Our scripture this morning is Isaiah 26:1-4.

At that time this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city! The Lord’s deliverance, like walls and a rampart, makes it secure. Open the gates so a righteous nation can enter – one that remains trustworthy. You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith, for they trust in you. Trust in the Lord from this time forward, even in Yah, the Lord, an enduring protector!”

This passage encourages the children of God to remain faithful, that He protects those who trust in Him. Some theologians suggest the prophet is pointing us to a state of mind rather than a geographical location, that those who maintain a relationship with God will be kept safe. Like a fortified city, those who take refuge in God are well defended.

Guarding our minds is up to us. While God stands ready, we must remain focused on Him to be connected and protected. Paul tells us “Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God”- Romans 12:2.

Paul also teaches “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 2:5. Jesus came to save us, but also to make us part of God’s plan for salvation. In order to carry out the task we have been given, we have to think and act as Jesus did. While the outside world may try to distract us from making disciples as Jesus commanded, we can keep our minds strong by following His example.

Loving Lord, You gave us intelligence and free will that we might use them for the good of Your children. Help us to think and act wisely in an often foolish world. Amen.

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