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Mind Matters

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Matthew 22:37

The human brain is the main part of our nervous system and is the center of thought and mental ability.  Our thoughts are so important to God that His Word has a lot to say about the subject.

Sometimes we use the word “heart” to stand for our thoughts and feelings. We say “In my heart, I felt or I meant to…….” . What we correctly mean is “In my brain I thought……”.  But “in my brain” sounds so clinical.

In Matthew 22:37 Jesus indicates that with our heart, soul, and mind we are to love the Lord, our God. Jesus did not leave out any aspect of our being for this most important command.

All actions and words begin in our brain. So, if our mind loves the Lord our God it seems that our thoughts and actions will have a great starting point. In Jeremiah 31:33 the Lord declares, “I will put Mylaw in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people.”

Here in Texas we have an old proverb that states, “What is in the well will come up in the bucket.” What we mean is whatever is in your thoughts will come out in your words and actions.

In Psalm 139:23-24 David asks, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.

I ask myself, Am I brave like David to ask God to search my thoughts?

My prayer is the lyrics of James E. Orr’s song “Search Me, O God”

     “Search me, O God, and know my heart today, ​​
      Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
      See if there be some wicked way in me;
​​      Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.”

Claudia Jackson

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