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Dealing with disappointment – a personal testimony Part 9.

 

Forgiveness is part of life – so enjoy the journey!

 

Coming back to our teaching on handling disappointment:

Everything in life is based upon choices.  You can choose to remain in a bad attitude or to change it.  You can choose to be miserable the best part of your life, our change it.  Our choices in life determine a great deal the final outcome of things in our lives.  I said to many people in the past that they are the “architect of their own set of problems” – and some of them even the builders of it as well.

You see the very fact that we do have a choice in things; we can choose to get out of this circle of Job and start to refocus our attention on Christ and His purpose in our lives, or not and remain in this vicious circle of bitterness and depression until we do not know what is right and wrong anymore.  I have experienced people more than once during counseling sessions where it seems that they prefer to stay in this negative circle because the problems sort of define their miserable lives.  They love to receive the pity and attention from other people and will not know how to deal with joy and freedom in Christ.

“Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.” Psa 25:12- ESV) 

The X factor 5

 

 

Look at the model on the left and find the contact point of the third circle (Job syndrome) with the second circle and you will find one word; Acceptance. 

 

Let me be quite open and honest with you today.  NOTHING is going to change, not before you can learn to accept things in life.  I am not talking about being a pushover now and that you have to accept everything that is thrown at you.  No absolutely not.  But look at the principles of the well-known Serenity prayer: (In my own paraphrasing)

 

  • There are things that you can avoid or change – have the courage to do so;
  • Then we have the things that we cannot avoid or do anything about it;
    • These are the things in life that we have to accept and learn how to deal with it;
  • And the wisdom to distinguish between the two.

Acceptance of the situation also brings relief. It brings a sense of being set free from the situation so that you can now deal with it from a different point of view.  Let me give you an example:

  • If you are being retrenched from your company, what benefit or good will it have for you to keep on fighting against this process?
  • Will the company change their criteria to suite you, or will they continue regardless of your attempts and grievances?
  • The choice that you make to fight the retrenchment process could end up in bitterness, self-pity, destruction and even unemployment for a long time.
  • But, on the other hand; acceptance releases you from the pain of the retrenchment process and enables you to refocus on the future and to find secure employment even before your retrenchment period expires. Meaning that you could have the benefit of double earnings for a few months (that is from the retrenchment package as well as from the new employment package).
 So, accept the things that you cannot change
because through your acceptance
you will change quite a lot about the situation itself.

Forgive the people involved as described in the previous post.  Rededicate yourself to the Lord and begin to praise and worship Him for everything in your life.  Through these steps it will bring you to the next and new point where Jesus can deal with you.  And this brings me back to my original scripture in Hebrews:

  • All these people died having faith. They did not receive the things that were promised, yet they saw them in the distant future and welcomed them, acknowledging that they were strangers and foreigners on earth. Heb 11:13
  • All these people won approval for their faith but did not receive what was promised, since God had planned something better for us so that they would not become perfect without us. Heb 11:39 -40 ISV)  

You see, God has planned something better for us when we go through trials and tribulations.  Although we do not see it from the beginning, He always works with a plan and the outcome will be for our benefit, because He love us.  And YES, it is your choice if you:

  • want to see it in the distant future and welcome it;
  • And if you want to embrace it with faith and love;

As soon as we accept the situations and disappointments in life and make the right choice, then God can continue this life changing process by building in us the following:

  • Faith and Trust – It is only through trials and tribulations that we learn to truly trust the Lord and Him alone!
  • New character & Love – His character to minister and witness to other people
  • Relationship building – to be more intimate with Him!
  • New vision and hope – He brings new wisdom and insight;
  • New power – new power in the Holy Spirit through faith.

These last two verses from the Word captures it all:

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us”. Rom 5:1-5 –KJV)

“So, what a blessing when God steps in and corrects you! Mind you, don’t despise the discipline of Almighty God! Job 5:17 –MSG) 

See the disappointment and trauma not as a curse or as the wrath of God upon your life, but rather see it as small corrections and as an upgrade to a higher level.  All the more so if it is a major situation where you even fear for your own life and safety (where you could lose everything in a moment),  accept it as a major upgrade and because the Lord knows you and expects you to deal with the situation and come out triumphantly at the end.

Remember, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a practical Gospel and you can only find the blessing from it when you apply it to your life.

