SPECIAL EDITION #120 - Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute | June 21-Day Devotional Introduction, “Renewing the Mind”


 SPECIAL EDITION - Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute
June 21- Day Devotional, “Renewing the Mind”
INTRODUCTION & DAY #1 (June 1, 2014) - The Spirit of the Mind 



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Intro & Day #1: Spirit of the Mind
READING: From “Winning the Battle for Your Mind” - Chapter One: A Common Battle

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

“Be renewed in the spirit of your mind...” (Ephesians 4:23)

For this devotional, we make a difference between “renewing the mind” and mental health.

I am a mental health advocate, along with many others. It is important to recognize that the brain is a physical organ that can experience conditions like other parts of our body. Because the brain controls our body and is the center of thoughts, emotions, and sensations such as pain, it is obviously a very complex organ. Certainly, God is a source of strength for all aspects of life. He has also provided medical and human resources to assist with physical challenges we face, including the brain.

The word “mind” carries a lot of meaning and significance. One of the worst things we can do is take a simplistic approach as it relates to the mind and the human brain.

The purpose of this devotional is to help participants appreciate the grace of God to help us understand the positive power of renewal for what Paul called, “the spirit of your mind.” The “spirit” of your mind relates to ones attitude, disposition, or spiritual perspective.

Many of the best answers in life come from gaining both spiritual and natural understanding leading to applying principles that improve one’s life.

For example, we know the importance of handling finances well by using principles such as having a budget, keeping track of spending, and making good choices with our money. Those are natural things that we do. However, there’s also a spiritual side to handling finances. We can be affected by things such as covetousness, greediness, stinginess, and addictions to unhealthy patterns as it relates to money.

1 Timothy 6:10 reads; “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

Here, the apostle Paul makes a spiritual reference related to something natural, such as money. Your mind/brain has both natural and spiritual dimensions. We will explore dynamics that relate to spiritual factors related to the mind.

“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:23-24)

So let’s go on this journey to allow the Lord to help us to become the best versions (“new man”) of ourselves!

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

1. In what ways do you need to become less conformed to the world and more transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2. As you experience renewing of your mind, what does a better version of yourself look like?

ACTION ITEMS (What I will do with what I have gained)


 

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You Are God's Masterpiece – Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute #119 for May 22, 2024


 You Are God's Masterpiece”


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Ephesians 2:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
 
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
 
A masterpiece does not happen by accident. It is not the result of something random. A masterpiece is the result of an inspired plan. We usually relate a masterpiece to artwork or some other work of an artist, whether literary, or music or architecture. Basically, a masterpiece is anyone’s best work. Not “best” in relation to someone else’s work, but only in relation to your work and potential.


 

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Light in the Northern Lights – Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute #118 for May 15, 2024


 Light in the Northern Lights”


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Psalm 19:1, The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.

This spring has featured wonders in nature. On April 8, there was a total solar eclipse by the moon, visible for 100-mile-wide band from Texas to Maine. On the evening of May 10th, going into the early morning of May 11th, was the Aurora Borealis, also called the Northern Lights. Unlike the solar eclipse, the Northern Lights could be seen by a large part of the northern hemisphere of planet Earth. What was unusual about the solar storm that created the aurora was that it was visible as far south as Mississippi and Florida. Usually, northern lights are confined to northern Canada and the Arctic Circle. As with the solar eclipse, we don't want to misread or spiritualize this natural event in nature. But what David wrote is true, "The heavens declare the glory of God." But for this event, the second part even rang more true, "The firmament shows his handiwork."

From our perspective, the firmament is the sky and atmosphere surrounding the Earth. Sometime before the evening of May 10th, charged particles left the Sun and collided with the atoms and molecules of oxygen and nitrogen in the Earth's upper atmosphere. This collision of the Sun's energy with our atmosphere produced light displayed in glowing colors of red, magenta, green, purple, pink, and blue. As I wrote last month, we don't worship created things. We worship the Creator. And what a Creator we have! 

As I stood in a field outside the city, away from city lights, I could see these colors dancing in the sky like an IMAX movie, 1,000 times bigger. From the northeast to the northwest, from the horizon to above my head, I saw these colors changing, shimmering, and moving. Through photography and editing, I could enhance the colors, but what I saw with my eyes was amazing. 

In this blog post, I've included a link to my photographs and a video of the Northern Lights. My message to you today is:  Just as there was God's creative light in the Northern Lights, there is light in everything God does in you and around you.

That light is three things. 
1. It is a reminder that what God does is bigger and better than anything men have done. 

2. Just as the Sun's energy from 93 million miles away can set our atmosphere ablaze with color, God's power is beyond comprehension. As the Bible says, "Is there anything too hard for God?" 

3. As John wrote, "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God...and the word became flesh and dwelled among us." 

His name is Jesus Christ. "By Him, all things were made, and without Him, nothing was made that was made." 

You are a creation of your Creator. You are far more magnificent than a solar eclipse and the Aurora Borealis. Look for God's light and let your light shine. 

God bless, have a great day, and be encouraged!





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The Faith of our Mothers – Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute #117 for May 8, 2024


 The Faith of Our Mothers”


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2 Timothy 1:5, For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.





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