time news reporting and economic and political chaos it seems to me that there
is more emotional manipulation than there is fact finding and reasoning that
leads to insight and effective, practical action.
Matthew 5 Jesus tells us that we are to be salt and light to the world—agents
of preservation and illumination. But the Church has somewhat backed off from
preserving and illuminating and is in retreat. We are so busy making a living we forget to make
a stand. So concerned about keeping our job we keep our mouth shut and forget
Jesus said that we are to be His witnesses. “They told us we needed to stop praying in school so no one would be
offended. We didn’t like it, but said, “Well, okay.” They
said we should not display the Ten Commandments and we didn’t say much. And so it
went with the pledge of allegiance and the homosexual life style, etc. We
didn’t take a stand or mount a defense—at least not a very big one.
The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform
to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s
will is. There are three
reasons he would encourage us to do that. We have:
thinking and reasoning
compromised by the world’s values
our minds? The problem is the enemy of our souls. One of his favorite tactics
is to lull us to sleep, i.e., to have us believe we do not need a strong,
flexible, agile mind and spirit. It’s okay, we have pastors and leaders who
can tell us of spiritual danger…we don’t need to learn to discern for
ourselves, and studying is hard work and we are busy, and so on until we have
flabby minds, sloppy thinking and reasoning and lazy spirits. We are in a war—not of our making or choosing, but we are still in it. We can either
embrace our spiritual and mental fitness program, learn to fight by knowing what we believe
and why and how to defend our faith, or, we can believe the enemy’s lies and stay flabby
and lazy. There will be one winner and one loser—I read the last chapter!
believe we need a focus. If we are serious about our spiritual development
and desire to be spiritually fit and mature, it would make sense to learn how
God thinks and to find out what He values and adopt those values and embrace that
way of thinking.
Since we are all different and have varying capacities
we are not all to be the same—but we are
responsible to develop the talents we have and utilize our full capacities. Like
athletes, we need a coach who sees our strengths—spiritual and natural—and
pushes us to hone our strengths and
strengthen our weaknesses.
embracing His values. My first question to Him was, “How can I learn to
think like You? How can I learn Your values?” I heard a very loud thought in my
mind, “READ THE RED PRINT!” I
laughed out loud. Jesus said He did what He saw the Father do (thoughts and
values) and said what He heard the Father say (thoughts and values). “For I did not
speak on my own, but the Father
who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken ( John 12:49). The words I say
to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his
work (John 14:10-11). Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works
themselves (John 14:10-11).
to the Gospels and read the red print I should be able to see how God thinks
and what He values! Jesus was very clear on what He believed, why He did
what He did…and He took a stand.
this New Year He added to the program. He’s been challenging me to formulate a godly thought matrix. As
far as I have been able to unravel this yarn ball, it looks like He wants me to
wrestle with building a “Godly logic structure” within which to reason as He
reasons—that’s daunting. Potential brain strain! You know the verse, “Come now, let us reason
together…” (Isaiah 1:18 KJV). I have not studied philosophy or logic but maybe
that’s a good thing; man’s rules of logic probably would not work with God anyway!
would appreciate your feedback during this mental/spiritual workout! Could we
build this matrix together and come up with a framework within which to reason that
leads to insight and wisdom? That will lead to taking a stand and mounting a
defense? I’m going to need all the help I can get! Comments please!