This morning, as I drove to work, the Lord reminded me of something He taught me a couple years ago. I felt He was telling me to revisit this truth.
At the time, I was in a season of prayer about a situation. I felt there was something blocking me from seeing my prayer answered. I felt something was hindering me from entering fully into the season in God and all He has for us.
As I prayed, I could feel a specific area on my mind, or my brain, where the blockage seemed to be. I know that sounds odd, but it is true.
I decided to do a little research and see what that particular place on my brain held, physically speaking. I must say, it was enlightening indeed.
What did I find? It was the part of my brain that allows problem solving and reasoning.
God never ceases to amaze me!
I immediately knew what I was doing! I knew what the blockage was!
I was trying to figure out how God was going to do it.
This was causing wondering, which can lead to doubt.
Years ago, God spoke something to me that has stuck with me. He said, “Wondering is wavering, wavering is doubt, doubt is sin.”
Since He spoke this truth to me, I diligently try to stay away from wondering how God is going to do things. Apparently, with this prayer request, I was, indeed, trying to figure it out.
Sometimes my thought processes or preconceived mindsets are a hindrance to me. And a hindrance to receiving what God has for me. It is an area I work on continually.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
The word imaginations in this verse is defined as; a reckoning, a reasoning, to weigh the reasons and calculate.
Isn’t that what we sometimes do when God speaks to us about a promise or a prophetic word? We hear this awesome word and receive it. Then our mind begins to try to figure it out. We try to work out in our minds how it could possibly happen.
When we begin the reasoning process it begins to build a fortified place. A wall. One that stands between what God has promised and our own reasoning. This can produce a stronghold. One which must be removed. We must tear down that wall of reasoning and simply believe God. Take Him at His word.
We must choose to trust God.
I am reminded of the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The angel of God informed her that she would give birth, even though she had never been with a man.
The angel of God said in Luke 1:37, “For with God, nothing will be impossible.” Mary replied, “Let it be unto me according to Your word.”
The Bible goes on to say in Luke 1:45, “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
The word blessed means empowered to prosper. What was she empowered to prosper in? The word from the Lord. The very thing that had been spoken to her. She believed! She didn’t try to reason it out. She didn’t try to figure out how it could happen.
Because she simply believed, she saw a fulfillment of all God had said and promised.
Friends, we must remember whom we are serving today. We serve the God with whom nothing is impossible.
When God gives you instruction. Or when He tells you something that will take place in your life, don’t build walls of doubt and reasoning. Simply take Him at His word. Declare in faith, “Lord, I believe, be it unto me as You have said, for with You, God, nothing is impossible.”
Perhaps you, like me, have had walls of resistance in your thoughts. Tear them down through prayer. Destroy them through spending time meditating on His word. Choose to think like God thinks.
Choose to have the mind of Christ. A mind and thoughts that are fully persuaded that God will do exactly what He said He would do. A mind that never doubts or wavers. A mind that doesn’t try to figure it out.
Today, may you have the mind of Christ. May you have the thoughts of Christ. May you simply believe. And as you do, may you see a performance of those things spoken to you from the Lord.
Appoint My Days
My love overflows more and more, and I grow in knowledge and understanding. I will live pure and blameless until the day of the Lord’s return. I will be filled with the fruit of my salvation—the righteous character produced in my life by Jesus Christ — for this will bring much glory and praise to God. Phil 1:9-11