Do the right thing, make the right choices, forgive and be blessed to be a blessing!

This was now the final delivery of this teaching and I trust that it would make the same impact in your life as it has in mine.  Forward it to someone you know who is also struggling with disappointment so that you can make a difference in his/her life and praise God for His mercy and grace.

 

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Dealing with disappointment – a personal testimony Part 8

Where do I begin to deal with disappointment and trauma?

Everything starts and ends with choices we make. It also concerns our attitudes towards the problem that we need to deal with.  You have to do this on your own as the Lord will not interfere with our free will.  Here is a quick step guideline:

  • Deal with the situation and also the emotions with faith.  Bind it in faith and in the name of Jesus Christ so that it will no longer have a negative effect on you. Use the tools from the Word of God.  Deal with the three aspects of the trauma and disappointment:
    • The event itself;
    • The pain and emotions linked to it;
    • The shame or any negative cloud that may overwhelm you 
  • Repent where necessary and receive forgiveness. From God and man.
  • Forgive and set people free from any wrong doing so that you can be set free.
  • Even forgive God if you experience bitterness or resentment towards Him.
  • Forgive yourself of the bad choices you have made in the past.
  • Refocus on your relationship and service in the Lord and sort out any negative attitude.  Start to worship and praise the Lord and get involved with positive things.
  • Make a positive choice not to allow any negative feelings/emotions to stay attached to you.  Allow the Spirit of God to guide you through this process especially when you have to forgive someone of wrong doing.

Personal Testimony of the power of forgiveness:

A couple of months after the  Lord has given me this lesson on how to handle disappointment, my first test came when I had to forgive and set the people free that was part and parcel involved in this whole process. (Refer to Part 1 and 2 of this series)

Due to the distance between us, they being in the USA and myself in South Africa, I decided to write them a personal letter of forgiveness.  But looking back and reading the letter again, I can only now sense that the pain and bitterness of the whole event was still very much being embedded in that letter.  At least it has set the process starting and it did clear my mind and thoughts to some extent.

My brother in the Lord from the USA came through to South Africa earlier in the year, and we arranged for a meeting.  The first meeting did not go well at all and somewhere during this time we spend together, we just traded “spiritual blows” to one another and accusations of mutual wrong doings. At least we could agree that we should have another meeting before he leaves for the USA again.

The night before our second meeting, my wife asked me if I am ready for this meeting the following morning.  I said yes and no.  YES, I am prepared with all of my emails that I have send to him over the last 2 years as proof of my innocence, but NO I am not spiritually ready to talk to him.  At that moment in time I was still geared up and willing to “wring his neck” so as to speak because of the pain and disappointment that we (and so many other people as well) experienced through his decision to terminate our involvement in the Foundation projects.

Even though I had forgiven him nearly a year before, I knew that I still had a problem in this regard the moment when the real test of forgiveness came.  The Lord has dealt with me numerous times on the point of forgiveness, to such an extent that I think I can now write the manual on it.  But each and every time, He takes it a bit further and deeper.  Later in this teaching you will find out why He does it!

At our early morning meeting, we exchanged courteous greetings and ordered breakfast. It is also a good way to start off such a meeting as it settles the emotions and brings a sense of “forced peace”, because we are sitting in a public place and therefore have to act like civilized people. Right at that moment in time, the Lord clearly showed me the problem on hand of the danger to form assumptions. Usually our assumptions are all wrong as it is formed from our sub-conscious, and if that is negative or prone to be negative from past experiences, then the very next one to be formed, will be wrong as well.  Right at that moment I experienced the awesome power from the Lord where He equips and empowers you to deal with a specific situation.  When we ask and then also allow Jesus to be present in our lives in all situations, He always comes through for us at the right time. It was like a flood of His love and peace and through the power of His Spirit, I could look my brother in the eye and first of all acknowledge for who he is in the Lord and what I have learned from him and his ministry during our years of fellowship.  I praised the Lord for our previous fellowship and also blessed him in his future ministry.  Thereafter he also did the same and we stood up and greeted each other with a good hug. When I left, I felt at complete peace with him again and with myself.  I also knew I was only now ready for a new beginning in my ministry.

