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Ephesians 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

It’s transformation time! However, transformation isn’t automatic. Transformation only takes place by the renewing of the mind.

To appropriately renew our minds, we must study and align our thoughts with the Word of God. We may think it’s okay to behave a certain way, but if God’s Word tells us that behavior is inappropriate, we need to change. It doesn’t matter how we feel about it or how many other people say it’s okay, we need to change.

When we renew our minds with the Word of God, we expedite our spiritual and natural maturity. We don’t have to bump our heads nearly as much or go through years of difficulty. We don’t take things so personally and we can genuinely enjoy our lives.

Don’t get stuck with a mind that’s not renewed. Transform your life by renewing your minds with the Word of God.

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

Some of us think we’re doing someone else a favor by not telling them the truth. We’re not. We’re only deceiving someone else because we’re afraid of their response or reaction. People lie to children about Santa Claus, people lie to their boss saying they like something they really hate, and people lie to their spouses about their appearance or behavior.

John 8:44 says Satan is the father of lies. So, if we choose to lie about something, we’re operating under demonic influences. It’s not helping them. It’s hurting them. On the other hand, if we speak the truth in love according to Ephesians 4:15, God Who is truth, is in the midst of our conversation and there’s enough grace on that truth for it to be well received.

Regardless of how kind we are, there will be some who get upset because they didn’t get the answer they wanted, but that’s on them. As believers, speaking the truth in love is what we should ALWAYS do. Don’t be afraid. Be honest.

What are we doing here? Are we existing or living?

A person who’s existing goes to work day in and day out for 25 or more years. They’re not really excited about going to an unfulfilling job. They simply work because it gives them a paycheck to survive. They rarely make new friends and they don’t look for ways to be a blessing. Every now and then, that person does something fulfilling, but for the most part it’s a daily routine.

A person who’s living has a purpose fulfilling career. They may not be excited about going to work every day, but they find fulfillment in what they do. A person who’s living receives fulfillment by being a blessing. They like to make people smile, they lend a helping hand, they keep a positive attitude, and their positive actions make people remember their name or face.

Jesus died so that we can have abundant life. However, how abundant our life will be, is up to us. It’s our mindset. Wherever we are, we can make the choice to begin living. We can have a positive attitude, be a blessing, do something different, experience something new, make new friends, or simply be kind.

Make an impact on this world and honor the sacrifice of Jesus by living an abundant life.

John 10:10 (NLT) The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

We always like to say there’s nothing God can’t do. Well, here’s something He can’t do. God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29).

This one thing God cannot do benefits us in so many ways. If God could lie, it would make His Word and faithfulness questionable. How could we put our complete trust in a Being Who could lie at any moment? If God lied, the world would cease to exist (Heb. 1:3).

Knowing that lying is not even an option for God allows us to anchor our trust, faith, and confidence in Him. If God said it in His written Word or He told us through our spirit, it will come to pass. It’s not a possibility and we don’t have to wonder. It has to come to pass. No matter how long it takes, it will come to pass. From that new job, to healing in our bodies, to a peaceful life, if God said it, it will come to pass.

“If God lied, you would be the first person He lied to and you’re not worth His reputation”-Vincent Campbell

Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Psalm 91:11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

1 Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Between our angels watching over us externally and God caring about the intricate details of our lives, we have 24 hour care all the time.

We don’t have to be worried or concerned that someone is going to hurt or harm us in some kind of way. Besides our angels protecting us, there are other scriptures where God guarantees our external protection (Psalm 12:5; Psalm 138:7; 2 Thes. 3:3). We can maximize the peace in our lives knowing God protects us.

As we know, all our problems are not external. With every care or concern we have, God has vowed to perfect those cares if we give them to Him (Psalm 138:8). This doesn’t work if we try to keep our cares, worry about the problem, figure it out on our own, or handle it ourselves.

We can live a care-free life by allowing God to handle our external and internal problems. This is the freedom God wants us to have.

When we first get saved or get to a point where we truly dedicate our lives to God, we get excited about the “littlest” things God does in our lives. We sincerely praise God for a good parking space, tell someone about how God blessed us with a raise, or worship God while on the vacation He blessed us with.

