Day 12 of 21 Days of Prayer. Brain Games! When I was a kid, games like crossword puzzles, Soduku, code breaking and other brain teasers were a fun activity to pass the time on a road trip or while sitting in the waiting room at the doctor or waiting for my Mom to come out of the store.
Now, scientist are pushing them as a growing scientific marvel to help improve our minds. They call them “brain games” and involve a broad range of tests and exercises designed to boost memory, reasoning skills and to stimulate overall cognitive function.
It’s funny how quickly people subscribe to things like that but can’t seem to fathom how practicing spiritual disciplines such as, studying the Bible, prayer, fasting, worship, fellowship, and discussing our faith with others, can also be good for you! Instead of practicing brain-game-like behavior, we want to practice faith-game behavior while on our spiritual journey.
Romans 12:2 says it this way:
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
As we pray, the mind becomes renewed and faith-game behavior goes into overdrive. Faith-game behavior means to be intentional and willing to do something about your spiritual journey. Faith-game behavior intensifies as the basic fundamentals of the Christian faith is exercised.
Growing up, when I was really into what I wanted to do, I'd say, "I'm game". Today, I'm just not game, I'm faith-game!
When you're faith-game, you intentionally stretch your mind.
When you're faith-game, you're intentionally happy despite what things may look like.
When you're faith-game, your meditation on God's word becomes a living reality.
When you're faith-game, you tell others about a great insight you have gotten from the Word.
When you're faith-game, you spend some quiet time worshiping God.
When you're faith=game, your cognitive skills improve.
When you'e faith-game, you grow in wisdom and stature.
When you're faith-game, you discover miraculous favor with God and with men.
Tell someone today, "I'm just not game, but I'm Faith-Game."
Lord, I declare today that I am faith-game! I will intentionally stop what I'm doing and spend time with You. Help me to find in my heart the things that I most need to develop. I have the desire but I am fighting to make the time to actually do the spiritual things I really want to do. Like Paul in Romans 7:25, I thank You through Jesus Christ my Lord, that I have overcome the law of sin and death because with my mind, I serve the law of God. In Jesus' name, Amen!
Inspiring Hope and Seasoning Faith, Pastor Sean