23 June 2014 by Rev Dr Jai Kumar –
I CHRONICLES 4:9,10
"OH, THAT YOU WOULD BLESS ME INDEED, AND ENLARGE MY TERRITORY. LET YOUR HAND BE WITH ME, AND KEEP ME FROM EVIL SO THAT I WILL BE FREE FROM PAIN. AND GOD GRANTED HIS REQUEST."
YOUR BATTLE BELONGS TO YOUR MIND
The mind is the battlefield, where the battle is won or lost. Nothing is closer to us than our own thoughts. Therefore, if we can fill our thoughts with God's consciousness, 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. Your best days are ahead of you and not behind you, regardless of what your circumstances may be today.
I am afraid, the negative messages you received and the flawed perceptions you formed about yourself in childhood were wrong then, and they are wrong now. They are wrong because God says so in His word! If you are in Christ behold all things have become new in you.( 2 Cor. 5:17) The old has passed away. It is in Christ that we discover who we are in Him. We all must overcome fears of failure and rejection to allow God to work in us. However the choice between failure and success lies in your mind. Most people think that they are simply slaves to the fates of this world which I am afraid is absolutely not in line with God’s destiny for you.
On the other hand, you can't live any way you want to or do anything you feel like doing and expect God to pour out His blessing on you. We have seen throughout the Bible whenever people delighted and strictly followed God’s principles laid down in His word, His presence was there to sustain them.
If you want to see the power of God's blessing in your life you need to first of all, "Live and move in alignment with God's word. God wants to enrich your life but you need to make a difference.
Put God first in your life. Priorities in your Life should be aligned to God’s standards! God's measures! Do not dwell, neither accommodate thoughts, ideas or solutions the world offers that are not in line with God's word.
1 Timothy 4:8.
Godly living is profitable. Godliness, is profitable in every single area of your life, no matter what it is!. Remember, God told Abraham, if you will obey me, I will empower you to prosper. It is God's will to prosper and bless your well-being as you live in this world.
But you know what? Some people have a very strange kind of understanding when it comes to aligning themselves to God's ways. They dictate terms to God, not realising that God is the one that holds their future in his hands! They put themselves first and give the left-overs to God. What can you say of such people?
But God clearly promises, when we seek him and put Him first in our lives, He promises to take care of all our needs beyond what we can ever comprehend. ( Matt. 6:33) In short, He is saying, you are not in the driver’s seat! "I am". I am in control of your needs! Why are you unduly worried? That area belongs to me! And I know how to provide for you.
But you know what? God wants your best seed in order for Him to start working in your life. But so often we give Him the least and expect to get the best. And all what we do for the rest of the time is keep complaining that God is not working for you.
Malachi 3:10 (DRA)
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and try me in this, saith the Lord: if I open not unto you the flood-gates of heaven, and pour you out a blessing even to abundance.
No man is ever a loser when he puts God first in his life.
GOD HAS DEPOSITED A QUANTUM POWER IN YOU
The moment you realize who you are in Christ you have to make up your mind to bring forth all that God has placed within you. You may have to be set free from everything people ever did to you or said about you. You may have to battle years of suppression, oppression, and depression.
You may have to push in order to release the treasure God has placed inside you. Although ultimately, it is God’s grace that will empower you to bring it out, nevertheless, first of all, it is within your ability and power to bring about a change in your mindset.
YOU NEED TO CHANGE FROM WHERE YOU ARE AND MOVE TO WHERE GOD IS WAITING FOR YOU
Change is a very powerful force that everyone will experience in their lives at some point or other. It’s basically a process that you undergo an "alteration" so to speak. For example, if one changes from one mind-set, one level of thinking, one level of maturity to another, it is a change! When we decide to replace one thing for another (a substitution) it’s a change!
WE GIVE AN EXCUSE ALL THE TIME BECAUSE WE WANT TO REMAIN WHERE WE ARE
Apparently no one likes change initially; change is not pleasant and therefore we tend to resist them. Often we get angry, even though it’s for our good. You know what? We often have a preference for holding on to what we have achieved yesterday and we celebrate yesterday! Instead of seeing what the future holds for us!!
CHANGE IS AN AGENT OF TRANSFORMATION
Your readiness to change determines your effectiveness and progress! It is a season for you to move from one level to another- from one dimension to a higher dimension!
God wants you to move from the season of survival to the season of increase!! Change is not your enemy! Change is an agent of your transformation! It is to redirect your life to become the best for God.
Sometimes you need to rock the boat, for example, to swim against the tide in order to come into what God has for you. Change is a challenge that you need to face in your life. You can't keep running all your life from challenges by giving excuses!
But you know what? Sadly, a large number of people (Christians) are tormented by wasteful negative thinking about themselves. Remember, thoughts can turn into action! Every time a negative thought comes to your mind you need to remind yourself that God loves you no matter what! Because of the righteousness of Christ in you.
CUT OFF THE NEGATIVE VOICE OF THE ENEMY
Rebuke the devil and start moving forward by thinking according to the Word of God. The negative voice of the enemy will destroy you if you accommodate him . Remember, that whatever is in your heart will come out of your mouth. (Matt. 15:18) The simple rule is, if it's not good then don't think it or say it.
Thoughts and words are containers or weapons that are powerful, either they can be creative or destructive! Until we learn how to take our thoughts captive and make it obedient to Christ, we get dragged around by every little thing that affects us.
Develop a thankful heart. (Psalm.100:4) A person who truly knows God, will find his thoughts filled with praise and thanksgiving. Many people fail to realise that we open doors to the enemy through complaining, grumbling and cursing! The Israelites were left in the desert for 40 years instead of a 11-day journey. They complained and remained in the wilderness. Complaining is definitely a wilderness mentality that will prevent us from crossing into the blessings of God.
THE GOD OF THIS WORLD KEEPS YOU IN BONDAGE
The devil may have spent years pushing you aside, pulling you apart and putting you down, but today God is saying to you, " I want to open you up!, I want to empower you to give birth to the treasure I have placed within you!" but because of your ignorance it has been buried in you.
Your breakthrough is buried just below your feet. The question is ‘are you willing dig it up? Get rid of your boxed mentality! ' They don't apply anymore! They are out-dated!
THE FINAL CHOICE IS YOURS
After everything has been said and done, however, nothing will change around your life until you make-up your own mind to move. Your ability to manage change will really determine how far you will go in leaving your past and moving on into a new horizon that God has set up for you!
Life is like a wheelbarrow. Nothing works, until you begin to move it around. Allow God to use your season of change to birth a miracle in your life.
To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is also the representative of Faith International Bible School for Malaysia & Singapore. He is the founder and senior pastor of Full Gospel Outreach Ministry KL, a member of ECCM, Spiritual Adviser & overseer of Full Gospel Christian Church KL. Co-founder and adviser of Kingdom Christian Fellowship, Subang Jaya, he is also the author of a book entitled, 'God's Time Clock.'
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