Did you know that God flows in your life through the way that you think? He has big plans for us but is often limited in what He can do in our lives because of our small thinking.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Everything in our lives begins with our thoughts.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Paul tells us that transformation begins with the renewing of our minds. The way that God’s will comes to pass in our lives is through the way that we think. We will never think larger without first spending time in God’s Word to allow it to renew our minds to the way God thinks!
I have spoken to many people who are frustrated with their lives and was one of them in the past. If we want change we will have to change the way we think and see on the inside.
Psalms 78 provides us with a record of God rebuking Israel. He had been so good to them. God had been faithful to His promises and delivered them from Egyptian bondage. The Lord provided for their every need but they continuously rebelled and turned their backs on Him.
But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
There was a time when everything seemed to be one continuous journey from failure to failure. I would read about God moving miraculously in other people’s lives but He never seemed to do the same in mine. One day He brought me to this passage where we can see that Israel “limited the Holy One of Israel”.
So how do we limit God from moving in our lives?
- Small thinking
- Allowing fear in our lives
- Allowing ourselves to become occupied with the things of this world
God can do so much more in our lives than any of us could ever imagine. We limit His ability to move and manifest through our small thinking that has not been brought into alignment with His Word.
The devil has duped the Church into believing that God sovereignly controls everything and that we are just victims of fate. These two beliefs have rendered far too many Christians absolutely powerless!
There is a tendency for us to blame other people for our problems. Each one of us must realize that what other people do to us will not be able to control our lives unless we allow it to.
Our society seems to embrace the thought that each one of us is a product of our environment.
“You are that way because you were abused as a child.”
“They cannot help themselves because their parents fought while they were growing up.”
We have a choice and need to take responsibility for our own lives. Some of us have had problems and opportunities from our past but it is our choice on how they will affect us in the long run!
There is absolutely nothing in the natural realm that can “make” us become something that we do not choose to become. I acknowledge that there may be external factors seeking to influence us but they cannot take away the power of choice given to us by God.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
We will all face temptations but we will always have a choice of whether or not we will participate.
I have heard ministers talk about fate. They paint a picture of mankind floating on an inter-tube in the river of life with no control over the direction taken.
God created you with a specific plan.
You have His Spirit dwelling inside of you!
You can choose to change but that will require you to take responsibility for your own life.
God does not sovereignly control everything that happens in our lives. He has a plan but we are the only ones who can choose to walk in it or not to. God will never force us into His plan!
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