Monday, September 12, 2016

Renewing Your Mind (Series): Trapped In The Past

2nd Corinthians 3:12-17

"Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

These scriptures were written over two thousand years ago, but the same veil remains on the hearts and minds of many Jewish and professing Christians when it comes to the Old Testament. So many are trapped in the past, still quoting Malachi 3:8-10 for tithing, not reading the whole book and putting the scriptures into context. Why is that?

It's because they have not turned to the Lord! Only He can take the veil away!

Where is the Spirit of the Lord in these congregations? He is the One who brings liberty, refreshing, and renewal of the mind.

Where is the diversity and unity of the faith in the two hundred and seventeen denominations in America?

Many are trapped in the past and continue to meet in racially divided 'churches', with carnal minds that cannot move forward even though they claim to know Jesus and walk in His truth!

Sunday is still the most racially segregated day of the week in America!

If you truly want to be set free in your mind and transformed into the image of Christ in your inner man (soul & spirit), you MUST forget your past, leave behind your former way of life, forgive those who wronged you, and live your life in the present, in the moment. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is not promised!

Phillipians 3:12-16

"Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind."

In Jesus,

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