The Word This Week – BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD GOES WITH YOU

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Be strong and courageous….For the Lord your God goes with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deut. 31:6 NIV)

 

THE MIND BELONGS TO US. WE ARE IN TOTAL CONTROL OF IT. TO SUSTAIN THIS CONTROL FROM EXTERNAL INFLUENCE WE NEED THE WORD OF GOD.

The mind is the battlefield, where your success and failure is determined. You know what?  Nothing is closer to us than our own thoughts. Therefore, if we can fill our thoughts with what God says about us, we will begin to experience peace, joy and victory in our everyday life.

 

(PRO. 23:7) As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.

 

Never dispute the fact that God always speaks the best about us. Our growth and identity is Christ-centered, built on the pillar and foundation of God’s word.

 

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HOWEVER YOUR MIND IS CONSTANTLY CHALLENGED

Nothing sparks the fire of desire more than the sudden realization that “I don’t have to stay in this way anymore!” People are so fixed-minded, so concretised in their mentality that they always think that whatever they are facing in life is worst than all the rest in the world. That’s because life is all about them and unfortunately they are unable to see a bigger picture of who God is all about.

Have you ever for a moment given a realistic thought that it’s what you think that produces how you feel?! Isn’t it true that in order to experience a feeling, you must first have a thought that produces it?! Nothing can sustain your negative feelings in place, other than your own thinking. What you think is what you receive.

 

(Prov.23:7) ” As a man thinketh in his heart so is he”

 

David said:”teach me Your way that I may walk and live in Your truth.” (Ps 86:11). “Change your thinking and you will change your life!”

The corporate sector is largely applying this principle today as a behavior modification . They are trying to teach people to move on to the next level of success, prosperity and productivity in whatever they are doing by controlling the way they think.

 

THE DANGER IS IN LOOKING BACK

Stop going back!(2Peter 2:20) Listen!  It’s not what you go through in life that will mess you up! It’s what you go back to that will destroy and kill you. The simple key to living a successful life is that whatever you don’t want in your future, get it out in your present! “You become whatever you behold”

 

(Gal 2:18) “For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor” 

 

And then Paul goes down to Galatians 3 where he says “you began well, you ran well in the spirit, by faith, what has happen to you?! What has charmed you to go back from the truth and live in bondage again under the law?”

 

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THERE IS A STRONG SPIRIT THAT DRAWS US TO THE PAST

Many of us are unable to walk in the victory of the cross because we go back and live in the past. We go back and dwell in what God has rejected in our past. We cry out to resurrect our past. “What is it that God has said, it’s finished! It’s over! And you go back and dwell in the old once again?” Stop going back! Stop looking back at the things that you don’t want to reproduce in the future.

Stop touching those things that corrupted you in the past and brought you into a state of enslavement. If you don’t want those things to replicate in your future you got to cut it off in the present.

The reason why many of us are unable to walk in the victory of the cross is because we go back and live in the past.

Listen! You have an incredible potential to create a fascinating future in your life.  But repeating and recalling your past will never create a new future for you. Repeating the past will only create more of your past.

 

MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED BECAUSE OF LACK OF KNOWLEDGE (Hosea 4:6)

Unfortunately it is appalling to discover that despite all what God has done for us, most of us are still very ignorant of what belongs to us in the Lord. And we are unable to use the tools of warfare that is readily available to us to fight the enemy that is constantly trying to defeat us.

We buy into what the devil has been selling us and we get mesmerized and imprisoned by him because of a lack of knowledge of God’s promises. We tend to believe what the devil is showing us than what God is showing us in His word. We get easily carried away by the enemy’s voice.

You know what? The devil is not dead yet. The strategy of the enemy has not changed yet from the beginning, it is the same, it’s only his strategy has changed!  He wants to keep you ignorant with a low self-image, he wants to cripple you with neurotic fear, irrational fear, inferiority complex, self-limitations, confusion, suspicion.

Here is what you need to know. The devil has to empty you first. He has to make you bankrupt first, before he can come in and take over your life.  So that he can manipulate and control you and keep you in poverty in his kingdom of darkness. He doesn’t want you to drive your life he wants to drive you! He wants to ride on you.

 

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MANY OF US HAVE A VERY BAD HABIT OF BLAMING CIRCUMSTANCES FOR WHATEVER HAS HAPPENED TO US. 

We don’t realize that when you are inclined to be defensive we reflect the nature of Adam.

Your success or defeat in your Christian life is not based on your circumstances!

It’s not based on the people you deal with! Neither is it based in the system out there!

Blaming circumstances will not make you successful or unsuccessful.

Your problem is not circumstances out there! Your problem isn’t bad luck! Your problem is not even the devil!  Your problem is a THINKING PROBLEM!

Your problem is renewing of your mind!! (CHANGING OF YOUR MINDSET).

YOU KNOW WHAT?  When you change the way you think about your problem, you TRANSFORM YOUR PROBLEM!

You see all this events whether positive or negative happens outside you. It cannot impact or affect you unless you make a WILLING CHOICE to allow it to COME INSIDE YOU and affect you emotionally.

What you believe determines what you become. “You think what you think because you believe what you believe”.

 

Rev JaiNote: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.

 

 

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