Written Article Mindset (What holds You Back) By Laurence Torr
Mindset (What holds You Back) By Laurence Torr
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Fear, (anxiety) brings a trap Philippians 4:6 says be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer, that is how you put your trust in the Lord is by casting every care to Him in prayer, the new man mind set brings everything before the throne of Grace, which is God’s favour, so that you may find mercy and help in the time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) The old man nature mindset gets us to dwell on all the reason why we should fear rather than cast all our care on God.
The old man nature mindset default is to depend on one’s self, and to have worry fear and doubts, and thoughts of lack, and fears and uncertainty of the future and what the future may hold. Thoughts of other people’s opinions of us and caring about what they say about us if we fail or make mistakes or what they think about us because we may not be being successful.
Thoughts of being weak, thoughts of being incompetent and inadequate or incapable all these thoughts and feelings are not the fruit of the spirit; they do not come from the new man mind set of Christ in you the hope of glory.
These thoughts come from the old man nature, and from the things we have learnt from the time we were born.
When we have these negative thoughts of failing, we will never move forward in our journey with God, to many times people rely on the approval of others, and many people become hypersensitive to the opinion of others. Rather than being bold to do what God shows them to do.
Fear of failure and rejection is caused by destructive criticism from a young age, if you tell someone they cannot enough times and they believe you, guess what? they cannot, or they don’t try because they are afraid, they will fail or be criticised. These thoughts and fears govern most people lives, everything they do is organised around avoiding failure or criticism.
There are so many fears and yet God says He has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of sound mind,God encourages His people not to fear the fear of the enemy, (Isaiah 8:12)
The world fears, we are not to fear, but we are to preach and give the goods news of gospel of Jesus Christ, we are to preach deliverance to those captivated by the god of this world. To heal the broken hearted, and recovering of the sight to the spiritually and physically blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.
How can we do this if we are still operating from the old man mindset and our focus is ourselves? For those of us that are serious to move with God, we need to keep God first and the first love of our life’s.
If you have these thoughts of fears, it is because you are thinking with the carnal mind and reasoning, but recognising these fears and doubts we can replace and demolish those fears and doubts with what God says about you. You have a choice every day to walk in the new man mind set and let the thoughts of Christ dwell in you richly or You can Dwell on negative thoughts that will stir up negative emotions in you and keep you paralysed and indecisive and moving backwards rather than forwards. It is the introduction of light that dispels darkness.
By recognising we are new creation in Christ, we need to also reckon the old man nature mind set dead to sin. But our new man alive unto God.
Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Just Shall live by faith and not be sight.
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.
Paul said in Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draws back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
God does not delight in those that draw back in fear, why? Because Fear does not come from God.
Carnal minded or Spiritual Minded
Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God
Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Life and Peace flows from the new man, when we walk with the carnal mind, it is an enemy to God and when we walk with the carnal mind, we cannot please God it is that simple. And we reap what we sow, carnally and spiritually.
Our true Identity as believers is not in this worlds ways but in Christ and It is all about identity and people’s mindsets and belief’s.
The god of this world is attacking people’s identity when you think about this gender identity and sexuality it has got to the point where you cannot in many places refer to a male as he or a woman as she. There is so many genders just google it and find out for yourself, I expect many people are aware of what is being promoted in the world today.
But As for me and my house we will serve the Lord and our identity is in Christ, as he is so are we in this world. We are the lights of the world the salt of the earth, and we are God new creation in Christ and His masterpiece. We don’t have to believe or take what the world throws at us to be truth, because it says it on the news, because we know it is not truth (its fake news) many people are afraid to speak the truth because of being politically correct,
But We are exhorted and commanded in
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles (methods) of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
It is a spiritual battle and the battle is for the hearts and minds of people, to get people to conform to what is being promoted as good when it is not good. And our adversary knows how to whip up the emotions of people and deceive them.
We decide everyday if we are going to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, or if we are going to be weak by giving into our emotions and the pressures of this world, we decide to take that leap of faith and not worry about what others thinks of us, because of what God would have us speak. It is always a decision to be strong in the Lord and focus with God or to be weak and cave in to the pressures or pleasure of this world. We decide to be strong, to speak and do that which is right before God, and speak truth against the lies of the enemy that he constantly whispering in peoples ears and shouting out and shoving in your face day after day, through the world’s media, and different groups that promotes his lies.
But thanks be to God for our God is the greatest encourager in anyone’s life that will hear Him, God works with people’s faith, he builds them up where the god of this world through the systems of this world tears people down, and traps them and keeps them in bondage through his continuous systemic lies, when we hear what the world promotes through all it different media, for the most part it promotes fear and uncertainty, lack, and division and war and always challenging what is right and just, calling good evil and evil good.