The Power of forgiveness:

Never do underestimate the power of forgiveness.  When you can forgive someone else, you are becoming Christ-like.  But I must add – forgive unconditionally!  We cannot hold anything back. When you are able to do this, you are experiencing exactly the same emotions and compassion that Jesus did as He forgave the people who crucified Him.  “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” Luke 23:34 (NLV)  We  so easily sing that the Lord should change us, to be more and more like Jesus, but when we come to this point where we have to forgive someone who do not deserve it, then it becomes very difficult. 

I usually mention it to people who need to forgive other people, that forgiveness and grace are the two most unfair words in this world.  Because you have to give it to people who do not deserve it!  Sometimes we like to move back under the LAW – “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”.  We want so desperately to give pain for pain and injustice received.  Unfortunately history shows that this method is not the solution – it only enlarges the problem and starts a process off which we can call: “The vicious circle”.  And when this happens, nobody would be the winner. The fight and personal attacks would only get bigger like a consuming fire and it will destroy all involved.  The only thing that will change is the methods, the level of attack and the pain growing bigger. Eventually people in a marriage will then split when they run out of ammo – meaning they do not have any new strategy of attack that they can launch at each other.  When this happens, they tend to stay bitter and angry at each other for many years which negatively affects the children from the marriage.   

What is the point to forgive someone from a wrong doing if he/she deserves it? Then it is not forgiveness through grace anymore!  The Lord usually deals with the offended party to give the forgiveness to the offender who does not deserve it! The same what He did to you and me! He has forgiven us even when we did not know Him and most of all did not deserve it!

So next time when the lord speaks to you to forgive, listen up and do it with everything you have in you.  You can follow this simple process:

  • Write a letter to the Lord Jesus and explain the whole incident(s) to Him.  Yes, I know it sounds stupid because He already knows everything, but the thing is it will help you to remember every fine bit of the event(s) and the pain and emotions involved;
  • Write everything that is in your heart as if you are now speaking to the Lord about the problem and the pain it has caused you;
  • When you are finished, then pray about each incident and person involved.  Forgive each one by name by just simply stating that you “forgive so and so in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for this specific event or incident” that has taken place in your life.
  • Speak up in an audible voice as you would speak to another person because you also need to hear the words that you are now forgiving this person in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and is setting him/her free.
  • If you still experience bitterness or any other negative emotions or thoughts about someone, then repeat the prayer and say the words of forgiveness again, until you can feel the flood of love and peace coming through;
  • If you have been molested or even raped by another person, or a relationship or a marriage has ended in a bitter divorce settlement, it would also be wise to cut the soul ties with this person.  This is also only a prayer away where you acknowledge the soul tie between you and the other person, and then cut it “through the power of the Holy Spirit and with the Sword of the Word in the name of Jesus Christ.”  You can also do further study on this topic or write to us by leaving a comment in the box below and we will provide you with more info.   
  • Allow the Spirit of God to lift up any other incident or situation that you need to deal with.  Forgive and set people free and you will also be set free through this process.
  • When you are finished, then you need to deal with the emotions and the pain. Ask the Lord Jesus to take it away and fill you with His love.
  • Deal with the shame of any situation by giving it up to the Lord. Turn your shame into a testimony so that the stronghold from Satan on you through the shame can be broken off.  Once you have confessed your sins and mistakes, then accept the forgiveness of God.  It is a done deal. If you confess, He forgives!  (1 John 1:9-10)
  • Then – go and burn that piece of paper (the letter that you wrote) as it is all gone and forgotten.  Do not keep a copy on your computer.
  • Refocus on a new vision to serve the Lord.  Write it down if you want to and keep it to track your new progress.

My advice to you is that you first go through this process as described above before you want to speak to a person who you feel is at fault.  Get your thoughts straight and your heart in line with God.  Do not:

  • Expect a desired result from this that the person(s) involved will all of a sudden now confess their wrongdoings against you.  In most cases the people involved do not understand forgiveness and therefore will not even give you the time of day. They could even go further and try to upset you by saying something stupid or degrading again;
  • Do not allow your emotions to run wild and lead you; Stay focused and do what needs to be done;
  • Try to weigh or measure your fault against the other parties fault as this is a futile exercise.  Forgiveness means to release the other party from all guilt and wrongdoing irrespective of the size or volume of it.
  • Allow yourself to be pulled in by the other party in another fight or mudslinging.  In some cases they will even try to attack your “Christian-ship” by pointing out flaws in your life.  Remember, if you have repented your sins before God, then your ARE forgiven and NOBODY has the right to dig them out again.  Confess your wrongdoings to the other party where necessary but merely as a recognition of the fact and that it belongs to the past, because you have been forgiven by God already and therefore the party in question should also now forgive you.  If they don’t want to then it would remain to be their problem and not yours anymore.

