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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.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

God’s Word is a light to our pathway of life. That means, without the Word of God, we’re essentially walking in darkness. Have you ever tried to walk in the woods or an unfamiliar area in total darkness? It can be done, but it’s a lot more difficult.

First of all, we’ll get to our destination a lot slower than we would if we had a flashlight (if we get there at all). We’ll bump into things, possibly fall, or come across things that could be hazardous to our health. Wouldn’t it be easier if we had a light to guide us? Well, that’s what the Word is. A light to God’s perfect pathway for our lives.

Don’t go through life hoping and wishing we’re walking along the correct pathway to our purpose, not realizing we’re going the wrong way. Let’s read, meditate, and listen to God’s Word daily to brighten up our surroundings to make this life as easy and abundant as possible.

Psalm 40:5 Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.

God has done some wonderful things in our lives. Guess what? He’s not done yet. The things that He’s planned for us, we can’t even imagine (1 Cor. 2:9). Wherever we are in life, His plan is to prosper us to a better state. Even if we’re millionaires, with a great family, and healthy, there’s still more.

This prosperous state is for the selfless. It’s not to boast about how much we have and what we can do. This prosperous state is to establish His covenant and be a blessing (Deut. 8:18; Gen. 12:2).

The sad part is a lot of us won’t experience half of what He has for us and what He wants to do for us because we won’t believe or believe BIG.

Let’s get our hearts, minds, and spirits to a place where we can receive the wonders God has prepared just for us.

Murderers, thieves, homosexuals, liars, abusers, Satanists, molesters, gossipers, haters, fornicators, and more. Contrary to religious belief, God loves everyone. Wherever we are in life and whatever we’re doing (good or bad) He loves us. He loved us enough to send His Son to pay the price for our past, present, and future sins (John 3:16).

Don’t be mistaken, God hates some of our choices, but He understands our choices don’t define us. He can look past our actions and love us. Our parents could have rejected us, but God loves us. Our friends may have deserted us, but God loves us. Some churches could have closed their doors on us, but God loves us and He is and will always be there.

Let’s settle this concept in our hearts. God loves us and there is nothing we can do about it.

Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

Proverbs 15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

The righteous, are people who are in right standing with God. We obtain right standing with God when we believe Jesus is Lord and Savior (Rom. 3:22). When we’re in right standing with God, there are all sorts of benefits. As we can see, one of the benefits is treasure in our household.

When we’re righteous, God causes continuous revenue to flow through our household. Business ideas, job stability, and gifts are all consistent with this treasure. We don’t have to work ourselves to death to obtain this treasure. It’s a part of the righteous package.

This treasure is not limited to finances. This treasure also includes a joyful marriage and saved children. The Bible says the offspring of the righteous are delivered and blessed (Prov. 11:21; Psalm 112:2). Proverbs 12:4 also says an excellent wife is her husband’s crown. Sounds like treasure to me.

If it doesn’t seem like treasure is in your household, place a demand on the Word, release your faith, tell the atmosphere in your household to line up with the Word of God, and watch treasure start pouring into your house.

Exodus 3:9 “Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 “Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.”

From abusive relationships, to gender and racial discrimination, to belittling bosses, people are being oppressed all across this world. The systems of the world don’t have the answers for this and they’re guessing on solutions hoping they’ll work.

We, the believers, are called and have been given the authority to loose oppression wherever we see it. We’ve been given the authority to bind strongholds, speak good things into existence, and destroy the power of evil (2 Cor. 10:4; Mark 11:23; Luke 10:19).

So, the next time we hear a news story about someone being abused, someone being racially discriminated against, or hear a person tell us how a boss is treating them, use the power of God within us to set them free.

Acts 4:16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it.

Miraculous events can and should be performed in and through our lives. God’s Word says we have the ability to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, move mountains, and we have whatever we say (Matt. 10:8; Matt. 17:20; Mark 11:24). These events should be so evident until no one can deny the power of God working in and through our lives. But, it has to be for His glory and not our fame.

We don’t have to look far to see someone hurting or in an unfortunate predicament. As the Holy Spirit leads, we should take a bold step of faith to publicly pray for that person and expect positive results. How else will they know it’s the power of God and not a coincidence or a matter of time if we don’t approach them?

In our own lives, we should boldly declare what we want to see and expect results. So much so until people should look at our lives and realize God’s hand is definitely on our lives.

Through faith and promptings of the Holy Spirit, let’s show the world something they can’t deny.

Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

We’re living in a time where everyone wants to believe that everyone will have a happily ever afterlife. Unfortunately, everyone won’t experience that.

A happily ever afterlife is solely dependent upon our belief in Jesus as Lord. No matter how much we like our friends or family members and no matter what new religion or theories are birthed, if people don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God and He died for our sins, their afterlife will be a nightmare.

God’s not asking us to keep all 600 laws and He’s not asking us to be perfect. He simply wants us to believe in His Son because He desires that all will be saved (1 Tim. 2:4).

Let’s secure and help others secure a happily ever afterlife by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Some of us have been deceived into living a life not honoring God. Initially, we may knowingly sin but because our lives are not significantly impacted and nothing bad happened to us, some of us think it’s okay to continue what we’re doing. It’s not. We’re being deceived.

There are consequences to sin. Some consequences are immediate but, a lot of them are delayed. Sin leads to death (Rom. 6:23). If we don’t change, we’ll end up living a shorter unproductive life full of sickness and disease and broken relationships. It’s not God putting this on us but, our actions that cause these consequences.

The goodness we still experience after we knowingly sin is God’s way to lead us to repentance (Rom. 2:4). Would we knowingly wrong or go against a person who’s been so good to us? No. Then, why would we do that to our God?

Today we have a choice. We can continue living a life doing what we want to do and not honoring God or we can change our behavior and honor Him with our lifestyle. The pros and cons are set. You choose.

Deuteronomy 8:18 But you shall remember the LORD your God: for it is he that gives you power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore unto your fathers, as it is this day.

Some of us are so obsessed with “getting money.” We spend the vast majority of our day thinking about what money can do for us. With our dreams and goals in mind, a lot of us try to fulfill those dreams by working extra hours, extra jobs, and risky investments. Some of us even resort to get rich quick schemes, illegal activity, and the luck of lottery for riches because we see no other way.

What a lot of us don’t realize is it is God Who gives us the ability to get wealth. When we focus on God and His plan for our lives and our community, the wealth we’re seeking will find us. It still requires some effort from us, but the wealth will be attached to our purpose. This wealth is not for selfish reasons but, for Kingdom use. When we’re truly sold out for God and seeking Him, we’ll be more excited by what this wealth can do for His Kingdom over what the wealth can do for our desires.

Stop looking at other avenues trying to get rich quick. Let’s turn our attention to God because it’s His power that gets us wealth.

Romans 13:7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

*We get a $200 raise on our job. We go home and tell our spouse we got a raise, but it was “only” $200. We just belittled God’s blessing.
*We don’t have a car. We prayed and asked God for a new car. We can only afford a used car at this time. We get the used car, but we’re not happy. By tolerating the car instead of being happy with the car, we belittle God’s blessing.
*We go to a crowded mall on a Saturday. There’s a parking spot in the front. We get the parking spot and say, “I got lucky.” Don’t belittle God’s blessings with luck.

Here are three examples of how we can belittle God’s blessings. From things that seem great or small, let’s genuinely acknowledge God’s work in our lives.

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June 2018
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