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The right mindfuel



'Be changed within by a new way of thinking.' Romans 12:2 NCV

What we consume determines our performance. That's why you need to be careful what you feed your body, your children, your pets and even your car.

But what you feed your mind is equally important, especially when you consider these two laws that operate in life: (1) The law of cognition. Your thoughts influence your emotions and your behaviour. The Bible says, 'For as he thinks in his heart, so is he' (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV). Jesus said a good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit (see Matthew 7:18). In other words, good thinking can't produce bad results, just as bad thinking can't produce good results. (2) The law of exposure. The Bible says, 'Do not...be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking' (Romans 12:2 NCV). You'll always think about what you are exposed to the most. And given the violence, lust and greed portrayed by the media, it's not surprising that crime and immorality are on the rise. You can't just say, 'I'm going to read this magazine, watch this programme, listen to this music, but it won't affect me.' Social science now confirms what God said all along - it does affect you! Where you go, what you read (or don't read), what you watch and the dreams you entertain all shape your mind.

Paul writes, 'Remember what Christ taught, and let his words enrich your lives and make you wise' (Colossians 3:16 TLB). So when you need the right mind-fuel, remember: 'I entrust you to God and his care and to his wonderful words that are able to build your faith and give you all the inheritance' (Acts 20:32 TLB).

Soulfood: Exo 25-27, Matt 8:1-9, Ps 81, Pro 2:11-15

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Choosing a lifetime partner



'Don't be teamed with those who do not love the Lord.' 2 Corinthians 6:14 TLB

An ox and a donkey each have a tail, two eyes and four legs. But if you harness them together, they won't get along or work well together. Actually, they will pull in different directions. That's because God made them with very different natures and attributes! With that picture in your mind, here's some advice on dating you'd be wise to heed.

Looks soon fade, so choose someone who has other, less obvious attributes. For example: (1) Consider their manners and how they treat the waiter at the restaurant. (2) What type of interests do they have? (3) Do they share your spiritual values and beliefs? (4) Do they show genuine interest in what you have to say? (5) How do they treat people they're not trying to impress? Once the newness of the initial attraction wears off, there must be something more, or the relationship is doomed. And make sure you're the chooser, and not the chosen.

So, think about what you really want, and don't entrust your heart to someone without first ascertaining their suitability. The only way to do that is to ask questions and ask God for discernment so you can learn to read their motives through their mannerisms. If you're going to make an informed decision about sharing your life with this person, and share the most intimate, vulnerable parts of yourself literally and figuratively, you must open your eyes, along with all your senses, and really see the other person. Stop. Look. Listen. Pray. That's the Bible's formula for making a wise decision when it comes to choosing a mate for life.

Soulfood: Exo 22-24, Matt 7:15-29, Ps 79, Pro 2:9-10

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Try Less and Trust More



'He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.' Philippians 1:6 NIV

If you want God's will to be done in your life, don't rush things. Sarah, Abraham's wife, did: as a result Ishmael was born, and that brought all sorts of strife and family complications. Remember: 'Flesh gives birth to flesh but the Spirit gives birth to spirit' (John 3:6 NIV), so be sure your plans are conceived by God's Spirit. Don't try to salvage anything flesh-based. God said, 'My covenant I will establish with Isaac' (Genesis 17:21 NKJV). Isaac was born as a result of God's will, done God's way, in God's time.

Everything that's conceived in you comes from one of two sources: the flesh or the Spirit. So be careful. People will try to involve you in all kinds of schemes to promote yourself. God doesn't need anybody's help to bless you; he can do it all by himself! That's why whenever Satan attacks you, you need to be able to point him to your spiritual birthplace and remind him that you didn't begin this project and you don't have to finish it.

'He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion' (Philippians 1:6 NIV). And here's another thought. If God's dealing with you about carnality, pride or some other obstacle in your path, don't resist, don't run and don't get in his way. Like a drowning man frantically trying to save himself - until you stop flailing around God can't do anything for you. So the word for you today is: 'Try less and trust more!'

Soulfood: Exo 19-21, Matt 7:1-14, Ps 74:12-23, Pro 2:7-8

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