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Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

The Holy Spirit living in us will teach us how to cast out fear and how to not allow it to linger. Love is a fruit of the Spirit, as with any fruit it must be attached to its source, watered and nourished for it to mature into a fully developed harvest. Fear is a natural response of fallen mankind to difficult situations and perfect love is a supernatural response by the Holy Spirit. The word did not say that we would not fear but through His love we can cast it out.  

When we rest in the faithfulness of God and His perfect love for us that is shown in His compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace, we can choose to not allow anxiety and fear to stay and take root in our minds. We are persuaded and taught to know, by the Holy Spirt, that nothing can separate us from the love of God. No matter what we may go through, God sees and foresees our solutions. We are able to remove doubt and worry based on His word and our understanding of His love, compassion, mercy and grace for us. 

Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJ

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. NKJ 

It is maturity, growth and fellowship with the Holy Spirit that gives followers of Christ the ability to stand on the faithfulness of God and His perfect love. We understand trouble is a part of life but we trust God in the midst of it. We can refuse to adopt fear as a personal possession, like a pet, and will not become comfortable with having it in our minds and souls to linger around and taunt us. The Holy Spirit enables us to trust God’s love even in hard and chaotic times realizing that nothing will happen to us that God already foreknew the problem and prepared a solution. 

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. NKJ

1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. NKJ

Romans 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. NKJ

During these times of social, physical, mental and spiritual unrest, the people of God must learn to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Resting and trusting in the perfect love of God is what helps us to throw out the fear the world is trying to produce and instill in us. Every believer of Christ has the abilityto walk in the Spirit of this perfect love and to display God’s traits of compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace.  This is done through a close relationship and a mature knowledge of God the Father and Jesus Christ whom He sent. 

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. NKJ

Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! NKJ

When we know who God is and who we are in Him, then the things of this world will not produce that paralyzing fear in us because we trust in our heritage as children of the Most-High King. Many weapons may be formed and many tongues may speak against us but they will not succeed and will be reproved and denounced in the end.  Perfect love casts out fear because itrests in the protection and generosity of God and His inheritance. 

Isaiah 54:17 ​No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servant of the LORD, and their righteousness is of Me,” Says the LORD. NKJ

Isaiah 54:14 ​In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you. NKJ

To say we have faith in God and live in fear is an oxymoron. These are two polar opposites and cannot coexist because light and darkness cannot occupy the same space at the same time.We are told to think on the things that are pure, just and of good report and not things that cause confusion, hatred and fear.  We all will choose what we allow to stay in our minds and what we will fix our thoughts on, but we are told to let the mind of Christ be in us. Our hope is rooted in the perfect love of God for us and not we ourselves. 

Philippians 2:5-6 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. NKJ

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. 

Fear is a natural reaction but faith is a supernatural action that we are empowered with and it is spiritually understood and perceived through the knowledge of God’s perfect love for us. This world is fixated on going after love in all its various forms and are desperate to be connected and to receive love, whether it is to be a parent, to have a spouse or to be in a good family. Some people believe these love relationships are the most important thing in life and if they fail to have a spouse, child, family or friends they are seen as failures. This is not God’s truth because His love gives with no need of replication.  

Psalms 27: 5   For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. NKJ

The fear of failure in life, career and relationships has hinderedsome people from knowing the true expression of God’s unconditional love, which gives love with an open hand. They lose sight of the joy of giving without looking for anything in return. No matter who we are or where we live there are people around us who are in need of love, be it a child longing for the love of a parent or a person who wishes they had a friend, we can be that love. We can learn to work without complaint and trust God with our life and our future. It may be difficult and challenging because people are messy and hard to approach and please, but so were we in our mess before Christ.

Psalms 27:1,    The LORD is the light of my salvation whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? NKJ 

As mature followers of Christ we are to give the perfect love of God as He loved us, with an open hand and a generous heart.  God has feely given to every person His love through Christ, to accept or reject.  When we give His love to others it takes our mind off of ourselves and our lack and we become givers of love and not in desperate need of love.   We can learn how to walk in the chaos of this world without holding on to the fear that comes at us by knowing God’s word is true. 

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed: Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. KJV

Perfect Love Is Seen In Compassion, Mercy, Forgiveness and Grace

Perfect love is a spiritual attribute of God and is established in His righteousness through the power of the Holy Spirit which lives in every true believer of Christ. The perfect love of God is seen in His compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace, which are kingdom principles that are developed by the Holy Spirit. These kingdom traits are not of the world but are cultivated and matured through a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  

Psalms 86:15           But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. NKJ

Luke 17:20 The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, see here or see there! For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you. NKJ

God showed His compassion, concern, care and kindness for us in that while we were still sinners and enemies of God in our own mind, He provided a way for redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation.  Perfect love has compassion on others even their enemies and in perfect love we are willing to help and pray for those who are against them. 

Colossians 1:21      And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your own mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled. NKJ

God was merciful in His willingness to pardon our sins, while we were still in sin. In His mercyHe had sympathy, leniency and forbearance toward us and was shown by Him not destroying us while we were in the very act of our rebellion against Him.  Perfect love has sympathy and forbearance even for the ungodly and we can pray for God to be merciful and that they will not see eternal destruction. 

