Devotional 2/23

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24

We need our hearts to be healed, and our minds to be changed, and only God can do that!

Tina Campbell

When I eavesdropped on Nicodemus and Jesus’ conversation, I became more interested in the kingdom of God. Nicodemus told Jesus that he believes he is from God because of the miracles which He did. It seems that the miracles of God is the kingdom of God. The scriptures say that the kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:21), and that it comes to us when we encounter the power of God (Luke 11:20). Jesus told Nicodemus that in order to see the kingdom: one must be born again (John 3:3).

Being born again actually means being translated from darkness to light. It’s almost like an unborn child in its mothers womb, it’s in the dark: when it is birth, it comes to the light. In the spirit realm, we were born into darkness: but when we invite Jesus into our hearts and make Him our lord and savior: He translates us into the light of His love.

Initially, without knowing it or working on it: our character is immediately changed by love. As soon as someone genuinely confessed Christ as their Lord, their hearts are translated from darkness to light and their spirit brought from death to life. In that moment the person has not received much material, but their spirit has entered a new dimension: this person has been born again. You’ll see the persons face change in an instant! We see the same person but as a new creation (in Christ). As the person continues to follow after Christ, they finalize their re-birth in baptismal waters, and discipleship. Holy Spirit continues to work in that person adding virtues of love, faithfulness, integrity, gentleness, patience, self control and kindness. And as they continue to mature, given their disposition along with the word of God, they continue to become more and more like Christ.

Most people I know are utterly confused about what it is to be a born again Christian. Relying on perfectionism, good works and sin/devil consciousness prevents people from entering into the kingdom, from growing in God and from good mental health. For some fleshly driven reason, Christianity has a way of keeping people in poverty and in mental health issues. In addition, the church confuses mental health problems for character problems, or lack of faith/spirituality: which causes further mental health issues, demonic oppression and ill behavior as consequence! No wonder there are so many unhappy Christians. They have yet to learn about the finished work of Christ at Calvary, grace, fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and are in dire need of mental renewal and emotional healing.

Jesus is warring for our souls. Our Lord gave His life so that we could walk in newness of life and abundance. He resurrected to bring us into right standing with God.

Let’s pray:

Father God, eternal and sovereign king. I stand in the gap today for all my brothers and sisters who are confused, miserable, condemned and battered. I ask you to reveal your love to them. Give them comfort and grace while they figure out that it is you working in them. May they recognize that it is by your power, and not by their strength. I pray for your living word to quicken their minds towards renewal and restoration. In Jesus name, Amen.

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