A regenerated mind overflows with the Word of God.
It is a mind that sees nothing of value in this world and consequently counts all things as nothing compared to the joy of knowing Christ and being in His Kingdom. Such a mind is not moved by anything else but Christ and all about Him. He holds on to nothing and “loves not his life so much as to shrink from death”. (Revelation 12:11c)
A regenerated mind is wholly and completely offered as sacrifice to God; he does not live for himself but for the Lord, acknowledging that the life he lives is not his but Christ that lives in him.
A regenerated mind thrives on the Word of God and upon it does he meditate day and night. When he opens his mouth, nothing else but the Word of God overflows from it.
“My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then I spoke with my tongue.” (Psalms 39:3).
The regenerated mind does not speak anyhow. Neither does it speak or respond to everything it hears. He weighs what he hears (musing)…
“(Oh, I know, I have been rash to talk out plainly this way to God!) I will (in my thinking) stand upon my post of observation and station myself on the tower or fortres, and will watch to see what He will say within me, and what answer I will make (as His mouthpiece) to the perplexities of my complaint against Him.” – Habakkuk 2:1 AMP
I have been much of a talkative, the Prophet seemed to say, I spoke too soon and much too much; only for my words to come out foolish and out of place. I have learnt my lesson and will be more careful next time to “muse”, to meditate, consider, ponder, over what I hear, and depend on God for the answer I will give, as His spokesman.
“…. and will watch to see what He will say within me.” – Habakkuk 2:1b
He considers his speech and the possible consequences.
“…… and what answer I will make as His mouthpiece.” – Habbakuk 2:1c
The process of “musing“, pondering, is the process of waiting to hear His word of instruction; His word of direction, which comes like fire.
“Is not my word like a fire? saith the LORD?” – Jeremiah 23:29a.
While musing; waiting for instruction, “the fire burned“, signifying the entrance of His words, bringing light and direction.
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple.” – Psalms 119:130.
This word shines a light on our path through the darkness, and uncertain terrain of this world, showing us where to follow, what to do.
The Psalmist said “Then“:
“…… then I spoke with my tongue.” (Psalms 39:3).
Even in other tongues!
The “speaking” comes after the word of instruction or direction has been given.
Good success is a product of walking along the path of this revelation. (Joshua 1:8)
That was the path Elijah walked. His instruction to fill the trench with water (1 Kings 18:33) was not his. It was born out of divine direction. He did not pray his mind or will. As a vessel empty of self, all that poured from him on Mount Carmel were sourced from the Holy Spirit.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26).
Elijah did not depend on his ability; he depended on the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We know not WHAT to pray as we OUGHT (should). The WHAT and the HOW of prayer are not ours.
Many parade themselves as “prayer warriors”, “prayer giants” as though the ability and direction of prayer is theirs.
A regenerated mind humbles himself before God, and even in prayer he does not lean on his own understanding.
When we forget about ourselves in His presence, His fire will fall; making us speak.
The Water represents the Holy Spirit and His peace that surrounds our heart, like the mountains surround Jerusalem.
Let us learn to depend on Him; He is our guide, our comforter, our shield and buckler. He is our Rock of defence and our Rock of offence. He also will bring us to the fullness of God’s plan for us individually. Let us draw closer to Him for He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother. And , let us obey Him, no matter how “wise” or “foolish” his instruction may be.
“Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that He might know all that was in his heart.” – 2 Chronicles 32:31
God has always been interested in the decisions of man. Even in the naming of animals, God was there. He watched to see what Adam would name the animals. And what he named them, they became.
The decisions you make in your everyday life has an impact in your relationship with God, and has effect in what you get out of the relationship.
Adam, by naming the animals gave them their characteristics. He defined the animals; what they became is the result of the naming.
“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what He would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.” – Genesis 2:19
Destinies are locked in names, and so the creatures became what Adam said they were; he decided what the creatures would be. You can say that Adam gave them their destinies.
God came to see what he would call them. He was interested and has always been interested in man’s decisions.
God is interested in your decisions.
They would either glorify God, or bring dishonour to His name. And because God is jealous over His name, every decisions of man attracts Him. Nothing on earth escapes His attention.
When the sons of men made the decision to build the Tower of Babel God was not only interested, He came down to see what they built. Any decision whatsoever that is not in line with His plan and purpose, gets frustrated.
Isaiah said He frustrates the token of liars and He makes diviners mad.
“That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish.” – Isaiah 44:25
A Lie is anything that is not sourced from or agrees with God. That is why Jesus called Satan the father of lies; the source of lies and rebellion.
