Day 13—Jan 19, 2018
Faith doesn’t come from the mind; it comes from the heart. Yet a renewed mind enhances our faith through an understanding of the unseen.
FAITH IS BIRTHED in the heart by the Holy Spirit. Remember, it is a gift from God (see Eph. 2: 8). However, when our minds are renewed and transformed by the Presence of God operating in us, we start to understand how the unseen realm operates. Faith actually has a transformative impact on our thinking if we allow it to. What God deposited into our hearts at salvation was never meant to simply remain there, but to change every area of our lives—particularly the way we think. When the faith that God deposited into my heart begins to shape my thought life, this is a sure sign that my mind is being renewed. The renewed mind sees the impossible as logical. This is because we have decided to yield our minds to the influence of the One dwelling inside of us. When we remove the natural constraints from our thinking and actually embrace the thought life of God, realities that used to drive us to fear, unbelief, and anxiety become opportunities for the miraculous invasions of God.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
ROMANS 12: 1-2
George Whitefield: Encountering the Sovereign Spirit
WHITEFIELD WAS A major player in the Great Awakening started by Jonathan Edwards. Many were saved in his missions, and it is estimated that he preached to six million without the use of radio or television. Whitefield’s meetings were criticized for their emotional expressions of worship. John Wesley describes a prayer meeting with Whitefield in which the Spirit of God moved on them in 1739. “About three in the morning, as we were continuing instant in prayer, the power of God came mightily upon us, insomuch that many cried out for exceeding joy, and many fell to the ground. As soon as we were recovered a little from the awe and amazement at the Presence of His majesty, we broke out with one voice, ‘We praise Thee, O God, we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.’” Understand that we are not referring to hype or a striving, emotional attempt to garnish experience from God. This is about the sudden, undeniable surprises of His sovereignty.
Holy Spirit, renew my mind. Change the way I think so that the impossible becomes logical and the circumstances that used to drive me to fear, worry, or anxiety would actually draw me closer to Your empowering Presence. Your Spirit moves sovereignly. He also moves in response to faith. Help me not to try and work something up through hype or striving. Show me how to live in a place of rest, trusting the encounters and defining moments to You.
WHAT IS FATHER SAYING TO ME TODAY?