God knows what you are thinking!

God does not judge me for my thoughts; it is what I do with my thoughts that determine my relationship with God.

November 4

Then the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said to me, “Speak! ‘Thus says the LORD: “Thus you have said, O house of Israel; for I know the things that come into your mind.”

Ezekiel 11:5

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God knows what you are thinking!

There is a part of us that believes that our minds are a private place that only we know what happens there. We believe that we can hide things there from God. Our verse for the day tells us something much different. There is nothing in our minds that is hidden from God’s holy gaze.

In a strange way this is comforting to me. I have a desire as a man trying to be a true Christ-follower to be holy. But the truth is that I daily miss the mark of perfection that God desires for me to hit. Through Christ’s blood I have forgiveness for all the sins that I commit, but God expects me to come in repentance of those sins and seek reconciliation. Knowing that I can’t hide my sins from God makes it easier for me to come to Him whenever I need to.

The more intimately we are acquainted with this concept of God’s absolute omniscience, the more we are willing to accept the purifying work of the Holy Spirit in our minds. Of course, this assumes that I agree with God that some of the things that come into my mind are sinful, ungodly, or impure. God is a gentleman; He will not force His purity upon us.

This is one of the reasons why a daily exposure to the written word of God is so important. It is within the pages of the Bible that we find truth. It is the truth of God revealed in Scripture that God desires to use as our guide to holiness. Without a regular feeding of God’s words of life, we will mentally starve our minds of the very thing it needs to survive spiritually.

This is also why it is so important that we control what we do allow to come into our minds. The old computer saying, ‘Garbage in, garbage out!” applies to our minds as much as to computers. If we do not do anything to filter the things that come into our minds than we will not be able to do anything about what comes out in our lives. If you put enough garbage into your life, you can be assured garbage will come out.

It also comforts me to know that God knows not just the thoughts that come into my mind but also from where those thoughts came. The enemy is quite good at inserting thoughts into my mind. I don’t understand how he does it, but I know that he does. Some of those thoughts can be very disturbing and disgusting. God does not judge me for my thoughts; it is what I do with my thoughts that determine my relationship with God. We are told to capture our thoughts and bring them under submission to the obedience of Christ. Humble your heart and mind before God and allow the Holy Spirit to help you to do that. Jesus, thank you that You know me so well and love me anyway.

Daily Bible Reading:
Read: Ezekiel 10:1-11:25; Hebrews 6:1-20; Psalm 105:16-36; Proverbs 27:1-2

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