My life does not look like the promises in the Bible. I want it to be a life that abounds in prosperity, healing and constant peace. I have been asking God (with great intensity) how do I bridge the gap between my life and the life you want me to live?
I want my wallet, job, ministry, relationships and place of residence to reflect the mind-blowing blessings God promised me in His word.
I know that I am not to strive to receive these blessings. I know that I cannot pray a certain amount of prayers or read enough scripture passages to get these things in my life. If I want to lose weight, all I have to do is eat right and exercise. I know what I need to do and when I do not get the results I want, then it is because I am cheating with food or refusing to exercise. However, this Christian life follows a different model. It is by grace that I am saved and it is by inheritance that I receive these precious promises. I have to change my thinking and think as God thinks. He said it is by faith not by works.
My mind is programmed to work my tail off for every piece of bread and meat on the table whereas God says it is by faith. I have been professing each morning that I be “programmed for victory”. It is written in lipstick on my mirror. Without me realizing it, I have been asking God to change my mind to think victoriously. I want my circumstance to change and God wants my mind to change.
In Hebrews 4, God says there remains a rest to the people of God and I am to labor to enter into that rest. What does it mean to “labor to enter His rest”? How does that relate to the mind being changed?
We think that the more we pray, confess and read His word, the more results we will receive. The “labor” the writer of Hebrews is referring to is not a striving, scheming or laborious act of spiritual works. It is a quest to understand, to acquaint ourselves with the person of Christ so that we may know who we really are.
We pray and confess promises so that we come to a point where our minds understand. An understanding that is cemented in faith that God has done what He said He will do. When the work is done, we rest. When we do not feel that it is done, we work, strive and scheme to get it done. It is Mary vs. Martha. Mary did the one thing that is needed…rest. The promise is a declaration of what has been done. It is a celebration of victory and praise. When you confess scripture, you are not literally creating or correcting a bad situation with your words. That bad situation was fixed 2000 years ago when Jesus declared “It is finished!” on the cross. The confession of His promises is you creating or renewing your old way of thinking. When you know it is done, you will see it done in your life. Confession of promises renews your mind. Once that mind knows that bad situation is resolved, then you will actually be living in a reality where His promises are evident in your life. That brings God glory. Not your bad situation teaching you a lesson but a life that reflects the resurrection of Jesus. The Jesus who made his enemies His footstool.
My life is not to be modeled after any other model but Jesus. Famous people or successful people in this modern world or Biblical characters in an ancient world are not to be my benchmark.
Our lives are to mirror Jesus. The way He lived his life, worked his job and treated people is the way we are to live. Confession of the promises makes our life look like Jesus’ life. We will think, speak and act like him and in that order.
God works differently from us. He works by faith whereas we work by what we see. We believe God until we see it and if we never see it then it must not have been God. We let our faith die when we do not see it after a few days or weeks. Trouble comes and we reason that it was God teaching us a lesson. God cannot lie and He cannot break His promise. He does not need to teach us a lesson to change us when His words leaving our tongues changes us.
God considers faith a “title deed” a guarantee of things to come. If you lose the faith, you lose your title to what was guaranteed to you. Faith says, “I know it’s done and I know it is mine. Nothing can keep me from what is mine by inheritance.” We labor to a renewed mind that is settled in faith. Thieves are constantly trying to invade your mind and steal that title deed with thoughts that make you look at what you can see. It is not about what you can see. It never has been and never will be. It is seen in faith, known by faith first before it is ever seen in reality.
Great news is that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He creates faith in us and cements it in our minds. The more we continue to acquaint and immerse ourselves in the truth and joy of His great and precious promises, the more we are renewed by faith. I have noticed personally that when God makes my greatest desire a reality, I sometimes did not even notice it. I was happy and grateful but for some reason not aware that God was the one who brought it into reality. I was so at peace and rest that I was unaware my situation had completely changed, or I had moved on to another problem to be negative about completely disregarding the victory that had just transpired. The emotion of the situation will evolve into faith before the actual situation will find resolution. You have found rest when you begin to delight in the promise more than the trouble. You begin with a faith infused by passion but when that passion begins to wane, ask God to extend that joy if your circumstance seems the same or worse. The Holy Spirit fellowships with you and comforts you with joy as you transition from worry to certainty. Anxiety will be replaced with peace. Joy for mourning and praise for your negative words that weigh you down. God will change your mind so that you can receive the fullest blessing of His promise. If you prefer to hold onto old thinking then you will always be subservient to what life gives you instead of you choosing the life you want. Speak His promises, His words of blessing over you and your family. Be willing to change the way you think and lay it in his lap. He will hand you His peace, joy, love and rest. What will follow was a finished work from the start. You just finally realized it was yours, it was always yours.