Psalms 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. NKJ

In forgiveness of our sins God provided pardon and clemency from the mutiny and insurrection against Him through the atoning blood of Christ in His life, death and resurrection. Perfect love forgives even without a request for pardon because we can walk in perfect love because we too have been forgiven of our sinful rebellion. 

Psalms 78: 38 But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath; NKJ

In God’s grace He provided reconciliation and benevolence in providing what we could never have obtained for ourselves, which is salvation and eternal life.  In grace God has not only provided payment of our sins but an abundant life and eternal communion for those who receive His Son Jesus as the propitiation for sin. Perfect love freely gives without looking for something in return. We by the Holy Spirit can give generously to those who are in need without excepting to receive any benefit or gain from them.

Psalms 145:8-9 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. NKJ

1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. NKJ

God’s perfect love is so profound, thoughtful and overwhelming that in our limited natural understanding we are unable to comprehend the depth of His love. God’s expression of perfect love is unidentifiable and is a mystery to the natural mind. God’s love is unmerited, underserved and unearned and yet it is freely given, which is difficult for people in a natural mindset to understand. Perfect love is shown and understood only through the power of the Holy Spirit and as we grow in communion and knowledge of God the more we are able to display His perfect love to others. 

Psalms 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. NKJ

A person of good moral character, who has integrity and is noble in character can obtain in their natural state acts of true love, which gives. They can even obtain great love and be willing to sacrifice for its beloved.  The Holy Spirit, God living in us, is what gives believers in Christ the ability to perform in perfect love through our close relationship and knowledge of God. It in our fellowship with Christ that we are able to remotely understand the profound deepness of God’s perfect love for us and to show this love to others.

Ephesians 3:17- 18 That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width, length and depth and height- NKJ

Perfect love can be expressed toward another though it may never be acknowledged and though their acts of kindness may be refused.  God gives rain and sun to the righteous and the unrighteous just as He sent Jesus to redeem all humanity. Some people will reject His redemption, will not acknowledge Him as their God and will discard and decline His gift of love and life which is in Christ. We too, as His children can show His perfect love to those who love us, as well as to those who wish to do us harm. 

Matthew 5:45        That you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. NKJ

Perfect love is empowered by the Holy Spirit and can stand unrequited without ever being reciprocated, acknowledged or may even be misunderstood by its beloved. God has given us His unconditional love and has displayed His great love for us through the life of His Son Jesus died for us all that we may have eternal life.  As ambassadors of Christ and His kingdom, we too can love unconditionally those who are without hope. 

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues and you will keep My judgement and do them. NKJ

God has placed us in families and communities with people who may not like us, look like us and may even despise us, but this is where God has entrusted us to be, to show His love and His light.  Through the Holy Spirit we can show His perfect love in deed, in truth and in our actions.  

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. NIV

It only takes one person to choose to live in the love of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. One person can choose to give themselves to God that they may be a witness of His perfect love to those who are called unloving and unlovable that others may see light God’s love on the earth.  It took one person to sail around the world to prove it could be done and after that many were able to make that journey. So, it can be with one person who will trust God and walk in love, though it may be a hard journey, it is possible to be the pattern others will follow. 

1 Timothy 1:15 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. NKJ 

  1. True Love gives of its self to its beloved, while love perverted takes. 
  2. Great love sacrifices without any expectation of reciprocation to receive love in return.  Great love is given and can be unrequited.  
  3. Perfect love is an attribute of God, a supernatural gift endowed by God and is given in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is displayed in the character traits of compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace, which is the unconditional love of God.

Great Love Sacrifices – Can Be Unrequited

Great love is willing to deny self and will sacrifice a fleeting moment of pleasure for love that honors, respects and has a lasting and eternal weight of glory. It is great love that is able to display love that is unrequited, a love that sacrifices and does not have to be reciprocated nor demand that their love to be returned in some act or demonstration. Great love is a form of God’s unconditional love that is offered to all mankind regardless of their willingness to accept and it stands true even in the face of rejection. Christ died for all mankind, not just the righteous and those who would receive His love, but for those who would refuse His love also. 

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which s but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. NKJ

Love is both profound and a mystery.  Love originated with God and is a gift God has given to mankind, that we may know and experience His love for us through the various relationships that we have.   Love is a trait of God’s Character that was given to humanity and yet this world will say, God does not want us to love or be loved. Yet it was God who gave us the ability to love in so many different forms and relationships, be it with parents, siblings, children, family, friends or community.  In these different relationships we are able to express love and to receive love and they all are gifts from God. It is through love that we are able to express and experience His Love for us.

Have you ever experienced a love so profound, so overwhelming that you are willing to take on the most difficult problems and the hardest of challenges to secure, provide and protect the one you love and to keep them safe? Great love is willing to make sacrifices because of the relationship and the affection it has for the beloved.   It was God who loved us so deeply, so profoundly and so intently that He gave His Son Jesus as an expression of the great love He has for us.  

Every expression of love, every touch, word expressed or deed done all originated in God. It is awesome to think that in every generation, culture and walk of life there is a sense and ability to love, to express love, to see and know the feeling of love. This ability to give love and receive love was given to all humanity by a loving God. However, the enemy has perverted God’s love and beguiled mankind into thinking God is against their love and that they are not loved by God. 

The Bible says, great love will sacrifice and lay down its life for a friend and great love comes through the understanding of God and His word.  We can understand love in natural relationships such as those between spouses and of parent-child relationship and can grasp the willingness for one to lay down their life for their beloved.  It is rare, but some people are willing to die for a good person, king and country but for most of us the thought of laying down our lives for others is inconceivable.  

