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December 14, 2017


   It's now been a full week since we returned from an amazing trip to Israel. There are so many things to say about what we saw, heard, and experienced there, but just know that it's called the "Holy Land" for good reason.


   One of the things I said several times on this trip is just what the young man in this cartoon is saying, "My brain is full." Have you ever hit that point? Do you know what that feels like?


   Thankfully, with the Israel trip, my brain was being filled with the Bible, history, and Jewish cultural information that will show up in sermons and Bible studies for years to come. But what about today? What's my brain full of today?


   I Corinthians 2:16 says, "For who has known the Lord's mind, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ." We are to live in such a way that we have the mind of Jesus the Messiah. So, when I fill my mind with entertainment, news, music, movies, and digital content, can I honestly say that it all leads me to have the mind of Christ? When I see people in every day situations, am I thinking about them the way Jesus thinks about them?


   That verse tells me that I can't teach God anything. He's God, and I am not. However, I'm supposed to renew my mind each moment of the day to stay focused on those things He cares about. This can be so tough during this holiday time of year. Work, decorating the house, gift buying and wrapping, meal planning, travel, relationships, etc., etc., etc. The enemy would love nothing more than for me to focus on those things. And my selfish nature would love nothing more than to focus on myself.


   But the Lord Jesus Christ set His mind on the joy set before Him and endured the cross in order to bring me salvation (Philippians 2), so my challenge is to fill my mind with the things above, not the things below. He must increase; I must decrease. All these things should fill my mind these days, and every day.


   May we fill our brains with the Truth, so we can walk in the Way and fully experience the Life.

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