Understanding what we have is key to getting detangled!
I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon, 5 because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. 6 And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. 7 Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.
Paul understood fellowship.
He knew the power and the importance of building one another up in Christ and he was continually doing so on his travels. We need to take a lesson from him.
Yes, we are called to go out to the lost souls and share Christ; but, we also have a responsibility to those who are already in the Body of Christ. We need to help one another stay untangled so that we are a stronger force of light going out into the darkness.
Imagine a flashlight whose batteries are dying. The light is dim and flickers. What happens when you put a new energy source in the flashlight? The light is restored and it can now penetrate the darkness much more powerfully!! This is what we need to do within the Body.
We need to untangle and empower one another.
Last year God showed me a body that was unable to move. It was lame not only in the legs but also in the arms. There are so many people in the Body who are tangled in a web and unable to get free. This is the Body of Christ and this is exactly where Satan wants us. Satan knows he can never take us from Jesus but he can sure get us tangled up in webs of self-pity, jealousy, insecurities, lack, fear and doubt. He can do a number on each of us through our own thinking – through our own self-condemnation!
The battle is real and it is in our minds.
Key to getting untangled is knowing that the battle is within our own minds. It is in our thoughts, our strongholds and our beliefs. During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He often quoted scripture. He knew the Word (which is not surprising because He is the Word). Jesus knew that we needed to strengthen our minds in Him. Let’s look at two scriptures: 1) Mark 12:29-31 and 2) Deuteronomy 6:4-5.
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
Mark 12:29-31 (emphasis mine)
Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
Do you see the little difference in these two scriptures? Jesus added some words when He repeated the most important commandment. He add three little words – “All your mind.” Jesus knew how the enemy would attack His Body. Paul knew this as well. Repeatedly Paul tells us to renew our mind.
We need to take note of anything that is repeated in Scripture.
Jesus taught by repetition. It’s a powerful teaching tool and we need to not be so quick to move on after reading these verses below. Read, re-read and read again. This is powerful Truth that will free our own hearts and also allow us to help others in the Body to get free!
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.
We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
Let’s pray this together united as one in the Body of Christ. Our power is in prayer!
Dear Father God,
Thank You for showing us everything we need to live life victoriously is in Your Son Jesus Christ. Jesus is not just our Provider but He is our Provision. He is sufficient and more than enough for all areas of our life. He came to set each of us free so that we could be Your powerhouse on earth. It is Your will that we bring heaven to earth.
Father, show us the darkness so that we can be the light to take it away.
Show us those in pain and isolation who need comfort and love.
Help each of us to love the stench of the world. Change our five senses to see differently, to hear differently, to smell differently, to taste differently and to feel differently. Thank You for Your ways being so much higher than our ways.
Thank You for choosing to co-labor with us to do Your work.
Thank You for being the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We praise You for Your great love for us. Fill our hearts with YOUR LOVE. Fill our sight with only what YOU WANT US TO SEE. Fill our ears with only what YOU WANT US TO HEAR.
Father, let us discern deep soul wounds so that we can minister Your great love and grace. It is our desire to share Your Word. Plant it in our hearts. Seal it in our minds. All of You in all of us! Thank You for Jesus.
In His great name we pray.
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,