Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Are You Stuck In A Rut And Don’t Know What To Do?”
God wants to broaden your horizons and take you from the “old and familiar” to a brand new level, but have you become so fearful or so comfortable that you are afraid of change?
The Holy Spirit declared through The Apostle Paul in Romans 12: 2 NASB, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Two of the greatest enemies of believers today are fear of change and conformity to this world. Fear of stepping out of your familiar or comfort zone or being overwhelmed with earthly things instead of renewing your mind in God’s Word and walking in the Spirit, keeps you operating in the flesh and prevents you from being effective.
What you need most is to experience the joy of The Lord. Aren’t you aware that the darkness that surrounds you is not greater than the light that’s within you?
Many have allowed their pessimistic or negative attitude to poison their entire demeanor and outlook, but The Lord desires to change your thinking.
The word “Mind” is used 95 times in The Holy Bible which simply means the place of consciousness, perception, understanding, feeling, judging, reasoning, determining, and choosing. It’s the place where our thoughts are born, reside, and then become action. From that point our character is forged, shaped, and outwardly manifested.
Once a sinner has been saved by Christ Jesus, it’s here that God wants to impact, renew, and fill you with His Word that you might not sin against Him, grow in faith, learn to walk in the power of The Holy Spirit of God and impact lives that surround you.
The mind is the heart, soul, and center of your personality, decision making, and your every action. Again, it is here that Christ wants to influence, but this responsibility is yours because faith comes by hearing and is developed, nurtured, and then becomes stronger through the consistent renewing of your mind in His Word.
The work of The Holy Spirit first begins in the understanding, then His Word affects our will, affections, conversation, and actions until there is a change of the whole being into the image of Christ in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness. One cannot live godly unless there is a giving up of one’s self to Christ Jesus.
There’s no other way for this to happen. There are no shortcuts that you can take. Reading, studying, and meditating in His Word is you spending time in His Presence, receiving inspiration directly from Him.
Through disciplined reading, studying, meditating, and praying in the Holy Scriptures, several things will begin to happen within and around you. You’ll begin to erase Satan’s false and negative programming of your fleshy mind, thereby crushing the devil’s control ability over you and your surroundings.
Through the ongoing studying of The Bible, you’ll increase your ability to obey God. Obedience is your key to the intimate, supernatural, divine, and miraculous hand of God moving in your life and orchestrating in your affairs.
It’s through the studying of God’s Word that you’ll see yourself being set free from all past guilt and condemnation. Then you’ll also be able to eliminate the success and effectiveness of their demonic attacks, entrapments and deceptions.
Through the renewing of your mind in God’s Word, you’ll receive guidance and direction for your life and walk in the anointing of The Holy Spirit of God. There’s just so much more to the heavenly riches that are in Christ Jesus to all that will follow Him.
The Lord desires to flood your heart with His joy and change your outlook on everything around you. Many desire and want this, but are you first willing to trust Him?