Go and forgive someone.  Get rid of the bitterness and negative emotions.  Forgiveness will set you free in more ways than one.  It will completely change your life and circumstances.  It will even save your marriage and you will be blessed.  There is a slogan that reads: Life is a journey!  But I want to change it to:

Forgiveness is part of life – so enjoy the journey!

 

 

 

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Dealing with Disappointment – a personal testimony! (Part 7)

I apologize for the delay in the posting of the final posts on this important matter, but here we are now.

Once again (with reference to the previous post – Part 6):

  • DO NOT park on the negative issues ;
  • Or return to them,
  • Because then you could fall into a vicious circle of going through the negative emotions continually.  
  • And it will destroy you!

The second circle of events (which created the trauma and disappointment) leads you to the third circle, which I have termed:

The Job syndrome (or Satan’s territory).

 The X factor 4

Due to the immense pain and disappointment, you could easily slip into the next phase of emotions, such as:

  • Withdrawal;
  • Self-pity;
  • Fear;
  • Distrust;
  • Backsliding;
  • Covering up your pain with false joy;
  • Losing faith
  • Depression;
  • Bitterness;
  • Hatred;
  • Suicidal – that is exactly where Satan wants you to be! Even if you only regret the day you were born, you are now on dangerous territory.

Do yourself a favor and read through the Book of Job.  See and experience the pain and despair that he went through, but in the end it was his own attitude and self-pity that has prolonged the process that God wanted to achieve in his life.  Even his own friends told him that it was easy for him to provide guidance and advice to other people in the city due to his wisdom, but now that he was in his own pain and predicament, he could not listen to anybody else or to apply what he taught other people.

We all know the phrase: “Practice what you preach”!  And YES – it is the most difficult thing to apply in our own lives. Especially for pastors and other lay-preachers who are busy with counseling and deliverance.  Most of the time the pastors do not have a friendly ear to speak to or to receive counseling and advice from, because who can you trust out there?  First of all, you dare not speak to anybody in the congregation about your problem or pain, because it will run through the congregation like a wild fire.  Other pastors will think less of you, even while they are dealing with the same issues on hand.  They would rather avoid you and refrain from contact than to be there as a friend who would listen and thereafter provide you with sound advice and support.

Notwithstanding any of the above, I have also learned some valuable lessons in this regard and one of them is that the Lord wants us to deal with specific issues in our lives completely on our own – while He is always watching and guiding and protecting!

Let’s take the aspect of Trust in the Lord.  Everyone would say they have faith in the Lord Jesus – but do you also TRUST Him with everything in your life?  And you cannot pray to receive Trust, or study about it.  You have to earn it on your own and through your own experiences.  This is a one-man show with God being the Director of the play.  You receive the test through various trials and tribulations and you learn to trust the Lord purely because there is nothing and nobody else who can (or want to) help you.  This is when you learn to push your faith in front of reality – where the reality of things does not scare you anymore.  Your faith and trust in the Lord needs to became greater than the fear that tries to overwhelm you.  Also read Jeremiah 17:5 – 10 and see the difference between the two scenarios.

Your faith and trust in the Lord needs to become greater

than the fear and reality of the situation

that tries to overwhelm you!

In our situation, we had to trust the Lord completely to not loose our house and all other assets due to the untimely closure of my construction business.   At one stage we were already 30 months behind in payments and the only thing I could do with the summonses from the Bank, was to put in into my Bible at a specific verse and pray about it.  I had to give my problem to the Lord and then trust Him completely to give me a favorable outcome.  And I mean completely because there was no other plan, option or man who could help me.  And the Lord prevailed as we did not loose our house or any other asset, for He is good and faithful.   He is worthy to be trusted because He is no man that could lie.

You know, it is nothing short than a miracle from God when He pushes the reality of a specific situation to the back when we allow faith and trust in Him to reign in our lives.  He specializes in the impossible and nothing is too hard for Him.  If He could let the sun go back ten degrees upon the prayer of one man (2Ki 20:10), what will He not do for you?

