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Meditations by John Dean

Monday, June 3, 2013

Mind-Mud

(Jeremiah 17:14 KJV) Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

From time to time a person usually needs healing in some area of their life. One area may be physical healing, another area may be the healing of their memories and yet another area may be the healing from fatigue.

When it comes to healing physical fatigue…rest is usually the answer. However, when it comes to healing mental fatigue rest may help, but ultimately it is going to take the supernatural.

Perhaps this is what Paul was talking about in Romans 12:2 when he spoke of the renewing of the mind.

“...be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

The only way one’s mind can be renewed is by cleaning out all the natural things that have caused the blockage to begin with…and that takes the supernatural.

Mental fatigue is usually the result of one’s mind slowing down and not keeping up with its potential. A good example of this is when a car gets stuck in the mud…the motor keeps racing and the tires keep spinning, but the car does not move forward. In this case the idea is to get the car out of the mud so it can function to its full potential.

The mind works the same way. When one feels bogged down (or they have mental fatigue) renewing the mind is the process used to get out of the ‘mind mud’.

Paul seems to imply that the reason we get into ‘mind-mud’ is because we “conform to this world’s” way of doing things. In other words when a Christian tries to do spiritual things in a natural way then Paul calls that, “conforming to this world”.

I suppose from time to time all of us have the potential of falling into this trap…otherwise Paul would not have addressed it. Perhaps the reason Paul addressed this issue is because he too had experienced the ‘mind-mud’ potential.

I was certainly not aware that I was on the edge of ‘mind-mud’ until a few days ago when I was driving through the open plains of Texas. All of a sudden I began to realize that my mind was being renewed by the Lord. My focus had been on so many other things that I was unaware of my own personal need.

However, when I unknowingly put myself in a position (the open plains of Texas) where the Lord could personally minister to me…He did, and healing was the result.

The point I want to make is…our dedication to Him is important, but His dedication to us is healing. When we understand that principle, it should help keep us out of ‘mind-mud’.

Father,
Thank You for protecting us and healing us even when we are not aware of our need. Lord we also want to emulate You as a father and meet the needs of others without them always having to ask. Lord I am so blessed to know that my care is a high priority to You…and that makes me love You even more.

Amen

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