My great grandmother used to use the exclamation, “land sakes!” Which in a roundabout way got me thinking about who or what do I allow to stake ground, or land, in my mind? What I allow to stake ground in my mind will govern who’s sake I’ll live for. Oh for Pete’s sake, let’s dive into the Word shall we!?!!
They were all trying to frighten us, thinking “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed. “But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.” Nehemiah 6:9 (NIV)
Circle back around to the phrase in the above verse, “But I prayed… and hold that thought in your heart’s pocket a bit.
The land in our mind is prime real estate and multiple forces will do battle to stake ground there. Recalling Moses’ mindset of himself in Exodus 3:10 (NIV), Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” Hmmm… compare Moses’ mindset to that of God’s perspective of Moses in Acts 7:22 (NIV), Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. WOW! There is just no comparison is there!?
Land sakes, dear one! I do believe Jesus’ death on the cross in our place and His resurrection from the grave has overqualified Him to stake ground as CEO in our minds! Only the Creator of our minds can bring proper perspective within it.
Considering the apostle Paul’s self evaluation in 2 Corinthians 11:6 (NIV), I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way. Paul was not hiding behind his weakness but rather allowing his mind to stake confidence in his God’s ability to overcome within them! Paul is also found having stated, …I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor. 12:9) At the end of my life, I wonder, if rather than accomplishments done in my strengths, I’ll be more grateful for the times I stepped out in my weaknesses; by faith allowing God to take me on an adventure WAY beyond myself?!!
Other than being our own worst enemy in the land of our mind we will inevitably find ourselves up against many other people, things and spiritual forces ready and willing to take any ground we are willing to forfeit! So back to the thought we tucked into our heart’s pocket earlier from Nehemiah 6:9. Up against the enemy of our minds we have the powerful and effective weapon of prayer.
Prayer to fix my mind on the Truth of His Victory over every part of my life! Prayer to intentionally start every day, every moment, every situation, every thought with God first. In the beginning God… reframe everything you come up against rooting your hope in the sovereign rule and reign of God. Prayer to rest secure in God’s precious promises and His unconditional love for you, and prayer to choose to trust and obey with the gift of the present moment.
Land sakes dear one! Can you imagine If we would worship God with all the “land” in our mind for His worthy sake?! It would be a game changer. Today, change the game on the battlefield of your mind with, “But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”