IN THE HEART OF PEOPLE - Psalm 104_study 16
What Im about to share in the "Reversal study" is actually exactly corresponding to last weeks
message at Church
...funny that ...is'nt it ! all these coincidences,
Before I became a "Christian" I was brought up in a none Christian home
I knew nothing about Church, Christianity or the bible, absolutely nothing...zilch
The reason I came to the Lord was because I had come to the end of myself
But more so because I saw something in a "Christian family" and I just to know what it was
The morning after I had asked Jesus into my life , I walked into the living room where I was
staying and the lady of the house said "You've asked Jesus into your life ! haven't you ? "
I replied "Yes , how did you know"
She replied " You have a smile on your face for the first time and joy about you"
But after this...do you think I could read the bible ?
No way, man I had problems
I never was a big book reader, in fact I never had books as a child
Now before you start playing the violins, yes we had the usual encyclopedias and do it yourself
books and manuels that most families have in the living room
but never childrens books, never books in the bedroom
In fact I remember my bedroom to be sparce and empty and cold as a child and as a teenager
Dad always said "never feel sorry for yourself , theres always people worse off than you"
So anyway , book reading was difficult not knowing that I had dyslexia or that not wearing
glasses (which was'nt cool in those days with the lovely national health spectacles)
So here I was a new creation , a new creation, A New Creation....seated in heavenly places in
Christ, all the promises of God at my diposal, adopted into the family of God, Holy Spirit enabled
and ready to go
You know getting through each day was a real trial ! I remember thinking " O Lord Ive done it,
another day, Ive made it through another day ........phew !! "
You see it was'nt heavenly resounding bells or angels banging on my door
It was the basics of getting used to living with a Christian family,
Trying to figure out why the room would suddenly fill up with people and why they would stare
at this book and sing these strange songs !
O and what they called a "Youth group" man that was hard.. trying to relate to these guys who had
been brought up with all this stuff
In fact the hardest thing was trying to figure out why they insisted on actually rebelling against it ?
Man , they would think it cool to go to the pub or club or think it daring to play the "non Christian
record" when the parents were,nt around or try to tell their mums that the latest "Michael Jackson"
record was Christian and that he had been born again.
Trouble was I was being asked "excuse me .....you would know about this ......is Michael Jackson
a Christian ?"
And I answered "no no no" and then wondered why I got a punch in the ribs and nasty looks
from the "Christian youth" group
So yes I was being used at times as a "source of knowledge" for parents,
which got me into trouble
And being of the ripe old age of 21, I was still just within the "youth group" range
And remember the youth group then was all new to someone like me "being a Christian toddler
I could never understand why these guys would want to dabble in touching trhe "forbidden fruit"
It was like the youth were experimenting and running in and out of the "Kingdom" just to catch
a glimpse of the "World"
I was'nt going that way . no way, Ive just come out of all that, thats all Ive ever known, Its silly
why would they want to go that way ?
But I suppose they always had the security to go back too if things got bad
Then there was the Church and all these strange songs and communion, such a simply thing...
is'nt it ? taking communion....
Wow I would shake when the cup came around and I could never figure out why, until years later
Once I'd forgiven my dad and began to learn a bit more about "what the cup was"
Not just to forgive him but too find release from "rejection" which took some years
Then there was the "prayer groups" and all of this took place in the home where I was staying being
adopted into this "extended family"
Now that was a hard one
On top of trying to figure all this out, I had to go from day to day , one day at a time and man
was it hard
It was almost like a complete "REVERSAL" of life
How could I show my emotions ? what would come out ? how could I except this love, how could
I trust these people !
Everything was out of my control, at least in the old life (egypt) I knew what was what
But on top of this I still had the old habits and the old stuff inside me (Israelites still had the old habits of egypt)
How would I get through the day without alcohol ? how would I get through the day without seeing an old
friend that might draw me back, ? how would I get through the day without a smoking too much ?
And then there was the reading of this book !
My new mother would say "Its like putting a square peg into a round hole"
And so began the years of learning and early discipleship
But I could never figure out why there seemed to be such a big gap between the bible and my
own experience of life
What the bible was telling me (when I did manage to read some pages without the page going blank,
or the writing blurring or the words moving or my mind wandering) was quite different to my
Why was there such a huge gap between me and Gods Word ?
It was not until some 10 or twenty years later that the gap slowly began to get smaller....so what
was all that about ?
You see I spent all my spare time going to meetings not because I was into religion but I had to
hear what God was saying and if I could'nt get it by reading then Id get it by going to meetings
This was my portable cd player, this was my new "life player"
Remember the nearest thing to a "walkman" at that time was a large cassette player and how would
I have the money to buy one let alone the cassettes
You see the world had told me something and the bible was telling me something quite different
In fact "Gods Word" was telling me the "opposite" the my experience, it was kind of reversing
And that why the bible can be so difficult
You know I had to reverse my way of thinking
I had to unlearn before I could learn !
