It may seem odd that someone who entrusted her soul to Jesus Christ as a three-year old continues to need, more than sixty years later, a biblical mindset.

But that’s this author; and I know I’m not alone.

This realization hasn’t only come through statistics from Lifeway Research, the Pew Research Center, Christianity Today, or other sources which reveal a lack of regular, cover to cover Bible reading among professing believers. It also came through years of personal interactions and observations within Christ’s global church and my own past history of camping out in only certain books or portions of the Bible.

It came through puzzlement as to why I and other professing believers often think and act much like those who don’t know and love Christ Jesus. Scripture calls this being conformed to the pattern of the world and is the result of not having our minds renewed with God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will (see Romans 12:2).

A friend encouraged me to join her in a Bible Reading Challenge a few years ago, and I’ve since continued to read through the Bible each year. This hasn’t made me proud; rather, its shown me how little I have treasured God’s Word, how much I still have to learn, and serves to constantly remind me just how great the chasm is between sinful man and Holy God. It causes me to marvel at the intricate weavings of the Old and New Testament and God’s unchanging character. As Hebrews 4:12 correctly attests, God’s Word is alive and active! It’s cut me to the core when needed and brought me to renewed awe and wonder of who I am in Christ when the tepid waters of complacency seeped into my love relationship with Him.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s Word is meant to change our thought life—the control center for our priorities and loyalties. In other words, to transform our lives. Yet what we’re seeing within the Christian community is a desperate need for people (myself included) to love Jesus enough to know their Bibles and live by them.

Today, I encourage you to ask yourself (with me) the following questions:

  1. Do I want to have a biblical mindset? One where I commit to filtering everything through the sieve of God’s Word?
  2. If I prefer not to, what is it that will permeate my thought life? And how well will that ultimately go?
  3. Is it possible for me to learn how to consistently think biblically? If so, where and how do I begin?

I would like to assure you that it is possible to enter into a lifestyle of heightened familiarity, contemplation, and application of God’s Word—no matter who you are or what your track record has been. And share a few tools for your prayerful consideration.

STEPS TO NURTURING A BIBLICAL MINDSET

Commit to believing what God has revealed of His Word and His Character. The first obstacle to overcome in thinking biblically in all areas of life is to ditch the falsehood that “always doing things God’s way won’t go well for me.”

Ask God for help. He is the giver of good and perfect gifts and any request to know, treasure, and honor His Word will not go unanswered. It’s a form of praying in Jesus’ name—it matches His heartbeat.

Strategize and commit to reading the Bible in its entirety—on a regular basis. We can’t think biblically if we don’t know God’s Word. And we can’t truly know His Word if we aren’t reading all of it. I encourage you to consider a reading plan which covers the entire Bible in a year and make use of such a plan annually or at least every other year.

Pray strategically. The demonic world knows the Bible’s contents, so be in prayer to immerse yourself in it with a heart to better know and love God. Ask yourself the hard questions as to your motives; and if it’s revealed that your motives are less than pure? Don’t stop reading your Bible—confess the sin and read/study on!

Filter everything you can through God’s Word. Learn the art of regularly asking yourself the following questions:

  • What Bible passage or verse—in context—speaks to the specific situation I’m confronted with or considering?
  • Is there a biblical principle I should be embracing, here?
  • According to His Word, how can I most honor God at this time or through this season?

Be prepared for opposition.  Knowing and relying on the Bible to routinely direct your thinking should become your default position as a believer in Jesus Christ. However, you may find pushback where you least expect it. Filter this, as well, through God’s Word and commit to modeling Christ.

Enjoy your newfound freedom.  Although I have a long way to go in viewing almost everything through the lens of Scripture, what a JOY it has been to have much fewer stumbles or engagements of my brain or mouth that I would have later regretted! God’s commands and instructions—which once seemed burdensome—have become my safeguard and delight. Friend, this is not a rarity among those who seek to love and trust God wholeheartedly. Filtering all things through the living Word of God produces an indescribably deep, beautiful journey with the God who loves us and gave Himself for us!

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Reader and friend, thank you for considering what has been shared today. It is only fitting that we close with the written, living words of Christ, our Savior:

If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

(John 8:31)

 

June

June

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