4 January 2014

New Year, Old You? Renew the mind | 2014

Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord & saviour, Jesus Christ! 

2014 has started with a great BANG for me. The trials have already been rolling, heart surgery has begin, the pressing is taking place and I am HOLDING unto the promises of The King. I recognise that no matter the day or year, nothing will change for me unless I change. 

I have learnt in my walk that if I do not meditate on the word I will end up meditating on the world. If our focus is not Christ! It becomes the cares of this world--focusing on the problems rather than the Solution. 

My look for New Years Eve. Kente Accessories form Ghana & semi twist out.
After fellowship with my sister back in January 2013--that is when I started this post but I was not led to post it last year. It is SO important that we revisit lessons learnt in Christ, because as James tells us, it's the en-grafting word that is able to save our souls... (Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.~James 1:21 KJV)

En-grafting takes effort, time and purposeful focus on a particular area. Think about carving your name into a table or a tree, one stroke will not produce an indent that will last. Gods word doesn't become en-grafted & implemented in us by reading it once, we must study, apply & revisit also. :) 

After that fellowship, The Lord highlighted to us just how important it is to Him, that we all RENEW our minds. He showed me just how much He wants me transformed to be like Him and think like Him. We can't be like Him without allowing our mind sets to be challenged and changed.

a gift from my sister to me. 

Without surrendering our thinking and thoughts, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to think as Christ would and does. As a result we then entertain lies such as:
You're not that pretty. 
Others are progressing in life and you're not. 
You don't have what it takes to run that business God has told you to start.
You're not really that loved, people just tolerate you. 
You are a lost cause, not even God can change someone like you! 

These lies and many other examples, can become your thought pattern, when not cast down. You may have a few good weeks of not saying anything negative but then it's still in the back of your mind, until it then overflows and erupts one day when you begin to 'rant' and you think to yourself  'where is all this coming from?!'..

WE need to change, to see change! Use this new year to transform your thinking to be as Christ is, so that you can walk in the fullness of who He has made you to be. Baring His image. We can say we trust God has us,  but does your thinking support your claims of being so for Jesus?
Does your thought act as evidence that you believe these proclamations or are you thinking the opposite but saying good things. Bad thinking plus good confession = confusion and double mindedness, which James addresses and calls unstable.

Anxiety is the result of over thinking negatively and badly using the gift of your imagination. Worry is not one of things Jesus left for us, infact He taught us in Matthew 6 not to worry, then in Philippians 4:6-8 we are told to not be anxious and to think only on what is good, truth, praise worthy etc.

I am learning to apply that scripture, by practicing, taking each thought through that process of 'are you pure, lovely, of good report?' Our imagination is a gift from God that many of us have used and are still misusing to create negative ideas and thought life, when infact we can reverse it and get on page with our Maker and think like Him.

Genesis show's us that Gods thinking created as He spoke what He saw and then He saw it physically. That's why death and life are in the power of the tongue.

What you think, becomes your talk and then that will become your so called reality. So what do we do when wrong thinking has overtaken us???!!! We repent and get right with God first and then ask for grace to apply what we are reading in the pages of His word.

He says; think of things that are lovely, we should ask... For the grace to do that.

You may be reading this post and be in agreement with it and also learn something from His Spirit, but please know that the word you are hearing IS going to be tested. It's only in the tests that we know where we stand & if we are growing. So don't be alarmed, be prepared. 

Get your thinking in order this year because if we still have a warped mindset but have stepped into a new year and are expecting big changes to just fall out of the sky... it's not going to happen! 

Without going through the process of renewing our mind, from a natural state to becoming Spiritual, a year new will not mean automatic newness in you. Newness comes from Christ. He refreshes the soul, cleanses the heart and reNEWs the mind. 

Many are stuck in the carnal stage and don't even know it. You should be thinking like Christ but you still think part natural; CARNAL mind is enmity against God. We cannot afford to be carnal this year, we need to be Spiritually minded. Be prepared to be wrong, corrected and chastised even from the things you thought was acceptable in 2012 & 2013, even yesterday! 

This is a new year, and so let God transform you into a new you. The original you He thought about as psalms 139 shows us. A new you that is FULL of wisdom, love, grace, secure, confident, faithful, free, able to be all God desires and more. Be full of Christ this year. 

Live out; Psalms 119:11 and Proverbs 4:29-24. ( Have a look at what the word says for yourself--c'mon, don't be lazy!) 

I have had this album on repeat, especially Beautiful Mystery.
Worship to Jesus is so POWERFUL & beautiful. 

In closing, here are some questions I am asking myself and also points I am reminding myself of: 

• Right thinking comes from right intake.
• What are you mediating on? What are the make up of your thoughts ideas? 
• Where is God in all of these thoughts? 
•What does your thinking say about you?
• What you feed grows and what you starve dies. So what are you giving thought to?
• The word says to us that 'as a man thinketh, so is he'.
• Are most of your thoughts fearful, worrying or are they content, satisfied and secure in knowing WHO God is, so that you know who you are.
• Are your thoughts bringing glory to God? Does the meditation of your heart deem to be acceptable in the sight of God?

• If your thoughts were exposed for all to see, would others be inspired to know Jesus?  Would your thoughts testify of His cleansing power IN YOU? 

Jesus makes the change, so do not be condemned. Just accept His holy standard of living and get involved! 

I am pressing towards the mark! Holy as He is holy!  Join me if you please....have a watch. 

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With love,
Nash Amber

1 comment

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