Well-known baseball player, coach, and manager, Yogi Berra said, “Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.”
When athletes say things to intimidate their opponent, “He’s trying to get into his head.”
Every action by a person is first a thought. Behind every thought is a motive or attitude that produced that thought.
Athletes know that if they can “mess” with their opponents’ thoughts, motives, or attitudes, it can affect their performance and they can have an advantage over their opponent.
“Your attitude determines your altitude.” (John Maxwell)
I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” Jeremiah 17:9 ESV
In Jeremiah 17, God sees the idolatry of Judah. Because of their sin, God says He will give their wealth to their enemies. (vv.1-4)
Because they trusted in man, they will be like a shrub in the desert. But those who trust in the Lord are like a tree planted by water which is green and fruitful. (vv. 5-8)
The heart of a man is deceitful, sick, and difficult to understand. (v. 9) But the Lord knows our hearts and will respond according to our true motives and the deeds it produces. (v.10)
When we placed our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation, God placed His Holy Spirit in us. Now we have power over our old deceitful heart. The old nature of sin no longer has to be our motivation.
God cannot be deceived. He’s already “in our head.” The Pharisees thought they could obey the rules they made for themselves, but Jesus said their hearts were far from God.
Since our actions originate from our thoughts, motives, and attitudes, we are to constantly seek transformation by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:1-2)
God is saying, “I know what you’re thinking.”
Our Father, thank-you for Your presence in our lives! Renew our minds that our actions may please and honor You.