Wow what all this about "the garden of Eden and Adam and Eve ? "
You know I did'nt find it hard at all to believe all this stuff, as far as I was concerned, God could
have told me I was a pink banana , and I would believe it because I knew that God could do it if He
so wished, there was'nt anything my new Dad was'nt capable of doing
But the hardest thing for me apart from reading was all these strange words and theologies
And so I learnt that by reading the bible I was taking in part of the character of God
I was finding God, it was enabling me to understand and to draw nearer to God, but it was not
until some twenty years later that I really began to be able to read the bible, somehow, God had
enabled me to read AND concentrate
For the first time I was able to read without getting distracted, without the pages blurring, without
my mind wandering, and wow lets go man
Once I found out that for the first time I could read without problems there was no stopping me
Now I realise that knowing the word of God and actually living out the Word of God were quite
But slowly and surely that Word went from my brain to my heart and slowly the gap between
Gods word and my life began to get a little less like a large chasm
To some the bible might be little more than a story book
Trouble is the old intellect might get in the way
"Adam and Eve ? you don't believe in all that rubbish ...do you ?
Noahs ark hahahaaaa and what about the rainbow ?
Its soooo limited, you want to broaden your mind mate...live a bit and seeee what the world is
No I would'nt know what the world was like would I ?
You see the "Kingdom is not limited...far from it......the Kingdom of God is without limitations within
the limits of Gods nature
If anything the world is limited to what God allows and is refined to limitations ending in self destruction
RENEWING OF THE MIND
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of
your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and
Ezra 10:11 Now make confession to the LORD, the God of your fathers, and do his will. Separate
yourselves from the peoples around you and from your foreign wives."
Ephesians 4:23-24 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge
in the image of its Creator.
Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy
. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived
(Without the Light Of the World)
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the
love of the Father is not in him.
IN THE HEART OF PEOPLE
And so Reading Gods word renews the mind and after time the active and living Word Of God begins to change the way we think
But even then we need to allow that to happen,
Some old ways and attitudes may take longer to change than others
As the Holy Spirit works inside and along with prayer and daily seeking slowly and surely the old attitude paths and pride mountains, the old ways and down valleys, the old tracks and thought trails begin to level out
This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"
A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.
MAKE STRAIGHT THE HIGHWAYS
But it takes time and even after time still some things may need to be uprooted, or stopped before they begin a new thought trail, in this there is continuous "reversal"
Submission to God and submitting those things of the heart to Him
The moment a thought trail comes to mind then its time to change direction
As soon as a feeling that may pull me down down comes or makes me depressed or seeks to make mwe fall ...its time to fill that valley and raise that matter up in prayer
As soon as a wrong attitude path pops itself up....its time too reverse it
As soon as a mountain of worry roars ...its time to submit it to God
Its timne to level the paths before they take residence ahead and time to allow God to make those paths straight
As far as I can see ahead then its for me to act upon a wrong path
In this Father God allows certain things to bypass Him so that I might take up the sword and might use the weapons that He has given me
As for the many things that could have come my way or those things that are too big for
me to handle Father God can see them long before I can and has already dealt with
these things and in this He levels and makes the paths straight for me
And so in this ......it can be a two way thing
My old thought patterns and attitudes can not just be renewed but actually turned around so that God can use them for better things
CHANGE TO REVERSE
At times the moment a thought enters the head, as soon as an attitude enters the heart,
as soon as a wrong emotion begins to lift its ugly head, there is a point in which the
person can choose whether to allow this to become an action
Many things Father God will see coming and before we do and He can stop them
But many times it is for me too act upon it, I have the oportunity at that split second
before the thought becomes action, before the attitude takes hold or before the emotion
takes a grip to choose to let it affect me or to affect what I say or do ... or to take
hold of it and give it over to God
In this is my free will to choose
WHAT I SAY AND WHAT HE SAYS
Another thing that is good is the allowing of the reversal of thought through scripture
I say: "It's impossible" God says: All things are possible Luke 18:27
I say: "I'm too tired" God says: I will give you rest Matthew 11:28-30
I say: "Nobody really loves me" God says: I love you John 3:16
I say: "I can't go on" God says: My grace is sufficient 2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15
I say: "I can't figure things out" God says: I will direct your steps Proverbs 3:5-6
I say: "I can't do it" God says: You can do all things Philippians 4:13
I say: "I'm not able" God says: I am able 2 Corinthians 9:8
I say: "It's not worth it" God says: It will be worth it Roman 8:28
