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Command 14 : Seek God's Kingdom | Day 94

Bring Your Mind Under Authority!

King Saul was head and shoulders above every other man in Israel. From all outward appearances he looked like a great king, but inwardly he was controlled by fears. When the Philistines came against him and the people began to scatter, he responded in fear by invading the priests' jurisdiction and personally presenting a sacrifice to God, rather than waiting for Samuel. This action disqualified Saul's descendants from ever ruling the nation. (See I Samuel 13:8-14.) Later when Saul failed to carry out the command of God to utterly destroy the wicked nation of Amalek, his excuse was, “I feared the people." (See I Samuel 15:24-26.) Because of this disobedience, God rejected Saul from being king.

Jonathan is an analogy of the human intellect. Because it is connected with our sin nature, it cannot be allowed to rule our lives.

Jonathan had great accomplishments and the qualities of leadership and courage. The human intellect has the same. Jonathan loved David and knew that it was God's will for David to reign over the kingdom instead of him. When Saul learned of Jonathan's love and loyalty to David, he tried to kill Jonathan. In the same way, our old nature opposes our human intellect's surrendering its right to rule.

This conflict is described in Romans 7:22-25, “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

It is significant to realize that David could not rule over the nation of Israel until both Saul and Jonathan had died.

Even after the death of Saul and Jonathan, it was necessary for the nation to choose David as their king, and after David was anointed king there was continuing conflict between the "house of Saul" and the "house of David." As time went on, however, the house of David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

When my assistant understood these rich analogies, he exclaimed, "This is the answer! I am a Christian, but I have been taking knowledge into my natural mind rather than into my spirit. I have tried to use human reasoning to live the Christian life, and it hasn't worked." He understood the need for a conscious decision to place his mind under the authority of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit so that the righteousness of Christ could reign in his heart.

After we knelt in prayer and he made this decision, he asked, "Now how do I make a transfer of control from my head to my heart?" I explained that the Psalms were David's expression of heart-to-heart fellowship with God. He said, "I don't like to read the Psalms. They have very little meaning to me." However, after he went to his room and began reading the Psalms, he found he had a new appreciation for the spiritual truths contained in them, because now the Spirit was in charge of his mind. I urge you to put your mind under the authority of God's Word and God's Spirit today!

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

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Contributing writer: Bill Gothard