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Renew, Heal & Cleanse with God
When we become Believers we are encouraged to study to show ourselves approved and renew our mind by the washing of the Word. Why is that? When we get saved … it is our spirit that surrendered but our minds did not. God clearly states that our minds are enemies to Him and therefore really our minds are our greatest enemy as well. It is our minds that lead us down the path of wrong thinking and destruction. It is our hearts that speak through our mouths either life or death. It is through the renewing of our minds … our hearts are healed…our palates are cleansed so that which we speak is edifying and encouraging. Another way to put it is this way … our thoughts are tied to our hearts and our hearts are tied to our mouths.
God knows what is in our hearts and minds…
I Chronicles 28:8-10
"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
Every evil that has ever been done started in the mind of a man which became a seed of deception in his heart and brought destruction to the man and those around him. The Word says that there is a way that seems right to a man that leads to destruction and as a man thinks so is he.
3 John 2 reads … “Beloved I would above all else that you would prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.”
Now here is a key to seeing that scripture manifesting in your life … the only way for you to prosper in your soul and in your health is if your mind is right, so that your heart is right so that the words which proceed out of your mouth align with the Word of God and that which you speak brings life.
A. God Wants to Renew Your Mind – We have wrong thinking and we need to have it changed.
1. Change the way that you are thinking about Him -We are not thinking of Him in the right way and that is why we have no power.
2. Change the way that you are thinking about yourself –We are not thinking of ourselves in the right way because we don’t know who and whose we are and as a result we have no power.
3. Change the way that you are thinking about others –We aren’t thinking of others in the right way …we struggle in our relationships with others and that is why we have no power.
B. God Wants to Heal Your Heart – We are carrying wounds that He wants us healed of but we can’t be healed until we FORGIVE.
Unforgiveness is birthed out of a heart of judgment. We have all judged God, ourselves or someone else for something that we feel is wrong or unfair.
Luke 6:37-39 says “Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Often this scripture is used to teach prosperity but if you read it in context it is actually referring to judgment, condemnation and unforgiveness that is in your heart toward others. If you will stop judging, condemning and walk in His forgiveness then He will give to you in abundance in every area of your life. He is saying that by the measure that you measure other people … He will measure you as well. He makes it clear that unless you forgive you can’t be forgiven nor can you live a life of victory in Him.
1. Forgive Him – There are some who are holding Him captive for their past.
2. Forgive Yourself – There are some who are holding themselves captive for their past.
3. Forgive Others – There are some who are holding others captive for their past.
If you are holding anyone captive … you are the one in bondage. You are the one that is sowing the seeds of unforgiveness and you are the one that will reap the harvest that is being sown. You are the one that will stand before the judgment seat of God for holding bitterness in your heart. You are the one that is holding up God’s blessings and anointing on your life. And … You are the one that needs to let go and forgive for victory to manifest in your life.
C. Cleanse your palate – What you speak out of your mouth has power and it can either bring life to you or death to you. It is your choice which way you will live your life. Out of the heart the mouth speaks. If you are speaking out of a wounded heart … you will wound. If you are speaking from a healed and humbled heart you will bring healing to the hearer.
1. What are you saying about God?
2. What are you saying about yourself?
3. What are you saying about others?
It says in Proverbs 6:6-7, & 21 …“A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Renew, Heal & Cleanse – Take a moment and write down an area that you need to change the way you are thinking, something that you need to forgive and then write down a scripture verse that you can say out of your mouth that will align itself with what God says about it.
Let me give an example out of my own life … My husband of 20 years left me three years ago … my wrong way of thinking … God you let this happen and how could anything good come from it. My heart was full of unforgiveness toward my husband because it was his fault or so I thought that I felt unwanted, unattractive and unloved. The words out of my mouth were strife, anger, bitterness and judgment.
You see this message wasn’t directed toward you … but toward me and I am passing on what I have learned. When I started recognizing the truth by the renewing of my mind that was when victory manifested in my life.
The truth ... Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”
The truth … God had my little girl tell me every day … “Mommie, you are beautiful.”
Psalm 139:4 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
The truth … unless I forgave Bob … I couldn’t be forgiven nor would I walk in God’s true love and be measured by that love.
Luke 6:37-39 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
And when I started speaking the truth … from a healed and forgiving heart … I was able to walk in the freedom that forgiveness brings … and the manifest victory of being Renewed, Healed and Cleansed … And now life comes … a life of victory in Him. You can have the same.