We will repeat this again:
Set your minds, eyes, spirit, self on Christ The Author and Finisher of our faith. To explain the intricacy (complexity perhaps🤔) in this statement…
Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. The Finisher? For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror of The glory of God; then we shall see face to face. Now we know in part; then we shall know fully, even as we are fully known.
Thoughts are the most private parts of our human experience. No one else can know our thoughts unless we communicate them, so we tend to imagine that anything we think is safe, as long as it stays in our minds. But there is one Person who always knows what we are thinking; God knows everything about us, and He also knows our thoughts.
God knows our thoughts no matter who or where we are. Psalm 139 begins this way: “O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar” (verses 1–2). God searches the hearts and minds of people, seeking those whose hearts are turned toward Him (Jeremiah 12:3; 1 Chronicles 29:17; Acts 15:8). Two of the Ten Commandments deal with our thoughts. The first commandment is to have no other gods before the Lord (Exodus 20:3). That is a heart matter. The tenth commandment warns us not to covet what others have (Exodus 20:17). Coveting is also a sin of our thoughts. When Jesus walked the earth, He knew people’s thoughts and answered before they even verbalized their questions (Matthew 9:4; 12:25; Luke 9:47; 11:17). In this way, Jesus exhibited the divine trait of omniscience.
It can be intimidating to realize that God knows our thoughts. He knows the angry thoughts, lustful thoughts, vengeful ideas, secret greed, and hidden coveting. God also knows about those secret longings, hopeful desires, and private dreams. And He understands. First John 3:20 assures us that “if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” Sometimes we are harder on ourselves than God is. He knows we are frail humans made from dirt and born with a sin nature (Psalm 103:14).
This is daunting! However, remember this: Actions speak louder than words (acts)! If there is something in/on our mind and we suppress it, eliminating it from our spirit (conciousness) turning it all over to God, ‘test’ passed – glory to God!
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to Mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, God will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
So, y’all as we proceed into a new year, allow it to be a Season of glory! Want to witness? Pray in your ‘closet’, The Spirit shines through you, Amen.