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Renegade Thoughts

We’ve all heard the phrase: “You are what you eat.” Here’s one better: “You are what you think.” Scripture says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7 NKJ). How did Satan tempt Eve (Gen. 3)? He got her questioning what God said. Got her wondering if God was holding out on her. He messed with her mind. There’s no question that our thought life has power. 

So, what are we to do with our renegade thoughts? Scripture is clear. “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). Destroy what’s argumentative against God. And not just God, but even what we know to be true about God as revealed in His word. Handcuff those thoughts and sort them out at the throne of Jesus. Everything bows to Him. 

Once we jettison the junk out, what’s left to do? Philippians 4:8 is helpful: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  

Lock up the lies trumpeted by those renegade thoughts and replace them with the goodness of God: true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, praiseworthy. May it be so.

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Garden Bouquet

By this time of year, we see summer alive in gardens everywhere. I’m a container gardener, but even that takes some degree of patience and persistence. And it reminds me of the Master Gardener, God the Father. He is infinitely patient (2 Peter 3:9) and meticulous (Matt. 10:30) in caring for us. He is always working (John 5:17).  

God works with, in and through all kinds of people, personalities and places to bring about what is ultimately good. He looks across the landscape of humanity and knows each one. He knows the gifts He has bestowed. He planted us in this time and season. “…having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place” (Acts. 17:26).  

He knows where we are especially weak and fragile. Where our lives are subject to blight, to draught, to pests. He shines His Divine Light on us; His brilliant, God-made-man Light. He likens our faith to living water (John 7:38). He gives and He takes away (Job. 1:21). He prunes what is fruitful so that it might be more so (John 15).  

So, Father, let the photosynthesis begin. Work the mystery in us, mystery of sun and soil and seed. And whatever bloom we have, be it rose or petunia, daisy or dandelion, it’s all for You. All for Your glory. And in summer, in glorious summer, gather us to be part of a beautiful bouquet of fragrance and color that only You can grow. 

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