For a few posts I’ve been talking about the nature of spiritual power. I’ve been using the example of electrical power to explain these truths. We have seen that love is our spiritual “voltage”, while a saved mind is spiritual “current”. In this final post of the series, I’ll talk about the importance of a saved mind.
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things…and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
Peter was acting on the principles of an unsaved mind. This actually caused Peter to rebuke and contradict Jesus.
We can end up in that same state if we don’t allow our minds to be saved and renewed by the Word. We must always check to see what principles we’re acting on. Are they the truth of God’s Word, or the principles of the world system?
Don’t get into the position where you contradict the Word of God, because you’re acting out your own human wisdom.
“The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.”
This verse shows the result of an unsaved mind. Your actions will be based upon worries, the desire for riches and pleasures, rather than the will of God. A mind choked by the cares of this world is unfruitful, even if we’re hearing the Word of God.
Unfruitful means that the Word does not produce any change in our lives. If change is not being produced, then that, by definition, is powerlessness.
If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else…
If you find yourself in this state of powerlessness, don’t add the condition of self-deception to it. Take stock of your life. Do you see the marks of the power of God or not? Is there room for improvement? If so, then allow the working of the Holy Spirit to move you into a closer walk with the Lord.
Don’t be satisfied with the same old mediocre walk that most of Christianity calls normal in this generation. Break free from that mold and seek the power of God to flow freely through your life. It all depends upon your attitude and your willingness to humble yourself before a holy God who already knows your condition.
Question: Do you desire the power of God in your life? What’s your next step to walking in it?
© Nick Zaccardi 2012