20. intellect

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” – Jesus, Luke 10.27

Intelligence

The way God created us.

You

Me

Smart

Thought-processing

A beautiful mind

Out of everything God created, human beings have the ability to be creative with our thinking, tointellect form thoughts, string them together and form complete sentences…most of the time, anyway.

I’ve always loved learning, reading, writing (case in point), and letting my creative giftings run wild. It’s never been something I could force so when the moment strikes, I have to get those words, thoughts, lyrics, etc. out.

But, our minds can also be a dangerous place if we don’t learn how to control our wayward thoughts with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12.2

To keep Satan from gaining a foothold in your life, you must develop a sound mind that is completely controlled and directed by the Holy Spirit. Your mind must be renewed. When you make the choice to follow Jesus, the old is gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5.17). This doesn’t happen overnight. This isn’t a one-time event where you give your life to Jesus and BOOM, everything is fixed. Believe me, God and I are still in the processes of renewing my habits and ways of thinking and I honestly want to get to a point where living out His life through me is second nature.

We must conform our thinking on purpose, on a daily basis and sometimes, moment by moment. We do this by diving into God’s Word on a regular basis. We do this by meditating on Scripture. We do this through prayer. And all of that may look different for you than it does for me. Everyone relates to God differently.

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 1 Peter 1.13-14

You mind holds a tremendous creative ability. That’s why God gave us an imagination – the Creator of all gives his creation the ability to create, to add faith to the things we imagine and the ability to see them come to life. Once you’ve made up your mind when it comes to something you want to do, a dream you want to come true or a goal you want to meet, you map out a way to attain that and you do it.

If you can control your mind, you can control the choices you make, which pile up like snowflakes…either revealing the beauty or the ugliness underneath (again, depending on those choices) when it all finally melts away. You can choose right now to end up with a different ending than what your past would dictate. That’s the beauty of being able to decide; to make that choice.

In making the choice to immerse yourself in the Word, you set yourself up for success – not by the world’s definition, but based on God’s terms and you’ll be okay with his timing. He’ll bless you with wisdom, discernment, insight and the ability to accomplish anything through him.

The mind is a beautiful thing when under God’s control and for that, I am thankful.

Set your mind on him and he will bless you beyond what you can imagine or come up with on your own.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3.1-3

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