Brick #80 – Hebrews 8

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How would you react if a well respected, highly thought of, godly man stood up in church as the guest preacher this Sunday and said, “You might as well throw your Bibles away – they are out of date and old fashioned and I have a better book for you to base your life on”?

That is essentially what the author of Hebrews says in chapter 8. Notice verse 13: “In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” What we know as the Old Testament was for the Hebrews their Bible – the Scriptures. And they were being told that the part of their Scriptures that they revered more than any other – the books of the Law as written down by their hero Moses – was OBSOLETE.

I have no doubt that it took a while for the Hebrews to wrap their heads around this information. And the only reason they eventually concurred was because the author of Hebrews did a masterful job of showing his readers from THEIR Scriptures that this was all a part of God’s plan from the beginning. The question that the Hebrews were finally beginning to comprehend was this: If the covenant that God made with His people through Moses was insufficient to secure our forgiveness of sin and make us eternally righteous in the eyes of God then what was it’s purpose? Perhaps this illustration will help to answer the question. I will follow it up with a few comments…

 

  1. The Law was never intended to lead to salvation. It merely provided temporary relief from the guilt of sin.
  2. Doing good, or trying to please God by obeying His commands only led to a dead end because absolutely no one could perfectly obey the Law. And yet, this is the basis of most religions today. The religious faithful try as hard as they can to earn the favor of God by doing the best they can but their good works aren’t good enough.
  3. The Law was designed to show God’s covenant people that there had to be another way, a better way.
  4. Even in the Old Testament it was not the keeping of the Law that provided salvation, it was faith in the blood of the sacrificial lamb to cover their sin that brought about forgiveness.
  5. The author of Hebrews is making a compelling case that Jesus, the better High Priest, who did live a life that perfectly obeyed God’s Law, was the better Moses and the author of a New Covenant – not based on keeping the Law but based on faith that His sacrificial blood is sufficient to cover our sin and secure for us salvation.

Interestingly, within a few years of the writing of the Book of Hebrews, the whole sacrificial system  of the Jewish people was made obsolete. In 70 A.D. the Romans conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Jewish Temple. Thus there was no way for annual sacrifices to be made at Yom Kippur for the forgiveness of sin. 

Fortunately there was no longer a need for this to happen. Because God had provided a better way… Jesus!

May this brick help you to understand God’s great plan from the beginning. And to recognize that even in today’s world your good works aren’t good enough to win the favor of God. But Jesus’ good work on the cross is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brick #79 – Hebrews 7

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Some passages are easier to ponder than others and readily lend themselves to application. This is not one of those chapters. Hebrews 7 focuses on a fairly obscure character from the Older Testament named Melchizedek. He is only mentioned in a few verses in Genesis 14 and Psalm 110. But he is hugely important in Hebrews as the author makes his point that Jesus is our great High Priest and so much more excellent than the priests of the Older Testament.

In today’s brick I want to focus on two points of application that emerged from the text as I pondered it this week. I will put them in the form of question and answer.

1) Why is the practice of tithing (or giving generously as the Newer Testament calls it) so important? 

There are two answers to this question. Hebrews 7:2 tells us that “…and to (Melchizedek) Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything.” (see also Genesis 14:20-24). The first answer is this: Tithing is a way to remind us that God is the owner of EVERYTHING and that we are merely stewards of what He has entrusted to us. It is exceptionally easy for us to take pride in all our possessions and equally as easy for our possessions to begin to possess us. Tithing is a way that we humble ourselves before God and acknowledge that it ALL belongs to Him. And it is way for us to express our gratitude for everything that He allows us to steward.

The second answer goes like this: Tithing is a way that the Lord tests us to see if we are GOOD stewards and a barometer as to whether we can faithfully steward MORE. It was immediately after Abraham gave Melchizedek a tithe in Genesis 14 that the Lord made a promise to him about having a child in his old age (Genesis 15:1-6). A child that would become the father of many nations whose number would be like the stars in the sky. It was because Abraham was faithful in the little things that God entrusted with greater things. And so it is with us.

2) What kind of prayers do you suppose Jesus is praying for you?

