Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Words of Encouragement

What are you thinking?  Are your thoughts scattered, or are they on Godly things? It profits the heart, if our minds are on Jesus.

"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. - 1 Chronicles 28:9

What's On Your Mind? Thoughts That Acknowledge God.

Solomon was a man with wisdom as well as one of the most foolish men.  How can you be both wise and foolish?  Solomon shows us what happens when you have thoughts that are about God and when you have selfish thoughts.

Solomon's life was one that was greatly blessed by God.  When he acknowledge God, he had great wisdom and blessings from God.  When he was not acknowledging God in his thoughts, which translated to his action, he made foolish decisions.  He married many women that led him away from God and into idolatry.

It is something important for us to see in this verse.  The scripture says "a willing mind". What does it mean to have a willing mind?  It let's us know that we have an active part in what is on our minds.  Did you know if you are choosing to have thoughts that upset you, you are in fact willing to do so?  We might not really understand that, but it is true.

If your thoughts are taking you "captive" it is because you have given those thoughts the control and they are being able to have free to be expressed.  Instead, if you begin to willingly think on things that would not allow your mind to be held captive, you begin the process of releasing your mind to acknowledge God and follow him freely.

When we seek God each day with our thoughts, we will find him.  If we reject him in our thoughts, we will not find him.  We reject him in our thoughts when everything else is before him.  But if you and I think about him when we get up, when we sit down, when we walk or talk, we begin to place our thoughts under the control of the most high God.

Today, Lord help us to have thoughts that acknowledge you.  Help us to place them under your control so that we do not have thoughts that unwillingly go to only the bad things in our lives and miss the many things we should be thankful for.  Help us your children to change our minds to reflect more of you.