The following is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, BIBLICAL HEADSHIP: Making Sense Of Submission To Authority. Follow this link to obtain your copy of BIBLICAL HEADSHIP today.
The guardian nature of peace is also increased through the renewing of the mind. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3 KJV).
Our minds are constantly processing information, and not all of it is beneficial. The word mind in this Scripture passage can also be translated as “imagination.” We are easily snowed under with too many images and ungodly influences that attack the borders of our souls, causing our imaginations to run wild. Our thoughts become scattered and we lose focus on our walk with God.
The Devil loves to replay old videos of our past failures and weaknesses. It’s one of his favorite torments. Not only that, we are prone to feed our minds a wide assortment of images—televised information, movies, stories, and expressed attitudes of all kinds that impress us with images.
When you get a head full of such images, you usually try to shake them out on your own. But all you get is a headache and more images. Once, years ago when I was a Bible student, I had that problem—terrible images filling my head and me trying to shake them out. That’s when the Holy Spirit said to me, “You have to break the silence. The only way you can cast those images down is to break the silence. You have to open your mouth and start speaking the Word of God. You have to renew your mind.”
Is this a new thought? No! It’s an old and reliable truth. You only truly believe the things you hear yourself say and agree with. Other people’s words mean little unless they penetrate your own thought process and you agree with them in your heart.
You can increase your peace by renewing your mind. You must change the image, and the only way to do that is to speak the Word of God. Open your mouth and start saying what God says about you. Decree and declare the truth of God’s Word over your life.
“I am who God says I am. I can do what God says I can do. I have what God says I have.” These are not empty words. They are faith declarations of agreement with the Word of God. Start speaking them out loud, and soon you will be seeing them come to pass. In Proverbs 18:4, we read, “The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook” (KJV). When you speak the Word of God, something powerful happens: wisdom pours out like a fountain of fresh water.
Spoken words are powerful and have a profound effect on our inner man. If you speak evil, spreading false tales or deceit, your inner man is corrupted (see Proverbs 18:8). When you speak what God says and proclaim what He promises, your inner man is strengthened, your mind is renewed, and your peace is increased.
Every day I pray in the Spirit and quote the Word of God over my life. I am convinced those are two things you must do to truly be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (see Ephesians 6:10). It is a part of putting on the whole armor of God. It’s part of having your peace guarded and your mind consistently renewed. It helps you make sure you are aware of who you are in Christ. Not only do I pray and quote the Word over my life, I do this for my family, my finances, and God’s favor as well.
Your family needs the peace that comes through your increase. Your finances are constantly under attack by the Enemy. If you’ve sown, you should reap a harvest. Praying in the Holy Ghost over your family and finances is important. Your abundance, your health, and the tranquility of your home are all affected by your peace. Don’t quit when the visible evidence doesn’t agree with the truth. Stand firm in faith. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
What you just read is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, BIBLICAL HEADSHIP: Making Sense Of Submission To Authority. Follow this link to obtain your copy of BIBLICAL HEADSHIP today.