Step Out! I DARE You! Part 1

All too often we are faced with situations.  Some are good, but most are considered to be bad or difficult.  We face situations regarding relationships (i.e. family, friends, companions, intimate, etc…).  We face situations regarding financial hardships (i.e. current economic status, employment, unemployment, bills/expenses, etc…).  We even face emotional, mental, and physical situations (i.e. domestic violence, depression, anxiety, weight management, etc…).  However, one thing is certain regarding the situations we face.  They are the direct result of either a decision made or the refusal to make a decision (which is still basically a decision).  Decisions are critical due to the many different effects or consequences that follow, thus the argument about how to change our situation needs to be properly addressed.

For years I have heard people say, “Change your mind, Change your life.”  By no means is it the intention of this article to pronounce judgement or insinuate that the author of said quote is wrong.  I want to simply suggest adding a very crucial step; Change your mind, Readjust your decisions, Change your life!  Why did he insert “readjust?”  Current situations are the direct result of a current mindset having decision making influence.  However, the purpose of this article (and entire blog to be exact) is to renew a godly/spiritual mindset within you.  Therefore, if we are going to improve our lives and situations we are going to have to adjust our thinking.  Once that is done, then we can readjust our decisions (adapting them to a changed environment or situation) to incorporate this new mindset.  What is this new mindset you ask?  I’m glad you did.  It is a spiritual mindset.  To possess a spiritual mindset is to allow the Spirit of God to be the controlling factor in the molding or shaping of your mind, thoughts, attitudes, (watch this) decisions.  Are you sure that you are ready to shift in your thinking?  Keep Reading, I DARE You!

Possessing a spiritual mindset basically means that you are no longer the builder, facilitator, creator, or script-writer for how your mind formulates its thoughts, reactions, and emotional/sensual responses.  Please understand that I am not suggesting that you have no control (because in actuality you most certainly do); instead, I’m suggesting that you yield control over to God (thereby His Spirit) when you become a born again believer accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  It is your ability to release or yield control over to Him that demonstrates that you are still in fact in control.  So, why are we still struggling with our decision making abilities?  I want to suggest that we have most likely missed our update and/or system restart.  We all have computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, etc.  There are times when the system will require you to validate an update, meaning you give the system permission to update to the latest software available for the device.  Once the update has taken place, the system notifies you one of two things:  restart system in order for the updates to take effect or system restarting to reflect updates.  In other words, you have downloaded the latest software, but you cannot use it until the system has been restarted.  Why?  System processors have been improved to reflect the latest updates deemed necessary for improved and better usage, and as long as the old ones are still in use the new ones cannot successfully operate.  Therefore, the restart is needed to remove the old and incorporate the new.  Shout out Restart! You missed it!

Decisions are considered to be the driving and/or navigational force that leads us along the many different paths that we find ourselves on.  Think about it for a moment.  When we are driving in life, attempting to get from Point A to Point B, we follow a certain route or plan.  This route or plan is usually one that we are already familiar with.  However, when we encounter traffic, construction closures, and/or major accidents that prevent continuation on said route, what do we do?  We reroute or proceed to the designated detour route already mapped out for us to take.  Here’s my question:  When we reroute, is it based on our original starting position (and the former knowledge that we had about the former route), or is it based on our new position (and all the new information that we presently have in front of us)?  Shout out Restart!  I’m hoping that we all answered with the latter question being our final answer.  Here’s the question I really us to ponder on for a moment:  Why is it that we make life decisions based on original starting out information instead of using the newly presented information from our new starting point?  Somebody said that was too complex, so let me make it plan.  Why do we try to make godly/spiritual decisions using our former worldly/carnal mindset?  Shout out Restart!

Is it because we have yet to truly embrace said new mindset?  Restart!  Is it the result of us not being properly equipped to operate in this new mindset?  Restart!  Could it be that we do not completely understand the totality and functionality of the new mindset?  Restart!  Better yet, could it be a disconnection or rejection of the new mindset due to it not being our normality, thus we are stagnate for the sake of familiarity?  Restart!  Believe it or not, all of these questions must be answered before you can truly begin to operate under and in this new “spiritual” mindset.  As a matter of fact, I’m going to take it a step further and state that these are all actionable items requiring change on our part in order to successfully and skillfully conquer the old and take on the new.  Don’t let this deter you or get your mind all worked up.  All this means is that you must purpose within yourself to answer each question and be willing to change.  Please, keep an open mind when doing this, because the enemy will try to use “you” as your own weapon of self-destruction.  He will play on our thoughts and attempt to cause you to be too hard on yourself, feel bad for not making changes sooner, cause you to think of all your mistakes and how you’re not the person you want to be, or worse.  What’s worse?  The enemy can even implant the thought of your change being impossible for many reasons, thus provoking a give-up mentality.  Don’t let him in!  Don’t let him just have his way!  Most importantly, Don’t let him think, feel, or get the sense that he will win!  How do I do this?

The Bible declares in 2 Corinthians 10:4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”  What are these strongholds?  Next verse (verse 5):  “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  This means that as a born again believer who desires to operate and walk in the spiritual, you have been given the fore-knowledge that the fight that you are getting ready to come up against is not one of flesh but spirit.  In other words, its not a natural fight, which means it’s not my job to stand toe to toe with the enemy and go blow for blow or jab for jab.  My job is to know how to get down on my knees, throw my hands up, surrender my will to that of my God’s will, begin to speak the word concerning me, and watch God give me the victory.  What are you saying Kean?  I’m saying when you know and understand your position, then you are better equipped to handle opposition.  What position?  The position that I place my life in the hands of the almighty God who sits high but looks low.  The same God who is able to take down one in order to put up another.  The same God who always causes me to triumph in everything that I do through Christ. The position I’m speaking of is one that says, “Not my will but thine be done.” (Luke 22:42)  In other words, its a position of submission to His plan in order to receive His power which brings us into Him prospering our lives. As long as you are in this position understand that no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you shall be condemned (Isaiah 54:17).  In other words, as long as I am souled out, fully submitted, and fully committed there is no devil in hell or on earth that can stop me, block me, hinder me, or dismember me.   CHANGE YOUR MIND! READJUST YOUR DECISIONS! CHANGE YOUR LIFE!  STEP OUT IN YOUR POSITION! I DARE YOU!

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., 2 Co 10:4–5). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

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