Greetings Saints of Christ,
Here is my video devotional on the Fifth Plague: A Pox upon Your Livestock.
But I wanted to share with you all a few Scripture verses I think are underrated, but are incredibly important:
1 Corinthians 1:26-17, “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong…”
Romans 6:11, “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
There is a common word in those three verses: “consider.” The Greek word for that is “logizomai.” This forms the root for our English word “logic.” It means to keep a mental list or record of something, to regard and seriously bear in mind certain facts and put those facts into order, or to think about something in a detailed and logical manner, and to reason out something. In these verses, Paul is showing us the importance of taking the various truths and implications of the gospel and ruminating over them in our minds so that those truths become a part of what we are and how we react to the world and circumstances around us.
The Apostle is teaching us how our thoughts not only reveal what we are, but they predict what we will become. In other words, our will can become a servant to our thoughts. Our emotions will follow our thinking. Has it ever happened to you that the more you think about some injustice or wrong action the angrier you become? Or perhaps the more you think about some fearful unknown the more anxious you become? Or the more you think about someone’s good traits the more you love and admire them? Indeed, experience shows how thinking rouses our feelings, and feelings initiate action. Well, over and over again the Old and New Testaments exhort us to get to a quiet place to think about holy things as a prelude to correction of life or to a daring exploit or a good deed. Considering the great gospel facts, pondering them in your heart, and regarding what these tremendous truths mean for sinners who constantly fail God and others, creates a growth in grace, an increase in faith, an advancement in love, and a change of morality.
Sometimes we feel we have fallen into morbidity and darkness and that there is no hope, but then we think of how the depths of God’s love reaches down into the deepest pit to save even the poor, the unwise, the weak, the weirdos, we grow in hope. The more we consider how we are united to Christ in His death and resurrection, the more we will want to live for God, sacrificing selfish desires for loving service. The more we consider that I am somehow part of God’s eternal plan, and that He is working all things out for my good, then even the hardships of today, the sorrows, the disappointments, the shame of failure, the guilt of sin, the sense of abandonment is nothing in comparison to what glory is ours in Christ. Considering how, as Christians united to Christ, we are first citizens of heaven and that heaven is our great home and our eternal goal, our lives are transformed from loving of ourselves to loving God and others.
This kind of spiritual discipline is not easy; it takes some amount of effort. It is difficult to control the mind when you are troubled. Fugitive thoughts can pull you to more unworthy reflections. It is an act of faith to arrest them and to bring your mind into submission to the Biblical teachings. But the more you practice the habit of Christian thinking, the easier it becomes and the more fruitful your life becomes. Offer your mind to God and see the Holy Spirit work in you His grace.
Blessings in Christ,