The Egyptians recognized that the Israelites were more and mightier than they were. According to The Living Bible version, they saw them as becoming dangerous. So, they came up with a plan to put them in bondage and to make them slaves when God actually called them His son (Exodus 4:22). Come on, let us deal wisely with them. For the next 400 plus years, the Israelites were servants to the Egyptians. They built their cities. They made them rich while they remained poor.
But before the enemy had a plan, God had a plan to send a deliverer named Moses to bring them out of that land into a good land. They saw themselves as slaves, but they were heirs to what was promised to their fathers. They were wealthy. They were landowners. Cities belonged to them and God was going to restore everything that they lost.
To keep you from becoming what God made you to be – to keep you from knowing who you really are, the enemy came up with a plan to put you in bondage because he is afraid of you. He is afraid of who you will become. He is afraid of what you can do to his kingdom. He doesn’t want you to discover just how mighty you are in God.
I remember being a quiet (I still am at times), but confident little girl. I remember sitting on my porch calling something mine that I hadn’t even possessed yet. But the enemy had a plan – the loss of my mother as a toddler, molestation, unholy covenants, depression, divorce, just to name a few. Even at a young age, he was after that confidence, which produces a great reward.
Although our words are powerful, our thoughts are powerful, too. One of the reasons why the enemy attacks your mind is because he knows that God will do exceeding abundantly above all you can ask or THINK according to the power that is at work in you.
God told Joshua, See, I have given into your hand Jericho. God had already given them the city. Yes, someone else was occupying it, but it didn’t belong to them. To enter into the Promised Land, the Israelites had to go through Jericho. They couldn’t go over it or around it. They had to go through it and some of us don’t like to go through anything. But between where they were and where God wanted to take them was a wall. Before the wall fell down, they had to ‘see’ themselves possessing the city.
The enemy fights you the most in your mind. He doesn’t want you to see yourself blessed, prosperous, happy, intelligent, powerful or mighty. The enemy has used bad situations in your life to build a wall. The wall of Jericho was at least 15 feet high. The enemy wants to use a wall to keep you from entering into what God promised you. He also wants to keep you from seeing who you really are and what you can do.
The moment you accepted Christ as your Savior, you were delivered from a bad land and brought into a good land. In exchange for your past, He gave you hope and a future. You are mighty and the weapons God gave you are mighty through God. It pulls down strongholds (thoughts that are contrary to God’s word).
Our responsibility is to believe God’s word and to do what it says. Strongholds are built on lies, but they can be torn down by the truth. So, read the word of God and listen to it daily so that it can transform the way you think and the way you live. Find scriptures in the bible that tell you who you are in Christ and speak those words until every wall the enemy built through lies, deceit and imagination fall flat down like the wall of Jericho.
You are more and mightier than you think.
Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life (Proverbs 4:23, ERV).
One day, some of the Pharisees and scribes noticed that Jesus’ disciples didn’t perform the hand washing ritual before eating bread. To them, the disciples were eating with unclean and defiled hands. When they asked why they didn’t keep the ancient tradition, Jesus said, It’s not what goes in a man that defiles him because what you eat doesn’t go to the heart. It goes in the belly and then comes out. It’s what comes out of him that defiles him (Mark 7:15,19). They were so concerned about hands, but God is more concerned about our hearts. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
It’s not what you eat, but it’s what you think that affects your soul (mind, will and emotions). It’s those evil things that are in your heart (evil thoughts, fornication, adultery, murder, stealing, wanting what belongs to someone else, wickedness, lying, promiscuity, envy, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness) that defiles you (Mark 7:21-23). These things not only destroy your soul, but they also destroy families, marriages and churches.
Satan doesn’t have enough power to hold you back. It’s what’s you are holding in your heart that is holding you back. If you take a moment to think about what you’ve been thinking about lately, you will realize that your thoughts are the reason why you are up today and down tomorrow. It is the reason why you’re in today and out tomorrow. It is the reason why you go back and forth. It is the reason why you can’t make up your mind.
A double minded man is unstable in all his (or her) ways. He is unreliable, uncertain and undecided. He doesn’t know what he wants, he is not sure what he should do, and he doesn’t know who he should be. He is divided between the love of the Father and love of the world. He is divided between his will and the will of the Father. He is like the church in Laodicea. He is lukewarm and serves God halfheartedly.
James never said that God doesn’t hear the prayers of the double-minded. It’s not that God doesn’t hear you. He just can’t trust you. Let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord (James 1:7).
The good news is that James gives us a solution for double-mindedness. Purify your hearts (James 4:8). The word of God is truth and we are sanctified (clean) by the truth. Philippians 4:8 also tells us what things to think on. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
What you think is what you become so be careful what you think on.
Prayer: Father, forgive our sins. Forgive us for sinning against our own bodies. We renounce evil thoughts, fornication, adultery, murder, stealing, covetousness, wickedness, lying, promiscuity, envy, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. Create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. Wash us again. Restore our souls. I command every thought and every plant that our Heavenly Father has not planted to be rooted up out of our hearts, minds and souls. Lord, make us stable in all our ways. Help us to walk in perfect love and in forgiveness. Make us men and women after Your heart, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? (Psalm 8:4, ESV)
I just want to encourage someone today who thinks that God is disappointed in them, that they will never please God or that they will never be who God called them to be.
There were times where I felt like God picked the wrong person and it wasn’t too long ago that I laid across my bed asking God to take my life. I think You made a mistake. I’ll never get it right. I’m always messing up. I was asking God to give up on me, but He couldn’t break the promise He made to me long ago. I’ll never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Not everybody is sent by God, but just like Jesus, you were sent into the world by Your Father to do His will (John 3:16; John 16:28; John 4:34). In Acts 2:22, Jesus is described as a man approved of God by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did by him. Jesus couldn’t do nothing on His own and He only did what he saw his Father doing.
God planned for us to be like His Son (Romans 8:29). He wants us to obey Him like His Son did and not only does He want us to do the works Jesus did, but greater. You were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and He knows what He chose when He chose you. He knew you before you were in your mother’s womb. He knitted you together. He knows the number of hairs on your head. You were called according to HIS purpose and He approves of those He called. You are not a mistake. You were planned.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called and whom he called, them he also justified and whom he justified, he also glorified (Romans 8:30).
We don’t always understand God’s ‘picks’, but He chooses what the world considers foolish to shame and confound the wise. He deliberately chooses men and women that the culture overlooks, exploits and abuses. He chooses these ‘nobodies’ to expose the hollow pretensions of the ‘somebodies’ (1 Corinthians 1:27, MSG).
God is doing what He promised, but sometimes He does things in a way that you and I don’t like or understand. I’ll give you a good example. Another change took place on my job recently and I didn’t like it. When my supervisor told me that she was moving me to another area of the office, I got angry. This was the third time they were moving me. Did I have to move furniture? No. Did I have to move boxes? No. So why was I upset? Well, when I first started working there, I was in the very back of the office. Then, they moved me to the front office, but I was in the corner (hidden), but this time they moved me to the very front where I’m now visible to the public – and this made me uncomfortable. I was so focused on what my supervisor did to me that I couldn’t see what God was doing for me. He literally promoted me from the back to the front. He was trusting me with more responsibilities. He was putting me on display – and I didn’t even realize it. I totally missed it.
My point is this – God said months ago that promotion was coming and He didn’t change His mind. He did what He said. You may look at it as nothing, but how we react to the little promotion reveals whether or not we are ready for the big promotion. I’m sure at one time you received a letter in the mail stating that you were qualified or pre-qualified for a credit card. Well, just because you are qualified, doesn’t mean that you are approved. The credit card company or bank has to run your credit report first before you can be approved. It must be proven…and we must be proven also.
But getting back to what I was saying earlier…
God is not against you. He is for you. Even if others won’t forgive you, know that Christ has forgiven you. If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. You have been cleared of all guilt. You have been made the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Whatever the devil has accused you of or keeps holding over your head is being thrown out of court today. Whatever he knows about your past will not be used against you to discredit you in the future. The blood of Jesus has erased your name from every demonic court case and file. Any evidence he can use against you has been erased. You will not be tried or judged by the wicked. Jesus is Your Defender. He has settled your case and the devil has lost – again.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes and in some cases, they weren’t mistakes. I deliberately disobeyed God, but He hasn’t given up on me. In fact, God recently reminded me of something He told me over 20 years ago. He hasn’t forgotten me and He hasn’t forgotten you nor has He forgotten what He said concerning you. That promise or word that came out of the mouth of God has not been altered. He hasn’t changed His mind. What He has promised to give you is still for you – IF you want it.
Sometimes we don’t understand why God loves us so much and sometimes we don’t feel worthy, but to God, we never lost our value. You are still precious to Him. You are His beloved, you will be just like His Son, and you will hear Him say that He is well pleased with you.
God hasn’t changed His mind about you so don’t you change your mind about Him…He loves you.
Maybe you feel stuck. Maybe you’re like the tied colt that Jesus has need of (Luke 19:30). You either walk around in circles or you walk back and forth or you just settle where you are. As I was praying this past Wednesday, the Lord said, You’re not stuck. You just need to make a decision. Make your mind up.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8, KJV).
