John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy but I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”
The thief in this passage represents the Devils agenda to steal, kill and destroy our lives. In contrast, Jesus said he has come to give us life in all of its fullness. Unfortunately, many people get the thief and the Lord mixed up. Too often we withhold from God our trust, availability and obedience because we think we are going to miss out on something. Instead we indirectly give to the enemy our best thoughts, resources and energies by believing lies about God and ourselves that ultimately rob us of the abundant life Jesus made available for us. When it comes to the issue of sin, the thief uses condemnation to destroy us but God uses conviction to promote us into our identity as sons and daughters of God. Don’t get the thief and the Lord mixed up in your life. The thief masquerades himself to be something he isn’t in order to steal, kill and destroy Gods purposes in our lives but God reveals himself as he is to bring us into the abundant life of his kingdom. Don’t get the thief and the Lord mixed up! Explosive insights!
If you don’t innovate, you become stale, outdated and irrelevant. The rate of change in our culture is overwhelming and whilst none of us can keep up with it, we can respond to the promptings of our own heart convictions by assessing what we are currently producing and be willing to hit the refresh button. What’s your brand, product or service? Look at it with an outsiders perspective and make changes accordingly. Stay true to principles but be willing to change preferences to engage with what’s current in the arena you are apart of. Go window shopping to discover what others in your industry are doing that’s proving to be attractive to customers. #ironprophet
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)
You might have heard the saying, “You are what you eat”. Helpful advice but not as helpful as “You are what you think”. Your thoughts determine the outcome of your life. Thoughts lead to words, words lead to actions, actions lead to habits, habits form character and character informs your destiny. Your destiny is shaped by where your thoughts are taking you. If you don’t like where your thoughts are taking you, it’s time to think another thought. True but not easy. There’s so much cultural noise around us that reforming our thought life is no easy task. We must enter into Gods exchange program, old thoughts need to be replaced with new thoughts. Take stock of the most consistent and dominant thoughts in your mind and if they aren’t promoting God and his purpose for you, replace them with promises from Gods Word. When doubt enters your mind, replace that thought with, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. When fear enters your mind, replace it with, “I have not been given a spirit of fear, but power, love and self-control”. The most important discipline you can develop is the renewal of your mind because your thoughts control your life.
From Genesis 3, back at the beginning of creation, the devil has been lying and casting doubt on the truth of God’s Word in our lives. His strategy hasn’t changed and he’s still undermining people’s faith with his constant condemnation, negativity and hopelessness.
Satan’s whole agenda is to steal, kill and destroy anything that resembles the life of God’s Spirit in you and at work in our world. Never has there been a more important era of human history than now to know, think and speak God’s truth about ourselves. We are bombarded daily with hundreds of mixed messages. Deciphering God’s truth can be a challenge without being intentional.
Satan is an anchor that is always pulling you back down from heading out into the adventure that God invites all of us onto. If you entertain the negative thoughts, words and opinions that weigh you down too long, it will become your new norm and limit your capacity to believe for God’s impossible to work in your world.
The challenge is if we haven’t undergone a renewed mindset then we don’t so easily distinguish between the lies of the enemy and our own thoughts. The truth of God’s Word really does set us free and we need to immerse ourselves in a daily diet of God’s truth so that we will not be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Pay attention to the messages you entertain in your brain and heart on a daily basis. As you think, so you are. What negative self-limiting ideas have you allowed to preoccupy your thinking? It’s time to uproot and replace with God’s truth!
Philippians 4:8 “… think on these things.”
As you think, so you are! What you focus your mind upon determines who you ultimately become. I think we have under-estimated how pivotal our thinking is to our quality of life and contribution to the world around us.
Fleeting thoughts that are out of alignment with the truth of God’s Word can too easily become a mindset that negatively affects our lives. A stronghold is a mindset, embedded in our un-conscious mind that is based on anti-truth and needs to be broken by the power of God’s Word.
If all of your thinking has brought you to a place you don’t like, have another thought.
Having thoughts in your head that don’t take you anywhere, aren’t of God. We have to confront negative patterns of thinking because they are not going to go away all by themselves. We have to decide to think another thought and then feed our minds God’s thoughts that will reprogram the way we live our lives.
We have to make our mind up about our story. Transformation after the new birth is primarily through the renewal of our mind. Our mind’s didn’t get saved when we were born again, our spirits did. After the new birth our minds are still conformed to the pattern of this world and needs to be reprogrammed to God’s way of thinking. His thoughts aren’t our thoughts and his ways aren’t our ways (Isa 55:8-9).
What are you feeding your mind? What thoughts are constantly traveling through your head? What are you permitting in your personal world? Are you discerning and intentional about what thoughts you tolerate or do you just leave the gate of your mind open to any fleeting thought that comes your way?
It’s time to get another thought and think upon those things that will build you up and not tear you down.
Extreme Makeover was the highest rated TV show in the USA just a few years ago and highlights our culture’s obsession with image. There’s no problem with people looking after themselves through exercise and nutrition or having great fashion sense but unfortunately too many of us are trying to change external symptoms rather than deal with root issues. We are so enamored with the external that we are missing where true change comes from.
God is into extreme makeover, it’s just that he works from the inside out, not the outside in. With God, what is without is what is within. When you get saved your spirit is born again and your sinful nature is erased. Your old self is crucified (Rom 6:6), your sinful nature no longer lives but Christ lives in your spirit (Gal 2:20) and you are now a new creation (2 Cor 5:17).
Once saved, you have a divine nature, however, your mind has memory patterns of the sinful nature and must be renewed. Thus the mind becomes the central battlefield of your life because the mind is still conformed to the patterns of the sinful nature and must be transformed to be aligned with your spirit nature in Christ.
Romans 12:2 says, ‘Don’t be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God.’
‘Stinkin-thinkin’ doesn’t just disappear when you become a believer, it must be actively confronted. If we don’t continually renew our thinking, our minds default to the old program. The pattern of this world is alienated from the patterns of God’s kingdom. To repent is to change your mind and think differently.
In Isaiah 55:8-9 God says, ‘My thoughts aren’t your thoughts and my ways aren’t your ways.’ If our ways are going to become his ways, our thoughts must be renewed by his truth. It’s all in the mind!