Think On The Lord

April 30, 2011

Friends,
I woke up this morning immediately directing my thoughts toward the Lord, taking every thought captive to His obedience (2 Cor. 10:5), and submitting my heart, mind, will, etc. to His Lordship –all the things I do every morning upon waking. He answered with, “Think on Me.” I thought it seemed a bit of a strange response since I was already thinking on Him. However, I found that during this entire day I did have unusual trouble thinking on Him. My mind kept trying to turn to all sorts of other things –worries, pending decisions, things people have said to me… and I had to keep battling by repeating, “Think on Me.” But isn’t it just like our gracious God to give us a warning and a word to fall back on for our time of need?

On top of this, later upon turning my flip calendar to today’s date, I read, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” This is Prov. 23:7 taken from the KJV. I smiled, realizing the Lord was confirming to me: “Think on Me.”

Why is it so important to think on the Lord? It’s because in thinking on Him, we’ve focused our thoughts and heart on all that He is –kindness, love, beauty, majesty, holiness, power, peace, selflessness, joy, our Comforter, our Protector, our Provider, our Deliverer, the King who reigns over all circumstances and who can slay evil with one rebuke… –this God. And in thinking upon Him in adoration, we abide ever closer to His heart and mind and character, becoming one with Him, therein abiding in that “peace of God which transcends all understanding and which guards our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.” (See Phil. 4:7 & also Isa. 26:3)

We do certainly need a guard over our heart and mind so that our spirit, (which houses God’s Spirit), can remain clean and pure for the flow of communion between Spirit and spirit. The best way to do this is to begin every day by meditating in the Word, listening to the Spirit teach us from it. Thus we learn about God, His attributes, His ways, and what pleases Him, and we can then accurately “think on Him” and thereby become like Him.

What happens when a man does not habitually think on the Lord? Well, something has to fill his mind, so whatever his heart longs (or lusts) for will begin to consume not only his thoughts, but the man himself. For example, if a man wishes for more money, he will spend hours thinking of ways to get it. Worse yet, he may spend hours thinking of how others have it, what they’re able to possess because of it, and how underprivileged he is because he never had the right breaks or opportunity. Jealousy may creep into the man’s heart, and along with that, bitterness, resentment, anger, slander, deceitfulness, or even revenge. This man has meditated on evil, thus he becomes evil.

What about when a woman habitually rehearses demeaning words said to her? Well, by doing so she’s heaping into her spirit negativity, insecurity, and depression, and she’ll eventually become those things. When a teen fills his mind with greed or wanting to be noticed, he may steal, rob, or sell drugs in order to have what he thinks will bring him respect. But he’s merely become a thief, a drug dealer, and a common thug. –An idolater, in other words. The greed for things and the lust for respect has consumed him –it has filled up within him– so that he becomes what he has concentrated on.

Prov. 23:7 is a statement of reality, for thoughts, left unchecked, will eventually grow like a cancer throughout one’s entire being. This is why when a man feeds his mind with perversion he’ll become a pervert. When a woman fills her mind with anger, she’ll become a bitter, resentful witch. When people feed their minds with conspiracies, horror movies, and tragic global news stories, they’ll become nervous, suspicious, or fearful recluses, or else they will develop some type of personality disorder stemming from their inner anxieties.

Yes, people do become what they think about. But… if we think about the Lord, we live in the Light… we live in the Truth… and we actually become lights of the Truth, shining out Christ’s Spirit from within us. Then we’ve each become what “Christian” really used to mean: A little Christ. “For what a man meditates on from his heart, so he has become.” Moreover we victoriously overcome all the negative… the world… the sin… the fear… the attacks… doing so by obeying –consistently, humbly, and with reverence– these words from our Lord: “Think on Me.”

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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