© 2011 Debbie Turner Chavers
Different people and groups and how they receive the Word.
When Paul spoke to the Jews in Thessalonica, he reasoned with them out of the scriptures for 3 sabbath days. My mind immediately grabs the word sabbath, which to me equals rest. Grace means rest to me also, a rest from my own effort to save myself. I can not. You can not. But we can facilitate the learning process of our relationship with God by having a ready mind.
Acts 17 says some believed, some did not. In Thessalonica, the ones who did not believe had envy, gathered a group of lewd fellows of the baser sort and started trouble. They all heard the same reasoning's of Paul's preaching. Yet received different results due to mind set.
Only you can change your mind.
In Berea, Acts 17:11-12 we see mind set again. If you have ears to hear, you can hear what the Spirit of God is saying. Verse 11-12 says, These were more noble than those in Thessalonica in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed: also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
Only you can change your mind, your ready mind to receive the truth of God's word.
I am reminded of Paul in Romans 7 and Romans 8 and Paul's ready mind to accept the rest of grace yet the reasoning of the law tried to bring him under the dominion of his flesh.
Romans 7 ends with his declaration in verses 24 - O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
We are more than conquerors when we rely on Jesus and His finished work for us.
Romans 8:4-7 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
When you hear the Word of God, be prepared to listen with all readiness of mind and you WILL find Him. Seek Him and you will find Him.
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