SERIES: THE BLESSED LIFE: CREATING THE LIFE GOD MEANT FOR YOU – #2 Challenge & Transforma
Remember when you were just a child and you played and imagined you were super hero’s or police man, or ballerina, or pilot, or doctor. Remember, you never played let’s be miserable. You never imagined or played make believe poor, broke and hopeless.
Even as a child you envisioned a great life of excitement, achievements, and purpose. Something happens as we grow older we allow things to change us and most not for the best. Our attitudes and beliefs begin to change in a more negative direction that leads away from the Blessed Life. If we go and live in the mindset of our today culture they say money and things will make you happy. Stuff and more stuff does not feel the emptiness in the soul of a person.
THE FATHER PUT THIS CONNECTION FROM US TO HIM. HIS HEART. HIS HEART LONGS TO BE CONNECTED TO US. NOT GOING TO CHURCH OR DOING MINISTRY. WE DO THISE THINGS BECAUSE WE ARE CONNECTED TO HIS HEART. HIS HEART IS FOR PEOPLE. THE WORLD. THIS IS WHY PEOPLE TRY SO HARD TO FILL THE EMPTY VOID WITH PEOPLE, MONEY, DRUGS, POWER POSITIONS BUT NONE OF THESE COMPLETE THE CONNECTION. THE LIFE IS STILL EMPTY. There is a longing God created in the heart of man to be reconnected and living this blessed life.
God created Man and woman and put them into this amazing world. The Garden of Eden, no lack everything was perfect. NO LACK! THIS IS AGAIN IS A GLIMPS OF THE FATHERS HEART. PROVIDE, TAKE CARE OF HIS CHILDREN, NO LACK! MY FATHER WANTS US TO BE IN THIS PLACE OF NO LACK. They walked with God in an intimate relationship in this perfect world, The Blessed Life.
Adam and Eve both moved away from Spirit to Human Logic and destroyed this God created way of life for us. Thanks be to Jesus, God had plan B. Jesus would come and by his death and resurrection He would restore this broken relationship and world.
The challenge is in life it will be many challenges. The Christian life is not for the weak. This life involves battles, struggles, adversaries, and enemies. You can say a prayer and if you believe you will go to heaven, but the quality of your living here now on planet Earth can be hell on Earth. Gods desire is that we recreate Heaven on Earth remember on earth as it is in Heaven. The Blessed Life is Heaven on Earth. The peace and power and relationship with God and the garden. THE PEACE AND POWER IS A REAL HEART CONNECTION BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR FATHER. THE LAST THING YOUR FATHER WANTS IS TO SEE HIS CHILDREN SUFFER. MUCH OF THE SUFFERING COMES FROM DISOBEDIENCE.
“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. ROMANS 12:2 AMP
1st Challenge is not to be conformed to this world.
Conform—-CONFORM, a. L., form. Made to resemble; assuming the same form; like; resembling. Little used. CONFORM, v.t. L., to form, or shape, form. 1. To make like, in external appearance; to reduce to a like shape, or form, with something else; with to; as, to conform any thing to a model. 2. More generally, to reduce to a likeness or correspondence in manners, opinions or moral qualities.
God is saying do not let yourself be changed by the world or its standards or ways of living and doing and being. Our world is selfish, greedy, prideful, etc. we don’t let the standards of the culture become our. How people change. Its superficial values and customs. In our world people socialize and eat, drink together, but cheat in each others, lie about each other, generally do not care about people. People smiling but behind the smile is deceit or contempt.
We live in a world where people will say anything to get what they want and who cares who gets hurt in the process. This is our culture, superficial values and customs.
2nd Challenge. Who and what do you allow to be your influence? Influence::: to cause someone to change a behavior, belief, or opinion, or to cause something to be changed: the power to have an effect on people or things, or someone or something having such power:
Ever heard this saying,” They are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” They are saying the power or this is causing them to change the way they normally would act or behave.
Fear can be a huge influence. If fear influences you and your decisions, think of the outcomes you come up with. Fear causes resistance, fear causes distrust, fear cause isolation, fear moves you away from God not closer. We are talking about the challenges created by influence. THIS JUNK DID NOT COME FROM OUR FATHER. BUT LOOK WHAT POWER, SPIRIT OUR FATHER GIVES.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. 2 TIMOTHY 1:7 AMP
God did not give us this spirit of fear. When we are filled with fear, worry, doubt, God did not give these to us. We allow what we see and feel to influence us, our feelings, our behavior, our beliefs.
Our culture has more influence over us than we realize. Bible says we walk or conduct our lives by faith not by sight or what or the way things appear to look. We are Faith People not Fear people We are Faith People not worry people. We are Faith People not sad people. We are Faith People, not broke people. We are Faith People, not losers we are winners. We are Faith People.
He gave us His Spirit. What’s His Spirit? ITS HIS HEART, HIS CORE BEING. It’s a part of Him. A Spirit of Power, A Spirit of Love. A Spirit of Sound Judgement and personal discipline. A Sound Mind. We have been given Gods Power, Gods Love and Gods Mind. OUR FATHER WANTS US TO BE VICTORIES AND STRONG, AND PASSIONATE, OUR FATHER WANTS US SUCCESSFUL OUR FATHER WANTS US WINNING NOT LOOSING, OUR FAHTER IS OUR GREATEST CHEERLEADER. We have been given His Spirit but we have been living so many years in the natural humans ways and culture. This Spirit is internal so we live most of our lives external.
“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].” ROMANS 12:2 amp
Be Transformed To change the form of; to change the shape or appearance; to metamorphose; as a caterpillar transformed into butterfly
TRANSFORM’ING, ppr. Changing the form or external appearance; metamorphosing; transmuting; renewing. 1. a. Effecting or able to effect a change of form or state; as the transforming power of true religion.
“The young lions lack [food] and grow hungry, But they who seek the LORD will not lack any good thing.” PSALM 34:10 AMP
“Even lions may get weak and hungry, but those who look to the LORD will have every good thing.” Psalms 34:10 NCV
“Even lions go hungry for lack of food, but those who obey the LORD lack nothing good.” Psalms 34:10 GNB
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.” Psalms 34:10 NLT
Two worlds. The natural world where we fail, loose, hurt, break, sick, sad, depressed because we live by what we see and say. The other world is the SPIRIT WORLD WHERE GOD IS. HIS SPIRIT HIS HEART THE CONNECTION WHEN GOD IS ALIVE IN YOU.
In the world they say it’s the law of the jungle, only the strong survive. This word reveal the truth missing in that belief.