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40 Day Spiritual Journey – March 8
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Day 4

Thursday, March 8

Scripture for the Day: Romans 14

Easter is a great time to examine the thoughts and attitudes that occupy our minds.

A bumper sticker caught my attention:  “I can read your mind, you ought to be ashamed.”  It reminded me that all my thoughts and attitudes are already known to Almighty God! The mind matters! John Stott says: “A proper use of the mind glorifies God, enriches us, and strengthens our witness in the world.”

Easter brings to mind the blessings available to us in Christ.  He created and sustains everything and it is all for Him.  Yet, despite His supremacy, He humbled Himself, came to earth, walked in our shoes and went to the cross– for us.  Beaten, bruised, bleeding and forsaken, He sacrificed His life blood as the basis for our redemption, our reconciliation to God, and the forgiveness of our sin.

Easter is about Christ’s resurrection and celebrates His victory over sin, death, and the grave. It also celebrates the gift of new life offered in Him.  The vacant cross, empty tomb, and post resurrection appearances confirm this great news.

God’s Word in the first two chapters of Colossians lists the blessings in Christ; the last three describe the appropriate behavior for believers.  We are to set our sights on heaven where Christ sits at God’s right hand.  We should set our minds on the realities of heaven, not on earth, because real life is hidden with Christ in God. So, put to death the sinful things and thoughts that may lurk within us.

What is on your mind today?  Is it thoughts of Christ? Do we seek to know Christ with the intensity of Philippians 3:10: “That we may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (NKJV).  This should be our mindset.

Ray L. Kincaid, Chairman Board of Trustees

Prayer

Lord, I am convicted today that my mind has not been focused on heaven and eternity but on earth and the temporal.  Thank you for the celebration of Easter where I can be reminded of eternal things and have a renewed mind.  I pray for the mind of Christ so I can represent him in our world.