At some point, we prioritize and want God to fulfill our biggest desires while minimizing the other things God is doing in our lives. We may want a house, but we downplay or disregard the $200 raise we received at our jobs. We truly desire a spouse, but we devalue the fact that we saved as much as we did in our bank account.

Don’t minimize or get used to God’s blessings. Every day in some way, God is blessing us. It may not be at the top of our wish list, but it’s still a blessing from God and we should be grateful.

Psalm 126:3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

God’s Word says death or life is in the power of the tongue, our tongue is the pen of a ready writer, and we speak to and move mountains (Prov. 18:21; Psalm 45:1; Mark 11:23). In so many ways, God lets us know we have authority in our speech.

When we get a full revelation of this concept, we’ll react differently when the devil puts negative thoughts in our heads such as: it will never happen, you don’t have enough money, or it will never get better. Instead of being sad or accepting those thoughts as the truth, allow those thoughts to provoke us to declare what’s really true: God’s Word.

When sickness attacks one person in our household, instead of worrying about everyone in the house getting sick, we can declare everyone in our household walks in divine health. Whenever we see a shortage in our finances, instead of wondering how we’re going to make it, we should declare all our needs are met.

Let’s use Satan’s negative thoughts as motivation to confess what we desire to see.

Matthew 15:11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

1 Corinthians 2:16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Every born-again believer has the mind of Christ. We may not be consistently operating in the mind of Christ, but it’s there. With that understanding, let’s look at the mindset of Jesus the Christ.

Jesus was compassionate, confident, content, and complete (Luke 7:13; Luke 4:1-13). He was a servant leader who made no reputation of Himself (Phil. 2:7). He loved everyone (John 15:9). He submitted Himself to God and His will (Luke 22:42).

It’s important to understand the mind of Christ and put these characteristics in our spirits by reading the Bible because these same characteristics reside in us. They simply have to be applied.

In every situation, we have a choice. We can respond Christ-like or respond in our flesh. Our response determines who’s in control (the Holy Spirit or our flesh), how we’re perceived by others, and the good or bad seeds we sow for ourselves (Rom. 8:13; John 13:35; Gal. 6:8).

Let’s study and apply the mind of Christ in every situation so that God is glorified, people are blessed, and we reap a harvest on the good seeds that we sow.

One of the hardest things for us to comprehend is the magnitude of God’s grace. It’s difficult for us to comprehend God’s grace because mankind’s grace usually has limits. From our children, to our close friends, to relatives; there’s only so many chances we’ll give people.

For a person who’s killed 17 people, mankind says lock him up forever or execute him. However, the grace of God says I still love him and he still has a chance to have a right relationship with Me. That’s hard for us to conceive.

God’s grace is infinite. We can go against His ways 100 times a day and His grace tells us He still loves us, we’re forgiven, and He still accepts us as His beloved. If we got what we deserved based on God’s standards, we would be in hell tonight.

The point of this message is to elevate our grace. The same grace that’s extended towards us from God is the same grace we should extend towards someone else. As much as it makes logical sense to sever our relationship with a person after they’ve wronged us or someone else, we should love them, forgive them, and as the Spirit leads, be a blessing to them.

Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.

“Only believe. Only believe. All things are possible if you only believe.”-Smith Wigglesworth

God has placed some big dreams inside of us. Some of us want to have our own business, start a church, own a 5000 square foot home, have a non-profit outreach ministry, or have a top of the line luxury car. If we have the correct motives according to James 4:3, there’s nothing wrong with having these desires.

A lot of us squash our own dreams because we can’t begin to imagine how to start and/or pay for these things. God didn’t ask us to pay for it and He didn’t tell us to figure it out on our own. He told us to believe. Believe what? Believe our dreams were paid for by the blood of Jesus and those desires exist, for us, in heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 1:3).

How it will happen and when those dreams will manifest is totally up to God. Stop trying to figure it out. Just believe. Be patient. Be strong in faith. Just believe. Don’t doubt, just believe. Believe, believe, believe.

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