The Bible tells us what kinds of things we should keep our minds thinking about. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things,” Philippians 4:8. Good stuff! Notice there isn’t anything negative on the list. We know that how we think very much affects how we act. Proverbs 23:7 tells us that “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” What you think about and how you see yourself is what will be manifested in your life. That’s why 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take every thought captive to obey Christ. This is also why its so important to understand that Jesus has removed every sin from you. As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are righteous! Christ died once for all sin, so our sins will never be held against us. We are beyond reproach and free from condemnation. So dwelling on our past sins is pointless, and being sin-conscious only causes us to sin more by focusing our attention on it. The enemy will try hard to get us to feel ashamed and guilty for our sins, but we need to reject those thoughts. They are not from God, and they don’t reflect our true identity. We are righteous, and as we dwell on that, righteousness will be manifested in our daily lives. The Holy Spirit is constantly reminding us of this. He tells us that we are righteous, and that we have the mind of Christ. If we spend our time thinking about Jesus and what He has done for us, we renew our minds. We get our thoughts to line up with His thoughts, and in the process our actions become more like His actions. Refusing to be sin-conscious and instead being Jesus-conscious is living in God’s grace! It doesn’t mean that we are free to go on sinning, of course. Its not a license to sin. Its freedom FROM sin. The more we understand grace and renew our minds, the less we should want to sin. It becomes more and more abnormal to choose to sin, and we naturally sin less. Meditate on who Jesus is and what He has done for you. Focus on who He has made you to be. When we think about these things, we begin to understand who we really are. When we set our minds on the things of Heaven, we find freedom and victory.
Have you ever thought about everything Jesus gives us? Once you start to really think about everything He does for us, it becomes obvious why we need Him so much. If you have any area of lack or need in your life, you can turn to Him. He has what you need.
Do you need joy? Joy is a Person. His name is Jesus.
Do you need peace? Jesus gives that freely.
What about healing? Jesus paid for all healing of every disease the day He gave His life for you.
Grace? An endless supply.
Mercy, freedom, or wisdom? Jesus has all of that for you, no matter who you are.
And of course, extravagant love. Jesus said in John 15:13 that “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Its one thing to die for your friends, but Jesus died for us while we weren’t even looking for Him. Romans 5:8 says “but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God has always loved us, even when we turned our backs on Him. That’s amazing!
Unfortunately, its during our hardest times in life that we feel like we can’t run to Him to be comforted. We feel like we are a mess because we have done things wrong, or we think we are not good enough to come to Him. But no matter what we do, our problems don’t affect His faithfulness! Psalm 86:15 says “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” We never need to “clean up” to come to Jesus! He is the One that does all the cleaning. Revelation 13:8 says that Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world. That means that before we were even created and before we even had a chance to do our worst, Jesus already cleaned up all those messes for us. We can never make a mess that He can’t handle.
So never be afraid to run to Him. Tell Him what you need. Let Him pour out on you everything that this world can never give you. He will never turn you away. He will meet every need and heal every hurt. He wants to give you freedom and identity. He is waiting with open arms.
Something that most frustrates the work of God in our life is the very thing that frustrated Jesus about his contemporaries. It is the exactly why we have to renew our minds, and brings cause for repentance.
Are you at the edge of your seat yet? I’m almost there…lol
It is the very thing that blocked men of God from the ability to bring deliverance and healing. It was the very thing that brought the very group of people that made way for Jesus on Palm Sunday, to yell Crucify Him on Friday. It was why the religious leaders of the day couldn’t see past the carpenter stigma and realize Christ as the Messiah.
While this seems to be the a small thing..it is actually HUGE, and yes you can love God and still struggle with unbelief. We look at the Pharisees and say how is it that they couldn’t see the person of Christ in Jesus? How is it that they couldn’t see the that He was the Son of God? However, even those closest to Him, the disciples, struggled with unbelief. Even in times where they saw miracles happening by their own hands, they came to Jesus and wondered why they couldn’t help the demonized boy. Jesus asked the father do you believe, and he said “I believe, but help me with my unbelief”.
