Monday, May 7, 2012

Put The Mind Of Christ Over It

While reading one of my favorite devotionals I was getting all excited about not losing my memory whenever I do get to be older. He was saying that everyone has said at some time in their older age that their memory is getting bad because they are getting older, because that is what the world has told them. But the word of God tells us that we as born again believers have the mind of Christ Jesus. And Jesus doesn't forget anything. He is not losing His memory, and I would say He has a few years on us, right? Well, I thought it doesn't stop with our minds. We do not just have the mind of Christ over our memory bank, we have the mind of Christ over our entire body. We just need to activate it. How do we do this, by renewing our mind with His word and meditating on what He says we have instead of letting the world tell us what is going to happen to us. His word tells us in Romans that we are to renew our mind and not to be conformed to this world. In other words don't let someone tell you that when you get older you will start to lose your memory, and you will not be able to recall things like you once did. Instead do what God's word tells us to do. Romans 12 v 2...Do not be conformed to this 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..... Don't let the world tell you that as you age you will start to hurt in all your joints and muscles and you will not be able to be as active as when you were younger. Instead see what He says in Psalms that our youth is renewed like the eagles. PS 103 v 5....Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles..... How do we satisfy our mouth with good things? By meditating on those things that are good and pure, and staying away from those who want to be negative and speak against your strength. Prov 18 v 20-21....A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit..... Let us start confessing that we have all that Christ has. Let us watch our tongues and not let it be our worst enemy as we age. Let us keep watch over our hearing, and keep our faith strong by hearing the word of God and not the world. His word tells us in Deuteronomy that Moses as he grew old did not diminish in his strength nor his eyesight. Deut. 34 v 7...Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished...... How much more so for us than for Moses. Moses did not have the mind of Christ, nor did he have the Holy Spirit living within him. How much more so for us then to be able to grow older without growing weaker. Who says we have to grow weak before we die. Why can't we still be strong like Moses in our old age and see with good vision like he did up to the day he died. And hello, he was one hundred twenty years old. So I choose to believe and meditate on what God's word says instead of what the world's opinion is of how we are to grow old. We have all heard the saying "to grow old gracefully". Now most hear this and think of women growing older and still looking pretty and young, but I don't believe that is what growing old gracefully is all about. What is the root word in gracefully? Grace. Who is Grace? Jesus. Whose mindset do we have? Jesus. I just got back from visiting my hometown, Shreveport, LA and I spent a day with my Mother and Stepfather, my Aunt and my Uncle. They all come from good stock. My aunt is 90 years young this year, and the day before I was there to have lunch with them, she had been hauling dirt around her yard leveling the yard to place concrete blocks that she put in place to make a walkway that was about 30 ft long, and the weeks prior she had been tearing down an old house next door and pulling up fencing and placing new fencing around her yard to make larger, and remember she is 90 years young. Doesn't sound like her vigor is diminishing, she sounds like she could have given Moses a run for his money. Now she in my opinion is growing old gracefully, still going strong. (She said she was having some problems with her eyesight, but I am saying in the name of Jesus her eyes are strong and healthy and will not grow dim according to His word. AMEN! Aunt Bertha you start confessing every morning how clear your vision is and watch as it grows clearer.) Now I ask you, are you going to let the world tell you how you have to feel as you age, or are you going to meditate and believe what God's word tells you? I choose to renew my mind daily and have the mind of Christ over my entire body and health. How will I do this? STAY IN HIS WORD!

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