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Get Your Head On Straight!
by Steve Countryman
6/14/2011 / Christian Living
1 Corinthians 2:16 But we have the mind of Christ. Ephesians 5:1-2 1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Putting on the mind of Christ and being imitators of Christ is a daily decision for us Christians. This is not an easy task for you have to discard your past identity so that you can now identify with Christ.
It starts with the question of who or what defines you? Because what you allow to define you will also define your future. You must first eliminate all of the things that previously defined you. This is the process of knowing who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you. As a born-again believer your disabilities, inabilities, weaknesses, failures, flaws, faults, past reputations and past sins DO NOT define you. Your education or lack there of, job/profession/career or business partners DO NOT define you. Your successes, accomplishments, recognition or awards DO NOT define you. Your status, stocks/bonds and portfolios DO NOT define you. Your sicknesses, diseases, disabilities, disorders or addictions DO NOT define you. Your clothes, music, money, house, car, jewelry or fame DO NOT define you. Your religion, church, pastor, preacher, minister or fellow believers DO NOT define you. Your friends, school, teachers, counselors, classmates, earned degrees, titles or courses you take DO NOT define you. Your parents, family, neighbors or family tree DOES NOT define you. Your associations, clubs, groups or memberships DO NOT define you. Your on-line personas, screen names, blogs, FaceBook, My Space or e-mail friends DO NOT define you. God knows you better than you know yourself and is fully aware of the awesome potential in you, His Son Jesus, so that qualifies Him to be the only one who should define you. You are here to fulfill God's will on earth. Either by your obedience and love for Him or by Him using you in spite of yourself.
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. One of the many jobs of the Holy Spirit is to sanctify us by changing us from glory to glory, which is an on-going process, that only ends once we arrive in heaven. It is in that process that the Holy Spirit works on our character. Shaping, molding, forming, creating and growing our true character to reflect God's true character in and through us.
For us to put on the mind of Christ and be imitators of Christ we must allow Jesus to shine through us by the way we live our daily lives. In our daily lives people will be witnesses to the love of God that we show and share with others. By aligning and agreeing with God's Word can we have the mind of Christ shining through our daily character.
Declaring out loud. It is critical that all your prayers, reading of the Word and declarations be done out loud. God spoke the universe into creation just as He spoke ALL things into creation. God didn't just think them into existence but spoke them into existence. There is POWER in the spoken word! We, who are His children, are to do likewise. "Speak those things that are not as if they were." You are to speak to your problems and your troubles. You are to speak to your surroundings, your environment, your daily trials and tribulations. Declaring the Word of the Lord to your situations, finances and jobs. Speaking God's will at your problems. Not accepting the negative things that other people say about you. Not speaking anything negative about yourself or calling yourself names. Not speaking gossip or repeating gossip or lies about others. Forgive, release and declare blessings over your enemies. Declare blessings and favor over yourself, your family and your friends. Making your daily declarations out loud as part of your daily walk with the Father. Allowing Christ in you to be God through you. You are a child of the King and it is time you started acting like it! It is time to stand!!!
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I needed this this morning....Wow love those ah -ha moments when God wants to get your attention! Thanks for sharing this!
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