Jesus admonished many of the people He healed for their faith. It was common for Jesus to tell the person that because of their faith they were healed. Faith and belief our the very vehicles that bring the miraculous love of God into our natural lives. It is unbelief and faith in our situation that puts up blocking to the supernatural. In Mark 11 he says that if we believe when we pray that we can move mountains. There is nothing that faith and belief can’t tackle. If we stand on his promises, and on what the finished work of the cross established for us, there is no limit to the power of God. It’s this that we must renew our minds to. It’s not deciding what is sin, and working hard to remember that and pound our flesh into submission. Change our mind about what we can and can’t do. It’s about realizing how awesome of a sacrifice God made by sending His son to take care of all of the enemies tactics. To save us from our sin past, present, and future. To be scourged for our sickness and diseases. Also destroying the devils authority over the Sons of God. Many can “believe” for the first one, but have problems believing for the second and third. Does this mean that person isn’t saved? No! Does this mean that person won’t see eternity in Heaven? No! However, we have an opportunity to see Heaven manifest here on earth. When we accept what Jesus did for us we have the opportunity to live from Heaven to earth. We are, after all, seated with Him in the heavenlies..(Eph 2:6)…but many of us need help with our “unbelief”. We need to renew our minds to the fact the we can walk as instruments of Heaven to those that we come into contact with.
While my mind has been on the renewal track for a number of years, I too ask God “I believe, but help me with my unbelief.” Lord help me to know in my knower the “greater things” you are wanting to do through me. (Jn 14:12). I am a work in progress, but the fullness of the Godhead is in me. From Glory to Glory I declare. We carry the answer to all the problems. Christ in us the hope of Glory. There is nothing Hell can throw at you that Jesus didn’t already take care of.
Many today, without even realizing it, help cement the “unbelief” level of their fellow Christians. By believing there is no need for supernatural works today, or that God somehow desires to contradict Jesus’ finished work, and bring sickness or disease to his children. This is in no way new. In Deu 1:28 the 10 spies struggled with unbelief to the point of convincing the multitude that what God said wasn’t really true. As a consequence the whole generation, bar 2, didn’t reap the inheritance. What inheritance from Jesus are we missing out on, because we can’t (or won’t) accept as His promise to us. Don’t let your brethren make your hearts grow soft. Stand up for what you know God wants for you and those you come into contact with. Continue to renew your mind, and believe…
The dictionary defines faith as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” Whether you are a Christian or not, you put faith in things every day. You believe that the sun will come up in the morning, that you will need air to breathe and it will be available, and that the law of gravity hasn’t changed. We hardly think about these things very often because they are consistent. We have put our faith in them. Everyone has natural faith, and we easily believe in what our senses tell us. You believe that things exist if you can see, touch, hear, smell, or taste them. But what about spiritual faith? The Bible defines faith for us in Hebrews 11:1. It says “faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” While it is easy to believe what is visible right in front of our eyes, it is a totally different story to believe something that you CAN’T see in the spirit realm. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” He also said in Matthew 21:22 that “if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Faith is important! Faith is what moves things from the spiritual realm into the physical realm, and Jesus tells us that there is nothing our faith from Him can’t accomplish. I used to think that there were different levels of faith. Some people had tons of faith, and other people were kind of lacking in that area. But according to Romans 12:3, the Bible says that “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith,” (KJV). This is a great example of one tiny word meaning a whole lot. THE measure. When God gives us faith, we all get the same amount. He doesn’t give a little to some people and a lot to other people. In fact, we all receive the faith of Christ! Galatians 2:20 says “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Here’s another place where one word matters. We live by the faith OF the Son of God. We don’t ever need to worry about IF we have enough faith, because we have the faith of Christ! What we do with that faith is another story! We can have the faith of Christ inside of us for years and never really use it. Its sort of like that taking that “passive” faith and making it “active” by putting it to use. Jesus sent His disciples out to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. They did all that using the faith of Jesus, and now we have that same faith inside of us. That means that all the works that Jesus did, we can do too! We have His faith, so now we can do the things that He did when we pray in His name. That’s how we co-labor with Him. He lives in us and works through us to bring His Kingdom to earth. We can have confidence when we pray for the sick in His name that they will be healed because we have His faith. And the more we meditate on that fact, the easier it becomes to step out in boldness and pray for people. It takes the pressure off of us, because we never need to wonder again “do I have enough faith?” We can also be assured that we don’t need to “do” anything to try and get more faith. Jesus said that we can’t do anything apart from Him, and that’s because our human faith will never be enough. If you have believed in Jesus to be your Savior, then the Holy Spirit lives in you. You have the world-changing faith of Christ, and you have all the faith you will ever need!