Friday, 1 March 2019
Many words have a good meaning as well as a bad meaning. Good advice can also become bad if we misunderstand the intent. When my children were young, I often said to them, “Go ahead, experience it for yourself.” However, there must be boundaries set for experiencing the unknown. The boundaries are defined to protect them from straying onto the wrong path.
Open-mindedness is sometimes associated with worldly thinking and culture. Sometimes, it is acceptance of all faiths and lifestyles. To me, right is right, wrong is wrong, truth is truth, lies are lies. I may not react openly against what I think is wrong, but my quietness does not represent that I agree or approve.
‘Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then HE OPENED THEIR MINDS to understand the Scriptures.’ (Luke 24:44-45)
Let us ask God to open our minds when we read the Bible so that we may understand it the way He wants us to understand and not the way the world understands or the way the devil wants us to understand it. We must always remember that the enemy knows the Word of God and he is able to twist any word to deceive us into doing what he (the devil) wants us to do and thinking that we are doing God’s will.
‘That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.’ (Acts 17:10-11) Let us learn from the people of Berea.
Paul also says that the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4). A MIND OPENED BY GOD leads to understanding and salvation. However, the enemy’s definition of having an open mind is tolerance i.e. that we open our minds and fill it with anything and everything. That is never God’s intention. God wants our minds to be open so that we could fill it with nothing but Him.
Dear Father God,
Please fill our minds with nothing but You and Your Word. Guide us in every step we take as we continue to walk with Jesus. We thank You that we are being transformed into Your image. In Jesus’ glorious name we pray.
Lam Yee Ling