How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84 NKJV
I have heard it said that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to what happens to us. I believe that to be an undeniable truth. Circumstances do not set the course of our lives our thoughts do.
The psalmist is overcome by his longing to behold the beauty of God’s dwelling place. His soul will not be satisfied until he stands within the walls of the Lord’s courts. His heart and flesh cry out for the presence of God, why?
The psalmist has experienced the presence of God. Nothing less than intimacy with God will satisfy his soul.
I experienced the presence of Jesus in miraculous ways. To bask in the love of my Heavenly Father was the desire of my heart. Nothing could satisfy my soul the way intimacy with Jesus did. And yet I sinned while the people of God gathered to worship.
Did God change? Did Jesus turn His back on me? Did I lose my faith? No, I took my eyes of the Lord. I set my gaze on the pride of life. I rubbed up against the lust of the flesh. I put my toes into the cesspool of sin. I let my mind wander. My feet followed.
Our eyes and ears are entry ways into our thought life. Our thoughts drive our actions. Our actions become our habits. Our habits become the pattern of our lives!
The bible tells us that Eve listened to the lies of the serpent. She looked at the forbidden fruit. It looked good. She believed the devil. She began to recount the reasons why the fruit was good. It was then that Adam and Eve sinned.
The battle for good and evil is fought and either won or lost in our minds!
In the first two verses of Romans chapter twelve we read; I beseech your therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
The first step in presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice to Jesus is to offer up our minds. Our thoughts must be surrendered to Jesus if we are to be the proof of the good and acceptable and perfect will of God!
Jesus did not come to violate our freewill. He came to validate it. He broke the curse of sin and death. We have the freedom to think for ourselves. How will we use that freedom? We can choose to live forever through faith in Jesus Christ. Will you?
You can choose to be a doorkeeper in the kingdom of God rather than a king in a world spiraling farther and farther away from the will of God. Choose wisely!
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