Whatever is not in the plan of God shall not stand. At best it stands for a short while then fades away. Only the plan; the counsel of the Lord that shall stand the test of time.
Decisions are to be made based on the counsel of the Lord.
“In ALL thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:6 (Emphasis added)
“All”, not some, not many but all our ways; which includes our decisions, should be directed by the Lord. Every decision taken should be founded on the direction of the Lord.
Elijah echoed the voice of God when he challenged the people to take a stand.
“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” – 1 Kings 18:21
On what do you stand to make decisions? On the ways of men or on the way of God?
What decision are you about to make? God is interested, and watching!
Our decisions are determined by the information available to us: what we read from books and magazines, what we hear on television and radio; but mostly from what we hear through counsel or advice.
The heart is like a pot placed on fire. In it goes all the condiments: pepper, meat, onion, fish etc. The aroma coming from the pot is the combination of all that entered the pot.
The decision coming from your heart is the mixture of all the information you fed it. Some mixtures produce clarity of mind, some produce confusion.
A good and experienced doctor will give you a wrong diagnosis if you feed him a wrong symptom. Your decisions are based on information available to you.
Some information are cheap! They don’t exact anything from you. The bible says “woe to them that are at ease in Zion.” Man wants the easy way. Whatever will not “stress” us is what we go for.
Beloved, nothing comes cheap! You want the best? Be ready to pay the price of it. Not as in “works” or as in monetary terms of exchange, but you have to prove your desire! Even Faith is “work”, for faith without works is dead! Work here is not in you striving to achieve but in striving to receive. (This is an issue for some other time.)
David said he would not give God what would cost him nothing. Your desire must be proved!
Most often, these cheap counsel or advice, these information that would not place a demand on us, are the ones we go for. They don’t ask us to “examine ourselves if we are still in the faith”, or that we should amend our ways, or that we “acquaint” ourselves with Him. No.
We believe nothing can be wrong with us. The trouble is with “them”! We don’t need to amend our ways, they should! So, we do not examine ourselves; a lie that we can’t be wrong.
Better counsel or advice are those that will cost you something; they will place a demand on you: your lifestyle, your manner of speech, your perspective and interpretation of situation, and your actions. Good and Godly counsel makes you look at yourself! The bible says commune with your own heart upon your bed.
Ask yourself questions, not necessarily on your bed but in the deep recess of your mind where no one or situation can disturb or influence. Are you in any way responsible for what is going on? Did you fuel the situation? Could it have been averted? What then can be done?
Good counsel starts from you! And it will drive you to your limit in upholding Truth and Honesty. Jesus decided His Apostles by first separating Himself.
In this deep self-search, the still-small voice would be heard telling you what to do.
“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” – Isaiah 30:21
Decisions based on the leading of the Lord would never go wrong. Let God lead you, even in decision making. People may think you a fool, Isaiah says even a fool on The Path would never err.
“…………..the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” – Isaiah 35:8
However, this still-small voice needs a heart filled with the Word of God. That is why you need to uproot and destroy “thorns” from your heart; they choke the Word and make it unproductive.
“Thorns” are ungodly words, spiritual weeds that if left to fill the heart, will produce death and decay.
The Word of God is life.
The more you fill your heart with His Word, the more “thorns” are destroyed from it. Filling your heart with the Word of God makes your heart alive and sensitive to hear the still-small voice and receiving directions that would become your decision.
Nineteen years in marriage and with all kind of storms, through joy and sadness, through pleasure and pain, good times and bad times, we keep getting better and stronger!
His counsel works!
What is your testimony?
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” – Leviticus 17:11
At birth we all inherited the nature of Adam; the nature of sin, failure and sickness. The nature of Adam means the life of Adam. As the life of the being is in the blood, the sinful nature of Adam was given to us through the blood of our fathers. We were bound; held captives by the blood.
On the Cross, the blood of Jesus was made available to us, to as many as shall both receive Him and believe on His Name, to become the sons of God.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” – John 1:12
We have become new creatures. The old blood we inherited at birth, with all its limitations and death, is taken away.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Henceforth, the blood of Jesus speaks better things for us than the blood of bulls, breaking the limitations of the old blood and making us overcomers! Hallelujah!
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” – Revelation 12:11
We overcame: crossed the limitation, came out from under the Taskmasters, broke the barrier of impossibility placed on us by the blood of Adam, only by the power of the, uncontaminated and pure blood of Jesus Christ. Carrying the natural blood, the Adamic blood and its limitations in our flesh, the blood of Jesus is stirred up only by thought!
