He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “ ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand. This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Luke 8:11
This man has great passion and makes a significant point! No place in God’s word do we see Jesus making choices based on emotion. When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, he was agonizing! He didn’t FEEL GOOD. He didn’t WANT to continue on His road to the cross. But you and I were more important than His agony. His love for His Father was more important than His agony. The fact of His purpose was allowed authority over His pain so that you and I could spend eternity with Him.
“Yes”, we say, “but I’m not Jesus. I’m not God. He was perfect so he could handle it.”
How do we incline ourselves to life-giving choices (beginning with our minds and spirits) that lead to experiencing the fruit of God’s Spirit (such as peace and joy) rather than temptation to despair when everything in us aches?
What is necessary in our lives to increase the right choices? What will help us to maintain patterns of thinking that please God because He is at the root of the thoughts, and His Spirit is working in and through us, no matter the emotions?
The above scripture (truth/fact) is a powerful one. We have been given the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God! It’s God’s word! And frankly, (and this is the good thing) all the Bible studies that I’ve worked through always point to the same things that the Lord said first in His word.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
and His truths (to name only a few):
- We are redeemed (Gal 3:13) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”
- We are forgiven (1 John 2:12) I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
- We have been sealed (Eph. 4:30) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
- We belong to Him (Rom. 14:8) If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
- He is trustworthy There are so many verses for this but I’ll refer back to John 3:16. The gift of His only son’s life for us is outrageous love worthy of trust.
We are commanded to have his truths flowing through our minds so that all the destructive thoughts and circumstances that come against us and threaten our peace and joy won’t be allowed the place of authority in our minds and hearts.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor 10:5
Submitting our minds to the authority of the Spirit of God leads to experiencing Him.
Lord help me to be keenly aware of your presence and your truths that you would have all authority.