Monday, May 11, 2015

Pastor's Ponderings, May 11, 2015

What Is On Your Mind?

In the 1995 movie, Batman Forever, Edward Nygma and Bruce Wayne have a conversation.
Mr. Wayne asks, “Mr. Nygma, you’ll forgive me for being rude, but what exactly is on your mind?” 
Mr. Nygma replies, “Precisely. What’s on all of our minds? Brainwaves!” 

In reality, whatever is on our minds can be a source of strength or failure. If we keep our minds upon the challenges of the day, our moods, our thoughts, and our actions will follow them.  If our team wins, if our company’s profits are up, if we graduate on time or if things generally go our way, our thoughts are upbeat, happy, and joyful.  If things do not go our way, our thoughts are filled with despair and frustration.

However, the Bible says that if we keep our minds on God, He will keep us in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Those of us who love the Lord do not have to allow circumstances to determine our attitudes.  We are in this world but not of it and do not have to let tragic events or outstanding successes determine our joy, our peace, or our relationship with our Savior. 

Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, wrote, “Everything changes and nothing stands still”. Thank God that He never changes (Hebrews 13:8).  We can put our confidence, our peace, and our future in His hands and He will keep us in His perfect peace when we keep our mind on Him and His words for us.

Isaiah 26:3
Amplified Bible (AMP),
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You

Hebrews 13:8
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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