by John Barnett

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Renewing a Spirit-Filled Mind (6 of 31)
Series: Grace-Energized Men
John Barnett
November 25, 2007

God's constant call to His servants in His Word is for their minds to be His dwelling place. That is why Paul called the early church to begin training older men in the godly habit of living reverently for God. That is the second character quality laid down for grace-energized older men in Titus 2:2.

Grace-energized men think and live reverently as they walk through each day of their lives. They are men who try by choice and conviction to worship nothing but God. Reverent men understand that nothing in life is neutral, nothing in life is harmless. Everything in life is either for God or against Him. Everything is either promoting God's Glory or opposing it.

Men, how are you doing at guarding your heart? Your heart (as the mind is referred to in the Bible) is the entry point of God's grace, the communication channel for worship and prayer, and the spiritual battle field. Is your mind daily placed under God's control-or not?

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. NKJV

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. NIV

A mind given to God is reverent, and God wants reverent men. Men regarding Him with awe, devoted to honoring and obeying Him-while living in a sin-energized world. Reverent men think much and often about God. Remembering what God's Word says: 'as a man thinks…so is he' (Pr. 23:7)

And since everything starts and ends with our minds, these reverent men start by keeping their minds under God's control, and that involves a life-long response to God's call to…

Guard Your Mind

Reverent Minds are guarded minds. More than anything else God wants to saturate, influence, dominate and control your mind. If God has your mind--He will also have your body, your emotions, your appetites, your time, and your money . . .

Whatever controls your m ...

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