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.”