David did not fear the giant when he faced Goliath, He had full confidence in God. He saw in his heart what he was going to do and declared it out of His mouth and went and defeated Goliath, David already had a mindset of victory through his previous victories of things much bigger than himself like the lion and the bear. I could lay a bet here and say if David had run away from the bear and lion he would have not run towards Goliath. God had already been working with David faith as shepherd boy. God called David a man after his own heart. David’s heart and mindset were established at a young age, he had no fear when it came to something that was bigger than him, his confidence was in God and he knew God was with Him. So we see from a young age what was built in David heart carry through to adult hood.
What has been established in your mindset. What are your core beliefs? What was built in your heart? what strong hold do you need to demolish? what do you think about most of the time,? those thoughts that are at the core of how you perceive yourself, have been built into your heart, brick by brick so to speak and are cemented together by the repetition of those thoughts, which has become a part of you, and influence your decision making and what you think you can and cannot do, it influences your choices in friends and interests, where did you learn them from, who has had the most influence in your life? I ask you to think about these things, when I have considered what I learnt from a young age I can see why I made so many wrong choices, God highlight to me the things I need to think on to change those wrong things I was taught and was establish at an early age.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart…. This is very true as you think in your heart so are you.
What you think about the most is what you have heard and learnt and acted on and has been established in you. A lot of thoughts and idea may be Strong holds which you can pull down with God.
The people that have brought you up from a young age and have taught you many things are your parents, or the person or persons who has cared for you the most in your upbringing, we have heard the saying he is just like his dad or she is just like her mum we have learnt from these people in our life as well as uncles and aunties we have respect for these people and they may have taught us things we hold to be truth but they may not be truth.
Many of the things they have taught us, we carry with us and some of their values in us we may hold to. Think back to the kids you hung around with or gangs and groups we learnt so much from different circles and we picked up and learn different sets of principles and values, and they become a part of how we view our life, and other people. I heard someone say show me your friends and I will show you your future, very powerful statement.
God wants us to be like Him, Paul encourages this in
Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
The word followers here can be translated imitator. God wants us to imitate Him by walking love, the more we practise imitating God the more we become like Him, to imitate doesn’t just require acting like that but thinking that way too. We make a conscious decision to imitate God until it become embedded in our hearts then it becomes a natural response.
The more we focus with God, and learn about Him and the more we look at the life Jesus Christ and how He moved and lived the more we will walk and talk like him, Jesus Christ mindset was to focus on the Father and do what the Father showed Him to do and to speak what the Father worked in him to speak. He was led by the spirit of God.
In the letter to Romans Paul encouraged this, after encouraging the believers to be spiritually minded because they have the spirit
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God
Sons of God are led by the spirit of God, as we move with God, behold all things are becoming new, Christ is being formed in us, we are going and growing from faith to faith, from glory to glory. The more we walk in the spirit and are led by the spirit of God the more the old man nature mindset fades away. The more dependant we become on God to lead us and guide and provide for us what we need to live and move and have our being, and also to preach and teach the gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto wholeness.
We now have authority to live in victory, and to walk in the new man nature mindset of Christ in us the hope of glory. We are to see no man after the flesh and that includes ourselves.
How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as not important? Do you see yourself as a failure? Do you see yourself as having no good influence? Do you see yourself as always struggling? Do you see yourself as poor, do you see yourself as just getting by? However you are seeing yourself that is what you will become, that is how far you are going to go, we have heard the saying you are where you are today because of your believing, and you will be where you will be tomorrow because that is where your believing will take you.
Change the image of yourself, if the image of yourself is negative, learn to see yourself how God see you and thinks of you. Speak about yourself how God speaks about you, say what you want not what you see with your carnal eyes, Faith is the substance of things hoped the evidence of things not seen in the natural world.
See yourself preaching to the millions healing the sick casting out devils, see multitudes of men and women and young adults and children and older people being born again and coming to a knowledge of the truth, see your home packed with hungry hearted people ready to learn and move with God, get God’s vision in your heart and mind, dwell upon these things, speak and act like it is done deal, do this daily by repetition in your heart and mind and words become fully persuaded just like Abraham became fully persuaded that he would become the father of many nations, he was giving glory to God.
As you give your desires to God and daily think, speak and act as God is directing, it will not be long before you will start to evidence increase and growth in every area, this is God’s heart for all His children, through all the many teaching from many wonderful ministers, God has been working with your faith, building your confidence, if you have received the word with meekness you know God wants you to be a doer of His word to you, it is as you practise and build your heart with truth, you will begin to see God at work in your life in the most power way ever.
Guard your heart with all diligence, watch what seeds you allow to be plant in your mind and cultivated. (Proverbs 4:23)
We began this year with the theme walk in newness of life, my friends this is walking in newness of life, having God’s words dwell richly in you, being not conformed to this world, but being transformed by the renewing of your mind. proving to yourself and others what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Conformity to this world ways, will keep your entrapped and enslaved to its thought’s emotions and words and action.
Galatians 5:24-26, 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
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