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The heart is capable of responding to things the mind can’t yet perceive. Bill Johnson

Faith isn’t passive – and sometimes it contends against the mind and flesh and lies – it  smacks up against the lie of the enemy, the lie of the world that doesn’t even believe that God is real, and the lie of our flesh.  It contends for the promises of God.

Faith sometimes inst understood in our mind – our mind tries to rationalize it away (Martha – but, he stinkith – in regards to Lazarus been buried in the tomb for 4 days and Jesus command to roll the stone away!) but faith is RIGHT.

We need to renew our mind and align it with the truth of God in the Word, and then hold to it. 

As we renew our mind it gets easier in some manner to discern the direction and leading of God because we know His heart and His ways and His promises. 

Faith refuses the lie and believes the truth and promise of God.

 

Do not conform any longer 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.  Romans 12:2

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.  2 Corinthians 1:20

Faith overcomes fear.  It punches fear in the face!  Fear looks but faith jumps! 

Faith overrides the mind and its fears and what ifs and buts! 

It acts and just does. 

It believes that God is bigger than the circumstances and that His promises are sure.  It believes that nothing is impossible for God.  With God all things are possible.  With God all the promises are YES in Christ Jesus!

 

which voice are we going to listen to?

the doubting voice of fear?

the old nature that died?

Or are we going to believe God who has proven Himself sure and true and right and all powerful – Creator of the universe, who breathed out the stars and has all the power and is the first and the last and who was and is and is to come?

 

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

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Often we have an internal dialogue which is ripping us off and defeating us… we have an inner voice – our soul, our mind, that can depreciate our assets, rationalize a situation or just plain speaks with unbelief in our own abilities and more importantly the God we serve and that empowers us. 

Excuses.

Lies.

This voice can tell us we are worthless when the truth is that we are very precious and God delights in us and loves us so much that He gave His only son to ransom, rescue and save us.

 

What shapes this voice we listen to?

  • our past
  • our parents
  • our peer groups
  • the media
  • the enemy

 

Our voice can often tell us that we wont ever be able to do anything to help or be very god at anything – but God calls us his partners and calls all of us to work with Him and promises to work through us.

 

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  ~Winston Churchill

 

My voices says:

  • who do you think you are?
  • no one will listen to you
  • no one wants to listen to you
  • you’re just a …
  • nothing is going to change – why bother?
  • you’re a proven failure
  • you’re not good enough
  • you’ll never be good enough

 

The voices in my head tell me everything that I don’t like about myself, the remind me of my flaws and failings.  They however are silent when it comes to reminding me what God says about me and His promises and unfailing faithfulness.

 

“Regardless of what you want to do or who you are, fear will always see you as wholly unqualified for anything you ever dream or attempt.” Jon Acuff

 

Fear is going to tell you you cant.

It’s going to lie to you and make excuses so you stop in your tracks.

Fear and insecurity partner with the enemy to limit us and restrict us.  To kill the dream.

 

But God is great.   He is good. 

He wants us to rip that negative self talk out of our heads, to change the cd so to speak and to hear HIS voice of hope and faith and truth.

God qualifies us for anything we dream and attempt. 

 

What does the bible say?

  • let the weak say “I am strong”
  • greater is God in me that the enemy in the world
  • those that know their God will be strong and do exploits
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

 

This is why God tells us to renew our mind, to be transformed and to fix our eyes (and ears!) upon Himself.

There is an enemy who wants us to think we are defenceless, useless, hopeless weaklings. If he can shut us down he shuts us up.

 

Can we see beyond what people say about our limitations to the fact that we serve a God who doesn’t even have that word in His vocabulary? To the God whose capability doesn’t rise and fall with our own inability?

Can we see beyond what people say about our dreams and plans to the God who has actually given them to us and is fully competent to bring them to pass?

Steven Furtick 

 

We need to listen to the truth that God speaks. We need to listen to HIS voice in our head and hearts. 

Override any untruth (from the enemy or ourselves) with the truth of God.

Become master of your own voice – take every wrong thought captive. Don’t just think and believe every thought you have. Not every thought we have is correct. This is why I think it is important to read the Bible – to learn what God says about us.

Then we can reprogramme our heart.

Remember, we are loved with an everlasting love. We are children of God. Servants of God. Strong. Mighty. We carry the living God within us – a great powerful treasure in jars of mere clay. God calls us and anoints us and uses us. He works in us and through us. Despite our flaws and failings He is great and great in and through us for His glory.  He chooses the weak and the foolish, the ordinary, to demonstrate His extraordinariness. 

 

“Don’t underestimate what God can do through your life. God has a very long, proven, and consistent history of using foolish and broken things for His glory.” ~ Eugene Cho

 

He is our great healer, our great strength, the one who saves us.

 

“The best way to get rid of the negative thoughts is to crowd them out with something else bigger and more beautiful: worship of the One who holds everything in His powerful and capable hands.” ― Jocelyn Green

 

So how do we change the voices in our head?

  • Read the Word of God and transform the way you think (Romans 12:2)
  • Take control of the thoughts – when the lies and doubt come, change your mind, change the topic.  Stop passively agreeing with the negative voices.
  • Replace the negative thought with a positive one.  Change the tone of your thoughts.
  • Don’t play the victim, take control and make some changes if changes need to be made.
  • Find someone to encourage you, share your fear and ask for intentional help.
  • Analyse what you’re thinking.  Is this really true? 
  • Line a new truth up against the lie.
  • Give yourself grace.  Remind you that God’s grace is sufficient.

 

“I’ve tucked those negative thoughts in a drawer, and for the most part, though I know the drawer still exists, it never gets opened.” ― K. Martin Beckner

 

What else do you do to stop the voices in your head dragging you down?

 

Who are you listening to?

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