Monthly Archives: March 2014

Day 4: Guard your heart

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You know now that you have the mind of Christ. You can control your thoughts if you want. And you should! More than a year ago I blogged on the phrase ‘Follow your heart’. That blog is so relevant to this discussion about your identity in Christ, that I have to share it with you again.

I wonder how many people have a total misconception about this little phrase: “Follow your heart”.  Whenever a person is stuck at a crossroad with a big decision looming ahead, we tell him to follow his heart.  We know that the mind is logic.  We also know that the mind and the heart are often in conflict, so what is the heart?  The heart represents our thoughts, our desires, our feelings, our yearnings, our perceptions.  The heart is emotion.  The brain is logic.

So should you really follow your heart at any given time?  What does the Bible say?

The Bible makes a clear distinction between the mind and the heart.
Psalm 7:9 – Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.
Psalm 26:2 – Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;

Unfortunately, the Bible also makes it very clear that our hearts, in other words, our emotions, are not to be trusted.  More shocking than that – our emotions are evil.  Our emotions are the source of sin.
Genesis 6:5 – The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

Back to the question at hand: should we follow our hearts?  No.  Instead, we should be spiritually mature enough to force ourselves to evaluate our emotions, and if necessary, to rather follow logical reasoning.  We should guard our hearts to prevent the birth of sinful behaviour.  Think about it.  Sin start out with one small thought.  Only when that thought is entertained, it grows.  It grows into behaviour.  That is why the Bible warns us to protect our emotions.
Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

So what am I saying?  We should not act on our emotions.  Think about it logically first.  Initially it’s not easy.  We have been trained from childhood to ‘follow our hearts’.  We have allowed ourselves to indulge every little emotion as if it is the absolute truth.  Emotions are not necessarily truth.  Emotions are quite often lies straight from hell.

There is only one exception, where we should follow our hearts and not our logical reasoning.  It’s when our logical reasoning becomes so arrogant that we start to think we don’t need God.  That God doesn’t exist.  That the Bible is a faerie tale.  Then, we are told to rather ignore the mind!
Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

We need Godly wisdom to entertain the right thoughts.  We are given a guideline in Philippians 4:8, something we can test our thoughts against – 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.

If you are entertaining thoughts that are not in line with the verse above, then renew your mind. You can. You have the mind of Christ. Don’t allow your thoughts to run havoc.

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Day 3: you are out of your mind…

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If you are still battling with the concept of being a new creation, then today’s verse is going to knock your shoes off.

But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. [Isa. 40:13.] (1 Corinthians 2:16 AMP)

Wow! You are not just a new creation! You have the mind of Christ! This verse is overwhelming. I have been meditating on it for weeks now and it still overwhelms me. To fully grasp the implication of this verse will take some time. Write this verse on a piece of paper and keep it handy. Read it often. Think about it constantly. It is going to change your life.

Let me give you a taste…. Why should you live in fear and anxiety if you have the mind of Christ? Why should depression rule your life when you have the mind of Christ? Why should you be overcome by problems for which you have no answers when you have the mind of Christ?

The mind of Christ is available to you. You can choose to accept it in faith, or you can choose to ignore it. You can choose to renew your mind or to carry on as is. That is why Paul writes:

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. (Romans 12:2 AMP)

You can make a conscious decision today to renew your mind and in doing so, your entire life will change for the better. It’s there, already available to you. Or you can choose to just plod along.

What do you want? The mind of Christ? Then choose to renew your mind.

Day 2: You! Yes you! YOU are a new creation!

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Is it difficult for you to believe that you are a new creation since you have been born again? Is it easier to believe that other people are new creations? For many, the answer will be yes on both questions. Why?

There are many possible reasons for the unbelief; is it nothing but unbelief after all. When the Bible makes a statement that you do not think is applicable to you too, it’s unbelief. The first possible reason for the unbelief is that you do not feel worthy. Deep down inside of you there is a little voice that tells you that other people deserve the grace of God, but not you. That little voice tells you that God will change them but He won’t bother with you. The little voice blows up your bad characteristics and make it seem impossible to change. That little voice belongs to satan. Don’t listen to it for one second longer. Instead, add another verse to your arsenal and think on that instead.

For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another]. (Romans 2:11 AMP)

God knows you. He knows every fibre of your being. He knows every thought you will have even before you think it. He knows what you have done, what you are doing and what you are planning to do. He knows every good characteristic you have and every bad characteristic. He knows your good points and your bad points. And guess what? He loves you. You are right, you don’t deserve His grace. Nobody does. That is why it is called grace; we receive it so undeserved!

There is not one man on the face of this earth who deserve to be made new more than you do. We are all equal before God.

If you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour of your life, you ARE a new creation. God did it. ALREADY. For you. Yes YOU!