We read in Hebrews 7:25 that Jesus is “able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” This verse got me thinking. What do Jesus’ prayers for me sound like? I imagine that they sound very different than the prayers that I pray for myself. I imagine that they have less to do with my comfort and safety and health and money and more to do with my holiness and obedience and joy and nearness to God and protection from the evil one. John 17, I have no doubt, gives us some good clues as to what His prayers sound like. And interestingly, do you know what that prayer of His is called? The High Priestly Prayer!

So if you want to know how Jesus is praying for you then read John 17. And if you want to know how to model your prayers for others after Jesus’ prayers then read John 17.

May this brick spur you to think about what your practice of tithing reveals about you and to encourage your soul as you hear how Jesus is interceding for you.

 

 

 

 

Brick #78 – Hebrews 6

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The author of Hebrews has pushed the pause button in his discussion of the high priesthood in order to give a stern warning to his readers. In effect, he is saying “Stop acting like babies! Grow up.” In verse 1 he admonishes them to “go on to maturity.” So in this brick I want to try to answer this question: What does maturity for a believer look like? In other words, how would we know if we were indeed on the road to maturing in Christ. What I will NOT do is try to solve the theological conundrum that verses 4-8 presents. I will simply say this about those verses… The author is not saying that you can lose your salvation. But smarter people than me disagree on what they are saying to this audience of Hebrew Christians. Suffice to say that the author strongly encourages his readers to pursue spiritual growth and maturity or else they will deal with the consequences of this not happening. So…

What does spiritual maturity look like in the life of a believer? Here are 6 marks of a maturing believer that I think are a good place  to start in helping us evaluate if we are on the road to maturity.

1) A maturing believer ABIDES DILIGENTLY – The word abide is one of the great words in the Bible and John 15 is a great place learn more about abiding. Abiding diligently simply means that believers are looking continuously to the Lord for the nourishment they need to fuel their soul. The are readers and ponderers of the Word. They find their identity rooted in the love of God for them. They receive their strength and power from the Holy Spirit dwelling inside them.

2) A maturing believer WORSHIPS WHOLEHEARTEDLY –  They do this personally and they do this in community. Personally, they worship the Father on a daily basis as they praise Him and thank. They are aware that the god of this world is trying to divide their heart by offering things of this world as places where they can find their satisfaction. In community, they gather with other believers to exalt the Father and exult in His Son by the power of the Spirit. They don’t just go through the motions of a worship service but join corporately in the adoration of God.

3) A maturing believer SERVES JOYFULLY – They recognize that they are a part of the body of Christ and that for the body to be healthy every part of the body must do what it was created to do. They are looking for ways to serve in their local church as well as looking for ways to serve the capital C Church. And they do this not out of duty or obligation but with gladness because their desire is to see the church fulfill it’s mandate to make disciples of all nations.

4) A maturing believer LOVES GENEROUSLY – Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord with ALL your heart, soul, mind, and strength” and then to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Love God. Love people. A maturing believer is constantly fighting the innate selfishness that we all deal with and is looking for ways to demonstrate generous love by offering their time, talent, and money in service to God.

5) A maturing believer PRAYS BOLDLY – We know that we have an all access pass to the throne room of God and that we can ask God anything. But most believers never get past voicing childish prayers. They never get to the point where they are asking God to do “more than we can ask or imagine.” They never express prayers that are rooted in faith and ask God to do what only He can do. Maturing believers are learning to pray audacious prayers – prayers that are characterized by a deep rooted confidence in a Father’s generous love for His children.

6) A maturing believer GOES INTENTIONALLY – Our story has been radically changed by the gospel and it has brought about life transformation. Our story is now forever connected to God’s story and it is a story that the world needs to hear. Maturing believers take the Great Commission personally: “Go into all the world and make disciples….” They make the Great Commission their mission. They are on the lookout for opportunities to tell others about the goodness and greatness of God and to invite them to discover how their story can also connect to God’s story.

May this brick help you to discern whether you are on the road to maturity or whether you are still acting like a baby. Read again verses 4-8 for some stern encouragement to earnestly pursue spiritual growth.

