Have you ever had that constant business of mind that prevents you from having a proper quiet time, or where your mind is just so busy that the whole renewing of it seems impossible? My mind is often in that place. I think the devil likes to keep our minds busy with, well, everything, so we find it too difficult to renew our minds, or focus on God's word, or remember a great breakthrough.
A while ago I was told two things that help to get our minds in a place where we want them to be. They are simple and they work, for me anyway.
- Speak the word out aloud. Rom 10 v 17: So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ. When you are speaking the word out aloud firstly you are hearing it so you have to concentrate on what you are saying and secondly, your faith grows! Its biblical, thus true! Sometimes I find myself reading a whole page before I realize I have no idea what I just read. Its in those moments I read aloud and actually HEAR the word so it impacts me.
- Sing praises! Yes, sing! I was told that when you sing you cannot think! So I gave it a try! My mind used to harp on a great tragedy in our lives, a falling out in the family, and really, that is all my mind was consumed with and my mind needed a break!!! So I would drop my girls off at school, turn up the praise music and sing at the top of my voice all the way home! And yes, it works. But not only did my brain stop obsessing in those moments, I was praising my Lord! That reminds me of Jehoshaphat (2 Chron 20), where God told them to put the praise singers ahead as they stood still and waited on the Lord to do battle on their behalf! Yes, singing shuts the busy mind down, praises our God, and brings about victory!
Psalm 96 v 1-4: O sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth! (2)Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good news of His salvation from day to day. (3) Declare His glory among the nations, His marvellous works and wonderful deeds among all the peoples. (4) For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.
So, sing my fellow bloggers! Sing songs of praise when that mind of yours cannot desist in over-thinking everything! And Speak His word out aloud!