Dear friends, When I started high school way back in 1980, I remember working out that in the year 2020 I would be 51 and thinking to myself, ‘Wow, that’s old!’ Well, here we are. Perspective is an interesting thing! So as we begin a new decade, I have a question for you: what will …Read More
Dear friends, As with each letter that I write to you, this morning I prayed: ‘Lord, what would you have me say?’ Just then an email arrived. It was from a young lady in a town where Vision Christian Radio was first switched on 17 years ago. Her words captured me. She said: ‘I’ve listened …Read More
Dear friends, We live in an age of distraction. It seems to me that there have never been as many things competing for our attention as we have now. It’s interesting that in Joshua 3:4, the Lord commanded the people of Israel to keep a distance of 2,000 cubits (about 800m) between them and the …Read More
Dear friends, Is Australia getting drier? The scientific definition of drought is ‘a serious or severe rainfall deficiency’ or ‘a period of prolonged dryness’. The dryness of our land is pretty obvious. Every day farmers across the country are crying out for rain, and we all should be crying out with them. But physical drought …Read More
Dear friends, Is your Christian voice penetrating hearts and minds in Australia? You don’t have to look far to see the impact of corrosive thinking playing out in our nation—it’s all over the news every day. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover powerful stories of God’s Word penetrating the hearts and lives of …Read More
‘We have the mind of Christ.’ 1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV
There is a natural mindset, and there is a spiritual mindset. To live victoriously, you must develop a spiritual mindset. The Bible says: ‘The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God… and cannot understand them because they are [spiritually] discerned… But we have the mind of Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 2:14–16 NIV) As you programme your life in accordance with God’s Word and consciously submit yourself to do His will every day, He will plant His thoughts in your mind. What an advantage!
For example, someone criticises you and your feelings get hurt. In that moment the Lord speaks to you and says, ‘Yes, your feelings are hurt, but part of it is just wounded vanity and we can deal with that. I love you despite all your baggage. Your standing with Me isn’t at risk. The person who criticised you may see a flaw. But nobody thinks you’re perfect anyway, and it’s better not to pretend. Here is a chance to grow. Use it!’
Even though there are elements of pain in these kinds of thoughts, instead of paralysing you, they energise you. They’re true, they give you ground to stand on, and you realise that if you can keep your mind centred on them, the right feelings and actions are more likely to flow from them. Now you’re starting to live out the promise, ‘You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.’ (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV) Instead of focusing on your critics, focus on God, on your spiritual growth, and on what you can learn from the experience.
SoulFood: Num 3:1–4:33, Matt 5:27–37, Ps 2, Pro 10:30–32
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