Some of my latest posts have been about our identity in Jesus Christ. If you haven’t read those already, you can do it now and then come back to this post where we’ll identify if we, as believers, are still slaves of the world.
We often declare who we are in Jesus Christ and we accept our identity, but do we really believe it?
We have received so much garbage from the world since our childhood that we now struggle when it comes to really feeling and believing it.
The struggle is so strong that we become like the people of Israel in the desert. Even though God was with them, taking care of them “just as a father cares for his child”, they refused to trust Him. (Deuteronomy 1:31-33) And that’s what we sometimes struggle with. Trust. Just like the Israelites missed God’s point while in the desert, we do the same when we go through any trial or tribulation.
They didn’t see that the Lord didn’t take them out of the desert because He was shaping and developing their character. And He does the same with us.
That’s why instead of crying out “why?“, we should be thankful for our trials because that’s God’s way to shape us according to His will. He promised that He would be with us through everything, so we have the guarantee that we will make it and He will be there for us!
That’s why it’s so important to reaffirm ourselves with all His promises and to NEVER doubt what He has said in the first place. Believing in God goes further than knowing He exists or including Him in our conversations like a pet word. It’s really believing that He is moving and acting, and making sure that we keep our relationship alive.
Besides, the way we talk about God and what we declare determines how our life is going to be. For example, the Israelites had a “slaves'” mindset and a dearth mentality. That’s why their faith was easily attacked.
They couldn’t see beyond their suffering because they longed for their past lives as slaves in Egypt.
They failed to see that they were being shaped and that their character was being tested.
That’s what God wants to do with us through the trials: Show us what’s in our hearts.
Remember: “what you say flows from what is in your heart.” (Luke 6:45)
We don’t learn much about ourselves when everything’s fine and smooth. Unfortunately, we must receive a wake-up call from our Father when He sees that something’s not right in us! (Let’s thank Him for that too!)
I’m going to show you another example of this “slaves'” mindset.
In the book of Numbers, chapter 13, verses 27 to 33, we read about the report that the spies gave to Moses. Ten gave a terrible report. They only saw the negative things they found (mostly lies). The other two, Joshua and Caleb, gave a great report about all the amazing things they found. Plus, they were 100% that their people, the Israelites, would conquer it.
So, if they all saw the same, why did they give such different reports? The 83% of the spies gave a report full of lies, exaggeration, fear, intimidation, pessimism. Why? Because they were rebelling against God’s will for them. They wouldn’t accept this amazing land because their scenery was obscured by their past as slaves in Egypt.
If you’re wondering “how does this apply to me?” You might not realize it because you’ve never “felt” like a slave. But I’m sure that we’ve all had our scenery obscured by doubt. We become slaves of doubt and fear and we stop trusting and believing in the amazing things that God can do for us. It’s the same as with the Israelites. If we already experienced our Father’s presence and miracles before, why do we stop believing? Why do we choose not to trust Him? When do we decide that our Father isn’t with us through our trials?
The ten spies had to change their mindset. They lacked spirit. Their mindset was poor, weak, of loss and defeat. At the end, they didn’t enter the promised land.
But the other two had a winning mindset. Their mentality was already renewed and they were certain of their Lord and what He had promised. They did enter the promised land and Joshua actually took Moses place to lead the Israelites right before entering the amazing land that God had prepared for them. In Numbers 27:18 and 14:24, it’s said that Joshua and Caleb had spirit. There was something in them that made them conquerors. This spirit was opposite to that of the other ten.
This spirit was opposite to that of the other ten. It led them to believe God, trust him and confess His Word.
They were full of life, they were not going to give up. They were talking differently and they saw the opportunities. As I said before, they were conquerors. This spirit, that was special and different, was bound to what they thought which was bound to what they said which was ultimately bound to what they believed in. And what did they believe in? Their only, faithful, mighty, amazing God.
So, what is your confession?
Your confession will determine if you enter the promised land or not.
Identify the lies of the enemy.
These lies destroy our dreams, they don’t let us see the greatness of our Father, they leave us under the impression that we are still slaves and it makes us complain, blame others, compare ourselves, give up, etc.
Failure doesn’t let us trust God. That might be the difference between those Christians and believers who thrive and those who don’t. Some chose to see His glory because they have had their minds renewed. They decide to let God transform them:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
REMEMBER: We are no longer slaves of sin, of our past, or anything else other than of our Savior, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 7:22).
What do you think motivated David to fight against Goliath?
In 1 Samuel 17:26 “David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?”
David’s conviction of who his God was and that he was the son of God was his motivation. He had a true zeal for God and he stood up to face the enemy, knowing that his Lord was with him.
We can not forget everything God is capable of and what He has said about us.
Jesus died for us and redeemed us. This means that He paid a very high price to SET US FREE from the slavery to defeat, depression, pain, poverty, disease, despair, hopelessness…
Jesus is telling us right now, just as He told the lame man lying next to the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-9):
“Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
Our Savior is calling us out to know that He freed us from our limitations whether they are limitations in our heart, mind, or body.
Now, I urge you to clean your mind and take out all the garbage that’s been taking God’s place.
Finally, memorize this to declare it daily or print it and paste it somewhere visible:
I hope this post has helped you to identify things you might still be a slave of and I want to encourage you to renew your mind by reading God’s word every day.
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Be gracious and don’t forget God’s love never fails.