Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 15, 2017
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
A clear mind promotes creativity but a cluttered mind clings to the status quo. The mind is like a computer’s inbox: It can fill up quickly with annoying spam—the worries of this world—or it can paralyze you with people whose requests exceed your capacity to respond. An unfiltered mind will stress out under the bombardment of information and invitations for action. There has to be a process to offload lingering action items, or you will be crushed under the weight of hyperactivity. If your mind is flooded with items crying for attention, then your brain may freeze up. The “hard drive” of your sound thinking may crash. Pace yourself, and allow most things to freely flow from your head to a folder labeled “Trust.”
Trust that God will take care of those things for which you have neither the time nor the energy to tackle. You cannot be everywhere, do everything, or please everybody. Furthermore, a tired mind is set up for temptation. Fatigued thinking is irrational and unprepared. It limps along trying to catch up while losing ground all the while. This is unfair to the stewardship of your relationships and dangerous to your well-being.
“All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 2:23).
The ability to think clearly is a pipeline for the Holy Spirit to connect with your head and heart. God’s spirit roams freely in an uncluttered and clean mind. It is there where innovation is born and the genesis of new ideas is birthed. So, be intentional about doing a faith flush on your thinking. Drive away the demons that play mind games of fear and over-commitment. Rely more on the wisdom of God and less on the cleverness of man.
A person who thinks clearly is a strong candidate for peace of mind. A person who gets quiet before the Lord will clear his mind in holy harmony with its Maker. There is a transaction and a transformation that takes place during prayer. There is a transaction of trust that takes the pressure off the one offering the prayers. And the transformation of the Holy Spirit deletes worry and sin from the heavy-hearted and the high-minded.
Prayer transforms a racing mind into one of reflection about—and recalibration with—what really matters. Prayer reboots your life’s operating system to align with His and positions you for a cleansed mind. Priorities come into focus in the presence of Christ. The object of your affection keeps you. The Lord will keep you in perfect peace because you trust in Him. He will give you the peace of mind to carry on. He will give you the patience to mind your own business. He will give you the courage and the right spirit to speak your mind. Therefore, keep top of mind trust in your Savior and Lord. Allow His creativity to flood your unfettered mind. A mind submitted to its Master will serve Him well. A mind created, crafted, and kept by Christ is free and clear.
“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” (Romans 12:2).
PrayerHeavenly Father, clear my cluttered mind to reflect Your thinking, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationWhat thought captures my imagination that I need to dismiss and trust the Lord?
Related ReadingRomans 8:6; 1 Corinthians 2:16; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 4:7 Today’s reading is taken from Boyd’s most popular book: Seeking Daily the Heart of God, a 365 day devotional.
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