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down one’s life for his friend. NKJ

This fallen world’s view of love is self-centered, self-absorbed and is about self-gratification and will say, God is trying to keep them from having fun and enjoying themselves.  Love is a powerful thing and mishandled it can cause hurt and devastation and for this reason God gives us direction and a choice.  People are free to make their own choices but they are not free to choose the consequences or the results of those choices.  Often people go into situations without thinking things through to the end results or the effects and outcome of their actions. 

We were created to be an expression of God’s great love in the earth and He has given us the awesome power to show great, unrequited love through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The enemy has lied and beguiled people into go after the pleasures of sin, which is for a season, and then often ends in destruction.  It is in the aftermath of broken relationships, when hearts and lives are torn apart that we can see the wisdom of God in setting boundaries and giving us instructions to protect those in love. 

Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he looked to the reward. NKJ

A loving God gave humanity the ability to love so we may have a better understanding His love for us. It is God through the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability to display great and unconditional. 

Romans 5:8 For when we were without strength, in due lime Christ died for the ungodly. NKJ

True Love Gives – Love Perverted Takes

Love is a powerful thing, it originated with God and is a gift from God that we may experience the essence of His love and His glory on the earth.  As with anything that is powerful, it can be used for good or for harm, and for this reason we are given instructions and boundaries that would help safeguard for usfrom mischief. This world has trained us to look elsewhere to fame, fortune or things to indulge our need for love. Rather than understanding the love God has for us and the high calling of His love, which is to give instead of taking.  

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting live. NKJ

We have been beguiled by the lies of this fallen world, which says God does not love us and He want to keep us from being loved. We have been told that we are unloved, worthless and insignificant, because we lack in some area be it ethnicity, beauty, intellect, fame, fortune or social status.  We are constantly being told by this system that we are not wanted, to go away or that no one will ever love us because of who we are,or are not. But God, even at our worst moments, in His great love and mercy saw us polluted in our shame and spoke words of love and comfort, that we may live in the truth of His love for us.

Ezekiel 16:6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto they when thou wastin thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto they when thou wast in they blood, live. KJV

In the natural we are self-centered and self-indulgenced people who look to have our needs satisfied, but true love gives for thesatisfaction to others. Lust is a perverted form of love that takes from others only to gratify itself. Our minds have been conditioned to think that our lives are futile and meaningless,but God has called us His beloved, a pearl of great worth and precious in His sight. 

Matthew 13:45-46 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. NKJ

As our world is now, it would have us looking for things or sensations to satisfy our desires, which is not love but a twisted indulgent since of self. Lust looks for immediate fulfillment at the cost and at the expense of others. This intense desire looks for immediate gratification with an excessive craving and an overmastering desire that will sacrifice the what is right and appropriate for ill-gotten and instant pleasures. It will sacrifice its future and eternal hope on the altar of momentary pleasuresjust to please the flesh but will never be satisfied. Lust createsan insatiable greed that promotes a one-person activity that only looks out for self.  

Hebrew 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God that to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches that the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. NKJ

God is love and He created us in His image of love that we mayexpress this love as we give of ourselves so others may live. True love gives so that others may see and receive the light of God’s love. In the giving of good gifts, we take time, thought and effort in knowing the needs and desires of that person with the motive of seeing them joyful.  If our motive is to make ourselves feel or look good then that gift is given with selfish motives. God’s love is compassionate and kind. 

Colossians 1:21-22   And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight– NKJ

God has provided His love to every person through Jesus Christ, but everyone as a free-agent, with a will, will decidetheir own fate and destiny, to accept or reject God’s love. We are all subject to the biases, prejudices, hatred and division of this world. No matter what area, what culture or society, whether we be rich or poor, esteemed or debased, prior to receiving Christ, we all have suffered in not know the true loveof God.  

Jesus stands at the door of our hearts knocking, asking to come in, to flood and overwhelm our lives with His love. As any person with honor and virtue, Jesus will not force His way into our lives. He is willing to wait for us to open the door of our hearts and let Him into our lives, homes and communities. 

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me. NKJ

In truth Christ came and gave Himself for us that we may live and have an abundant life. True love gives looking for nothing in return, while lust looks to gratify its needs and longings. For us to know love and to show love we must reform our thinking and transform the ways we choose to pursue and demonstratelove. Jesus is our example of love in every relationship and especially with our most intimate ones, Christ so love the church, His Bride and gave Himself for her. 

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. NKJ 

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her. NKJ

The world is going after smoke and vapors, things that have no substance and do not satisfy, not realizing they were created in the very essence of love, to be an example of love in the earth. If we are feeling unloved or feel we are living without love, it is a lie from Satan. It is rooted in a system that cultivates selfishness and pride at the expense of others. Some people will seduce others by saying “if you love me you will do this…” just to fill a temporary void. This void can truly be satisfied and fulfilled with the gift of God’s love.

Fear Is the Justification for Living A Lie

All of our lives we have been taught to fear. Fear and shame were the first emotion of fallen mankind shown when Adam hid himself in the garden, he said it was because he was afraid. We were created to rule and reign on the earth in God’s likeness, in His authority and strength. This is why every human being has in them the innate and inherent desire to be free to create and fulfill their destiny calling and purpose. Because of disobedience and sin with the fall many people are afraid or do not recognize their created value and purpose. Fear and shame are tools the enemy and this fallen world system uses against humanity to try to keep them from fulfilling their God ordained purpose and calling to reflect His image.

