Romans 12:1-3 – “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For through the grace given to me, I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” NASB
It is quite apparent that some or many in the Church and the World are in a rut in their thinking. Frequently, that ‘rut thinking’ has robbed them of many blessings and victories God has made available. Rut Thinking has produced sickness when there could be health and healing. It has produced lack, needs, and want when there could have been plenty, provision and no sense of lack. It has relegated some to living in the lows of the valley when they could have been living on the mountaintop of victory.
There is adage regarding computers, “Garbage in garbage out” or what we put in is what we get out. If we input bad data in our computers or wrong thoughts in our minds, we will get bad results, wrong beliefs, and produce problems that were not necessary. If input unreliable information we will get unreliable information. If we put in truth we will, in turn, get truth and truth has the power to make us free. Our minds are programmable and what we put in (programming) determines what we get out.
Tragically, there are those who never receive the promises of God because of the prison of ‘rut thinking.’ They accept their situations as their destiny and fail to become transformed in their minds. They accept defeat as their lot in life rather than pressing into the Promises of God because of ‘rut thinking.’ It is a sad reality that some, even believers, believe the lies of the enemy and look at their own inabilities and believe that is the final determination rather than looking to God with whom all things are possible. They fail to allow the Total Victory of Calvary to become a reality in their minds and then in their lives.
I do not preach or ascribe to ‘mind over matter’ but I do believe that we should think positively regarding the Promises of God and Life. God made the promises for everyone who believes, not just the select of the elect and the chosen few. If He has declared it in the Bible, we can believe it, receive it, and expect it. If we will follow the prescription and directives of the Word of God, we can have the provisions and promises of God as realities in our lives.
It is possible to program or condition our minds with ‘rut thinking’ and the vision of who we are is tempered and determined by what we see and feel. In 2 Kings 7, we have the account of Israel under siege by the enemy and the people were so demoralized they were waiting to starve and expected that to be their reality. Elisha prophesied of plenty and one of the king’s officers countered saying, “Behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” Elisha told him, “You will see it but not benefit from it.” God’s Word does not depend on what we feel or what we see, it depends on Him and if He says it, we can depend on it. Why not? Why do we allow ourselves to be captivated and imprisoned by ‘rut thinking?’
I suggest that believing comes before seeing or feeling, so stop depending on what you see, feel, touch, taste, or smell but look to the Book and reach for the promises. I am not suggesting that you simply declare something, and it is yours without conditions. I am saying that we need to focus on God’s Promises and Provisions and begin to declare them aloud and repeatedly. That does two things. It reminds us of our source and reminds the devil that we know the promises of God and the victory of Jesus.
We need to begin to meditate on the Word of God and the Promises of God. We need to ponder them and turn them over in our minds until we cannot get away from them. We need to allow our minds to become transformed with the visual of God’s Promises and Provisions. Who do we trust, God or our senses?
The Bible says, believe and you will receive, not believe after you receive. We need to totally commit ourselves to God and become totally dependent upon Him and His Promises. We need to become earnest students of the Bible and determined in our prayers. We need to reprogram our minds so that our thoughts are not our thoughts but His thoughts. We need to fill our hearts and minds with His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to bring us to the place that we abide in Jesus and Jesus’ words abide in us. We become one with the word.
Once we have done that we need to step out on our faith and live as if what God says is the truth. That will not always be easy because circumstances, senses, feelings, and the visual will be contrary and cast doubt. Faith, the Faith of Hebrews 11, the Faith of Jesus holds on regardless of circumstances. We can have and be what God has promised and declared us to be, but we must become Reprogrammed in the Spirit of our Minds for that to become a daily reality.
I invite you into the World of the Impossible where all things are possible through God! You are more than conquerors through Jesus, so why not live victoriously?
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!