 

 

 

Brick #77 – Hebrews 5

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The first 10 verses of this great chapter focus on the role of the high priest and Melchizedek. I am going to skip over these since this will be dealt with in more detail when we come to chapters 7-8. My pondering focus will be 2 application questions that emerged as I pondered verses 11-14.

About this (the high priesthood) we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

1) How do we become “dull of hearing”? – The author insinuates that his readers were at one time NOT dull of hearing but over time they have become that way. This can be true for us as well. We don’t want this kind of accusation leveled against us so what are a few things that contribute to spiritual hearing loss?

  • Competing voices – I am a firm believer in this statement: The voices we listen to effect the choices we make! What other voices, besides the voice of God commands your attention?
  • Distractions – Admittedly we live in a world full of distractions.  One of the things we can do is to eliminate these when we are trying to listen to God. For me, when I am reading and pondering, this means the TV is not on. Music is not playing. I am not reading while trying to have other conversations. I find as quiet a place as possible and focus my attention on what the Lord is saying.
  • Neglect – The easiest way to become dull of hearing is to not listen to what God says at all. This happens easier than you might think. You miss church. Life gets busy. Our routine is interrupted. And before you know it it has been several weeks and you have not heard the voice of God.
  • Disobedience – When we neglect God we don’t give God a chance to speak. When we disobey, we pull away so that even if He does speak our hearts are far enough away that we can’t hear what He is trying to stay. The old adage is indeed true: If you feel far away from God, guess who moved!

2) What does it mean to be a baby Christian and how do you NOT stay that way? Being a baby Christian has nothing to do with how long you have been a Christian. It essentially comes down to this: Have you learned how to feed yourself? Babies don’t feed themselves. They are dependent on others to feed them. The author of Hebrews is calling out his readers and saying STOP being babies. Start feeding yourselves. So here’s the deal…. If your only connection to God’s Word is when you hear a sermon or listen to someone else teach a Bible lesson then you are being spoon fed and you are still a baby. It’s time to grow up and learn how to feed yourself. This is where pondering comes in. Pondering has to do with chewing on the Word of God. You don’t have to chew on milk. But you do have to chew on solid food. 

I love the illustration of a cow chewing the cud. It chews on it’s food and then swallows it, digests what it can and then regurgitates what it didn’t digest so that it can chew on it some more. This process is repeated until the cow has gotten as much nutrition out of the food as it possibly can. This is pondering. Read the Word of God. Think on the Word of God. Apply the Word of God. Repeat. Then repeat again.

May the Lord use this brick to keep you from becoming dull of hearing and to challenge you to grow up in your salvation by learning to feed yourself on the solid food of God’s satisfying Word.

 

 

 

 

 

Brick #76 – Hebrews 4

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When I ponder Scripture I generally notice words and phrases that are oft repeated. For me, they are a clue as to something the author is trying to say and an idea he is trying to get across. It’s the same way when I preach or when I teach. If I repeat something several times it is because I want to make sure people hear it. In this chapter there is one word that is much repeated that will be my pondering focus – though there is much more in this chapter that could be focused on.

Rest – The word “rest” occurs 10x in the first 11 verses of this chapter. There are two aspects of this rest that the author of this letter wanted his Hebrew readers to consider. And they apply to us as well. He has in mind the wandering of the Israelites in the desert as they journeyed from Egypt to the land of promise. This parallels our journey through this life, having left a life of slavery to sin as we make our way toward heaven and the life promised to us when our journey is complete.

1) There is a rest that we can enjoy in this life even when life is hard and demanding; even when there is much to despair about; even when we don’t see the hand of God at work around us. We can still experience His peace, the shalom of God, because we have confidence in His promise that He will ALWAYS be with us and that He is ALWAYS working for our good and His glory – even when we can’t see it. Jesus made this powerful promise in Matthew 11:28-30…

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Those three phrases in bold are worth spending time thinking about as they will be the key to finding “rest for your souls” and getting rid of the burdens that are currently weighing you down and keeping you from a purposeful and productive life that honors and glorifies the Lord.

2) There is a rest we will enjoy in the life to come when we enter into the presence of God upon death. Revelation 21:4 describes it this way: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” We will not have to deal with all the difficulties that this life brings. We can experience the fulness of joy as we “rest” eternally in God’s forever shalom.