If our natural DNA with all its limitations would be bypassed, it is only through our thought! The cells’ membrane can read our thought and bypass the natural DNA with all its limitations: sickness, failures, curses, etc.
The power in the blood of Jesus is exhibited through us when we think in a certain way; the Way of Truth. The ability of sonship given to us can only manifest in us as we learn to think in this certain way or manner. In other words, until we begin to think in this certain way, we cannot maximize the power of sonship that we have received.
When you think in this certain way, you empower your cells to bypass your natural DNA, read the alternate DNA (in the blood of Jesus presented through your thought), and produce in you, to you and through you the life in the blood of Jesus: divine health, success, boldness, authority, etc.
This is a big challenge! It is difficult to think that Way! It is easier to think along the line of things that are visible; things that do appear than to think along the line of things we cannot see; things that do not appear!
We have the power to think what we want to think.
But it is easier to think according to appearances than it is to think according to something not seen. Hear how Jesus addressed this.
“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” – John 20:29
But it is difficult! How can we think on or believe something we have not seen? But this is what the life of Faith is all about, thinking, imagining and seeing by the eyes of the spirit! There is no work on earth more difficult than a sustained and consecutive thought based on what you cannot see! This is the hardest work in the world; to think along the line of something not seen!
It becomes even more difficult if you have to think contrary to appearances: to think health and continue in that thought when sickness is starring you in the face? To think life and sustain that thought when death is visible? To think strength and maintain it when weakness is all over your body? Or to think abundance and riches and sustain it when in poverty?
It is the most difficult thing to do! It will make you look like a fool, and like someone that might need a psychiatrist!
Yet it is the key to Faith, to think in line of things that do not appear and to sustain the thought!
Peter (Matthew 14:29), began to sink when he could not sustain his thought on the words of Jesus to walk on the water. He “saw the wind”, breaking the God-based thought.
“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” – Matthew 14:29
Peter achieved a feat which he lost when he could not sustain the thought of walking on water.
Man, as sons of the Creator, can create through thought and maintaining his thought and “seeing” his thought often. This is how he calls things that are not as though they were!
“As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” – Romans 4:17
Made in His image and likeness, and doing what we see our Father do, we are to call things into physical manifestation; things that were not previously visible.
We must learn to put aside every other thought, and dwell upon the thought of what we want to create, until it is fixed in our minds, and has become our habitual thought.
Do not break the flow or pattern of that thought like Peter did; let it consume you, become a rich store, and move you to overflowing!
Agree with His Terms
I remember as kids, my father taking us the entire family on a journey. As kids we did not know the way, but he did. He also knew the reason why we needed to go on that journey, and of course, he knew by what means we would get there, faster, safer. He alone planned the journey; even our mother carried out his instruction.
In the same way God has planned every dispensation of the Church; how and where you fit into it and through Jesus, hands it to the Holy Spirit for execution. He is watching His word for us, individually and corporately, to perform.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jer 29:11 (KJV)
He alone knows the way to eternal life, how we would get there and safer. And to this way and plan, He is committed. He is not executing any other plan or thought, no matter how “holy” looking or beautiful.
Locating His plan and walking by it, is what propels “good success” (Joshua 1:8). Our success as Christians rests on this: discovering His plans for His Church. Not our “spiritual” or “religious” rites. This is the essence of Paul’s prayer in Eph. 1:18 – that our eyes be opened to know God’s plan.
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.” – Eph 1:18 (KJV)
Christianity is not your idea or mine, but His. Until we follow His plan we would fail to rapture.
And this is my fear, that many will fail the rapture because they have formed and fashioned their own way or pattern of Christianity, of worship.
“Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land , they defiled it by their way and by their doings : their way was before me as the uncleanness of a woman in her separation.” – Ezek 36:17 (Darby) Emphasis added
Nadab and Abihu fashioned their own way of worshipping God. (Lev. 10:1-3) They tried to improve on the work of God, to “modernize” His work. But with their families and followers, God killed them! You do not update God’s work; not with the methods of man!
Making the rapture is not dependant upon our preaching, prayer or praises, but upon standing on His plan. Remember, that many would come to Him on that day claiming to have done some “great job” in His name, yet He would deny them? Why? It is not the work you do for the Lord that takes you to heaven but how well you did it His way.
Agree with Him for two cannot walk together (do things together) except they agree.
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