The start of a new week is upon us. Thursday is Thanksgiving. The act of verbalizing thanksgiving originates in the mind and heart. It is the outward expression of something internal.
As we spend this week preparing both for Thanksgiving, I thought that it might be wise to remind ourselves of the indispensability of a God-ward directed spiritual attitude. Lots of distractions this week. That is why our focus this week needs to be guarded. Approach the Word of God in a reverent attitude of mind. Remember that it is inspired and as such it is not just any ordinary piece of literary production. God’s enemy and therefore our enemy, is bent on either keeping us out of the Word or distracting us as we spend time in God’s Word. This deceiving liar wants us to forget that it is the Holy Spirit that is right there at our elbow reading along with us to our hearts.
How does that happen? We allow a prideful sin to form a barrier between God and those around us. It can be jealousy, anger, frustration; what ever it’s name, it all originates in our prideful self-centered heart. Consider this. From all appearances, the Bible looks like any other literature. We can certainly study it in the same spirit as we would study something literary penned by Shakespeare or some historical work. From that perspective it would be interesting and even profitable. But with that attitude we will never discover the life-transforming treasures that the Holy Spirit wants to reveal and implant in our hearts. That is how our common enemy extinguishes the Holy Spirit’s light.
Paul told the Corinthian Church in his first letter: “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to them ….” Do not let Satan side track you through false thinking. The natural man is dead and buried. Act like men of God. Keep short accounts. Confess what you have done. Give thanks for what He has done.
“I will lavish praise on You, my God and King, and bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You … Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.” David.