Genesis 3:10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself. NKJ

Fear, discrimination and prejudices have caused many people to limit their dreams and expectations for themselves and their families but the godlikeness that was created in them remains. God made everyone unique in their design and the method of fulfilling their God given vocation and goals. Their created purpose, which is to replenish the earth with God’s glory and likeness through the knowledge of Him and His love that is to be shown to the world.

Fear is the common and default nature of mankind and it appears to be a normal act to be afraid when faced with situations that are a threat to ourselves, family or finances. Faith is the supernatural response to problem situations and God has called us to stand in faith and not fear. Fear comes in the face of threats that speak of an intent to inflict pain, injury, damage or to do other hostile actions against a person or their loved ones. Many people feel justified in their failure to take the appropriateaction because of fear and the anticipation of something hurtful may happen in the future.   Fear of what may happen in the future sometimes paralyzes people and keep them from responding correctly in the present. It is their justification for them not taking the proper action when called upon. It has been said that fear is, false evidence appearing real which is only a lie and Satan is the father of lies. 

Fear and doubt cause a sense of helplessness in those who were created in God’s image which is a perversion of their created purpose, which is to have dominion and reign over their circumstance and to reflect His love.  Fear is the evidence of distrust or disbelief in God and His word that He would be able to save, protect or provide for them or their family. Doubt and deception were the weapons used by Satan, which caused Eve to be tricked into disobeying God saying, “did God really say…” When the seed of doubt is planted and remains in the heart fear is the fruit that will be produced causing people to distrust God. 

Genesis 3:1.4 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” …

Then then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. NKJ

When Satan came to test Jesus he questioned the very wordsthat God had said about Jesus.  Satan challenged Jesus, asking if You are the Son of God then… and Jesus’ only response was, “It is written…” It is the written word of God that overcomes the tricks and schemes of the enemy but some people do not know the word of God well enough to be able to respond andwill thereby fall in that trap of fear and doubt. 

The enemy and the world are always trying to cause fear and doubt in our minds as to who we are but we were created in the image of God and are the children of God. Some will take the word of God and twist it to try and trick people into obtaining their needs, wants and desires in the wrong way.  This worldwill bring up our past or our present failures to get us to focus on our disasters and lack, but God has justified us through the blood of Jesus. Though we may not be perfect, we are children of the Most-High King and we are a work in progress.  

Matthew 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, say, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” NKJ

Luke 4:3 And the devil said to Him, “if You are the Son of God, command this stone to become beard. 

Galatians 3:29 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. NKJ

Abraham is called the father of faith because he trusted God with his most treasured possession, the life of his son.  Some people may trust and respect God to give their life to Him, but few are able to trust Him their future and loved ones. Some may marvel that God would ask such a thing of Abraham and even more that Abraham was willing to trust God with the life of his son. It is a natural instinct of a parent to protect their child but in Christ we must rise to the supernatural love for God that rises above all else. This is why the word says we must die to self and the love for God is above everything else. If not, and if we place anything in the place of God the enemy will try to use our loved ones to usurp God’s authority and trick us to disobey God. We can do this in the same way Abraham and Jesus withstood their test of faith and that was by knowing God’s word on the matter and to trust in His love for us and our family. 

God had promised Abraham that the blessing of the whole world would come through Isaac and his seed. When God askedAbraham to offer up Isaac as a burnt offering, Abraham had to stand on the promise of God that Isaac would bear children.  Abraham trusted in the love of God and the promise that Isaac, not having any children at the time, that He would fulfill His promise through Isaac. Abraham trusted the faithfulness and love of God who provided him with Isaac and that He would provide again. 

Genesis 21:12 But God said to Abraham…….., for in Isaac your seed shall be called.

Genesis 22:18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice. 

Numbers 23:19a “God is not a man, that He should lie….

A question for us now is can we trust God with our loved ones, even though it may appear as though they are lost or may be removed from us? Can we trust God’s love and His promises to keep our family safe? The challenge is, will we take matters into our own hands trusting what we can do to protect and keep them safe or will we trust God with the situation?

Jesus spoke to the people of spiritual things, when He told them that He was the bread of life and they must eat His body and drink His blood. It was hard for the people to receive in the natural mind because of their lack of spiritual discernment. By the power of the Holy Spirit and through belief in His word we can receive spiritual insight and discernment. 

John 6:60 Many therefore of His disciples, when they heard this, said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it? KJV

The spiritual test is the supernatural love of God and the natural love of mankind, whether we will trust God or ourselves for our family. It is a hard thing and not many can hear it because God’s ways are not mankind’s ways. This life will forever be testing us to see if we trust God’s love with our lives, our families and our future. We must learn the truth of God’s word to see things from a spiritual and kingdom perspective in order to discern truth and walk in faith, rather than believing false lies that may appear real.

2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of peace, love and a sound mind.

