John 3:16 – For God so loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only-begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish – come to destruction, be lost – but have eternal (everlasting) life. (Amplified Bible)
Have you ever heard an expression with the phrase “mind in the gutter” in it? I’m sure you have, and I’m just as sure you know what it means. It means someone’s thinking is of a corrupt, filthy, and evil nature. It’s a soulish connection. The Scriptures speak of evil thoughts, and of bringing “every thought” into obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a reason for that. Any thought, regardless of its independent purity, standing alone, is always vulnerable to outside influences that can bend and twist (a word connected to witchcraft) that thought. In reality, thoughts are the seeds of words unsown. But in this picture, see them as young, very fresh saplings that anyone can take hold of and twist, pull from its roots, and destroy if so choosing. Never forget that individual, stand-alone thought is extremely vulnerable. Once again, that is why the Apostle Paul wrote that “every thought” was to be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (the Anointing/Anointed One).
In this present world, thoughts are likely flying at your mind with the speed, frequency, and ferocity of machine gun bullets. Every sensory perception has the capacity to prompt a thought, perhaps new to you, or drawing from some memory of experience you already carry. Most of them are likely cast aside, or so we think. The truth is that once a thought is released into one’s mind, the next step that is very close at hand is to allow that thought to become part of the thinking process. It is at that point the potential danger is multiplied exponentially.
It is in this potential quagmire of filth, corruption, destruction, and evil that the love of God has done some of its greatest work in the history of men. Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, is not afraid, nor even averse to getting into man’s dirt. He will pierce the darkness of a corrupted soul with the pure light of the Gospel of Christ. That light has the capacity to cleanse your mind, renew it to the truth of God’s Word, strengthen you in its anointing to break every yoke Satan would attempt to lay upon you, and plant the lush garden of the mind of Christ in you for daily living. It is the washing of the Word that will make you clean in your soul, and for that to happen, the water of the Word will indeed pierce to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit in order to make you fully clean. Oh, how thankful we should be that the love of God for us is so great that He would get into our dirt.
Manna for Today – John 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 3:13-29; Genesis 2:7; 1 John 1:7-9