May this brick help you to experience the rest that God provides in this life as well as anticipating the rest He offers in the life to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brick #75 – Hebrews 3

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Lots to unpack in this great chapter as the author continues to build his case that Jesus is far far superior to anything we can imagine. He has already talked about His superiority to the prophets, to angels, to sin, to suffering, and to temptation – in this chapter he makes the case that Jesus is even superior to Moses. Now to a Jewish audience, even a Christian Jewish audience, these are almost fighting words because of the respect and honor that the Jews held for Moses. But the fact is… Jesus is better!

One of the doctrinal questions that the author begins to address is this: Is it possible to lose your salvation once you have been granted salvation? The letter to the Hebrews, more than any other letter in the New Testament, raises this question. Notice in chapter 3 a few comments that the author makes:

  • verse 6 – we are His house IF indeed we hold fast our confidence...
  • verse 12 – Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.
  • verse 14 – For we have come to share in Christ, IF indeed we hold our original confidence
  • verse 19 – so we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief

The doctrine that we in Baptist circles cling to is stated this way: Once saved, always saved. But is it biblical? Historically, the doctrine is known as “Perseverance of the saints.” Perseverance of the saints basically means this: those who persevere to the end are indeed the true and genuine saints of God. This is what the author to Hebrews vehemently believes. His concern for his readers, during a time when when their faith was being rigorously tested, was to make to make sure that they indeed believed what they said that they believed.

The tests that we encounter in this life will do this. They will shake our faith to the core and help us recognize if our faith is merely “lip service” or does it reflect a heart that clings to and relies solely on Jesus for life and salvation. I certainly know many people who at one time claimed the name “Christian” but who are now no where to be found in circles of faith. And you do too. When the trials of life came their way they reverted to their default way of handling things – by dependence on self and the things of this world. If you are truly saved then your default way of dealing with life has been changed so that your first response is to turn to the Lord, not your last.

So is the doctrine “once saved, always saved” a biblical doctrine. Absolutely! The question that the author to the Hebrews raises, and that we must ask ourself is this: Are we genuinely saved? 2 Corinthians 13:7 says this…

“Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail to meet the test.”

May this brick cause you to rely more and more on Jesus as the days of testing increase – or if there are any question marks in your mind to examine yourself to to see if you are in the faith.

 

 

 

 

 

Brick #74 – Hebrews 2

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There is a lot to ponder in this awesome chapter. I am going to put my pondering this week in the form of questions and hope that they will intrigue you to dig deeper into these extraordinary verses.

Verse 1: What does the word “therefore” refer to in this context?

Verse 1: What are some practical things you can do to “pay much closer attention” to God’s Word? What symptoms of spiritual A.D.D. do you experience?

Verse 1: Has spiritual “drift” occurred lately in your life? What do you need to do to get back on track”?

Verse 3: What role does “neglect” play in spiritual drift? What are some things you have neglected to do that you know you should be doing?

Verse 3: Can you list 10 reasons why we enjoy a “GREAT salvation”?

Verse 6: Why did the author use the word “somewhere”? Didi he not remember where the following verses are from?

Verses 6-8: What do these verses have to do with the “Septuagint”?

Verse 8: Can you think of a bigger understatement than “At present we not yet see everything in subjection to Him”?

Verse 9: What is the “substitutionary atonement”? How does it correlate with “he might taste death for everyone.”

Verses 14-18: Why was the incarnation necessary? Could God not have saved us some other way?

Verse 15: In what ways do people who are not physically enslaved experience “lifelong slavery”? What kinds of things are people enslaved to?

Verse 17: What is propitiation and what does it have to do with the wrath of God? If you get a chance check out Romans 3:23-25. You are probably familiar with 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Verse 24-25 are part of the same sentence. Awesome!

Verse 18: Why is this verse a good one to remember when we deal with the trials and temptations of life?

In his commentary on Hebrews, Albert Mohler closes out his exposition of chapter 2 with these words:


 

 

 

Brick #73 – Hebrews 1

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(For the next 13 weeks I will be pondering my way through the Book of Hebrews… Brick by Brick.)

