Chapter Twelve: Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued
“As a man Thinketh in his heart, so is he”. Prov. 23:7 KJV
In the previous chapter, we discussed the fact that, management of the thoughts in our mind is what will determine what we become in this life and where we will be in the eternal world when our present earthly body dies.
Once we cross the bridge from being unbelievers to followers of God, it becomes obvious to us that in order to grow in our relationship with Him, we need to change the way we previously used to think.
Someone once said, “If you always do what you have always done – you will get what you always got”.
If I am looking to successfully live in the Kingdom of God on this earth and live a life of health, wealth, peace and power, then it’s essential that I change the way I manage the thoughts that pass through my mind, every moment of the day.
It is said scientifically, that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
If I am going to attract the Kingdom of God and subsequent fruits of health, wealth, peace and power into my life, then my thoughts must be in accordance with the principles of one who lives in that Kingdom.
The Apostle Paul, who was charged with taking the Gospel to the Gentiles, alluded to a process called the ‘renewing of the mind’ in several scriptures: 2 Cor.4:16; Rom 12:1-2; Eph. 4:23; Col 3:10.
However, in none of the above scriptures, are we given a step-by-step formula on how to go about this process of renewing our minds.
Many Bible teachers say that reading your Bible regularly, praying and attending assembly meetings will bring you to a place of mind renewal.
I would tend to disagree with this approach and I will explain why.
Jesus was raised in the home of His parents and one could safely assume that he was ‘schooled’ in the Jewish religion by his parents and Rabbi’s in His community. The result of this lifestyle is that he became a member of the Jewish religion.
Once He moved out of His home environment, He spent three years, teaching, not Jewish religion, but the Kingdom of God. Not only did He teach Kingdom principles, but he exercised the power that these principles had given him. His source was not only the Kingdom Principles, but also His ability to hear and obey what His Father was saying to Him and doing what He saw His Father doing. He did not receive this ability from His home life or the Synagogue; as the power of His words and the miracles He performed were not practiced in those places.
In fact, Jesus had some very harsh words to say about the way the leaders of the Jewish religion dealt with the people of the day. Furthermore there is no record of Him telling anyone to read their Bibles, pray and go to church.
Think about it. Wouldn’t you say that that His answer to the renewing of the mind was: following Him, just as He followed His Father, listening to all that His Father said and doing what He saw His Father doing?
Jesus, never had a Bible and the only scriptures that He read, was those that He read out aloud in the Synagogue.
I am always reluctant to think that my interpretation of spiritual principles is cast in stone, simply because throughout my spiritual walk I have changed my interpretations in line with new Godly revelation. This is aside of certain doctrines which, like the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross, will always be cast in stone.
This having been said, my understanding of how the mind must be renewed is clearly as I stated above. In other words, as I set about responding to what My Father in heaven is telling and showing me, then I am going through the mind renewing process.
As this process continues each day I find that I am acting out, in many different everyday situations, what My Father in heaven is both saying and what I see him doing.
We are all familiar with the process of being taught. From the earliest days of our schooling, our teachers would show us how to read and write. Obediently we acted out their instructions until we became proficient readers and writers.
The teacher styled tuition, ended when we completed our exams and went on to university. At university, we listened to a lecturer – a very different situation from being taught by a teacher.
The lecturer gave us the lecture and probably entertained limited interaction from the students before closing down the lecture. We might be fortunate to claim a small amount of the lecturer’s time, after the completion of the session, to ask advice, but otherwise we were on our own. It was up to us students to study our notes and conduct much research in order that we would qualify for the following year’s tuition.
The walk with Our Father in Heaven is not dissimilar, inasmuch as we need to take the instruction from Father, observe how He does things and THEN, the most important part – apply what we have heard and seen.
In the course of the performing of His miracles, there is no record of Jesus calling out to His Father for help – He just went ahead did what had to be done!
Next chapter, we will examine, more closely, the link between, having a relationship with Our Father and walking in health, wealth, peace and power in our lifetime, here on this earth.
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