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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Time to clean house

I pray that God will open your minds to see his truth. Then you will know the hope that he has chosen us to have. You will know that the blessings God has promised his holy people are rich and glorious.  (Ephesians 1:18 ERV)
Most of us don't realize an open mind is a gift from God. It is by his doing that we actually have "space" for truth in our minds. It is by his grace that we desire more than our own intellect by which to navigate through life. To truly "know" truth requires more than we just expose ourselves to it - we must be open to the person who is all truth - Jesus Christ. Hope stems not so much from knowing all things from start to finish, but in believing the finish will be something that creates a deeper desire for the one who loves us beyond measure. 

While we are busy "going about life", God is all around us and working hard to reveal truth in all things to us as we are in constant movement. I have two grandsons, both have ADHD - something that keeps them in movement in one way or another. For one, it is the "fidget factor" we manage - for this was always what distracted him more than anything else. For the other, it is the wandering of mind into that creative and social place he so much likes to go to. Both are highly intelligent, creative, and well-mannered kids, but both struggle due to the "constant movement" they experience.

While movement is not a bad thing, it can be distracting to us. It can take us off task so easily, and sometimes without us even knowing it. This is often why God has to be the one to actually open our minds to receive truth - we are too "busy" or otherwise "occupied" to realize he is trying to reveal something to us. It is quite possible we miss out on a great deal by our "mindless fidgeting" as we go through life. God's desire is to focus our minds on truth - so we aren't missing these moments.

What are the advantages to knowing truth? Probably the first that comes to our minds is that we won't be duped by untruth. We will so quickly spot the counterfeit that we know when we are about to fall into a trap. This might just be the primary reason God reveals truth - to keep us safe. Another advantage is that of making right choices when the time comes to make the "best one" or a "good one". They both aren't far apart, but one is much better than the other and will result in much better outcomes for us. Truth helps us see both courses and then to choose wisely.

Regardless of how it is we learn, God is at the ready to reveal truth. He knows the only way we will have the "capacity" for truth is to actually "make space" for it. That means he has to help us let go of things we might have embraced that weren't exactly true. They were good ideas, perhaps, but not the best ones for us to base our present and future choices upon. So, don't be surprised when God comes to do a little "house-cleaning" in your mind. It is just to make room for more truth! Just sayin!