As I pondered my way through this great first chapter of Hebrews there were several things that caught my attention. The first thing was something that was NOT there. In all of the other letters in the New Testament there is a “salutation” – a greeting that identifies who wrote the letter and who it is to. Hebrews does not have this. Therefore there is some uncertainty as to who the author of this letter is. Many people think it was Paul. But other candidates include Luke, Barnabas, and Apollos. We just do not know for sure, but what we do know is that the author had a deep concern for the people he was writing to and wanted to encourage them in the midst of the problems they were facing and the persecution that they were experiencing.

So who were the recipients? The title of the letter is a huge clue. They were Hebrew Christians. Jews who had become believers – who had put their faith in the long-awaited Messiah that had been promised throughout the Older Testament – Jesus.

A few other things that grabbed my attention:

“God spoke” (v.1) – The Hebrews had been used to hearing God speak through the prophets but after Malachi He was silent for 400 years. Just imagine what that would have been like for a people used to hearing God’s voice. But then… God spoke loud and clear and compellingly through the voice of His incarnate Word when Jesus appeared at the beginning of the 1st century. And He still speaks loud and clear and compellingly through the voice of His written Word… the Scriptures. The author is adamant throughout this book that we “not refuse Him who is speaking.” (Hebrews 12:25) Many people live today as if God is silent. I do not want to be one of those people.

“Much Superior to Angels” (v.4) – The author begins building his case as to why Jesus is much superior and “more excellent” (v.4)  than anything. He spends half a chapter here documenting why this is true regarding angels. Why does he pick on angels? Well, it turns out that there had developed during the last centuries of the B.C. era a fascination of and a worship for angels. This is what happens when people do not listen to or hear God’s Word. They supplant worship for the one true God with whatever suits their fascination. It is called idol worship. Anything that takes the rightful place of God is idolatry. In the Hebrews case it was angels. But what about in our case? Where does our fascination lie? What are our cultural idols? Money. Sports. Food. Fame. Sex. These are a few that get a lot of votes in our day. What is it that is very alluring to you that you have to fight against lest it take the place of God in your life?

The author of Hebrews wants us to understand that Jesus is much superior and more excellent than any of these things. And as he will say in the first verse of chapter 2, “we must pay MUCH CLOSER ATTENTION to what we have heard, lest we drift away.” 

So that is my encourage to you as we begin our pondering through Hebrews: Stay in the Word. Read it. Ponder it. Pay attention to it. Obey it.

And may this brick cause you to think about what might be superior to God in your own life and to make a course correction so that you do not slowly drift away.

 

 

 

Brick #72 – Ephesians 6:10-20

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Verse 11 of this awesome passage is a succinct summary of what Paul talks about in these 11 verses:

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Paul’s concern for the Ephesian believers (and us) is that we stand firm in our faith. This is a concern because he has seen too many people fall by the spiritual wayside. I share his concern. And as I reflect on 35 years of ministry, many of them with students, I often wonder “where are they now?”

There are a few things in this passage that Paul wants believers to understand so that they will never be counted among the “where are they now”:

1) We are involved in a cosmic battle – We must never forget that we are at war and the battleground is our soul. Even though our enemy is invisible he is nonetheless real and nonetheless ruthless. The tendency among believers is to forget about Satan. This is very dangerous because our forgetting enables him to infiltrate our world without worrying about repercussions. It’s as if we give him a free pass to do what he wants.

2) Satan has a strategy to defeat us – It is a strategy that was field-tested in the Garden of Eden. And because it proved successful it has been used again and again. You would think that we would not be so easily duped after all this time, but alas, this is not so. Here are a few of his oft used tactics:

  • He creates doubt in the minds of believers. This is what he did in Genesis 3:1 with Eve – “Did God actually say…”
  • He distorts the Truth of God’s Word. Compare Genesis 2:17 with Genesis 3:3. Satan added something that God did not say. Sometimes he adds things and sometimes he subtracts things. In either case it is a distortion of truth.
  • He discourages the saints of God. Often he will plant the question “Why God” in our minds when circumstances are not going the way that we would hope.
  • He is a destroyer. He destroys relationships. He destroys churches. He destroys health. And he is clever enough so that we do not even suspect that he might be the culprit or the cause.

