Guard Your Minds and be Joyful

Meerkat on guard

As believers, we trust that the Bible is the Word of God. We believe Isaiah 40:8 (ESV), “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Still, what we read in the media and what friends post on Facebook seems to expect our faith in Jesus to take a backseat to social norms.

I found an example of this “pressure” in an article in the Jerusalem Post titled, “Archaeologists Identify City Gate from the time of King David” by ZACHARY KEYSER included this statement: Even though the “House of David” inscription has confirmed the essential historicity of King David from the Bible, scholars have reached little consensus about the nature and extent of his rule.

Let us not hold back our beliefs for an implied agreement. Let us live our faith rather than allow it to be abstract. Let our “I’ll pray for you” be a true shouldering of a burden and not a social courtesy. Let us walk in the power of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 4:20)

As we guard our minds (Philippians 4:7), let us stay engaged in the places where God has planted us. Proverbs 18:15 ESV reads, “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

So guard your minds and be joyful. God, Himself, lives in us. As Psalm 16:11 (ESV) reads, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” 

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Archaeological stone

From the Jerusalem Post article titled, “Archaeologists Identify City Gate from the time of King David” by ZACHARY KEYSER included this statement: Even though the “House of David” inscription has confirmed the essential historicity of King David from the Bible, scholars have reached little consensus about the nature and extent of his rule.

As believers, we have committed our lives and our eternities to Jesus. We believe the Bible is the Word of God. We believe Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Yet, as intelligent, socially adept people, we are expected by society to doubt God’s Word and to separate what we believe from how we make decisions and how we act.

We must guard our minds while we stay engaged in the places where God has planted us. Proverbs 18:15 (ESV) reads, “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” It’s not God’s will for us to disengage with the world. If we did that there would be no reason for us to remain “in the world.” However, it is God’s will that we do not deny Him. Also, we are not to be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we are to be obedient to God’s will.

So guard your minds but be at peace and be joyful for God, Himself, lives in us. As Psalm 16:11 (ESV) states, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” 

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