Ephesians 1:7-9 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself. NKJ

While fear is a natural response, we do not entertain it or focus on it we are to resist it by thinking on the word and the promises of God and submitting to His truths.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. NKJ   

FEAR

False 

Evidence

Appearing

Real

How to Seek the Kingdom of God for Success and Obtain Wealth

We seek the kingdom of God when we seek to know God the Father and Jesus Christ whom He sent. We obtain knowledge of His kingdom through His word. We are to still get the best education we can for ourselves and our children, we are to work hard for those that we are in service to, but our motives are different and our priorities have changed. God’s principlesshould be first in every decision and we work diligently because our service is to our Lord and we represent Him in our words, deeds and actions.

Seeking the kingdom of God is seeking to know Him and His principles that we may know how to daily live and work for His kingdom. His righteousness is a gift we receive as an act of the our will by choosing to believe in Christ and operate in Hisprinciples even though they may go against our natural affinities and biases that we have taught or have learned in thisfallen system. 

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJ

Colossians 3:23-24 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. KJ

God wants His children to have wealth and He is not against us having possessions nor riches. But He is against wealth and riches becoming our focus and idol. God gave us the ability to get wealth that we may establish His covenant in the earth. Our focus is not to obtain wealth and riches the world’s way but our methods and purpose are different, we are to bring glory to God. When we seek go after the things that are important to God, the souls of men and His glory, then Favor of God will rest upon us. The things we need and desire will come to us as we go about our daily lives fulfilling purpose, because of God’sFavor. 

True follower of Christ focus is not just to gather and store up for self and family but to help others and those who are marginal. In giving to those who may not be able to repay the debt we are showing God’s love and sharing His grace that it may be seen on the earth.  In the Bible we see those who were in covenant with God, Abraham, Joseph, David and Solomon were rich in possessions but their focus was seeking God and their relationship with Him and they became a blessing toothers. 

Deuteronomy 8:18 “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. NKJ

The world measures success by their accumulation of possession and superior intellect, the number of degrees and letters behind their name. They obtain their intellect by gathering information and facts from a fallen system that wassetup to create and perpetuate division, separation and a caste system of the haves and the haves not. Though the information and facts that they are taught changes as mankind increases their ability to validate truth yet, they continue to establish and construct systems of exaltation of self and their group while oppressing another. 

God’s word gives us a better understanding, wisdom and the ability to discern truth so to make best choices according to His kingdom principles. This is unlike human intellect that is information saturated with biases and prejudices to promote or to defame. The Bible tells us, that to know God’s word will give us more understanding than the teachers, in that it giving us wisdom to discern truth and to make better choices. His word shows us how to be humble with and these truths are what makes us successful in the kingdom. Many people fail to learn God’s word and thereby fail to trust His kingdom principles and His ways. 

Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. NKJ

God’s truths and word never changes and His word will stand forever. The problem with some believers is that they are deficient in the knowledge of the truth of God’s word. They may have worldly intellect but lack knowledge and understanding of God’s principles and ways.  The Bible tells us God’s people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge and reject Him and His word. It was not because of devils, the political parties, their race or gender but their refusing to receive His knowledge.  If we have a good understanding of God and His word we will be able to maneuver and overcome the obstacleswe face in this world.  

Hosea4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. NKJ

Operating in God’s kingdom ways will not only be a blessing to us but can be a blessing to our children and our children’s children for generations.  One person can decide to take a chance on God’s principles and be willing to believe His word above circumstances and situations for the sake of themselves, their children and family.  They can choose to press through the onslaught and attacks of the world and the enemy that tries toget them to give up. They may be a living testimony and witness of God’s faithfulness not only for their family but for their community and those around them.  

Psalms 112: 1-5 Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in is house, And his righteousness endures forever. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. NKJ 

Once we obtain the knowledge of God’s truth the battle for our faith and what we will believe begins.  Our good fight of faith is fought in the mind to see whose report we will believe and what will influence our actions.  Those who remain in this fallen system will continue as before and those who stand infaith and believe will pray for God to change their heart, mind and actions. 

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. NKJ

The place where we are born and the life is where we were given and assigned it was not an accident but the divine purpose and calling of God for us. When we are rooted in the word of God and His kingdom principles, we are able to be a light where there is darkness, truth where there are lies. It is when we are willing to die to the temporal things of this world that others may see His glory and receive eternal life. This is done with every choice we make in life either by choice or default. When we choose to love others as God has loved us we show the relationship we have with the Father. When our actionsresemble His actions, we reflect the light of His glory and in our associations with other we reveal His principles in our daily actions to a lost and dying world. 

Our purpose as true follower’s of Christ.

Relationship –   ​To be in fellowship and community with the God-Trinity

Resemble –   ​To look like our Father in character and integrity

Reflect – ​​To be a light in darkness

Reveal – To make known God and His kingdom to a lost and dying world

Success in a Fallen World System vs Success in The Kingdom of God

Kingdom success and this natural world success are two different things. We have been trained from birth to go after the natural things of this world to be successful and to make our family proud. Our various societies have outlined the steps we should take to be viewed as successful, be it through education, position, fame or fortune. We invest our time, talents and resources in order to gain influence, to increase our finances and power and we instill and teach these principles to our children and their children so that they will not fall behind in society. We send our children to the best schools that we can, teach them how to influence people and accumulate income the right way, according to society. And if they must, by any means necessary to be successful because they value success more than integrity.

But God has provided a very different way for success in His earthly kingdom which goes contrary to the ways of this natural world system and the way we have been taught. God as any good father want to see His children successful and increase in wealth but He is more concern with the state of our hearts and souls than He is with accumulating money. God created the riches of this world for His children to enjoy but the way they should go about obtaining wealth is much different than the world’s way. 

