Loving God With Your Mind
Series: Spiritual Growth
January 17, 2018
The first and greatest commandment, according to our Rabbi, is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Loving God with ALL of your heart, soul, mind, & strength makes you the living sacrifice!
Nearness to God in life starts when you seek to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
People without deep convictions are on a path to becoming lukewarm.
Lukewarm - I still believe in you God; I’m just not excited about you anymore.
22 Do not merely listen to the
word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to
the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in
a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately
forgets what he looks like. 25 But
whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and
continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be
blessed in what they do.
We end up with these life-issues because instead of looking intently into the Word of God that gives freedom & comparing wisely, we get distracted by a screen & start comparing unwisely.
Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
A lot of our anxiety comes from thinking deeply about things that God never tells us to think about.
Psalm 119:11 ESV “I have stored up your
word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Psalm 119:16 NIV “I delight in your decrees; I will not forget your word.”
Psalm 119:24 ESV “Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.”
Psalm 119:27 NIV “Cause me to
understand the WAY of your precepts,
that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.”
When we understand the WAY of God, we understand the heart behind what God said, and we can make great judgements that honor The Lord, because we know his heart.
Psalm 119:27 NIV “Cause me to understand the WAY of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.”
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
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