Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Marinated Mind

Many cooks marinate their meat in order to enhance the flavor. We all know this is done by soaking the meat, sometimes overnight, in some type of concentrated marinade to allow the flavor to permeate the meat. After the meat is satisfactorily saturated, it is cooked and now, what was in the marinade has been absorbed by the meat. Everyone who enjoys the dish, tastes the flavors bursting in their mouth like a Fourth of July fireworks show! Yum!

Okay, so now that you want some marinated meat, let's look at this process of marination a little closer. First off, the definition of marinate is to steep food in a marinade; treating it like a sponge, tenderizing it, enabling it to absorb flavor. Cooks marinate to make meat tender and enhance flavor. So, if you have four steaks and four marinades, each steak is going to become more tender and take on the flavor of the marinade.

Now think of this in terms of your mind. The first line of attack for the enemy is your mind. So if you have four believers, who have marinated their mind in, let's say, unforgiveness, pornography, lust and lies, their hearts and minds will take on unforgiveness, pornography, lust and lies. However, if you marinate your mind in the Word of God, it will cause you to be tender to the Holy Spirit, and emanate the very Word you have been marinating in. What a concept! A marinated mind that emanates the Word of God will put all demonic forces to flight (James 4:7)! Glory to God!

The awesome thing about this, is that a marinated mind is a biblical concept. Joshua 1:8 says, "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." What this verse is teaching is that if we, as believers, would marinate our minds in the Word of God and do it we will make our own way better and be successful.

God wants us to prosper and be successful. So much so, that He has clearly shown us how to do it. However, Daddy God knows that our natural propensity is to do evil which is why He has instructed us to have a marinated mind. A marinated mind creates a tender heart in which God can use for His glory. An unmarinated mind creates a hard heart which is a breeding ground for demonic activity. (Read Psalm 1)

I trust that the Holy Spirit has ministered to you through this teaching. This IS the day that the Lord has made, and I pray that this blog will inspire you to marinate your mind with the Word of God. Meditate, memorize and make the Word a part of your life. Let it matriculate down to your heart, tenderizing it, making you sensitive to God's kingdom purposes for your life. Until next time...

Prevailing In Him,

Dr. Sheila

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Don't Crack The Mirror

Have you ever gone to the movies and saw someone look in a mirror, not like what they see and then hurl something at it breaking the mirror? It is safe to say that the reason the person broke it was because they weren't pleased with the image. Somehow they felt that breaking the mirror would solve the problem, when the only thing a broken mirror does is make the image worse.

James 1:25 calls the believer to look into the perfect law of liberty, which is the Word of God, and do what it says. This let's us know that the Bible is like a mirror. It shows us where we are and where we are going (Psalm 119:105). If we don't like the way we look in the mirror of God's Word, then by the power of the Holy Ghost we must change. Throwing away the Bible or destroying it will not change the fact that change is necessary to fix the reflection.

Marriage is also an analogy of a mirror. Many married people have found out their true colors through the eyes of the mirror called their spouse. Gary Thomas speaks of this analogy in his book Devotions for a Sacred Marriage. Thomas writes, "Marriage is a mirror. At times, we may not like what we see, but if we resolve not to shy away from the reflection - or worse, crack the mirror - it can be a valuable spiritual tool."

Let this challenge you today. If your life isn't lining up with the mirror of God's Word, change. Also, don't crack the marriage mirror through abuse, attitudes or altercations. Instead, let that image in the Word of God and in your marriage mirror shape your character to reflect the love of Christ. Look at what the Word of God says in Colossians 3:12-14 in the New Living Translation.

"Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony."

Meditate on these verses and allow the Holy Spirit to help you to change so that not only your spouse sees Jesus, but also those you come in contact with. Purpose in your heart, by the power of the Holy Spirit to clothe yourself with love. Then you will be able to walk in perfect harmony with your spouse, other believers and even your enemies.

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila