There are things that propel you forward in life…
I want to encourage you today- Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart so is he.”
Romans 12:1,2 (Amp), “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”
I want to show you some “things that propel you forward in life”… Be hungry to learn and change first and foremost by the Word of God!
Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
God’s truth triggers your deliverance. John 8:32, “and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus said this to the Jews of His day. These are people who had an early age grew up studying and learning the law. Yet these people, much like us today, still battled with fears, anxieties, sicknesses, and all kinds of oppression… bondage is an addiction.
So what is this truth that Jesus was talking about, this truth that if His “hearers” knew, which set them free from all these destructive things? They were already observing the law as best as they could, yet they could not find freedom in the law. Freedom can only be found in His grace – the finish work of Jesus Christ! When you believe right in His grace and His love for you, the shackles of fear, guilt, shame, hurt, wounding’s and addictions will fall off.
Grace is the truth that Jesus came to give us. His word proclaims that; “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Grace and truth are one and the same. Grace is the truth that has the power to set you free from fear, guilt, anxiety, hurt, addictions… It is the truth of grace and not of the law that brings you true freedom.. When Jesus talks about grace, He is talking about Himself. His grace is the antidote to counteract every poison (false belief) in your mind!
You MUST hunger and thirst after The Word of God. Psalm 42:1 (NIV), “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”
Fulfilled people spend about 90 to 95% of our time functioning within certain areas that are vital to our ‘success’:
- -living within our own boundaries and integrity
- -spirituality in life purpose
- -social/relational skills
- -how to achieve our potential
- -how to contribute our unique gifts to society
- -how to creatively benefit from change
- -how to use our personal strengths to overcome our weaknesses
Learning to see what God sees is a powerful key and right believing. It involves replacing your own beliefs with right beliefs based on God’s word… It also takes action.
James 1:22 (NIV), “do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (V25) “but whoever looked intently into the perfect law they give us freedom, and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do.”
Anchor your thoughts and emotions on the unshakable word of God. If you are going to overhaul and renovate your mind, who are you going to hire as your interior decorator? Don’t let your morning newspapers, negative friends, our social media be your interior decorator! Do not be conformed to this world… So many of us are entangled with the information, ideas and thoughts of this world.
The apostle Paul tells us; “fixture thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” -Phil 4:8 (NLT).