Power of a renewed mind

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

To love is to obey. Obedience is to know what the Lord is saying and asking us to do. The Lord speaks in confirmation of his divine word and the word spoken through HIS spirit always brings conviction to the hearer. A clear indication to be sensitive to the word of God is to get convicted every time the word is proclaimed. Sometimes, we just want to pass the conviction to our neighbour and think that the message is not meant for us but for someone else. Beware! This is the deception of devil to plant the weed of untruth in our minds so that the seed of the word may not germinate. Our own thoughts stand against the act of conviction created by the double-edged nature of the word of God.  How to control our thoughts then –  The answer is Jesus – ask  Jesus to intervene and guard your mind before you  come to hear the word of God. A careful farmer puts a hedge around his vineyard to protect it from all danger, likewise a shrewd child of God comes to hear the word of God well protected, with a helmet of salvation placed tightly over his head, to protect it from unwanted weeds in the form of deceiving thoughts from the enemy.

Mind is powerful, whether Godly or evil. God has granted great unknown potential to human mind which remains unknown unless mind is brought to submission. It seems impossible to bring mind to submission but with God everything is possible. A quiet mind brings forth the thoughts of life and the presence of our sun of righteousness purifies those thoughts so that they become acceptable to the Lord. Pure thoughts are the source of wholesome talk, for the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

The mind that has been renewed in the presence of Jesus becomes so strong that the moment it perceives strange thoughts trying to get it, it becomes alert and throws them out. This process doesn’t occur overnight but after putting our mind under strict training to remain quiet and submissive in the presence of the Lord.

Know your mind and unleash the great potential that is found within you. Come into the presence of the King of Kings, let your thoughts flow freely in the presence of Jesus and be purified in HIS Holy presence. Only Jesus knows the secret to tame our thoughts and only He can bring them  to complete control for HIs glory and honour!

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Do not gloat over me, my enemy!

Micah 7:8, “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”

Those who have been walking diligently with the Lord find themselves in a constant warfare. It seems that the life is not easy, One problem is barely solved and the other one is on its way. This is not unusual for Godly people, in fact, it is to confirm what the Lord  had told his disciple, “those who want to live a godly life will be persecuted”.  The process and the duration of persecution is different for all of us but every true child of God should be ready for a battle and be equipped with  Godly weapons to stand in faith and come out as a winner at the end.

Since no one wants to go through hardship, a question might arise, why does God allow persecution and hardships into the lives of his children? Some people indeed suffer more than others and some suffer for a very long period of time. Why Lord?

God our creator loves us more than anyone else. Isaiah 49:15 says, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast  and have no compassion on the child she has born? though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”.

God, who is full of mercy and truth, fabricates circumstances and situations in our lives that will enable us to see the riches of glorious inheritance that we have in Christ. Most of us know the story of the Prodigal son. The prodigal son could have never felt the need to go back to his father, had he not gone through hunger and hardship. His hunger opened his eyes to realize the abundance of his father’s treasure and his desperate situation brought him to realize what he could have received from his father as a son. The moment his eyes were opened, he went back to the father.

God as our Father in his love, let us go through the trials, for trials bring patience. The process is indeed hard and sometimes we get frustrated to the point of giving up. The stage of giving up brings submission into our lives. We begin to lose control and learn how to submit our dreams and desires to the Lord. Some other times, we feel discouraged that despite our best efforts, it seems that nothing is bearing fruit, nothing is moving at all – this is the time of desperation. If we remain calm during this time (by not speaking negative words), we will experience a unique trust and deeper understanding of the word of God. The Word of God is alive and active, filled with the power to renew us in any situation. The Word that Jesus spoke to Lazarus when Lazarus was dead for four days “Lazarus, come out.” suddenly becomes alive in our lives. We experience the same resurrecting power to bring us out of whatever we count dead in our lives.

We could never experience the amazing power of resurrection without being persecuted to the point where it seems that everything is over and there is no hope left. But our God is the hope of all the ends of the earth. He is with us in trials and ready to receive us as a winner at the end. Nothing remains same for ever, soon the persecution and the wait will be over and those who have stood firm during hard times, will receive the crown of life in this world and the world to come.

Are you suffering for the Lord? Have you suffered long enough and feel that no strength is left? Do you feel that you are about to lose your faith? Just speak up the Word. That’s the only way to come out of the dead situation. Let the power of the living word work in your life and bring back to life everything that you once thought was dead. Don’t give a way to the deception of devil by thinking that its over.  Just speak up,  “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” And Jesus, our son of righteousness, will cover you with his healing rays and bring renewed health and healing to your life.