Do Not Mind Read

SO I TELL YOU THIS, AND INSIST ON IT IN THE LORD, THAT YOU MUST NO LONGER LIVE AS THE GENTILES DO, IN THE FUTILITY OF THEIR THINKING.  THEY ARE DARKENED IN THEIR UNDERSTANDING AND SEPARATED FROM THE LIFE OF GOD
(Ephesians 4:17-18).

I urge you to be watchful of mind-reading.  Be aware that trying to read another person’s mind could become a very dangerous open door for the father-of-lies to deliver rejection, unworthiness, and shame to your vulnerable heart.  Know that the father-of-lies is an opportunist.  Speculating and taking for granted another person’s reasons for enactment could give access to the darkness of despair.  Assuming another person’s motives could unlock helplessness, powerlessness, and hopelessness.  Know that the father-of-lies will use your mind-reading as an open door to express falsity, to bestow deception—to deliver his lies.

YOU, HOWEVER, DID NOT COME TO KNOW CHRIST THAT WAY. SURELY YOU HEARD OF HIM AND WERE TAUGHT IN HIM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TRUTH THAT IS IN JESUS
(Ephesians 4:20-21).

Do not assume that you know why someone did or said something.  Your facts might be correct, but your interpretations most likely are not. Why not? The father-of-lies uses our interpretations as the medium to carry his lies.

Therefore, live in accordance with the Truth that is in Jesus.  This means: Ask Jesus for His interpretations, instead of making up your own. STOP MINDREADING!

THEREFORE, REJECTING ALL FALSITY AND BEING DONE NOW WITH IT, LET EVERYONE EXPRESS THE TRUTH WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, FOR WE ARE ALL PARTS OF ONE BODY AND MEMBERS ONE OF ANOTHER
(Ephesians 4:25).

Why do you mind-read? What satisfaction are you getting from it? Are the interpretations you are falsely making about others and yourself feeding your hungry emotions, your crooked mind, or your ugly heart?

I urge you to put off your mind-reading. Reject falsity. Know that the father-of-lies is behind your mind-reading, every inch of the way. He enjoys it when you make false interpretations about others and yourself. This is how he lures you into sinful actions. This is how he steals your joy, your love, and your heart.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, make me watchful of mind-reading—making false interpretations about others and myself, whenever I get the chance. Instead, help me to reject falsity and be done with it. Bring me to the place where I will express Your Truth with my neighbors, friends, and family members, and realize that we are all parts of one body and members of one another.

Maintain an Awareness

When your heart hurts, both the Lord Jesus and the father-of-lies stand ready to lead you out of that pain to a solution.

The Two Counsels

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