Clear Minded

We now live in the times spoken of by prophets and preachers of former days that warned of amassing social and economic conditions which would result in growing uncertainty and increasing unrest. Disturbing reports of the deterioration of our culture flood the airwaves. Media outlets provide endless images of tension, strife, and discord. Will there ever be good news again? More and more people are living with the gnawing anxiety of constantly feeling as if we on the brink of more impending doom.

Often unknown or forgotten is the reality that this world has endured thousands of years filled with threats beyond human control. The fact remains that God is in control and that is good news. King David writes in Psalm 34:7-8 “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

The distractions that drain and overwhelm us seem to be endless. The joy of the Lord which has been our strength wanes as are minds become cluttered with countless thoughts that begin with the words, “what if…”. Jesus warned His disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1). He knew that troubling times were ahead. He sought to strengthen them reminding them of His Word, promising His continued presence, and encouraging them to grow in their fellowship. Keeping hearts at peace, and
minds that remain clear.

Being “clear minded” is perhaps the most essential element necessary for overcoming the challenges of our times. The Apostle Peter suggests, considering the times we are in, that a clear mind precedes effective prayer. When your mind is clear God’s response is more likely received resulting in more focused ministry. A ministry that is more centered on others, is more reflective of His glory. (1 Peter 4:7-13) “The end of all things is near. Therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one
speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”

I pray that your heart remains at peace by His presence, and your head remains focused by His word, so that His voice remains clear, and your fellowship with others provides strength.

In His Service,
Pastor Mike