Monday, April 10, 2017

Is There Room in the INN -of Your Mind?

 “And in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.  But now you also, put them all aside; anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him- (Col. 3:7-10).

Hey Gang:  Have you ever gotten interested in something that is really bazar bordering on the sublime.   I find less and less of interest in what comes across the boob-tube but once in a while I find something that triggers a question – why in the world would they do that?  The program is called American Pickers.

To make a long story very short, it is simply two guys in a moving type van who go throughout the country visiting places where hoarders have barns full of what are very precious items to the hoarder but look much like junk to me.  The amazing thing to me is when offered a few bucks for an item that they dig out of the pile in many cases the hoarder will not part with it.

Perhaps this program perked my attention because I kind of feel like many folks, even believers tend to fit into the hoarder category.  Point two of Paul’s Change Process fits nicely into this category, for many folks want to follow the Lord but they will not give up the junk that they have accumulated throughout their life time. 

In point one of Paul’s change process, we are told we must and put on a “new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him”.  I recently reread  a book that I have referred to many times written by David Wilkerson, the founder of Teen Challenge and author of the Cross and the Switchblade. 

The Title of the book is The New Covenant Unveiled.  The entire book is filled with one powerful statement after another.  I would suggest if you want to grow in Christ that you get a copy and spend a week or two alone in your closet and zero in on every word.  But one that hit my hot button was found on page 127 (insignificant piece of information)  He wrote: “Here is the secret of the New Covenant:  It isn’t some sudden rush of supernatural power in us, enabling us to resist an overwhelming temptation.  Rather it is God’s still, small voice, revealing his love to us in the midst of our failure and testing.”

But, again, I would mind you that prior to Paul’s laying bomb shells in our mind and heart he always sets the table in preparation for us to receive it.  In the step two of the change process we find an act of the will order (Paul never made suggestions).  He said, “Now you also, put them all aside” Put what aside?

Bottom line, anything that stands between you and the King of king and Lord of lords.  I am in the process of going through the tool shed making a list of what will go to the next auction.  As I mature in Christ, I find that more and more of those things that were very important to me one day are no longer important.

And as I clean out the basement and garage of my mind, heart and soul, I find a very profound thing is happening.  My attention is no longer on the bangles and beads of this world but on the things that have eternal value.  I have been amazed that how important the things that are in the garage ready or shipment to the auction, were, but today my desire is to get them out of my garage.

Peter gives use the key to victorious living under the rule and banner of Christ:  “Thereforegird up your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you are the Revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Pet. 1:13).

So, my good friends, we now have two significant pieces to the change process, the key to the process, as John the Baptist said, "I must decrease so that He (Jesus) can increase",  In essence I must die to self, the first step to implementing Paul’s change process – I must clean out the closet of my heart and “put off” all those things that are offensive to the Father."  Easy?  No way!   But God’s fringe package is awesome.



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