If you are that kind of person, you can’t make up your mind, and you surely can’t be trusted. So don’t expect the Lord to give you anything at all (CEV).
There is an area of your mind called the subconscious. It’s like a storage. People rent storages when they have something they don’t need or can’t use at the present time, but they store it away just in case they may have need of it later. (There are some things that you don’t need to go back and retrieve). The subconscious mind stores such things as habits, beliefs, images, past hurts, and hurtful words. The tricky thing about this mind is that it doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie. Therefore, it accepts everything as the truth (even when it’s a lie).
The good news is you get to choose which information to feed your mind. You can change the way you think. You can replace bad thoughts, lies, other people’s opinions and wrong beliefs with the thoughts (word) of God. One of the things the Lord revealed to me last year was that I wasn’t talking back to the enemy enough. In Luke 4:3, the devil said something to Jesus, but in the next verse, Jesus answered him with the written word and He did it until the devil departed from Him.
The subconscious is also the mind that pulls you back to your comfort zone when you want to attempt to do something new or different. When the woman with an issue of blood heard of Jesus, she followed behind in the crowd and said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. Then, she touched His garment. If she had never acted or moved on what she was saying or what she heard, she would have never been healed. We are praying for things, but what are you doing to possess what you are praying for? Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Where is the evidence that you believe what God said? What are you doing to bring His promise for you to pass?
There were five things that hindered or delayed the Israelites from possessing the promise.
- They heard God, but they didn’t believe Him. The Lord said unto Moses, ‘How long will they refuse to believe in Me in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? (Numbers 14:11). There were some that didn’t enter because of unbelief (Hebrews 3:19).
- They were afraid. When Moses sent men out to investigate the Promised Land, ten of the twelve spies were afraid because the people who were occupying the land were strong, the cities were walled and very great and there were giants there. We be not able to go up against the people for they are stronger than we.
- They walked by sight, not by faith. We were in our own sight as grasshoppers.
- They complained about what they didn’t have instead of being grateful for what they did have. Who shall give us flesh to eat? Have you brought us up out of Egypt to kill us and our children and cattle with thirst? In Deuteronomy 28:47-48, the Lord told them that if they refused to praise Him (serve Him with joyfulness and with gladness of heart) that they would become slaves to their enemies and they would be hungry, thirsty, naked and in want of everything.
- They were disobedient. They did what they wanted to do, but not what the Lord told them to do. The Lord said to Moses, I have seen this people and it is a stiff-necked (stubborn) people (Exodus 32:9).
It’s interesting that these five things start in the mind, but despite their ways, God led the Israelites through the wilderness where there were fiery serpents, scorpions, drought and no water (Deuteronomy 8:15). No one died. He protected all of them and He took care of all of them. From the time of your birth until now, He has taken care of you. Just like the Israelites, you are no longer in the hand of your enemies. You are in His hands. The sea has been divided for you. You will not drown neither will you be destroyed. Not only has He made a way, but He is the Way. You tried your way. Now try His way.
The four lepers at the entrance of the gate weren’t stuck (2 Kings 7:3). They just had to make a choice. Either they sit (settle) where they are, which is old and familiar, and die there or they go where they have never gone before – inside the gate. There was a possibility that the Syrians could have killed them once they went inside of the gate, but the point I’m trying to make is that they knew what would happen if they stayed, but they didn’t know what would happen if they moved. Unfortunately, we’ve been settling in what we were only supposed to go through.
Maybe you feel stuck because you’re afraid to trust all of you with all of Him. Maybe you feel stuck because you won’t choose what He has chosen for you. Maybe you feel stuck because you still haven’t done the last thing He told you to do. Maybe it’s what you used to be that is keeping you from what God says you are, but God is still sending His word in the form of rebuke, promises and instructions. Don’t allow that word to be delayed in your life any longer.
Micah 2:13 tells us that God is the Breaker and He is able to break every curse and those things that keeps you oppressed and bound (fear, unbelief, doubt, etc). It doesn’t matter how many years you have been tied to something. He is able to break it. The devil knows that if he can bind you, he can bind what’s in you, but God wants to break you free from what’s binding you so that the gifts He placed in you can be released. The people have need of what’s in you.
I know how you feel, but you’re not stuck. You just refuse to move – in obedience. Holy Spirit, help us to make choices every day that will give life.
Prayer: I cover our minds in the blood of Jesus. I bind and rebuke the spirit of fear and I loose the spirit of power, the spirit of love and the spirit of a sound mind. I command every lie, thought, dream, planting and seed of the devil to be uprooted out of our hearts, minds and souls in the name of Jesus. We have the mind of Christ and we will think on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. Our minds are healed and whole. Amen.