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What Does God Need From You?
God doesn’t need our Ability, He needs our mentality.
In Mark 9:23 we read;
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
In Matthew 10:22 we read;
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
In Numbers 13:31 we read;
But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
It is not one’s ability that determines success, but it is one’s mentality that determines success. The word perception is the ability to see with the mind based on sensory impressions formed in the heart over a period of time. For example, the ten spies that searched out the promise land had a perception that was based on how they saw themselves and not what God said about them (Romans 3:3-4). God told them what to do. He wasn’t asking them to do it in their ability, He was just telling them to believe. Because they had the wrong mentality they wandered in the wilderness for forty years and eventually died in the wilderness (Numbers 13:26-14:2).
In Numbers 21:5 we read;
And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
The Image (perception) that we have about God will determine the direction our life will go. This is why we must study God’s Word, so that we can develop a true image of who God really is (II Timothy 2:15). The children of Israel saw God as not being there to help in their times of need (Psalm 34:19, 46:1). Joshua and Caleb had a different image in their heart (Numbers 14:24), they saw God as being with them and for them (Numbers 13:30, 14:6-9).
They didn’t care how big the giants were, they believed with God on their side they couldn’t lose. We must realize that things are not always what they seem to be. This is why we can’t make a decision based solely on our senses (II Corinthians 4:18). An example of this is when the two spies went in to Jericho and were hid by Rahab and she told them about how her people feared them (Joshua 2:1-12). No matter what your situation looks like, if you stick with God and His Word you can’t lose.
In Proverbs 23:7 we read;
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
A right mental attitude determines altitude. It determines how high and how far you go. Joshua and Caleb had a right mentality, David had a right mentality and so did the woman with the issue of blood (I Samuel 17:31-47). When we have this same mentality we will experience great victories just as they did. We don’t overcome by our ability, we overcome by our mentality. It’s based on our believing (Zechariah 4:6).
As we close, always remember the importance of studying God’s Word (II Timothy 2:15), renewing our mind (Romans 12:2), Hearing the word of God on a consistent basis (Romans 10:17) and mediating on God’s Word (Joshua 1:8). When we do this we will face every test and trial with boldness with a right mental attitude and we will overcome the battle at hand. Amen!!
Pastor Jimmy Brackeen