A teaching from Todd for you, giving insight into the book of Exodus. Touched By Grace has dedicated itself to releasing a teaching every Sunday and Friday, one to start your week and another to end it.
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8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
As we continuing our reading through Exodus, we begin to see the Children of Israel begin to grumble and complain about being in the wilderness. God's response, and instructions to them, shows us that He is concerned about our soulish realm. What do I mean when I talk about the soulish realm? I am talking about the mind, will, and emotions. The battlefield we face most fiercely right now in society is the mind. Wilderness thinking comes from improper thinking. There are many statements about the mind and the power it has over the person. What you think can lead to what you do, and then who you eventually become.
"Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny"- Margaret Thatcher
I would challenge us to look into our lives and see if we can find the signs of a mind that needs to be re-imaged, reformed, and cleansed. Our mind needs to be cleansed with the washing of the Word of God. Not just reading the Word, but rewiring it in our minds and activating it. God’s presence is inside of you and has the power to do this. Often we dismiss the power of our mind which shapes our values, actions, and daily life routines. Moreover, we dismiss the Power of the Holy Spirit inside of us and we fall prey to the natural mind of the flesh.
I would have to argue that based on the evidence we currently are seeing in today’s society, even the values we hold true (like the 10 commandments) are being challenged on their relevancy in today’s world. How do you approach the absolutes of God in your daily life being challenged? Do you have absolutes? What thoughts are you having that short circuit God’s best for your life today, that hold you back from your destiny? The humanistic train has left the station and brings both particularism and absolutes into conflict.
When you identify these inhibitors, first ask God to take the vain imaginations that exalt themselves above the knowledge of Who God is in your life and tear them down. How do I do this you may ask? Prayer, scripture meditation, and building new patterns of evidence that create behaviors, and eventually become lifestyles.
This will not be easy, as the enemy is hard pressing you to crumble under the pressure of the attack on your mind. Things like confusion, headaches, dazed, mental imbalances, seared consciences, and other descriptors are used to paralyze our movement.
Another way to conqueror these issues is keep your body healthy, drink plenty of water, exercise, and worship God. Having an attitude of gratitude will always get His attention. Thankfulness for what He is doing is vitally important. Many days it will appear you are only moving forward inch by inch. However, in His Kingdom you are moving farther along than you think.
Take time this weekend to write down who you are and what you believe. I know this sounds childish. However, there is something important to be said for writing down your thoughts and reflecting on your own personal view. Remember, God gave us His personal view about us and wrote it in the form of a living love letter called the Bible. Have you ever looked at the Bible as a love letter between you and Him. The teachings that are inside will bring you health, life, and abundance in Him. For it is in HIM, we live and move and have our being.
2 Timothy 1:7
7For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Corinthians 10:5
5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
My prayer is that all of us find our way to Him in Spirit and Truth and come out of our personal Egypt's to find us worshipping Him.