Hebrews 3:1 What Are You Thinking About?

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. Hebrews 3:1

Every person has thoughts all the time about many different things. These thoughts can be about what is currently happening in their lives, in the lives of others, about things that could happen, things that did happen and much more.

Unless a person is dead, his mind is always thinking about something. The things thought about can be uplifting or it can bring a person down.

The author of Hebrews tells all believers to fix their thoughts upon Jesus, who is seen as their apostle and high priest. This is done because of who Jesus is and what He has done.

The majority of the world is thinking about how to make things better for themselves. Their thoughts are on the temporary things of this world and how to please themselves.

Believers are to have a mind that is transformed and changed to one of Christ. His mind was one that had an eternal perspective of life and events. Jesus always focused upon eternal things, rather than the temporary things of this earth.

Everything that is temporary of this earth will fade away and no longer be of any concern to a believer. Rather than worrying about the temporary troubles of this world, one must focus on the eternal souls of people that are dying, the same focus Jesus had.

As the mind of a believer is focused on Jesus and what He desires, the temporary troubles of this world will fade away. The way a believer changes his thoughts is by staying in prayer and in God’s word on a regular basis. He will allow the Holy Spirit to guide and focus all of his thoughts on Jesus, rather than sin and self.

Every day you will have many thoughts that run through your head. You have to choose which thoughts you will entertain.

The world is trying to gain your mind to control you to sin. God is there to help you focus on what really matters for you and for others. Rather than let the world and sin have control of your thoughts, give those thoughts over to God.

Focus on what God is doing and wants you to do. Think on what God has told you in His word and know the life and peace He has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to guide your thoughts; that you will think about God’s word to you; that you will think as Jesus thinks; and that all of your thoughts will honor God.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 How Do You Receive God’s Word?

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13

Every day people all over the world hear many different things. They hear things physically and by seeing or reading different sources.

Depending upon the source, a person will choose as to how much he accepts what he is hearing as truth or of importance. Some things are ignored, while great attention is given to other bits of information.

Paul thanked God for the people had heard and accepted God’s word as God’s word, not just some made-up human invention.

Hearing the word of God is easy to do in America and some other countries around the world. There is freedom to have a Bible or to talk about God’s word. But there is much more than just reading the Bible or hearing it mentioned.

There are many different secular universities that accept God’s word as a great piece of literature, but nothing more than that. Many people, including many in the church, have taken on that same viewpoint, that it is just a good piece of literature and not God’s word.

Every week people hear God’s word in churches, but never apply it to their lives. It is ignored as just some more needless information.

The person who truly believes in God will accept the Bible as God’s actual word. When he hears or reads the Bible, he will accept it as coming directly from God and will obey it immediately. It is not just some good stories to be read, but a life changing book that is alive and powerful.

As a follower of Jesus, you must be willing to read and hear God’s word to you each and every day. When you take time to read God’s word you must be willing to ask yourself how you are supposed to obey it. To obey the Bible is to obey God, it is His written word.

Do not allow yourself to ignore reading the Bible or doing what it says. Take it as the authority, that was given by God, upon how you live your life.

The more you obey God’s word, the closer to God you will come and the more like Jesus you will be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word in your heart; that you will apply God’s word to your life; that you will not be ashamed of God’s word to you; and that you will be a witness of the power of God’s word in your life.

2 Corinthians 10:3 At War In A Different Way

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 2 Corinthians 10:3

In nearly every area of the world there is a war going on. Some are physical wars with guns and bombs at local, national and international levels.

There are also many wars that do not include physical fighting, but are trying to destroy other people. People lie, cheat, and slander other people and businesses in order to destroy them. Some do it just to destroy the competition, while others are just trying to become the best in their field.

Paul acknowledges living in world, but points out that believers do not wage war in the same way as the world does.

In the spiritual realm of life, there is a war going on. It is the war for the control and ownership of the souls of men and women. Satan and his evil forces are doing all they can to destroy the hearts and lives of every person they can, by whatever means they have available. The world fights in a dirty manner by lying, cheating, and stealing.

God also has His followers fighting in a war. It is a war for their soul. This war is not a physical fighting war or one out to destroy other people.

It is one with words that destroys actions and evil thoughts. It is pushing back temptation to sin against God. It is a war of loving one who is unlovable to change their hearts towards God. It is a war that reveals the lies and deception of the enemy and points people to the truth only found in Jesus.

While killing and lies do some destruction, the destruction is temporary. The battle of the believer destroys sin and brings about eternal life, lasting forever.

You are in the battle for your soul and for the souls of those around you. This battle is one to show people the way to eternal life.

The world does not want you to win this battle for yourself or for others and will do all it can to stop you. Choose to be on God’s side and wage war as He does with love and His living word.

Destroy the thoughts and actions of disobedience that the world promotes and live for God. Bring others to Jesus for salvation. God will win the war in the end. You will win, when you fight it God’s way.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to fight in this world; that you will fight for your soul and for others to be more like Jesus; and that God will use you to win the souls of others away from the world.