WORDKEEPING AND MENTAL IMPROVEMENT

 

Consider the value of the human mind. How much is your mind worth to you? Without it, you have nothing. As the ad goes, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

 

The battle going on for our minds is incessant. God created us, and He desires and deserves to be given full rights to our minds. But the enemy of our souls is relentless in his pursuit of our minds. Each and every mind that is given to Satan is a slap in Godís face, and a stab in His heart, which, tragically, is Satanís highest delight.

 

Satan delights in placing minds under bondage, through evil habits and addictions of every sort. He drills his principles into our minds through the secular media, and through false religion. Addictions are the result of memorizing Satanís lies. Somehow he traps us into believing his lies so strongly that we act them out again and again.

 

God has given us the ability to reason, and to choose. Even the demoniac, fully possessed by demons, still had the power of choice available to him. We can choose God, no matter how far weíve fallen.

 

How do we take our minds from Satanís bondage and give them to God? Godís miracle-working power is what we need. What does He need from us? Just a simple choice. Just like the lame man by the pool of Bethesda, who wanted to be healed. All he needed to do was believe in Godís ability, and make the effort to stand up. God worked the miracle, and gave the power, but the man needed to exercise his faith.

 

If we will reach out our hand, saying, "Lord, I believe. What would you have me to do?" He will take our hands, and lead us to His Word, saying, "Receive My Word into your heart." As we say, "Yes, Lord," and choose to cooperate with Him, He takes over, and leads us on step by step. And He does this through His Word.

 

Wordkeeping is the Highest Education we can receive. Wordkeeping is what weíre here for, because it is what enables us to learn to think like God does. Then Satan can have no more power over us.

 

If you were put in solitary confinement, without anything to read or see, what would you think about? Whatís in your mind? If you have eaten Godís Word, it becomes a part of you. Your thought processes are redirected to think like God. What a rich treasure your mind contains!

 

The Word of God reveals discrepancies in our thoughts, attitudes, and behavior, so that we can recognize our need for change, assent to Godís truth, and submit to His transforming power. Then our thoughts will be brought into harmony with His thoughts, the Word will become a permanent operating principle in our lives

 

Through Godís help, we need to retrain, and educate our minds to think correctly. Thoughts are amazing; they dart here and there, going to whatever attracts our attention. While we can choose what we think about, keeping our thoughts on a worthwhile topic can be a tremendous challenge. You can be sure that Satan will be doing all he can to divert your attention away from the Word. He makes worldly pleasures and entertainment incredibly appealing.

 

Hereís a challenge for you. If you happen to watch a movie or secular TV again, take note of everything that is portrayed that is against the noble, elevating principles of Godís Word. I think you will be shocked to realize that Satan is insinuating his diabolic principles constantly. Lust, pride, rebellion, dishonesty, greed, self-indulgence and all manner of evil are woven throughout almost every movie, show or commercial. Do you really want Satan to be in charge of your mindís education?

 

If we have filled our minds with nonsense and foolishness, those habitual thinking patterns will keep pulling our minds down into the low levels. It will be almost impossible to keep it on lofty themes. But your efforts will be richly rewarded, as you begin to enjoy the sweetness of Wordkeeping. If you are willing to persevere, your mind will automatically turn to the holy and pure topics instead of foolish or evil thoughts.

 

Bible memory is one of the very best ways in the whole world to restore our minds to their God-given ability to think good thoughts. Exercising the faculties of the mind in this way brings miraculous regeneration. Even the murderous mind of a hardened criminal may be restored through Wordkeeping. No penitentiary or rehabilitation program can fix a criminal mind, but the Word of God can. Scripture that is hidden in our hearts does more for us than we can imagine. It takes us out of Satanís cruel hands and puts us in Godís loving hands, forever!!

 

The power of the Word to restore our minds is the greatest evidence of the power of the Gospel. When we think upright thoughts, we will have right actions. And this is Godís divine plan for all of us.

 

Wordkeeping is so much more than a casual reading of the scriptures. It is allowing the awe-inspiring Words of God to penetrate so deeply that evil thoughts are expelled. It takes determination and perseverance. It is a challenging task, like climbing a mountain. But the exhilaration and heavenly view is well worth the effort!

 

If we diligently educate our minds with the truths of the Bible, itís principles will become imbedded in our hearts. After a time, we will discover that our tastes have changed! We no longer enjoy worldly entertainment. Instead, we take delight in pursuing that which is uplifting and ennobling. Wordkeeping actually creates a desire for more Wordkeeping, until all of Satanís worldly educational sources are avoided like the plague! Wordkeeping becomes an antidote for the Satanís mental poison.

 

Do you want you mind to grow stronger and think more clearly? Far more than any other pursuit, Wordkeeping will increase your powers of comprehension, and sharpen your thinking abilities. There is no other source of knowledge in the world that can top the Word of God. No other book exists that can rival it. Read it thoughtfully and prayerfully, slowly, patiently, reverently. Your mind will become invigorated as it contemplates the deep truths of Godís Word. You are tapping in to the very wisdom of heaven. As you pursue it more and more, you will be absolutely amazed!

 

Praise God for His Word!

 

Here are your ten texts for today.

 

Gal 5:23

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Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Gal 6:7

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Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Eph 2:8

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Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Eph 2:9

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Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Eph 4:32

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Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Phi 1:6

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Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Phi 4:4

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Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Phi 4:7

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Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Phi 4:13

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Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Phi 4:19

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Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

In His Love,

Linda Kirk

(805) 239-1120