You won’t amount to anything; you’re an idiot; you’re unsuccessful.
These are things we feel about ourselves often. Depression and anxiety seem to be the norm for so many.
How often do we set out to change the world…or simply make our families better and suddenly we are in the throws of tantrums, feelings of inadequacy, and depression?
This year there are a lot of negative voices telling us that 2017 is going to be horrible. And for any number of reasons: ISIS; Trump as POTUS; Clinton’s loss; Obamacare; already a shooting in Fort Lauderdale. The list is long. The list, to some, is daunting.
But what if we thought differently?
Romans 12:2 tells us “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (ESV).”
The word transform in Greek is metamorpho. Meta denotes “change of place or condition” and morpho means “to form”. In other words, transform (metamorpho) means to change one’s form.
In the BCJ translation Romans 12:2 is bit more descriptive: “And don’t pattern your life after the culture around you; rather, permit the Spirit of God within to transform your being and behavior by uniting your deepest thoughts and feelings with your actions so that you demonstrate God’s intention which is positive, acceptable, and fulfilling.”
Renewing our mind is key to resisting what lies the devil has to say about us and about the world around us. We don’t believe that everything is going to hell in a hand basket. Only grumpy, burned out preachers who don’t really believe the good news of Jesus Christ say such things.
Song People look to heaven, find the will of God, and then think from heaven’s perspective about situations and events on Earth.
What is the Will of God?
The will of God is simple: it is to bring heaven to Earth. Jesus showed us exactly what it was in Matthew 6:9-10.”Pray then like this: Our Father in haven, hallowed be your name. Your kinds come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (ESV).”
What exactly does it look like in heaven? Bill Johnson, in his book “The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind” tells us just what is allowed in heaven.
“What is free to operate in heaven? — joy, peace, wisdom, health, wholeness, and all the other good promises we read about in the Bible… (26).”
Jesus tells us to pray for his will to be on earth as it is in heaven.
It is our job as Christians, Song People, to bring the goodness of the Kingdom into our earthly reality! How do we do it? We have the living Christ living inside us! Everywhere we walk we have favor and we bring the goodness and ecstasy of heaven along with us!
“The renewed mind, then, reflects the reality of another world in the same way Jesus shone with heaven’s brilliance. It’s not just that our thoughts are different, but that our way of thinking is transformed because we think from a different reality–form heaven toward earth…(Ibid 35).”
Thus Saith Truth
If the devil is telling you that you’re a loser, you know that in reality you are a winner!
If the devil is telling you that you’re unsuccessful, you know that you’re well on your way to being mega-successful!
If the devil is telling you that you’re not going to amount to anything and that you’re just an idiot-savont , you know that your future is bright like the sun and you’ve got the intelligence of Einstein!
The devil’s natural language, the tongue he speaks fluently, is that of lies (John 8:44). So if he’s telling you something, don’t believe it. Just believe the opposite!
This year is going to be great! How do I know? Because the devil is telling so many that it’s going to suck. There are loud voices everywhere shouting that THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE!
But we can’t believe that. We aren’t sticking our heads in the sand and hiding. We are just choosing to believe God. Things are not getting worse. They are getting better. With Christ, everything is better.
Our job on Earth is not to become Christian and then die and go to heaven. That’s a fairy tale. Quite frankly, it’s irresponsible and selfish thinking.
Our job on Earth is to let Christ shine though us and bring heaven to Earth. So when you hear a lie, corrupt it with the truth. When you hear that Trump is going to wreck things, speak the opposite. When you hear that ISIS is going to take over the world and we are all going to nuke each other, speak the opposite. When you hear that 2017 is a copy-paste only worse of 2016, speak the opposite.
There’s power in our words. God created the world with just a word (Genesis 1:3) and we have the same power coursing through us.
So go and make the devil angry and change the atmosphere around you. Speak truth, even when it all looks grim. There will be a miracle waiting.