The last delivery on this teaching will follow tomorrow. 

 

 

 

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Renew your Mind!

On Sunday morning of the 16th December, I had the opportunity to preach the following message at Lied en Geloof Congregation in Pretoria West as the Spirit of God revealed it to me and it is also a follow up on the previous one titled: God is able to do!

In summary and according to Scripture,  Eph 3:14-21, God has given us all.  He had given us

the following:

  • Authority;
  • Empowerment through the Spirit of God;
  • Christ that lives in us – through Faith;
  • Ability to do something;
  • Insight and wisdom;
  • His 4-dimensional love and grace (width, breadth, depth and height);
  • And the fulfillment with the fullness of God!

Just so that:

  • Our prayers and thoughts could be pure and powerful;
  • In the knowledge and the faith – that
  • He (God) has the power TO DO!
  • And HE is waiting to do – for what?

  • Whatever you might pray or think in faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit!

  • He wants to be God in our lives through our faith!

Is there anything impossible for God?  NO!!!!!!!!!!!

But the problem is our thoughts! Our thoughts and carnal desires influence our prayers!

Paul wrote: Rom 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  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.”

So the theme of this message is: The power of your thoughts!  (Get your mind straight!)

We have gone through 2012 and just started with 2013, but what are your thoughts about the past year as well as the new year:

  • Positive or negative?
  • Did you achieve what you would have liked to or not?
  • Any failures or trauma?
  • Any new aspirations/plans for the new year or none at all?
    • Anyhow, we should praise God for every new day and year where we can still praise and worship His name!

In what sense does our thoughts then influence our lives?

Paul wrote that we should be renewed in our minds – meaning our thoughts and beliefs.

  • Your thoughts influence your frame of mind;
  • And your frame of mind influence your level of energy and commitment;
  • And this impacts on your emotions;
  • And your emotions influence your reaction upon events!
  • And the foundation of your thoughts is being controlled by your sub-conscious;
    • It contains all of your experiences (good and bad from childhood);
    • It forms your perceptions of current situations (good or bad);
    • Just think of Christmas as a child:
      • Immediate thoughts of a long summer holiday period; swimming and fishing; fruits; presents; family gatherings; going to the farm; etc…….
      • Nice thoughts but for others it could mean quite the opposite and loneliness?

Your thoughts:

Wants to satisfy the flesh –

  • “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Rom 7:23   
  • Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste. Job 20:2 
    • You see the thoughts of your mind is also the playing field of Satan!
    • Your thoughts determine your attitude and behavior;
    • Your thought can therefore overrule or undermine your faith –
      • Or stimulate/support your faith to be powerful in God!

It is in this area where deception and temptations are taking place – the breeding place of bad thoughts?

  • “ Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2Th 2:1-3
  • “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. Eph 4:17-19 
  • Another translation says:
    • you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do,
    • in the futility of their minds.
    • They are darkened in their understanding,
    • alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

Verse 20: But that is not the way you learned Christ!–

The “Old Nature” is still in your mind – read verse 22- 24

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

  • Another translation of verse 24
    • “and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness”.

So, coming back to our main verse from Paul in Rom 12:1:

  • That we have to be renewed in our minds!
  • Clear your head of all rubbish and worldly things;
  • Clear your thoughts of negative stuff – which is an indication of a lack of faith!

Verse 3:

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

  • In this regard, our thoughts would like to put us into a higher position where we ought not to be, such as:
    • To be a leader of people (a team captain; manager; or even President of a country);
    • To assume an office such as Pastor, officer; judge, etc. – while we should only be the usher at the door;
    • Or to be a great musician/singer – such as the “wanna-be’s” on Idols?

Verse 6 – 8:  And then Paul continues with the gifts of grace ……

  • We have (possess) gifts through the power of the Holy Spirit;
  • To be a servant unto the Body of Christ
  • And it differs according to the grace that has been given to us:
    • whether prophecy   –  according to the proportion of faith;
    • Or ministry  – in our serving;
    • or he that teacheth – in his teaching;
    • Or he that exhorteth  – in his exhortation:
    • he that giveth – in generosity;
    • the one who leads (rules)  –  with zeal;
    • the one who does acts of mercy –  with cheerfulness.

So, here we find the 5-fold ministry and support ministries all in one.