Once our eyes are opened to his strategy then we can begin to fight the real enemy. But too often we lash out at those closest to us when we are hurt or confused or despairing… and Satan just watches and malevolently grins.

3) We have been given everything we need to fight the good fight – Paul refers to the weapons of our warfare as the armor of God. He calls us to wield our weapons. All too often though, we leave our weapons unused, making us extremely susceptible to whatever Satan wants to do. The weapons we have been given are more than enough to defeat the enemy. So I will remind you, as I have been reminded:

  • Remind yourself of truth and reject the lies of the evil one (v.14)
  • Recognize that you are one of God’s righteous ones – made righteous because of the righteousness of Jesus. (v.14)
  • Rehearse the gospel daily – delighting in all that the Lord has done for you. (v.15)
  • Respond to everything in faith – expressing to God your confidence that He is in control. (v.16)
  • Read, ponder, and memorize the Word of God. (v.17)
  • React prayerfully in all circumstances. (v.18)

Just because these weapons don’t seem like spiritual machine guns or atomic weaponry do not make the mistake of devaluing them. They are powerful tools in our arsenal that will effectively neutralize the enemy.

May this brick help you to go into battle with confidence knowing that you you indeed will overcome the evil one.

 

 

Brick #71 – Romans 12:1-2

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I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Back on October 25 of this year I preached a message on verse 1 of this passage. You can find it HERE. So I will focus my pondering today on verse 2.

As believers, I think we can agree that we do NOT want to be conformed to this world – or as one paraphrase says, “Don’t let the world squeeze you into it’s mold.” And we don’t want to stay the same way that we are. The only other option is to change. Or rather to be changed. To be transformed. Or to use the Greek word that you will recognize, “be metamorphosized.”

Paul tells us at the end of the verse that when we are transformed we will be able to discern God’s will. And who doesn’t want to know what God’s will is? Most of us are regularly asking the question, “Lord, what do You want me to do.” Paul is telling us how to figure out the answer to this question, which is… drumroll please… “by the renewal of your mind.” Two questions immediately come to my mind:

Why do we need our minds renewed? The answer is fairly simple. GIGO. That is computer speak for Garbage In Garbage Out. For years our minds have been programmed by the world. By the music we listen to and videos we watch. By the TV shows and movies we look at. By the books that we read. By what we are taught in school. By social media platforms. Little by little, day by day our minds have subtly been taught to believe certain things. Most of the time we have not even questioned the influence that all these things have had on us. And consequently, we have unconsciously come to believe things about God, about ourselves, about people in general, and about the world that may or may not be true. It’s time to challenge the world’s perspective that has infiltrated our minds. It’s time to have our minds renewed. So…

How do we renew our minds? Again, the answer is fairly simple. TITO. That is “Shay speak” for Truth In Truth Out. Instead of allowing the world to inform our minds we need to allow the Word to inform our minds. So here are a few very practical things that you can do to make sure that your mind is daily being renewed. All of these are things you have heard many times – but sometimes we try to make things too complicated and we ignore the simple answers:

  • Read the Word daily – give the Truth of Scripture access to your mind
  • Ponder the Word – Don’t just read Scripture, take some time and think about what it is saying.
  • Apply the Word – Make sure that you are putting the commands of God into practice. If God says to do something, do it. If God says not to do something, don’t do it.
  • Memorize the Word – Find a passage of Scripture that you really like and take the time to commit it to memory.
  • Talk about the Word – As you go about your day find someone that you can have a conversation with about what you have been reading.
  • Listen to the Word – Make sure that you are in church and hearing the Word being preached and the Word being taught.
  • Sing the Word – Tune into a good Christian radio station or use the Pandora or Spotify Apps to sing and worship the Word of God.
  • Exalt the Word – John 1 tells us that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen His glory….” Jesus is the incarnate Word of God. Honor Him. Praise Him. Magnify His name. Exalt Him.

May the Lord use this brick to remind you to get back to the basics and to be intentional about renewing your mind.

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