I used to live in fear. It was like a world of its own. I had my own address and mansion there. The neighbors were friendly and comforting. None of us ever made each other feel out of place or inferior because none of us were brave or courageous to face what drove us to the place. From my Freedom Prayer session, the Holy Spirit revealed that I was driven here by a close family member. They sincerely thought they were helping me, but the exact opposite was the case. The fact that someone who was to protect, love, and nurture me was the root of my fear left such a mark on my life. The blessing is that God can make all things new (Rev. 21:5). The world, or the enemy, would want us to believe that fear is acceptable and even the preferred way. But, that too is a lie. God tells us in Rom. 12:2 to let God change the way you think! If our minds were not so powerful, why would it be under such attack all the time. Everything we see, hear, taste, touch, and smell creates or recalls a memory – a thought. The media is a huge influence on our minds. This does not mean it is bad and we should live life off the grid, but we need to be vigilant, gatekeepers of what we allow in our minds in order to use God’s power to create. Radio, TV, Internet – Yes, social media too influence our thought life. The Lord has made us in his image and given us such great power to be co-creators with Him. We totally dismiss what are truly capable of. We trust in the things that we can see the truth, but our thoughts are truth too. We create life and truths with our thoughts and thus it become the guides and boundaries of how we live our lives. However, we just chalk it up to life, luck, bad choices, or even genetics. But each are the products of conscious choices. What we think of ourselves is the key (Prov. 23:7). Our perspective has to be on God and what He says we are. Everything good, right, and positive is what God says we are and can possess. We just need to let that get into our minds and begin creating and shaping our lives. Despite all of the overwhelming obstacles set against us, an overwhelming victory is ours through Christ!! (Rom. 8:37 NLT).
God, I thank you for the gift of being created in your image. You could have made me a tree, or animal, or even a rock. Each would give You glory. But, You chose to make me in like you wth all of the power that you have set there if I just believe. Lord, I believe. I change my mind over to have Your mind. I want to be you instrument of change in this world. And that change starts we me, in my mind. In Jesus name I pray. amen
- Rev. 21:3-9 (NLT)
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
8 “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
9 Then one of the seven angels who held the seven bowls containing the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come with me! I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
- Rom. 12:2 (NLT) – Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
- Prov. 23:6-8 (NASB)
6 Do not eat the bread of a selfish man,
Or desire his delicacies;
7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
He says to you, “Eat and drink!”
But his heart is not with you.
8 You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten,
And waste your compliments.
- Rom. 3:31-39 (NLT)
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[fn]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[fn] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
by: Craig C. Carlisle