This shows me that both categories are equally important!

Now remember – we are busy dealing with the issue to renew your mind!

  • Therefore, the revelation of this verses (6-8) is:  To have a mind of a leader!

But in order to implement the gifts above, you will need the following characteristics as well: (Beginning from verse 9 – 21):

  • “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
  • Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor”.
    • This refer to a: MIND of love!
  • Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
  • Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
    • This refer to a: Mind of Faith!
  •  Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
  • Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
  • Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
    • This refer to a: Mind of a servant!
  •  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited.
    • This refers to unity; submission; humbleness; etc.
    • It refers to a:  Mind of Unity  (One Mind)
  •  Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
  •  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
    • It seems to me the Apostle Paul also understood that it is sometimes difficult to have peace with everyone we meet. It is quite noticeable when he starts the sentence with  if possible, so far as it depends on you…”
    • And yes, we can control much of the outcome of relationships when we try to live in peace with people, despite their reactions or attitude. It is just a choice and an act of your love through the grace and love of Christ in us.
    • If you are not born again, this will be nearly impossible to accomplish;
    • But these verses refer to a: Mind of Peace.
  •  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
  • To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
    • This refers to a Mind of Forgiveness !
    • Forgiveness clears the mind of all bitterness and hate!
    • It clears the mind of negative thoughts!
  •  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
    • This refers to a:  Powerful mind!
    • Powerful through faith in God and His ability to do!
    • Powerful through the Spirit of God!

In summary, Paul is actually telling us to renew our minds to the following standard. To have a:

  • Mind of a Leader!
  • MIND of Love!
  • Mind of Faith
  • Mind of a Servant!
  • Mind of Unity!
  • Mind of Peace!
  • Mind of Forgiveness!
  • Powerful mind!

Then, when we look once again at each of the eight characteristics,  it clearly identifies the characteristics of Jesus Christ!  And once again, the Word of God gives us the answer on this:

  • Having the mind of Christ! 
    • 1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 
    • Rom 15:6  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Having the “mind of Christ” also mean to have the thoughts of Christ! His reasoning and wisdom; His compassion and zeal.

One last word on this: We find eight (8) characteristics in this Scripture from Paul and this number refer to “New beginnings”.  When we renew our minds according to the perfect will of God, there will be a new beginning for us as well as for those whom we touch through the gifts of Grace!

When your mind and thoughts are renewed and in line with the mind of Christ, and start to pray in faith, what will the outcome of your prayers be now? When God says that He is able to do far beyond what we may pray or think – according to the power within us?

Do you want to be a shaker and mover of the Spirit of God in your city? Start to renew your mind according to the above guideline from the Word!  Have the mind of Christ!

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Beware of the enemy’s secret weapon.

Freedom by Forgiveness
Freedom by Forgiveness

The devil has many methods and devices which he uses to try to discourage the faith of believers. But out of all of satan’s strategies, he has a favorite “secret weapon” which has been more effective in destroying Christian lives than anything else in his arsenal. He delights in this wicked device. Each time it succeeds, I can imagine that he gleefully prances about, celebrating the downfall of another poor soul.

Unfortunately for many Christians, Satan’s ultimate weapon still remains a secret. Even though its lethal strike has caused countless numbers of believers to stumble away from God and the the Church, and into the clutches of the devil, most never actually recognized what the weapon was.

By now I’m sure that you’re very curious and wonder why the Bible didn’t warn us about this weapon. However, it does warn us. As a matter of fact, Jesus taught about it repeatedly. He certainly knew its danger and made it a priority to instruct his followers of how to protect themselves against it. Continue reading Beware of the enemy’s secret weapon.

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Thought 5

Prayer Gaeway
Prayer Gateway

Today we are fasting from the thought that forgiveness is not that big of a deal.

I know we don’t come out and say it, but in our minds, I believe many people allow unresolved conflict and bitter feelings to remain in them, without realizing how much it robs us of the life God wants us to enjoy.

Forgiveness is the gateway to so much of God’s blessing in our lives, just as unforgiveness is a gateway into so much negative in our lives.

An unforgiving heart is poison to your spirit, soul and body. Hebrews 12:15 says that a root of bitterness springs up and defiles many. It doesn’t just defile many other people, but it defiles MANY OTHER AREAS OF OUR LIFE.

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