Belief or mental assent?

Is this stuff all in your head or do you believe it with your heart?

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

Life change doesn’t happen in the head; it happens in the heart. It’s more than agreeing with what you’re taught in your head – more than mental assent. Believing doesn’t necessarily happen just because your repeat what you’ve been taught to say. Something has to click deep inside you.

We have two roles to play = make requests of God and demands of Satan. That’s what Jesus did.

It’s all about daily asking for more of Him – that’s true pursuit of the Lord.

When we have challenges, our walls of defense immediately go up. Instead of putting up your own defenses, put up the armor of God. Move your auto-pilot from your head to your heart. You may be attacked in anger, but you can reactive in love. You may be assaulted in jealousy, but you can react in compassion. You may be accosted with chaos, but you can respond with peace. That is the power of the Holy Spirit in us through Christ’s sacrifice.

So, your position with Christ – do you understand what it is?

If you want to get strong in anything, you emphasize it; you spend time on it. How badly do you want “the power of His might”? Do you emphasize it?

When you’re tired, stressed, hurt – what’s the first thing that pops up? The mental or the spiritual? What is the second thing that pops up? (We’ll never be perfect, but our strength in the Lord should kick in pretty quickly if not right away if we’re in true pursuit of His power.)

Smith Wigglesworth said, “I’m not moved by what I see. I’m not moved by what I feel. I’m only moved by what I believe.”

What moves you to act?

We all have areas in our lives that feel like a constant proof of weakness. But here’s a thought Austin shared from his quiet time this past week:

If you’re always on defense, will you ever win?

Winning brings victory; victory brings rest and momentum for the next battle. The Spirit comforts, counsels and empowers us to act in victory. The point of it all is that we act.

“A lot of Christians put more faith in Satan’s authority than in God’s.” – Kenneth Hagan

We’ve all seen/known/heard of those people who seem to have God really tuned in to them; maybe they are just really tuned in to God. Maybe we all can be.

Other thoughts from Thursday night? Comments?

-TD

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