I grew up as the oldest of 4 girls.
Yep all my life I have been referred to as “the oldest”. Funny how that used to be a badge of honor, control and authority over my little sisters—today it just makes me feel OLD. However, I digress, that is for another post.
Where I was going with this is the frequency of girl fights that occurred between me and my younger sisters or them with one another.
Every fight led to someone squealing in distress to our Mom, “tattling” on another sister and hoping for parental intervention and support on their behalf. My Mom rarely took the bait. More often she would respond with the clear PASSION EMOTION KILLING instruction to “Mind Your Own Business” and you will stay out of trouble.
As a Mom myself, I have often heard MY Moms voice coming out of MY mouth to MY own kids—“Mind Your Own Business and you will stay out of trouble”.
In my quiet time I have been studying about the life of David. Today, I was reading 2 Samuel 11 about David’s temptation turned tragedy and began to consider the serious seduction power that can go on within that fist sized body part called the brain AKA, the MIND.
While I am studying this broken place in David’s life, I am dealing with some stuff in my own life.
Aren’t we always?
Maybe you can relate.
I am struggling with some things that are NOT MAKING ME HAPPY! There are some people in my life who are not doing what I want them to do. They are not being fair. I am even dealing with a few who are not being good “Christians” and are not treating me right. I am telling you right now there are quite a few areas right now where I am not getting my way.
Again I ask, can you relate? (Now don’t you go acting all innocent with me!!)
In this encounter with Bathsheba, David allowed himself to make some REALLY bad choices.He let his mind, his thoughts, his personal “rights”—lead him into places he should not have gone.
I have some Bathsheba thoughts going on today.
I see some things I want and my MIND tells me I should have them..
I have made some life changing “Bathsheba” choices in my life but as I get “OLDER” I am learning to draw from the MIND OF CHRIST that is in me–hang on by the skin of my teeth and MIND MY OWN BUSINESS!
I determine to keep my thoughts under control by journaling; writing scripture on 3X5 cards and keeping them in my face; sharing my struggle with a few close prayer partners who will agree with me for victory but mostly, I am renewing my MIND with good Bible teaching and worship music.
Here are a few scriptures God lead me to this morning as I work my way once again through taking some thoughts captive!
If you are dealing with some “Bathsheba thinking” I hope they will help you too.
Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all your soul and with all of your MIND.
Be made new in the attitude of your mind.
Be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your MIND so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.
1 Corinth 2:16
But we have the MIND of Christ.
What I am learning, I offer to you.
What is your “Bathsheba” struggle today? Where does your MIND need to focus on it’s own business?
I shared with you, will you share with me?