Whatever battles we find ourselves in, the battle in our mind may add vain imaginations to the situation making it seem even worse. Be mindful of the things of God and not the things of men. This is the key for victory in our minds.
The Greek word phroneo means to exercise the mind; that is, entertain or have a sentiment or opinion; to be disposed more or less in a certain direction, and to intensively interest ourselves in a matter. When Jesus rebuked the enemy working through Peter, He expressed the offense as being mindful of the things of men. When we meditate upon what is seen in the natural, we magnify its potential impact. If we over-think our ways, and the ways of others, we become fearful and quench the flow of the mind of Christ in our lives.
Our aim is always to be mindful of the things of God. We do so by reading and speaking forth the Word of God. We exercise our mind until we are disposed to think in the direction of the Spirit, more than the direction of the flesh. We do not walk by sight but by faith. We do not think excessively on the human aspect, we focus on the spiritual, from glory to glory!
Matthew 16:23 “But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.’ ”
Rejections in our past may contribute to our fear of rejection today. This can hinder us from moving forward with holy boldness in many areas of our lives. This fear will also hinder us from doing what the Lord has called us to do.
Knowing and believing the unconditional love and acceptance we have in Christ enables us to walk with freedom and holy boldness. When fear of rejection is attached to our decision making, our expectation of success is diminished. We then move by fear and not by faith. A decision may have to be made with the understanding that we may be rejected. However, when we seek to please God above all else, all fear is removed. Even the mistakes we make are used by God to teach us His ways.
Forgiving what was not done, is as important as forgiving what was done: by others, ourselves or even God. Forgiveness frees us from our past, enables us to remain free in the present and removes any fear of tomorrow. We are forgiven and accepted in the Lord. It’s an individual process as we progress, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 1:6 “… to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
When dark situations threaten to overtake us, we can rest assured God will light our lamp and enlighten all darkness. Not only the darkness around us, but any darkness within us, will be removed as His light shines in our heart.
There are roads we travel when our destination is unclear; relationships in which our future is shadowed; and sicknesses in our bodies quenching our lamps. Our candles may be difficult to detect, but they are never removed. They may seem dimmed, but light will arise! Traveling on a dark road with no visibility, we will follow the lights of the car in front of us. When that vehicle turns off the road, we have no choice but to trust our own lights. In our walk, we may be following someone else’s light until the situation we are in causes us to discover we carry the light of the Lord ourselves; and we are followed by others. It is the light of God’s countenance that shines upon us and brightens our roads.
The fiery darts of the enemy come as bushels to hide our lamps, but at that very moment God lights us up even brighter. Candles lit by our Lord surely can’t be blown out by satan. A lit candle brings comfort even in the midst of sorrow. As God’s glory is ignited faith arises, hope is restored and deliverance is assured, from glory to glory!
Psalm 18:28 “For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”
We don’t give up, we give it up. We surrender to God as we give ourselves up into His powerful care. From that place of surrender, we are able to resist controlling forces and wrong influences. We become quicker to set healthy boundaries. No longer do we back down and allow compromises to infiltrate our lives. When war strikes in our soul we find we don’t surrender to despair but to hope; not to fear but to faith; not to defeat but to victory. Most of all, we do not surrender to the flesh, but to the Spirit.
A woman was tempted to fall into adultery. It happened suddenly, without notice. One conversation with someone alone lead to a hug of comfort that escalated quickly to a touch, and then a kiss. At that moment she saw herself giving in. She was surrendering to a temptation that was planned to take her down into a pit of destruction. That very moment, in her spirit, she surrendered to God and was able to move away from that situation. We might surrender to the wrong thoughts, negative words, controlling spirits around us if we are not surrendered unto the Lord. We surrender by faith, moment by moment.
Giving up is not an option. We yield to the only power able to keep us victorious, the power of God. We lift up our hands, not as a gesture to give up to opposition, but as a gesture of praise. We walk free, from glory to glory!
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
I remember reading about the story of a man who bought a painting at a flea market for eighteen dollars. It was a simple painting but the frame was of interest to him. After going back home, he proceeded to remove the canvas when a piece of paper tucked inside caught his eye. As he carefully extracted the document, he was amazed to find one of only four original copies of the Declaration of Independence, which he in turn sold for over four million dollars.
Our frame is what we are made of in the natural. In our lives, and the lives of others, we need to remove the frame to discover the wealth tucked inside. As we are loosed from bonds that are part of our natural frame, the freedom we have in Christ unfolds. Walking in truth and liberty is a discovery process. It’s like being on a treasure hunt. One revelation leads to another to take us to the riches we have in Christ.
When our frame does not appear valuable, we go to the Word of God. The hidden wealth in the Word of God unfolds as we dig deeper and deeper. A scripture appearing simple, often carries an unseen treasure of wisdom. Who we are and what we have in Christ is unwrapped as we go and grow from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”