An Open Mind

Jesus of Nazareth (Film by Franco Zeffirelli)

Jesus of Nazareth (Film by Franco Zeffirelli)

The purpose of an open mind, like an open mouth, is to close on something solid.

(G.K. Chesterton)

It’s good to have an open mind
For prejudice‘s not hard to find
Though men need too an open heart
To love the others worlds apart

Be it man’s race or looks or brain
His status low or wide his fame
There is one name which makes all same
Who’ll cry for Him, not ever in vain

An open mind – ex fundament
Would cloud the clearest judgement
Yet all the knowledge man can have
Means nothing in compare with love

So what will be the “best of” fashion?
To celebrate His love, His passion
Since for all mankind ‘round the globe
He offers love, and peace, and hope

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19 thoughts on “An Open Mind

  1. Michael

    An open mind can become like an open garbage can in a city park, there to receive whatever men want to toss in. But an open heart to God is another thing… For it can only receive what is eternal and good from the Father who only gives good gifts to men.

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    1. Kathryn

      I need wisdom to believe and trust and obey his word no matter how I feel. I want this wisdom to be unshakable. I know James says he will give wisdom to those who ask, but then I get crushed by the condition that you must ask in faith. Pray he will give me faith.
      And pray that this feeling of opposition I feel toward the word will be just that–a feeling. Something I can dismiss and think over instead of it ruling my thoughts. That my mind will not be open to lies and feelings and persuasions of the world, but my heart will be open to God like you mentioned.

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  2. Kathryn

    I am so sorry, last message. I feel such anxiety it’s like a physical burning on my skin; it’s like I’ve obsessed so much about the idea of my heart being warped/hard/unable to be changed that I totally believe it and I am afraid to look at truth and be further resistant. Please ask The Lord to free me and help me love grace. Or to get this idea that I don’t out of my mind! Please ask The Lord to give you wisdom for me.

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    1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) Post author

      Dear Kathryn,
      I have been praying that the Lord will free you from your anxiety attacks. When you don’t feel anxious, all other prayer requests won’t be necessary any longer. Your restless mind really NEEDS some medical help to soothe your nerves. Please, see a mental health specialist as soon as possible, Kathryn. I see no other way currently. I would dare say, “Drop all your prayer lists. You may know that I – and others – are praying for you. You are secure in God’s hand since He will protect you. Do not fear anymore!”

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      1. Kathryn

        Oh susanne, thank you so much for covering me in prayer. You will continue praying for me to be a lover of truth and not suppress it? For God to keep me from doing that? And you think I can rest in your prayers?

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      2. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) Post author

        Kathryn,

        I had several periods full of anxiety in my life as well. At that time I was both too weak to pray and I had no faith. But others held me up in prayer (I didn’t even know it!). Referring to the following Scripture, I’d say that we can help one another through prayer if one of us cannot pray at the moment, for it is written,

        “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal 6:2 ESV)

        The law of Christ is LOVE – nothing else. Feel free to cease your prayers until the Lord Himself gives you the desire to pray when you know and FEEL that He loves you. Finally, Jesus will give you His rest, as He promised there.

        “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mt 11:28-30 ESV)

        God will bless you, for sure!

        Much love,
        Susanne

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      3. Kathryn

        Thank you! And will you pray he will make my heart rejoice in his love? That I won’t feel dull toward it? That it will move me and I will feel and see it as the most wonderful thing that it is?

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  3. Kathryn

    There is nothing better than God’s love and beauty. I know that as a dry fact; pray my heart and feelings and psyche will know and experience and be washed in that truth. That it will be my joy. That Jesus’ righteousness will be mine and my delight. That all fear and resistance will be crushed.

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  4. Kathryn

    Can anyone pray, “I’m going to your word. I know my mind and feelings will rebel. Please give your spirit to overcome and lead my heart to receive your truth. Help me admit my shame and gladly let you bear it. Lead my heart to submit to your lordship and believe on you as savior. Give me delight in losing my life to you.” Or does he only give the spirit to those already in the faith?

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    1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) Post author

      You asked, “Or does he only give the spirit to those already in the faith?”

      No, Kathryn, we need His Spirit so that we might have faith in Christ and in God as our Father and that all those things you want to have and feel can come into blossom. By nature, man is evil in God’s sight and therefore we should ask the Lord to make us partakers of His divine nature, as it is written,

      “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Lk 11:13 ESV)

      If you want to dig deeper into this issue, you could check out my latest article Does God hear all our prayers?

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      1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) Post author

        Good question, Kathryn.
        I know many, even pastors and priests, who prayed this prayer and they were disappointed that NOTHING happened directly afterwards. As I have said before, God is God, He is LORD, and all things happen in His time – not when we want Him to act.

        “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.” (Ps 37:5-9 ESV)

        By the way, I had been praying this particular prayer for 14 years, that is, from 1994 until 2008. As soon as I did not believe any longer that God would ever listen to me, He finally revealed Himself out of the blue. God will act, Kathryn – whenever. But patience is necessary.

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  5. Kathryn

    Susanne, you said you could not “pray me into the kingdom” and I know that’s true, but will you keep praying for me to be a child/know I am a child? Will you pray God’s spirit will keep me and help me see truth as so much greater than feelings? Will you ask him to put fear of him in my heart that is greater than anything else?

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    1. Kathryn

      But if I am outside of Christ and feel I’m growing harder and more foolish I need him to intervene before my heart becomes hopeless! I don’t want to turn in my pride; will you pray he help me think rightly and not get more ensnared in sin and lies? That he will act soon and that I won’t be like one who went out from the true believers? That he will help me be humble before him and fear him today! Can you pray that in faith for me?

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      1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) Post author

        So sorry, Kathryn, but this won’t turn out another gracious reply from me to you. Instead, it is a “truth in love” rebuke which you may take as from the Lord – or not. It’s your choice. However, you may know that I have been praying for His wisdom for way more than a few days now.

        No, I can’t pray any of your listed prayer requests with faith. Who am I to tell the Lord what He has to do today – with and in you? Would be arrogant if I did so. God is no automatic wish-fulfilling vendor. HE IS GOD!!!

        You may know that we are praying for you; yet it makes no sense to always post the same things again and again. WordPress indeed suggested to move your comments to the spam section because your prayer requests have been resembling each other like many peas in a pod. Dear Kathryn, you can be assured of my continual prayers for you; nonetheless, I am going to delete your future comments if you post your countless “prayer lists” once again.

        Thank you for your understanding. Every blessing to you – HE will help you, for sure!

        Your sister,
        Susanne

        “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Pt 5:5-7 ESV)

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  6. Michael

    Well done, Susanne! I have been doing the same with her incessant requests in which it is obvious she never takes to heart anything we share with her that is from the Lord.
    “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like unto him.”
    (Proverbs 26:4 KJ2000)

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