I say: "I can't forgive myself" God says: I Forgive you I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1
I say: "I can't manage" God says: I will supply all your needs Philippians 4:19
I say: "I'm afraid" God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear 2 Timothy 1:7
I say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"God says: Cast all your cares on ME I Peter 5:7
I say: "I don't have enough faith" God says: I've given everyone a measure of faith Romans 12:3
I say: "I'm not smart enough" God says: I give you wisdom I Corinthians 1:30
I say: "I feel all alone" God says: I will never leave you or forsake you Hebrews 13:5
As soon as a thought comes that might seek to draw you down not only can we hand it
over to God and allow Him to control it but we can find a reverse thought to enter into
This can be very frustrating for the enemy of our minds and hearts
An example of this was recenlty I kept thinking to myself
"Lord I can't do this" and the reply was "no you can't but I can"
This got really frustrating until I eventually said "Yes ok Lord I know you can do it,
but please can you do it ? "
and He did
Reversal of thinking, attitudes and ways is not just for the Holy Spirits control
totally because remeber we still have free will and can still allow these things to take hold ouselves if we choose them too
Or once a wrong attitude,feeling, thought is acted upon we still have the chance at that point turn it around even after it has been allowed to become visible and we can still at this point give it to god
Neither is this the "power of thought or the power of the mind or the power of positive thinking as in the power of the person alone
this is a part of the renewal of the mind and taking captive those thoughts
2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge
of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
This is raising up the valleys to God and lowering the high thoughts before God so that
on that day God will be exalted
Isaiah 2:11 The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought
low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.
He is the One who breaks the habits and smashes the attitudes
Jeremiah 23:29 "Is not my word like fire," declares the LORD, "and like a hammer that
breaks a rock in pieces?
In this is the two way path
THE REVERSAL STUDY
WHAT NOT AND DO DON'T
And so we can choose what we watch on television for example , but more than that we can watch
programmes or listen to radio or read the paper or glance through the internet and choose what
we take in and how we take it in
Once I begin to understand the mind of God and grasp who He is and understand His nature and
begin to understand His Word then watching tv, listening to radio or any other venture should not be
so much "O turn that off or turn that down or hide from this or take cover"
But we should simply be able to view it and see it as it is and see through it
Rather, its not what I listen too but how I hear it
Its not what I watch but how I view it
Its not what I read but how I approach it
Its not so much what I look at but how I look at it
Do you get the picture ?
REPEATING - REPEATINg - REPEATIng - REPEATing - REPEAting - REPEating - REPeating -
REpeating - Repeating - repeating . Full Stop
Christmas comes around so fast does'nt it ?
O the same thing every year, the pre Christmas build up and no sooner have we begun to consider
Christmas we find its upon us
The same thing every year is'nt it ?
To some its a joyous time, to others it may not be
WRAP IT UP IN PRAYER
But Have you ever wondered why the same things always happen again and again
The same sins or the same situations, the same arguments, the same dissapointments
"Oooooo I knew that would happen , I said it would "
The same sins
"I pray about it but then I keep on going back to it"
The same arguements
"Well I just had to get it off my chest...you know, otherwise it just builds up in me, ahh its good
to clear the air is'n it ?.......is'nt it ?"
The same temptations
"Ooo it keeps on coming back and I so try not too....but tis like a never ending circle - and I must
admit I do enjoy it"
The same things occur over and over and the same prayers are prayed and the same consequences
occur time and time again
Have you ever wondered why sometimes something does stop without you actually doing anything
yourself ? could it be that the other person has changed ?
But wait one day [I] change and [it] stops
THE FRUIT OF REPENTANCE
Could it be that I need to change rather than the people and things around me ?
You know what this is.....don't you ?
When we continiously reverse things ? when God reverses things ?
When we decide to walk the "other way"
When we take a thought captive and replace it with another ?
When we are not just having our minds renewed by the Son , the Light Of the World, BUT
when we are renewing our minds as well ? (it takes two to tango)
Its called, ?
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
This is taking another path, lowering those thoughts that would seek to crush us and filling those
thoughts so that the valley rises up on level with Gods Word
Its taking the though captive that seeks to be above God and lowering it down to Gods word
Its clearing the path for Him so that there is room in the Inn for Jesus
This is the fruit of repentance, a continious heart attitude
NO ROOM AT THE INN
Lord Father God In Jesus name I make room for you in my heart and open the doors of the Inn,
so that the new thought may be born and the old ways no more
That Your Light might Shine in that place,
Take those repeating things and replace them, as I wrap them up in prayer
I will take those thoughts that seek to fill that place in my heart and make room for you Lord Jesus
In Jesus name amen