Quote

“Minds are like parachutes they only function when they are open.”
James Dewar

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4 thoughts on “Quote”

  1. In my studying, praying and meditating on the Lord and His plans and ways for my life and ministry this quote really became a reality to me. I found that the enemy of my soul works against my mind,depleting my health, energy, relationships, joy and anything else good he can get control of through causing me to grow weary. Satan tries to wear the saints of God down. Daniel 7:25 says “And he (the devil) shall speak words against the Most High (God) and shall wear out the saints of the Most high (God).”

    Satan does this by telling us lies about God-God doesn’t care about this or that, God will not answer your prayer, God can’t forgive that. God won’t heal you. God will not help your children. He just keeps those lies flowing like mild and honey.

    Now, when my mind is closed and I isolate myself from God and others, The devil will win by wearing me down and causing my parachute not to work.

    I found some truth’s that when used with an open mind will surely save the fall.

    Colossians 3:23 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men”

    Romans 12:11 “Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.”

    II Timothy 1:6 “Stir up the gift of God which is in you.”

    I want to keep my parachute ready and open when needed.

  2. When I read the above analogy in the quote, I thought ‘that’s pretty serious’…. a parachute that won’t open in a dive usually means certain death. A mind closed (unreceptive) to the Spirit of God flowing to it and through it is in danger. It reminded me of what Sara wrote under ‘food for thought’:“We need to have the mind of Christ… because only the mind of Christ is able to receive the things of God, the natural man can’t receive the things of God to him”. And then when I read what Sara wrote above it reminded me of the mind being an antennae that receives waves or signals. God’s Spirit sends truth and light and Satan’s spirits sends lies as she said. I know my antennae often gets ‘mixed signals’, picking up both. I appreciate her three scriptures for dealing with the lies. Acting on them can intercept and filter the signals before their sound waves come blasting over the loudspeaker of the mind. These are good helps for us to be able to ‘walk in the spirit’.

  3. Read with me, Luke 24: 44-45, “Then he said, ‘When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he OPENED their MINDS to UNDERSTAND the Scriptures.” Read with me the footnotes for verse 45, “Jesus opened these people’s minds to understand the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit still does this in our life today when we study the Bible. Have you ever wondered how to understand a difficult Bible passage? Besides reading surrounding passages, asking other people, and consulting reference works, pray that the Holy Spirit will open your mind to understand, giving you the needed insight to put God’s Word into action in your life.”

    Holy Spirit, I pray that you help us keep an open mind to God’s teachings.

  4. WOW, what a thought! Jesus will open our minds of understanding. Wonder how many of us think to pray daily for the Holy Spirit to open our minds of understanding. If we were to follow this counsel we would have lots of flying parachutes.

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