Opening Eyes, Minds, & Hearts
who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own
moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who
trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and
breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to
God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the
self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self
ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who
God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored. (Rom.
your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Col. 3:2
world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight
fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never
will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are
for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful
God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected
against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse
into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for
clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into
maturity. (2 Cor. 10:5–6 MSG).
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit,
according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world,
and not according to Christ. (Col. 2:8 ESV).
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which
exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds
as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final
thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure,
and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of
praise. (Phil. 4:6–8 NLT).
The earth and everything on it
to the Lord.
world and its people
The Lord placed it all
the oceans and rivers. (Ps. 24:1 CEV)
Open my eyes to see
wonderful truths in your instructions. (Ps. 119:18 NLT).
My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine
what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There
are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world. (1 John 4:1 MSG).
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek
Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has
risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go
quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he
is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
(Matt. 28:5–7 ESV).
All of you
Your ears are stopped up,
your eyes are covered.
You cannot see or hear
If you could,
you would turn to me,
I would heal you.’” (Acts 28:27 CEV)
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.
And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of
flesh. (Ezek. 36:26 ESV).