughts!
Scripture: Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Sometimes we just have to pause. Acknowledge that we had an evil thought, and that we are not loving God with all of our mind, and replace the thought with something else.
Or instance if you have a critical thought about a sister, your discipler, or your husband.
Stop and consciencly replace it by asking yourself:
What is true?
What is noble?
What is right?
What is pure, lovely and admirable?
What’s is excellent or praiseworthy?
Asking yourself these questions will work as an effective exercise to replace the thoughts that are displeasing to God with thoughts that are pleasing.
In addition to controlling our thoughts, there are many ways we can love God with our mind.
But in closing I want to share…
…for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
I don’t know about you, but this scripture encourages my soul.
As baptized disciples we are to have the mind of Christ.
So we need to be imitating his qualities, and do whatever needed to become like-minded
To God be the glory!