“The human mind is quite small and limited in terms of what can consciously occupy it, but we have some choice as to what is present there. We must choose well” ~Dallas Willard
In the introduction to the amazing book “Scripture by Heart” by Joshua Choonmin Kang, Dallas Willard summarizes the heartbeat of my own ministry with the quote I’ve shared here. My main focus is always to see people come to Jesus Christ and make Him their Lord. The discipleship process, which Jesus clearly lays out in Matthew 28:20 is what lies ahead afterwards and it’s here where our sanctification begins.
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. “
(Psalms 119:11 ESV)
Our struggle in life is to keep negative influences from invading our minds and dragging us down. We must realize that the subtle introduction of character eroding thoughts is the beginning of cauterizing our consciousness of what is right and wrong. This is not new age thinking as some in the church would like to say it is. Rather, it is as old as the scriptures and taught frequently by God.
“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. “
(Philippians 4:8 ESV)
The battle for our lives takes place in our minds. Our eyes may see things, our ears may hear things, but our minds make a choice on how we will respond to these stimuli in our lives. The choice we make will be governed by what is predominant in our minds. If the standards of the world are there, then we will make many bad choices. If God’s standards are present, we will still struggle with our worldly desires but most likely will feel God’s Holy Spirit tugging at us to do the right thing. The choice is still yours.
In business and in church, we need men and women who will lead with integrity. In our schools, we need teachers who will teach the next generation the most important life lesson that can be taught, that of doing the right thing. God’s word is replete with passages on this vital life skill. Success in our Christian lives and the way we lead here today is grounded in our attitude.
Always remember what is written in that book of law. Speak about that book and study it day and night. Then you can be sure to obey what is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything you do.
(Joshua 1:8 ERV)
So what is filling your mind today?