July 5, 2000
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12: 2).
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
Have you ever wondered why some Christians continue to live defeated lives after they’ve been born again? Perhaps you are one of those Christians. If so, let me encourage you today.
When we receive Christ as our Savior, we enter into a legal contract (the New Testament or New Covenant) with Him that entitles us to all the benefits of His death and resurrection. These benefits include eternal life for our spirits; mental and emotional healing and health for our souls; physical healing and health for our bodies; healthful relationships, and financial prosperity.
While the benefit of eternal life for our spirits becomes ours the instant we are born again, all the other benefits must be “possessed” by us. In other words, they are legally ours, but we must fight the good fight of faith in order to experience them. We find a parallel to this concept in the Old Testament. Athough God gave the Promised Land to the Israelites, they still had to go in and “possess” the land–i.e., drive out the enemies–before they could enjoy its benefits.
Like the Israelites, we, too, have to drive out the enemies from our minds in order to possess our Promised Land of health and prosperity. These enemies are all the negative thoughts with which Satan continually bombards us.
But how do we drive out those negative thoughts? We drive them out in a two-step process:
1) We cast them down and give them to Jesus (2 Corinthians 10: 5)
2) We fill the void with only those positive thoughts that agree with God’s Word (Philippians 4: 8).
By following this two-step process, our minds will be renewed and we will be transformed. And once we are transformed, we will “prove” (which means “experience”) the perfect will of God for our lives.
If you are still living a defeated life, check your thinking patterns. Do they line up with the Bible? If not, get rid of them and replace them with God’s thinking patterns as revealed in His Word. When you do, you will experience the abundant life that Jesus paid the ultimate price to give you.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. Mary Ann Diorio
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