Zechariah 3:5 A Clean Mind

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Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by. Zechariah 3:5 

The mind is a powerful part of every person. It can make or break a person very quickly. It is what can give the person the internal motivation to accomplish a difficult task. It is also what can bring on enough fear to keep someone from doing the most simple task.

Every thing that is said and every action, whether good or bad, comes from a thought from the mind. What covers the mind is what determines what can come from it.

Joshua the high priest was being given new clothes to minister in. With the new clothes it was representative of his being cleansed of sin. Now he was given a new turban for his head.

When a person becomes a believer and chooses to follow Christ, he is given new clothes and a new heart. These clothes are the clothes of Christ, His righteousness and holiness.

The heart is often seen as the core part of man’s thinking and beliefs. It is sometimes used interchangeably with the mind. Believers are also to put on the mind of Christ, to think as He thinks.

Jesus had a firm belief in His Father and what He could do or what He should not do. There were no doubts in His mind for either action.

Every believer must also have the same mind as that of Jesus, knowing what is right and wrong, what God wants them to do or not do. Without God giving one a new mind, people are stuck in sinful thoughts, binding them to sin. As the mind is given a new turban, or helmet, he now has the mind of Christ that thinks the right thoughts.

You may be like most people in battling thoughts each day. Satan uses your mind to get you thinking about sinning and how enticing sin is. Turn away from those thoughts and put on the mind of Christ.

Allow God to change your thought patterns to ones that will follow after God. As you change your thoughts from sin to God, you will know that in Christ you can do all things and that God is with you and will never leave you. This will empower you to do God’s work.

Where are your thoughts today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to change your mind; that you will allow God to clean your mind of sinful thoughts; and that God will do great things through you as you believe Him. 

Isaiah 55:7 Let There Be A Change

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Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:7 

Changing personal ways is something most people do not ever want to do. It is something that is difficult and can often be somewhat painful.

Most people like the way they are and don’t see a reason to change. This can even be true when the change is for the better in the long wrong. Humans want the benefit immediately, not after a long time and lots of work. They want the benefits now without the hard work.

Through Isaiah, God calls those who are wicked to change their ways and thoughts and turn to Him. God is willing to have mercy upon them and free them from all guilt.

There are people every where who claim to follow Jesus, yet their lifestyle and thoughts do not show it. In fact, many will just claim that is who they are and they cannot nor will change. They stay living in a sinful way or keep on with the sinful thoughts in their hearts.

Churches are filled with people claiming to be believers, but are not willing to change. God has set a standard of living that is above the ways and thoughts of mankind. It is a holy and righteous standard of living.

One cannot earn his salvation by living a righteous life and turning away from sin, because that price was paid for by Jesus. However, turning from sin and changing the thoughts is a love response for what Jesus has done. It is showing that one is truly grateful for the salvation that Jesus has provided. It shows a change to a new creation in Christ Jesus.

As a believer, you have been forgiven and saved by Jesus. Your sins have been removed. Now it is time to change your ways and not go back to those sins or sinful thoughts. He will pardon you from your sinful ways when you turn from them.

Allow God to change you into the new image of Jesus. Be willing to forsake and turn away from old sinful habits and thoughts. Allow the Holy Spirit to change you from the inside out. Do not stay the same in the old sinful ways.

God is ready to have mercy upon you and freely pardon you. Let Him do so.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to be your Savior; that you will turn from all sin towards God; that you will live your life as an image of Jesus; and that you will not abuse the mercy of God. 

Ecclesiastes 12:14 There Will Be A Judging

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For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14 

Judgment is something that very few people like, unless they are the one doing the judging. It implies that one can do something right or wrong and it is someone else that makes the choice as to whether it is right or wrong.

No one likes to be told that he is wrong. He wants to be able to do, say, and think what he wants, when he wants and how he wants with no judging by anyone else. Judgment is usually seen as being told he is wrong.

As Solomon finishes out this book, he reminds the people to fear God, because He will judge every deed done, whether seen or unseen. The judgment is to determine if the action done is good or evil.

While the world hates to be judged, there are many believers who do like not like the concept of being judged, though they judge all the time. Judgment against others, believers and non-believers occurs all the time, though no one wants to get judged himself.

Many will claim that they are free in Christ Jesus and cannot be judged. While there is truth in the freedom in Christ, it is a freedom to follow Christ and a freedom to turn from sin. It is not a freedom to do what one wants with no consequences.

When Christ returns there will be two judgments. One is whether one follows Jesus or not. This brings life or death. The other is judgment for believers as to what they had done with following Jesus. The more they have done, the greater the reward in heaven they will get. The less they have done, the lesser the reward.

As a believer and follower of Jesus, you have an obligation to obey Him. God will judge how well you have chosen to obey Him. Claiming to follow Jesus is one thing, but obeying Him is completely different. It is the proof of what your words are saying.

Do not allow freedom or grace to allow you to live in sin or refuse to obey God’s every command. Out of love for God and for what Jesus did for you, obey Him. Live in a way that when God stands before you to judge what you have done, He will find that you have obeyed Him and lived as Jesus lived.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus has for you; that you will obey God out of love for Him; that God will be able to judge you and find no wrong; and that God will be able to give you a great reward in heaven for your obedience to Him.