We May Experience the Mind of Christ, Because the Bible Tells Us So

“One of the most wonderful things about the church Epistles is that the Word of God never demands that we change our minds without something else to replace old thoughts and actions. Rather His Word always shows us how to replace old thoughts, emotions, and actions with new concepts that come to life by putting on the mind of Christ. We are encouraged to put off the old man and to put on the new man; this must be possible because the Bible tells us so, and God’s Word instructs us about how to do this successfully.” ~LMJ~

Oh, Those Big Beautiful Eyes (Looking to Strengthen You)

“God sees the motive behind thoughts and actions and He looks at His children with unconditional love and not on the underlying doctrines of establishments to judge one group more chosen or special or holier than He would another. No one group can stake claim to having a corner on all the truth; I do not know it all and neither does anyone else. It is when people think they know it all that they end up shutting all the doors of true outreach and forgiveness, for they will begin to imagine that everybody else is wrong except for themselves. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him- II Chronicles 16:9.” ~LMJ~

The Start of a Great Day (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 5:1-3:
-1:  GIVE ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditations.
-2:  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
-3:  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

David in praying to God says, “consider my meditations.” He is asking God to take notice that he has meditated.  His meditations were his thoughts on the Scriptures and his belief in the promises of God. Then he further asks God to hear the “voice of his cry.” This does not mean that King David was a “cry baby” but a man in need (as we all are when we look to God’s help and deliverance throughout the day). David’s voice was humble, solemn, and constant in the morning for God to hear his prayer.

Prayer in the morning, putting God first in our lives can set the pattern for the whole day, a day to live within the blessings of God upon our life. “And I will look up” has a twofold meaning, first David would look to God Who answers prayer. Secondly, because David prayed he would be looking out for the blessings of God that he prayed for throughout the day to return to him. You may recall in a previous byte or from the Word that Jesus looked up; he looked to God in the same manner as David did, he looked in believing to see his prayer answered.

Taking the time to start our day with God, taking a moment to perhaps read a verse or two, and meditating on them before we enter out into the hustle and bustle of daily life, and to also pray in the morning will indeed bring great things to pass in our lives. You and I can expect to have a great day when we take time to acknowledge our God by reading His Word and in our prayer life.

Mark 1:35 – And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he {Jesus} went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Jesus “a great while before day” took the time to be alone with his thoughts, to be alone with God, and to pray for his day. This set the pattern for a wonderful day because he allowed God into his life at the very start. When we follow the example of Jesus and David, we will increase our believing trust in our God, and this will also help us to recognize that God is always with us. Remembering that we are God’s children is easier when we allow Him and His Word into our hearts early. David in summing up the 5th Psalm shows to us the joys and blessings that can travel with us throughout the day as we allow God into our life. This is the Start of a Great Day.

Psalms 5:11-12:
-11:  But let all those that put their trust in thee {God} rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them {God covers and protects us with grace}: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. {In this one verse alone we have rejoice, joy, and joyful –  this is the result from permitting God and His healing Word into our lives.}
-12:  For thou, LORD wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. {The “shield” that compasses us is God’s loving favor watching over us.}

The Ways of the Lord Are Right, and the Just Shall Walk in Them

“God informs us that my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways- Isaiah 55:8. However, we can change our ways via our thoughts: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee– Psalms 43:8, and pray, Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths {have we?}- Psalms 25:4, because the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them- Hosea 14:9.” ~LMJ~