Coffee and Devotions

 Come and have a cup of coffee with me and consider some thoughts…

I’ve got the gas stove burning

The coffee is brewing. Pick a Christmas cup for your “Joe”. I can also boil water for tea, you know…

I’ve got mine ready to go…

This morning I was reading from John Piper’s Taste and See and I found these thoughts something good to ponder. I’m not including the whole of meditation #5 but parts of it.

“If we would be wise people – people on the way to being “sages” – we must understand how our sinful human hearts and minds work. One profound biblical insight we need to embrace is that our heart exploits our mind to justify what the heart wants. That is, our deepest desires precede the rational functioning of our minds and incline the mind to perceive and think in a way tht will make the desires look right. It is an illusion to think that our hearts are neutral and incline in accordance with cool, rational observation of truth. On the contrary, we feel powerful desires or fears in our hearts, and then our minds bend reality to justify the desires and fears….

….It is an old tale. From Cain (Genesis 4:9) to American presidents, truth has been sacrificed to desire, and the mind has been shrewdly employed by the darkened heart to shroud its passions. This is the point of Romans 12:18: They suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” Truth is held hostage by the unrighteous commitments of the heart. The unrighteous heart then employs the mind to distract and deceive. As Jesus says, “Everyone who does evil hates the Light” (John 3:20). Doing the evil we love makes us hostile to the light of truth which will expose the evil and rob us of its fleeting pleasures. In this condition the mind becomes a factory of half-truths, equivocations, sophistries, evasions, and lies – anything to protect the evil desires of the heart from exposure and destruction.

[sophistry -unsound or misleading but clever, plausible, and subtle argument or reasoning; sophism] [I added this definition because this was a new word to me]

We are all given to this. Our only hope is the transforming work of God in our hearts to free us from the bondage of a hardened heart that produces a futile mind.

….we should pray for God to change hearts so that they can see the beauty of truth and love it.

…Romans 6:17, “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were commited.” Obedience came from the heart. Thanks be to God. And if thanks be to God, then let prayers be to God. He is our only hope – to escape our own delusions and deliver others.”

I hope you find these thoughts something good to ponder and learn from today. Go into this new day with truth and grace. Blessings…

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9 thoughts on “Coffee and Devotions

  1. Thanks be to God for the hope we have in him! We could have a great conversation about Piper’s words.

    I have a set of mugs just like the one your coffee is in (from Starbucks). I’ll choose the one with the sprig of…boxwood?
    Pour it up, and let’s go sit by the fire.

    Rosemary, Wouldn’t that be sweet! blessings.

  2. no wait come back!! I love cats!! really I do!! I needed that post to explain part of the tiny talk tuesday post I was working on when you commented….you’re just too fast for me 🙂 It’s up now, if you want “the rest of the story”

    I like the snowman mug please and thanks for the lovely words to ponder today!

    keep your feet dry my friend.

    MM!, things are drier today. I’ll head on back in a while and see what’s going on in cat kingdom….

  3. I’m sipping tea from the village scene mug…..Ellen, this was a very thought-provoking devotional. Sad but true, what comes out of our mouth also shows what is really in our heart. I’ve been challenged with that truth lately as I’ve blurted out words that I wish I could take back. God isn’t finished with me yet – I’m glad He’s so patient! Thanks for the tea! Elsie

    Elsie, how unhospitable of me not to have boiled water for tea. I have remedied that now. Blessings on you…

  4. such good thoughts today! I loved reading them, and they were good for me to hear – I need to understand and realize how just how the heart and mind play off each other, and can certainly twist things!

    Hi Erika! Our minds are amazing, thank goodness for the Holy Spirit and the promise of our minds being renewed…

  5. I believe I will enjoy my coffee in the snowman mug. He’s a cutey!

    I enjoyed your devotional reading today. Very thought-provoking! thank you for sharing.

    Myrna, your very welcome…

  6. Ellen, wonderful devotional thoughts, and yes I could use a cup of coffee, thanks.

    I hope you are doing okay with all the rain. It is surely something else.

    Lovella, things are looking up! Blessings…

  7. I liked this post, Ellen, but found myself wishing I could be with you, sitting by that fire and drinking coffee from one of those cute mugs. Maybe next December? Regarding the devotional, I find this is always a difficult balance, the heart and mind, especially living the way we do. I feel that the heart plays an important role, but it’s a balance- otherwise we’d have left China a long time ago! Sorry I don’t comment often, we get your post’s via Bloglines, otherwise I need to view your blog through a VPN (virtual processing network), as I am right now, and I’m often kicked off of it! Love you! Christa

    Hi Christa, Blessings on you and no worries about not commenting. Hug the girls for me…

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