Psalm 73: 21-26
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you. You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Yesterday was a day. I didn't start my day with Jesus- and by 8:30am it was OH SO EVIDENT. I have found that I'm a much nicer person to be around if I've spent time with Jesus. :-)
Last week at Seven- Tim Ross was speaking in place of Preston while he's on vacation with his family. Whenever Tim comes to Seven....you better believe we get excited.
His message title was "The Power of Change."
He talked about how the children of Israel had been taken out of Egypt....but Egypt had not been taken out of them...so to speak.
In the same way- when we become followers of Christ- for some people- that involves walking down an aisle at a church- making a decision- and their heart TRULY is changed. But their mindset does not.
The children of Israel- their mindset had not changed. Their location had changed. Their prayer had been answered. But their mindset had not changed with their circumstance. They continued to sin against God. Which in Romans- we are told that we have to renew our mind....and for some of us (ME ME ME) that is a daily basis. Our heart may change- but our mindset has to be told to follow.
So- if I'm not renewing my mind- and telling it to come into agreement with my heart...and with the Word of God....how long will I continue to spin in circles like the Israelites? Will I allow it to happen for 40 years? Will I allow myself to face the same battles every day just because I'm not renewing my mind?
I want so badly to find myself in a place of wholeness- of complete satisfaction with God and who He is.
In Matthew- the devil came and tempted Jesus after he'd spent 40 days fasting. He KNEW Jesus was hungry. That was a legitimate desire. But he'd tried to get Jesus to satisfy that desire in an illegitimate way. (turning the stone to bread)....
Tim asked us: How many stones have YOU turned to bread all because you were trying to satisfy a legitimate desire? Don't allow the devil to tempt you to satisfy a legitimate desire in an illegitimate way.
The Israelites who were brought out of Egypt had to die and a new generation had to be raised up in order for a new mindset to be instilled in God's people.
I don't want my mindset to keep me from experiencing all that He has for me.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world- but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is. His good, pleasing, and perfect will. Romans 12:2