pramsay posted on May 12, 2009 05:55 2162 views

Cerebral Muscle Workout

Sometimes our minds are crammed full of scientific formulae or historical facts. Others seem to retain entire telephone books in their mind. I think there are some guys who know the profiles of every hockey player on the National Hockey League. Others can spew out tedious baseball stats or basketball scores. Some retain recipes. Others use their grey matter to store trivia about politics. Did you ever meet someone who specialized in cars – the makes, the models, the motors, the mileage and the money? Some flex their cerebral muscle on Hollywood stars – who’s breaking up, who’s flirting, who’s starring in what movies, etc. 

Someone could ask if people are genetically predisposed to retain such critical pieces of information. But the likelihood is: we fill our minds with stuff that is either of great interest to us or with information we consider important, even if it is not all that interesting.

Have you ever met someone who seems to always have a spiritual nugget to pass along to you? 

At the close of the Old Testament it is refreshing to read about a remnant people of Israel who .

feared the Lord and that THOUGHT upon His Name.”

Malachi 3:16

The word ‘thought’ is not a mere thought, i.e. one of thousands of thoughts that flit through our minds. Rather it denotes a work-out of the cerebral muscle, in carefully and deliberately considering His Name and all His Name represents.

Too often I read my Bible as a habit or routine and, yes – it is a good habit for every person. But sometimes I read it without thinking or contemplating – without valuing or deeply considering the verses I am reading.

The Lord gave us a mind He expects us to use for His glory. He expects us to exert and expend mental energy on spiritual things – things that are of value eternally rather than on the trivia of earth. We use it so often to dream about our future, to plot, scheme, plan, imagine, etc.  But how much mental energy do I put into the consideration of Christ and all His glories and beauties?!!

The Brain and Mind Journal believes the human brain beats the capacity of all computers by a long shot. The largest computers they say have a capacity of storing 10,000,000,000,000 bytes. The human brain they estimate has a colossal capacity of 10 followed by 8432 zeros – not 12 zeros. Memory specialists tell us that we use only 10% of our capacity. 90% is under-utilized and fully available for development.

The cost to develop our brain? Desire, self discipline, effort and time.

Wouldn’t we be different if we started using our intellectual capacity for spiritual purposes? Even if we just made better use of the 10% that we tend to use. Replacing bitterness with sweet thoughts of Christ. Deleting files of useless secular facts and using the space to store Bible verses. Filling our minds with facts about the life of Christ, e.g. How many times do we read of Him eating? sleeping? looking? weeping? bending down? touching? praying? asking questions? etc. How many prophecies about Him in the Old Testament were fulfilled during His 33 years on earth? How many miracles are recorded? Examples of His compassionate words, His stern words of warning, the stories He told and the teaching methods He used. The list could go on. (See Announcement Below)

May the gracious Holy Spirit rekindle the desire within my heart today to study HIM, to fill my mind with THOUGHTS of Himself and to think upon His Name.

Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.

Warmly in Christ

Peter Ramsay

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