Saturday, July 25, 2009

Change Your Mind - Daily Bread Devotion

I know this blog is supposed to be my thoughts, but when I read these devotions, they move me and I hope they will move others too!

Read Acts 26:12-23 - Paul is standing before King Agrippa giving his testimony.

One of my favorite Peanuts comic strips features Charlie Brown saying to Snoopy, "I hear you're writing a book on theology. I hope you have a good title." Snoopy responds, "I have the perfect title: Has It Ever Occurred To You That You Might Be Wrong?"

Snoopy's title reminds us that our understanding of God and what He requires of us is sometimes twisted. Because our wrong b eliefs lead to wrong behavior, we need to "repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance" (Acts 26:20).

The Greek word translated "repent" is metanoeo, which means "change your mind." As Paul indicated, repentance does not mean just nodding in polite agreement with God, and continuing the same way we were going. When we turn our thoughts toward God - when we truly agree with him about what is right - our behavior will follow. Like a car, we go in the direction we are pointed. So, when we truly turn our minds and hearts toward God, our actions change accordingly.

Instead of going happily along, assuming that our choices are right, we need to regularly stop and ask ourselves Snoopy's question. As Paul taught, it is only when we are willing to admit being wrong that we can be certain of being right with God. Julie Ackerman Link

I've learned over the last couple years to make sure what I believe is backed-up in the Bible. I may have been taught wrong and never checked it out. So know, if you want me to believe a spiritual point, be sure you can back it up in the Word and be sure to use Scriptures in context - because I will check :)

The Lord is good and is mercy is everlasting. Have a great day and a great weekend.

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