HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

July 7, 2017

John 14:27 (NLT) — 27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

A few years ago Cleo and I bought a membership to Costco. When we paid our money we received a membership card. In order to get into Costco to shop we must show this membership card otherwise they won’t let us in to shop.

We should have the same policy when it comes to letting thoughts into our minds. If those thoughts are members of the ‘Peace of Mind and Heart Club’ then we let them in. If they members of the ‘Sinful Nature Club’ we do not let them in to shop around. When do we lose our peace of mind and heart? It is when we entertain thoughts in our minds that do not come from Jesus or line up with the word of God.

Romans 8:6 (NLT) — 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

How does this work practically in every day life? Lets go to the disciples of Jesus to learn. One day in there travels they forgot to bring bread so they started blaming each other for not bringing bread and now they would have to go hungry. They lost there peace of mind and heart because they entertained thoughts from the ‘Sinful Nature Club’. Listen to what Jesus says:

Matthew 16:8–10 (NLT) — 8 Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “You have so little faith! Why are you arguing with each other about having no bread? 9 Don’t you understand even yet? Don’t you remember the 5,000 I fed with five loaves, and the baskets of leftovers you picked up? 10 Or the 4,000 I fed with seven loaves, and the large baskets of leftovers you picked up?

Jesus is saying, “Guys think about who is with you. Don’t you remember what happened that last two times we were hungry along with thousands of other people? Be at ease I will provide!

In our lives when we have needs we must entertain thoughts from ‘The Peace of Mind and Heart Club’ which say:

Philippians 4:19 (NLT) — 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Remember what a tizzy the disciples were in after they laid Jesus in the tomb? They thought he was the Messiah but now he was dead and now they were in a state of fear and despair. Again they were entertaining thoughts from ‘The Sinful Nature Club’. If they would have been thinking about what Jesus told them they would have been waiting for him in Galilee with smiles on their faces and peace in their hearts.

Matthew 26:32 (NLT) — 32 But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”

Now you can see the importance of memorizing God’s word. Unless the thoughts that come into your mind are members of ‘The Peace of Mind and Heart Club’ do not let them remain; kick them out and refuse to let them shop around.

Here are some thoughts from ‘The Peace of Mind and Heart Club’ that you can let shop around in your mind today.

Psalm 139:17–18 (NLT) — 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Peter definitely entertained those thoughts when he advised Jesus to not go to Jerusalem because of the danger. If that thought had been further entertained we would not be members of the family of God club.

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      Hey Dr. Mark it is good to hear from you. I pray that you and Kathy are doing well. I like being a member of the Family of God Club!

  2. Your analogy was really quite an eye opener for me. I need to do a lot more refusing. One little disguised thought can drum up lot of trouble in my mind. I need to cancel my membership…it costs way too much!

  3. Better said, I need to stop letting the thoughts that have a membership with the Sinful Nature Club shop around in my mind.

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      Yea that is one shopping spree that you don’t want to have anything to do with.