Resist the devil and he will flee

One of the strongest attacks from the enemy (also known as Satan) is the constant condemnation and accusation he brings to  your life. Whether you’re a Christian or not, Satan doesn’t discriminate, he’s always ready to accuse you. Thankfully there is a way to stop these thoughts. Jesus has set us free through the redemption of His perfect sacrifice on the cross. Due to this, we now have the power through Jesus to cover ourselves with His precious blood. “Now there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who not not after the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1

There is a grave danger when we allow ourselves to dwell in the past, our uncertain future, or on what could have been. These are tactics the enemy uses to ensure that you don’t move forward. The devil gets a foothold if we give it to him. Don’t allow yourself to be manipulated nor taunted by the devil. Propose it to yourself to not allow Satan to play with your emotions, you’re not his puppet. I believe that part of the reason why we allow these thoughts of condemnation to filter through our mind and spirit, is the lack of self-dominion. We do not know how to stop these thoughts and we entertain them. We have the Holy Spirit talking to us, but instead, we choose to ignore that still small voice. So how do we choose to stop these thoughts? Below are a few tips on how to do this effectively.

#1 Remember that you’re in control. God’s word says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and sound mind.” – 2 Tim 1:7.  This means you have the fruits of the Holy Spirit and one of those fruits is self-control. Believe that you are equipped to stop those fiery darts with the shield of faith. You can lift that shield and cover your mind with the word of God. This will counter those lying words.

#2 You have been set free. The word of God says that “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” – John 8:36. You’ve been forgiven, redeemed, and purchased at a price. Nothing that you did in the past is unforgivable, Jesus already paid the price for your sins. Your past is “finished” and so are you sins. You’re no longer a slave to sin, but a slave to Christ. Proverbs 28:13 says, “Whoever conceals their sin does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” That word gives me a lot of hope. To know that if you’ve sincerely repented to God about what you’ve done…mercy is sure to follow. God’s mercy is indeed new every morning. Let your soul and your mind rest in the Spirit of the Lord. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!

#3 Look ahead. The greatest weapon you have against the enemy is the present and the plans that God has for you. While we shouldn’t boast about tomorrow, God is the one who decides where we go, if we do this and that. Those days are filled with hope and desire…days of prosperity. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Don’t look behind, the past is considered garbage, whether good or bad, you’ve gained Christ now. Have hope in your heart that all will be well and God does not remember your sin. He’s that kind and generous. His desire for you is to move forward in Him, remain in Him, and He will make His home in you.

God bless.

The mind of Christ means having a renewed mind.

When you first come to the Lord and you surrender your life to Him, in other words, you’re born again; there is no doubt that the Holy Spirit immediately begins to work in your life. The HS begins to help you move in the direction towards living a life that is pleasing to the Lord.

Not a lot of people understand the importance of having a renewed mind in order to have the mind of Christ. Truly the mind of Christ was always God’s will, “yes and amen.” Christ never walked this Earth during His ministry with limitations on His mind and neither did He ever walk a life that was double-minded. It’s important to note that God does not want us to be double-minded because being double-minded actually brings unstableness (James 1:8). When have you ever met a person that says one thing and does another, and actually earn the respect of people? You automatically know who you can count on and who is simply just unstable. The same is with God, if we say we believe, then why do we doubt at times God’s ability to do anything?

As we continue this incredible journey of being a follower of Christ. We must understand that being a follower of Christ requires us to die to our selves, our old nature, our old habits, and our old way of thinking. There are strongholds in our minds that prevent us from seeing miracles and moving forward into the promises of God, due to our lack of renewal of the mind. As the word of God says, as a man thinketh, so is he.

Today, I encourage you to look at areas of your life where you find yourself doubting God, in disbelief, or perhaps holding on to things from the past. Why must we renew our mind? Below are some reasons:

  • The promised land: If you’re continuously thinking about the past like the Israelites did. They ended up staying in the desert for 40 years. God was upset at their complaints and did not allow them to see the promise. If we stay in the past, we can’t move towards the future.
  • We will be people of integrity. A renewed mind means we are people that can be responsible, trustworthy, and disciplined.
  • Anything is possible. When we think that with God anything is possible, literally that will happen. We must be people of faith that walk not by sight, but by faith.
  • A renewed mind means hope, joy, peace, and trust in the Lord. When we renew our minds, we trust that God is in control. Therefore, it allows us to be still and surrender every part of our lives to our heavenly Father. Heaven on Earth will be established in our lives.

I hope this post finds you well. May the Lord bless you and give you a renewed mind this new year. If you’re interested in learning more on this topic, feel free to click on this audio. My pastor at New Season Christian Church goes into depth about this in his new series, “Renewed Mind.” The series is in Spanish.

https://soundcloud.com/newseasonchristian/la-mente-renovada

God bless!