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Enlightened Mind & Heart

Enlightened Mind

An enlightened mind frees us from many negative thoughts because it defuncts anything that can hurt a person directly or indirectly: the environment, love of money, supporters of violent movies, corrupt politicians, and lustrous desire. Even in a fallen state, if we believe we can make the world a better place to live for the coming generation, we should prepare a loving and caring world that they can enjoy, a  peaceful living, no vices like alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking, gambling and the like. Keeping our minds busy during our free time and thinking good things may bring good results. These good things in Mind can influence our hearts to be more compassionate to the welfare of less fortunate people and more focused on righteous living. Confidence helps our walk-in Christian living, but too much may lead to arrogance.

An enlightened heart is more focused on doing what the world dictates. It tells us to develop a great relationship with the Father and Son and the Holy Spirit, to respect others as we respect ourselves, and to do our own business before we tell others to do theirs.   Hypocrisy can bring destruction to a Christian and spring arrogance, self-righteousness, and a mindset not to listen to anyone below his standards. But on the other hand, an enlightened heart can lift our spirits and inspire us to do more work for the glory of God. If you believe God will never leave or forsake you, your faith aligns with your confidence and trustworthiness. What more could you ask for when you already have it all?   What is more than enough when you don’t know how to use it?

An enlightened mind with an enlightened heart is an achievement that every minister of the good news must have,  delivered to us by the Son Jesus, which is a treasure that only the Father of all glory can provide. Unfortunately, many have fallen, and more are falling because of the doctrine that replaces the Father with the Son. With an enlightened mind and heart, we must know who is talking and understand what he is saying. Unfortunately, many popular preachers cannot change the idea or context of their message even though the truth of the good news is already in their hands.   Are they worried about losing their members, which will significantly impact their pockets? 

Once you follow the word of God in John 3:16, you are reasonable,  eligible, and justified to be saved. But, it does not stop in justification by faith alone. We must continue the Holy Spirit’s work the whole nine yards of our journey. After accepting that Jesus is the Son of God, we must continue fighting a good fight of faith, and the battle must always be in our minds. In one of his sermons back in 2012, Pope Paul II said that purgatory is not a place as many Catholic Christians believe.   It is a process of sanctification. Being rooted in any doctrine, it is hard to find a way out for one reason: “fear.” This is the biggest fight you will ever encounter in your spirituality. It is not easy, but you can make it. 

Not everything we hear from the church (People) gatherings is authentic; not all glitter is genuine; not all news is good, and there is much fake news. If you believe someone can make you an overnight millionaire, look who is talking. Our minds are so powerful that they can move mountains of doubts, but our hearts can settle any doubt. Our minds can win the battle of the minds, but our hearts can win a war. Our minds can shout out loud to get the distractions out of the way, but our hearts will close their doors to prevent distractions. These are two parts of the body but function differently and will end in unison to be a victory in any way we can. God listens to our minds but looks into our hearts. 

God bless everyone. May this insight bring you to glorify God and lift Him to your heart’s desires? May the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit continue to guide and protect our whole family with a healthy mind and heart, and may His blessings pour abundantly from our heads down to our toes. We humbly submit to your wholeness and fullness. 

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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