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AN INDEPENDENT MIND

In the world today, there are three basic categories of people: those that make things happen, those that watch things happen, and those that wonder what happened. Those that make things happen are those that make a difference in their world; they have no time to compare themselves to others. Their aim is to reach for something higher, something new. Those who watch things happen are those who look to others for direction. They cannot think for themselves; I mean, they have no independent mind. Those who wonder what happened are those who live out their lives unnoticed, uncelebrated, and in obscurity. They see things happening—people moving, times changing—but they stay just there, sitting, wondering, crying, and complaining. Which do you belong to?

The Lord Jesus Christ is our role model; He knew who He was and what He was about. He had an independent mind and examined all things in the light of God’s Word (John 7:11–18). Having an independent mind is a confirmation that we are on the right path because without knowing God’s opinion, you can be a Christian and yet be controlled by satanic devices. Remember, satan always uses our situation to tempt us. When we wallow in self-pity, we are magnifying the adversary above our Heavenly Father, thus destroying our own confidence in God’s Word. As Christians, we ought to know the mind of God because what God says about our situation is what we need at all times.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me an independent mind. A mind that examines all things in the light of God’s Word, in Jesus’ name! Amen!