That part of our lives that is not seen is as much as important as that part which is open for all to see. That “hidden life” of ours God sees well. This is our “thought and feeling” life. Underneath our skin, tucked in the recesses of our hearts and minds, are our thoughts and feelings. But, however hidden they are, they don’t escape the probing gaze of the Lord.
There are times when we don’t watch and pray enough that temptations enter the heart and mind, and if we are not vigilant and our shield is not up, these could contaminate our “thought and feeling” life.
Feelings of discontent, envy, self-pity, covetousness, though they appear in their subtlest form, could still smear our hearts and minds that are otherwise inhabited by the Holy Spirit. These feelings, if we entertain them for just a little time, dishonor God.
The thoughts that we think, the imaginings that we let to play in our minds – we must be as cautious. Do ill thoughts or ill wishes for others sometimes cross our minds, probably kindled by envy? Do we sometimes feel superiorly righteous that we secretly judge others and think the worst of them? Do unbeliefs and doubts in God’s promises hound our minds? Though we don’t speak out these feelings and thoughts, but if they visit our hearts and minds every now and then – are we genuinely living and walking in the Spirit?
What fills our thoughts? God sees them all. And if these little demons come to tempt us, to vex us and take away our peace and chip away at our righteousness, we pray and beg the Lord to help us. We pray for the Holy Spirit’s close guidance. We feed on the Word, and we must always be ready to fend off their fiery darts by the living and powerful Truth.
God searches our hearts and minds. He knows the secrets of our hidden parts. Therefore, let the meditations of our hearts and minds be acceptable to Him, that we may be blameless and harmless, the true children of God without rebuke.
This weekend, may we pray and meditate on the prayer of Apostle Paul for the Thessalonians, receiving and letting it sink into our minds, hearts and souls. May we, with the help of the Holy Spirit, live it out in our daily lives:
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thes. 5: 2)
Have a Wordful weekend, my dear friends. Amen.
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