Mind Food (15 September 2020)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Always be glad because of the Lord! I will say it again: Be glad. Always be gentle with others. The Lord will soon be here. Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. You know the teachings I gave you, and you know what you heard me say and saw me do. So follow my example. And God, who gives peace, will be with you.

(Philippians 4: 4-9)

Reflect:

What we think causes our behaviour and our feelings, so keeping our minds on godly thoughts is vital to living the Christian life. Memorising the Bible means we are steeped in truth, hope and instruction that will literally change our lives.

We live in a world where we have unprecedented access to the Bible - wherever and whenever we want it through the internet, in multiple translations of our own language, in a plethora of font sizes and styles. The danger of this is that we assume we know it better than we do. It is not enough to be able to get hold of a Bible passage when we feel like it. We need it inside us, imbedded in our brains.

Respond:

Repeat this sentence ten times: “keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper.” (Philippians 4:8). At your next mealtime, see if you can recite it from memory.

Midday Meditation:

“Now set your heart on what is in heaven, where Christ rules at God’s right side. Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth. You died, which means that your life is hidden with Christ, who sits beside God. Christ gives meaning to your life, and when he appears, you will also appear with him in glory.”

(Colossians 3: 1-4)

Evening Reflection:

Our concentration on Jesus will be strengthened by memorization of great passages…

This practice of memorizing the Scriptures is more important than a daily quiet time, for as we fill our minds with these great passages and have them available for our meditation, “quiet time” takes over the entirety of our lives.

(Dallas Willard)

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