Being Spiritually Minded – Part 2 – Eyes

Proverbs 3:7-10
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear (revere) the Lord and turn from evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones Honor the Lord with your wealth (possession, goods, worth–your life) with the first fruits of your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing (there will be no lack).

Eyes

Perspective is everything. The way you view your life, will be the basis for the actions (verbal and physical) of your life. The Lord requires truth in the inward parts; meaning, God desires that the truth find its way into our lives through experience with Him. It’s not enough that we hear the truth, but that we believe. It’s easier for us to believe the lie than to believe the truth, as the lie takes no effort to believe, and it’s easier to come by. The truth however, although heard, will always require something of us (our lives)–truth must be experienced, so that it becomes reality.

Like how our earth orbits (turns around) the sun. The truth orbits our soul trying to find a way in. “David said you desire truth in the inward parts. God wants us to not just hear the truth, but to receive it in the inward part, so that it changes our lives, making it livable. Jesus said, you shall know the truth and (you receiving and believing) the truth will make you free.

ROMANS 12:1-2
Offer your lives as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God– for this is your real act of worship. Do not be conformed to the ways (thinking) of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may know (have proper perspective of Gods plan), what is the good and perfect will of God for my life.

How do I reestablish myself in God’s will? — By Giving Thanks

1 Thessalonians
In all things, give thanks, for this is Gods will for you. Giving thanks sets your mind back on what he has said. It lowers us in humility, so that we no longer take control of our lives through fear and submit ourselves to Him through thanks and acknowledgement of his power in our lives.

Let your Christianity come from your experience with Him. This is
the perspective that has power.

Being Spiritually Minded – Part 1 – Wisdom

Proverbs 3:7-10

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear (revere) the Lord and turn from evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones

Honor the Lord with your wealth (possession, goods, worth – your life) with the first fruits of your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing (there will be no lack).

There are 9 points within Proverbs 3:7-10 that are key to being Spiritually Minded.  

The First is WISE:

Ecclesiastes 2:26 – To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

We know that faith is what pleases our Heavenly Father – as well, faith is what enables us to know that Father is pleased with us. The more we walk with God in faith, the more opportunity we get to gain wisdom through God revealed. Knowledge can be gained by anyone, as it is learned through study and communication – like with all information, knowledge can only take us so far with God. Wisdom is what God reveals to us that knowledge cannot. This is why faith and wisdom are connected. The 2 co-exist together through God revealed. No one can argue God revealed with you, because it gives you insight and wisdom that doctrine, information and knowledge cannot. This is why participating with God in life is so valuable. The value of being a disciple is that you learn by experience (experience through circumstance).  This is why James said that if anyone asks for wisdom, he must believe – otherwise he is tossed like the wind, unstable in all of His or Her ways.

Remember, wisdom comes not from what we know, but who we know in the person of Jesus Christ, and this, can only be achieved through doing life with God. 

Lifestyle of Prayer & Intercession

In this day and age, especially so in the United States, it seems like the busyness of life is impeding us all. For the Christian, new ministry opportunities show up and suddenly we find ourselves joyful to embark on this new venture. As we do, we find that time spent in prayer begins to diminish. We end up lacking sleep, or wanting to get just enough rest to make it through the day. Where exactly do our priorities lie? Now this message is not to condemn, but to stir up your heart, to remember your first love. God delights in you, and longs to commune with you. Even our weak prayers move His heart.

What exactly goes on as we intercede for the nations? As we pray for ourselves, families, governments? Let us examine chapter 10 in the book of Daniel to get a closer look into this.

Daniel 10:12-14
“Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”

Notice the bolded words in the verse? Daniel had entered into a 3 week prayer and fast. From the very first day, the angel declares that Daniel’s words were heard, and so he came. Now throughout these 3 weeks, the angel was in opposition against the demonic entity of the kingdom of Persia. On the very last day, we find Michael comes and helps to vanquish the opposition. As we read on we find that the Angel provides Daniel with the understanding of the vision.

Beloved, this is a clear picture of what happens when we pray. Angels come forth to bring justice. I understand that being on your knees praying for anything longer than 5 minutes can be bothersome, but please, persist in it, commit yourself wholly to God! Daniel committed himself to this for that 3 week period, and on the first day, his words were heard. On the last day, the answer was given. This goes to show that we too ought to commit our lives in like manner, eagerly expecting the same results that Daniel too had.

Need further encouragement? Let’s take a look at the book of Matthew:

Matthew 6:6
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

How glorious is this, that the Father would reward us openly! That when we see someone sick, in need of healing, that we would go, lay hands on them in prayer, and see them be made well! There is no mistake as to why the Disciples of Christ asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Prayer is the source of it all, communion with the Father through Christ Jesus in the Holy Spirit. Are you sick? Pray for deliverance! Do you want to see a greater move of God in your city? Pray and go be the light!! Experiencing “demonic” attacks that don’t seem to let up? Persevere in prayer, as the devil will only continue to accuse the saints day and night until the day that he is defeated, forever!! Remember, draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Resist the Devil, and he will flee! O that we would grasp the importance of living a life of prayer.

How would it look like if you were free from all anxieties? Free from depression? Free from the stresses of your circumstances? God makes it available. (Phil. 4:6-7) It’s not too late to begin now. Speak to God, and make a commitment to start praying as Jesus prayed. That we would wake early in the morning to seek the Father. That we would seek Him in the day as Jesus did, withdrawing multiple times from the people into the wilderness to speak to the Father. That we would see Him at night before we sleep, and in all things, give Him thanks! Trust me when I tell you that your life will be forever changed as you commit to this. You may not feel any extraordinary presence of the Spirit, but carry on in faith, for Daniel did not experience an incredible presence until the very last day of the fast where the Angel appeared before Him. Who’s to say that it cannot happen to you?

1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Yesterday at Radiate, two ladies were healed of their back pain. One professed to have a back pain level of 6 (scale of 1 – 10, 10 being the worst pain) and after prayer, her leg was elongated and the pain went right down to 0. I have committed myself to spiritual gifts, and to live a lifestyle of prayer and intercession. God definitely showed up last night. If you haven’t yet attended a Radiate session, please come through, and come expectant. The goal is to teach the practical lifestyle of knowing who we are in Christ, and showing that to the world in the power of the Holy Ghost and love.

May God continue to reveal all knowledge in the understanding of Jesus Christ our Lord to you, that you would be lacking in nothing, but have everything pertaining to life and godliness. God bless you, and thank you for reading!