Topic: A Different Mind-Set [Friday, February 17th]
But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it (Numbers 14:24).*_
When God wanted to train and raise the children of Israel after bringing them out of Egypt, He used Moses. Why? The answer is simple: He needed somebody with a different mentality from what the children of Israel had. The children of Israel had the slave mentality, but Moses was different. He had been a prince in Pharaoh’s palace. You couldn’t take that away from him. Even though he had become a shepherd in the desert, he was a prince inside him; his mind-set was that of a prince.
When he saw the strange sight of a bush burning, and yet the thicket wasn’t consumed, he didn’t run away terrified. Instead, he said, “…I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt” (Exodus 3:3). He was fearless. Two other Bible characters after Moses, with a similar mind-set are Joshua and Caleb. They had the mentality of champions; they thought as victors. Read again the Spirit’s commendation of Caleb in our opening verse.
When they were sent to go spy out the land God had promised the children of Israel, they didn’t deny that there were giants in the land. Howbeit, they saw the giants as “bread.” Their mentality was different. Whereas the other ten spies gave a faithless response when asked to describe the land, Joshua’s and Caleb’s response was from a standpoint of faith, inspired by a mind-set of victory. This is what the Word of God does in your life; it gives you a different mind-set; the mentality of victory and excellence.
The Word of God causes you to think and act right, because it’s the wisdom of God; it’s a force that propels you to do the will of God. The Word of God produces in you the wisdom (Greek: “Phronesis”) of the righteous (Luke 1:17). Some Christians, even though they’ve been made righteous, aren’t functioning with the wisdom of the righteous. They have a “carry-over” from the world. And that’s been their bane.
Don’t think sickness; don’t think poverty; renew your mind with the Word, and keep declaring what God says about you, irrespective of circumstances. That’s the wisdom of the righteous!
Dear Father, your Word causes me to think, talk, and act right. Your Word enriches me with the right mental attitude to situations and interpretations of those situations. I have the mind-set of the righteous; therefore, I display excellence, and triumph always in all things, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: || Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ||
|| Daniel 6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit [was] in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Mark 2:23-3:1-12,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 15:10-20,