All whose mind is stayed on Me
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- Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)
- Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (NIV)
- Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (NKJV)
The Spiritual Bridge
As I noted in the prior post in this series:
While Christ will personally greet you at the toll booth, the Holy Spirit will guide trusting ‘drivers’ over the bridge, and God himself will be waiting for you on the other side.
Untrusting, unabiding Christians will not succeed in their walk. While they may make it pass the toll booth (i.e. be saved), their ride to the other side will not be fruitful. Spiritual growth after one has begun their Walk is the sign of a trusting ‘driver’ – a child of God who knows (‘the watchman’s voice’) and grows (spiritually).
Who can trust?
Those who are unbound and free – and listen to the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Those who lean on the Lord, not their own understanding (Proverbs 3).
True trust means you are an everyday Christian, not merely an unengaged, passive Sunday churchgoer.
– Trust is about your Relationship with the Lord, not just your Sunday morning Ritual.
– How you think and behave on Monday morning and Saturday night is as important as your in-church behavior on Sunday morning.
- Trusting Christians have a ‘stayed’, focused mind; they aren’t easily distracted – like Peter (14th Chapter of Matthew), who walked on water while he was totally focused on Jesus. These Christians strive to live their life in God-pleasing ways; they enjoy ‘perfect peace’. At times, moreover, they even ‘walk on water’ – No Bridge (or toll) Required! (The Georgia bookkeeper-turned-lifesaver I wrote about recently comes to mind).
Do you believe that Jesus is the True Vine (John 15)? An abiding, trusting Christian does.
Who can be triumphant?
Those who trust and love (remember Mark 12:30) the Lord -with all their heart, soul, and mind- will surely be ‘more than conquerors’.
The next post in this series will deal with Triumph.
Prior Series posts:
Hoping to see you at the other side of the bridge!
I’ll end with what the Bible says in the 26th Chapter of the Book of Isaiah (3rd verse):
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way (Born on September 21, 2013)
Lyrics: Words from “Why Should I Be Bound”, David G. Evans featuring Earnest Pugh, led this post.