Closed Minds

Do you know what the number one roadblock to learning something new is?

A bad memory? Constant distractions? A bad teacher?

Nope. None of the above.

The number one roadblock to learning something new is a closed mind. And the apostles were suffering from a closed mind, even after Jesus’ resurrection. (That’s how powerful a closed mind can be!)

The apostles needed a supernatural intervention. And they got one.

“Then he [Jesus] opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45, NIV).

Now, here’s the bad news. Because of sin in our hearts, we all suffer from a spiritually closed mind. And there’s only one solution for it.

Have Jesus intervene — supernaturally — and open our minds, too. Then — and only then — will we be able to understand the Scriptures.

Our Bible reading for Tuesday, April 28, is Joshua 13:1 – 14:15, Luke 24:36-53 and Psalm 52:1-9.

Jesus, I want to understand the Scriptures. Open my mind so that I can understand what you want me to know about you, and about your love and forgiveness.

Header image based on "firmly closed" by Jenny Downing, CC By 2.0

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  1. Our Bible reading for Tuesday, April 28, is Joshua 13:1 – 14:15, Luke 24:36-53 and Psalm 52:1-9.

    He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. (‭Luke‬ ‭24‬:‭46-48‬ NIV)

    But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good. (‭Psalm‬ ‭52‬:‭8-9‬ NIV)

    Heavenly Father, in your ultimate wisdom you created a plan of salvation. In Christ you give all mankind hope. Not just the hope of eternal life, but the hope that we can serve you like Jesus. Father help me to share your gospel message. Lord give me the strength every day to praise you and share your love others. I know I am better man because of you. I know I can help others fell the joy in my heart as read your word, take communion, and sing praises. I hope all these things in your name, because your name is good.

    ~Paul Montenieri


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