We are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given.  The problem many followers of Christ they do not understand God’s kingdom principles and they try to be successful by using a fallen system that was not created for them, which is against Christ ways and rooted in darkness. Many people in this world are going after finances, fame and fortune, the worlds way, and are willing to devour the souls of men as bread in order to succeed. 

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. NKJ

Psalm 53:4 ​Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on God. NIV

Through our saving faith in Jesus, God has transported us from the kingdom of darkness to His Kingdom, ways, principles and method of operation.  We are now citizens of a new kingdom with a new constitution that speaks to the principles, functions, and procedures that is in the word of God that we must learn to operate as ambassadors for His kingdom to be successful. God’s kingdom ways are in direct contradiction to the waysof this world. We are to humble ourselves if we seek to be lifted up, we are to seek others welfare and not our own and we are to die to self that others may live. 

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: KJB

True followers of Christ have been called to a higher occupation and mission in life. The world looks to take care of their own needs, their families and only those they care about, but true believers are called to care for the marginal, the homeless and even those who hate and persecute them. Jesus speaks of some of these contradictions in a number of statements in Matthew, where He tells the people, you have heard it said,but I say and tell you, which are higher truths of God’s kingdom principles. 

Matthew 5: 38-39a​“You have heard that it said, eye for an eye and tooth for tooth but I say do not resist an evil person… 

Matthew 5: 43-45 You have heard that it was said, “love your neighbor and hate your enemy” but I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Many have been born into the kingdom of God and still try to operate under that old constitution. Some may have accomplishment in this natural world but cannot flourish in God’s kingdom without understanding how to think differently to succeed in the supernatural things of God. The actions and motives of a person are weighed by God. The things men highly esteem is a disgrace in the sight of God. God looks at a person’s heart and motives and not their outward appearances.

1 Samuel 2:3 Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. NIV

Luke 16:15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your heart. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight. NIV

Most systems throughout the world place value on possessions and wealth above the welfare of the people and their souls.  Often time people do not realize the system processes they are using are destroying people, because it is all they know and have been trained to do.  

Christ followers are to change the way they think and view people and they are to seek the well-being of others above their own. We are told to humble ourselves and obey the word of God and in due season we will be lifted up. God’s ways are totally different from what we have been taughtthat is why we are told to die to self that we may live. 

1 Corinthians 10:24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. NIV

1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. NKJ

Matthew16:25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for My sake will find it. NKJ

Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. NKJ

Fulfilling God’s purpose for us in the kingdom of God is success for true followers of Christ. God has placed each person in a family, race, nationality and country for a purpose that only they can fulfill. Our profession, occupation and mission in this life, are to be in a personal relationship with God our Creator, to resemble Him as our Father the Head of our family, to reflect His light in darkness and to reveal His love and glory to a lost world.

Some people may wonder why they live in a certain place, with a particular family, group or nation, it is all part of God’s Master plan. God placed us where He needed us to be that we may shine and reflect Him.  He implanted in each of us the things we need to be successful in that setting that we may be a blessing to those around us. He has put in us the ability we need to overcome obstacles that others may learn how to live in His kingdom and see His glory. 

Not everyone can be entrusted with the various callings and challenges of God on the earth to display His glory. Some may have the ability to obtain wealthy to establish His kingdom and not allow money to become their god. Others may be in a place of need or lack and will have much faith in God to trust Him for their daily provisions. Still others may be born in a place that is seen as people of low degree, persecuted and abused but will not be consumed with hate and bitterness but will be able to pray for the well-being and salvation of those who persecuted them. Whatever situation we have been born in God has given us the Holy Spirit and provided a way for us to escape these worldly temptations to destroy and hate others but the choice to take it  is ours to make. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. NIV

The World’s Mindset Vs the Good Fight of Faith

In this world we operate in darkness but the light of God’s truth is revealed to us through His word. We are to transform and reformat our operating systems, which is the way we live, think and perform to the light of God’s truths. As an act of our “will” and our decision, we must say yes to God’s word, submit to His ways through prayer and asking Him to give us the ability to perform.

We have been trained and programed to operate and live in a world that is governed by ideas such capitalism, socialism and idealism which brings the focus of our lives to our own self-preservation and fortune. We allow these ideas to become the little “g” gods of our world. We are all born into this world system that measures success by survival of the fittest through materialistic gains, intellectual or worldly accomplishments. It has been ingrained into our minds to go after the best life through wealth, academics, fame or fortune to show that we are accomplished and have attained success and recognition. 

Jesus brought with Him another kingdom and became our example as to how we should live in this kingdom of God.Though He was the Son of God, yet He learned obedience by the things He suffered. He gave His life that many may live. He humbled Himself to be a servant and to serve those in need andwashed the feet of the one who betrayed Him.  

John 12:24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. NIV

From the time a child is born the parents and society are looking for ways to have their children skilled, capable and proficient in their chosen area of expertise. This is to increase their value or ability to obtain worth and benefits and thereby be respected, esteemed and regarded as a person of importance and significance. The foundations of pride and self-centeredness were laid and these traps were set long before we entered this world. It will take the transforming and renewing of our mind and the way we think to a totally different mindset to be successful in the kingdom of God. 

This act of the will is an act of repentance, it is changing how and what we think of others, ourselves and our own personal worth. We recognize our inability to perform in our own strength, our helplessness and our need for a Savior. Then we must decide to submit our will to God and ask for His power to obey and perform what we are unable to do on our own. 

Whenever a truth is revealed to us, a battle in the mind will follow and whether we accept or reject these truths must be settled by conscientious decision of our will. The battle will be settled and their decision will be displayed by their action, whether they change and follow truth or they reject what was revealed and remaining the same. 

God’s ways are so far from mankind’s that often times these revelations of truths seem hard or impossible to obtain. Often people will give up rather than fighting the good fight of faith. Which includes going through the battle though it may difficult and will see it through to the end and thereby becoming a witness that God’s word and love is faithful. 

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed to good confession in the presence of many witnesses. NKJ

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: KJV

Hebrews 11:33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. 

The fight of faith is the only fight we are told to have. Many people want to fight their enemies but God told us to love themor fight the devil but he is a defeated foe or fight this fallen world system but Jesus said He has overcome this world. Our battle is to fight for our faith and that is to believe God’s word and His love for us. We must fight off the beliefs and mindset that this world has given, that we are of no value and hold on to who we are in Christ Jesus, children of The Most High-King. We are to hold fast to faith that God’s word is true and He is faithful to perform His word no matter how the circumstances look or what people may say about us even in the face of our own demise.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering: (for he is faithful that promised;) KJV

The good fight of faith believes the blood of Jesus was payment for our sins. Faith speaks and testifies of the things God has done and values His love for us more than the opinion of the world. A good soldier fights a good fight when he is willing to go into battle for his family or country and is willing to give hislife for their protection and safety and so that they will prevail.   We see it continuously in the natural with the dying of good men on the battlefield for their family and country. The good fight of faith will show that same commitment in the spiritual realm for God’s kingdom also. 

Though situations and circumstances may appear bad even to the point that our very lives will be overthrown we can stilltrust Him with the outcome. Some battles are won only when one is willing to give their all for the good of the whole, this we have seen this in all the major wars. The good fight of faith believes in the love of God and it looks to the eternal and not just the temporal.  

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. NJK

How to Think Differently – Prayer an Effort of the Will

There is a process in changing the way we think. We change the way we think by first learning what we should be thinking and we know this by reading God’s word. We will obtain truth, the knowledge of God and understand His kingdom principles.Once we become aware of the way should think we will realize our thoughts are not in line with God’s way and then we should ask God to change our thinking to His kingdom ways. Prayer is an act of submitting to God’s will. As we become aware that we are not living right and cannot in our own strength, then we should seek God who is able to create in us a clean heart, theright mindset and to have the mind of Christ.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. KJV

Prayer is an effort of the will. When a truth of God’s kingdom is revealed, everyone will take action on that revelation. Whether their actions are a conscious and deliberate decision or not their actions will reveal their choice. Most often these truths appear to be unattainable. It is then that we will decide, whether to seek God and ask Him to help us to live and walk in these truths or remain in a common state of selfishness and pride. The battle is fought and is won or lost in our mind and thoughts to accept or reject these truths. it is with our will that we will choose withresolve to seek God and to change or to continue in the samefallen mindset.  

When we learn God’s truth and understand His principles, we will recognize our utter hopelessness and inability to perform and be right before God in our own strength. Often it is in our brokenness and despair that we will see our need and want to turn from our old habits and change the way we operate and view life. We repent by changing the way we think and seek God’s truth rather than our own way.  As an act of our will, through prayer, we ask God to give us His desires, strength and power to perform these truths according to His principles.  It is God who will give us both the will and desire to perform His will. He has provided a way for us to stand righteous beforeHim, through faith in Jesus and not through our own efforts. 

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. NKJ

We are all born with the propensity and tendency to sin, it is ourfallen nature. We have been hard wired for sin by the fall. The motherboard of our mind is set for sin and only Christ can reformat and rewrite the program of our mind and the desires of our heart. Christ will change out mind’s processing system to the things according to God’s kingdom principles which are different from the world’s way. Our whole life has been trained in a fallen operating system and we are well accustomed and acquainted with using this operating system. It is like using a “Windows” program and then Christ becomes our Savior andwe are given a new operating system, like a “MAC.” They areboth operating systems that controls, drives and maneuvers our actions and the way we compute life’s daily issues but they are totally different in their operational methods and functions. 

When a person is born into the kingdom of God, they are given a new spirit and a new operating system. The body and hands are still familiar with the habits of the old system and tend to want to revert back to the old way of doing things but the Holy Spirit by revealing new truths is converting the heart and thoughts to God’s ways. We have been given a new spirit and a new heart that is in Christ. The desires of our heart are changed as we learn these new truths and we must starve the old way of doing things and create new habits that lineup with God’s truthand thereby transform our actions and convert our ways.

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. NIV

Jeremiah 24:7 Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. NKJV

There are many crossroads in life that every believer in Christand they will have to determine if they will change or remain the same. Their choices will be to allow their old habits to remain or to ask God in prayer to change their heart’s desire to things according to His will. We all have faced the same problems and have asked the same question Paul asked, “who can deliver us from this flesh?” The things we do not want to do, we find ourselves doing, because of this fallen nature, and the things that are right and true we want to do but do not do or preform them. But thanks be to God!  Through Jesus Christ we can be free from the slavery of sin by asking God through thepower of the Holy Spirit to set us free that we may walk in love and truth. 

Often people want to run away from God in the midst of their mess but that is when we should seek Him in prayer. The world will want to condemn us for our wrong doings and tell us to stay away from God because He does not want us.  God was not surprised by our actions but provide a way of escape through Christ.  In the midst of our disorder and disaster we should pray and ask God to renew our minds and hearts to His kingdom ways and principles. God says we have not because we asked not. This world and the enemy will lie and try and keep us from seeking God. 

Romans 7:18-19,24 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.” For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do: no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing… What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

James 4:2You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. NKJ

The New Way of Thinking is Letting the Mind That Was in Christ Be in You.

Having the mind of Christ is the new way of thinking differently for the followers of Christ. That is to think on things with the same mindset and views as Christ. Although Jesus was the Son of God and equal to God, He did not think He was being robbed when He was humbled as a servant and gave His life for others. He submitted His will to God’s while trusting in His love knowing that God would be faithful to His word. Wetoo must submit our will to God and ask in prayer that He would give us a mind to think differently and have the mind of Christ.

Jesus is God and Man. As God He is the essence of Holiness,the way to God and the truth of God. He is part of the God-Trinity and is always in agreement with respect to the will of God His Father. As Man and part of mankind, Jesus was given a will to choose and decided His direction and chose whom He would obey.  It was in His humanity that Jesus suffered as a natural course of this fallen world as all who are born into this world. 

The things Jesus suffered as a man taught Him to submit His will and problems to the will of God the Father. Jesus walked in meekness, not looking to do as He wished but as His Father had ordained. The challenges that are set before us in life will display our life choices, whether we choose the new mindset of Christ or continue in the ways of this fallen world. It is in the things we go through that we are able to be taught how to trust God and it is shown in our obedience to God’s will.  

Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. NKJ

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage. NIV

We must change from the negative ways we view ourselves, our lives and how we view others and convert from the ways been have been taught to God’s kingdom ways. We must come to know who we are in Christ; we are children and heirs in the royal family of God. Though the world has taught us that we have no worth and our lives are without merit, God has paid a great price to show our value to Him. We are told that we may be persecuted, abused and despise, the same as Christ, but we are to know who we are in the royal family of God. We are look toward eternity and the joy of bringing others into salvationthrough our obedience and walk with God. 

It is in persecution we can show the love of God to a lost world by living according to God’s kingdom ways by loving and forgiving others.  These are things that baffle and bewilder those who are in the world. Those who see us live differently in forgiveness and love are confounded because it is not thenatural way doing things in this fallen system. As we display God’s love some people may come to a saving knowledge of Christ because of the light of His life that is displayed throughus. 

Hebrews 12:2 -3 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

For consider Him who endured such a hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discourage in your souls. NKJ

Prayer is the work and strength of our will that allows us to lay our pride, selfishness and prejudices before God in the light of His word. We can change the way we think by submitting our will to God in prayer.  The world has been operating in darkness but the light of God’s truth is revealed to us and through us by His word. We must look to reformat our method of operation and our way of thinking so that we are able to perform and walk in these truths. This is done by making a decision to submit our old thoughts and ways to God and askHim to renew our minds and give us a new heart. 

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. NKJ

Submitting is an act of changing our past thoughts andrecognizing our inability to perform or to be righteous before God. It is realizing our own worthlessness and helplessness in our fallen nature to do what is right and that we are in need of a Savior. It is through repentance, the change from doing thingsour own way, to submitting our desires and thoughts to Christ and allowing Him to align our thoughts and hearts according to His kingdom ways.

Submitting is saying to God, we cannot do this on our own, it is not in our nature to love or forgive unconditionally.  When we yield what we have been taught, our right to hate and take revenge, and offer the situation to God, it then allows Him to intervene. Our prayer of submission permits God to come into that situation, in agreement with our will and He give us the authority and power to change and perform these truths. 

Submitting to God is resisting the devil. It is a one step process when we turn to God, we are rejecting the schemes and tricks of the enemy. The mind can only process one thought at a time, though it has been said we multitask but we are only doing one thing at a time, faster.  When we focus our minds on God, wewill be filled with His truth but if we focus on the hurt, the lies and the darkness we give a place for the enemy rule. The world is fed a constant diet of hate and fear which is meant to keep people in torment but God has given us a way out. We are told to keep our minds and meditate on the things that are true, pure, lovely and praiseworthy. 

Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. NKJ

Whenever a new truth is revealed to us, a battle in ourconsciousness and mind will ensue. A decision of the will, our thoughts and inclination as to who will we obey will be made. Every person will settle this fight in their own mind whether to accept or reject the truth of God’s word.  The process is a simple act of the will in our mind, whether conscious or unconscious to obey God. We can choose truth by deciding topray and ask God to create in us a clean heart and a right spirit regarding these truths. It is a simple step but is not easy in that the essence of our fallen nature fights against humility, meekness and submission to God. Pride and selfishness are the ways we have been trained to think and believe by this fallen world.

God’s ways are so far from mankind’s natural way of thinkingthat these revelations and truths most often seem too hard to obtain. Some people will give up rather than persevering andpressing through the obstacles to the end and to see how the Lord will settle the matter. 

Isaiah 55:7- 8 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. 

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. NKJ

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