BY SANDIE FREED - A Prophetic Word and Teaching
Several days ago I heard the Lord say:
"My people are amid many different shifts. Some are shifting out from business into ministry. Some in ministry are shifting into marketplace ministry. Shifts are necessary during this season because I am imparting Kingdom mentality, which involves co-laboring with Me.
"I am not limited to the mindsets of My children. I am a God who is unlimited and I have thoughts beyond their thoughts. I have visions for them that they have not yet thought or dreamed of. To experience all that I have for them will require a shift out of their mindsets.
"The Kingdom dimension is not limited to the natural mind. Yet, the natural mind will abort the seeds being planted by the Holy Spirit concerning Kingdom reality. So, know that I am challenging mindsets even more in the coming days. What you thought was impossible must become potential.
"Look at the impossible as Kingdom potential and then expect it to become Kingdom reality. I am challenging My children to let faith arise! Don't focus on what you see in the natural; lean not to your own understanding. I am removing the veil from the eyes of My people and empowering them to see realms of the supernatural.
"Will we, today, remain stuck in an old pattern of thinking, or an old pattern of religious performance?"
"They will overthrow the demonic structures of unbelief and rely on My grace to empower them to experience breakthroughs and demonstrate many miracles, signs and wonders. A new anointing for courage and boldness is being imparted to those who will cast off all restraints; as they trust Me and allow Me to lead them as they commit to co-laboring with Me in this new season."
I began pondering this word for several days. I kept thinking about mindsets. In fact, I just plain got stuck on that word...mindsets. I knew that God was giving strategy for breakthrough so I thought even more. What exactly is a mindset?
It's more than setting our mind on something – it's about something being set into our minds. I know...sounds confusing, right? Let me see if I can break this down a bit. Why do I feel a need to do that? Because we need to understand how hazardous it can be to have a wrong or ungodly mindset. That is, when it comes to understanding God and His ways.
A mindset can be both good and bad. If we set our minds on success, we are therefore choosing to focus on whatever is needed to become successful. If I set my mind on eating healthier, I can be tenacious and refuse sweets and unhealthy snacks. But, if I were taught incorrectly as a child and had a mindset that "all food is okay; just eat everything in moderation" then we can conclude that the mindset was unhealthy, right? So, then that wrong belief would have been set into my mind at a young age. If that unhealthy mindset remained, I would eventually become unhealthy because of eating junk food all my life.
Now let's boil this down to where I really intend to take you: to talk about religious mindsets. Dear one, let me be blunt: religious mindsets can hinder your walk with the Lord and cause unbelief and even block the flow of the supernatural in your life.
I have realized that Jesus came with an announcement that was completely unexpected. The Jews had a mindset that He would appear with an incredible military force and end the abuse they suffered from Rome. Their mindset involved an established "natural" form of government. If you think about it, Israel had completely lost sight of the power of the supernatural.
The supernatural realm was not what they desired to experience; they desired to focus on a "quick fix" for their pain in the natural realm. They could not embrace the fact that if they solved the problem in the supernatural realm that it would take care of their problems in the natural. As a result of their mindset, they missed their hour of visitation. Just think of all that would have been accomplished if they had received Jesus when He came as their Messiah!
The Powerful Message of Repentance
The mindset of the Jews hindered them from understanding the message of repentance. Matthew 4:17 presented the people with an announcement, "...Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." Jesus was introducing a whole new revelation concerning repentance.
Jesus came and made a proclamation concerning repentance. He pointed out that the manifestation of the Kingdom of God hinges on the message of repentance. He was and is talking about repentance as in turning from sin, but Jesus was also dealing with their mindsets. He was, in essence, saying:
"Hey guys, it's important that you begin to change the way you think. Why? Because I brought My world with Me! Yes, I have brought My Kingdom with Me. And, I want you to change your perspective on reality. If you choose to see things from My perspective, you can experience and live from the reality of My world."
In other words, Jesus was challenging them to bring Heaven to Earth. And that is the way that Jesus taught the disciples to pray. Praying Heaven to Earth, right?
Repentance is Connected to Experiencing Kingdom Reality!
Unfortunately, many of us today have had a mindset concerning the word repentance. Most Christians have repented enough to get forgiven, but not enough to see the Kingdom. Ouch! I was there about fifteen years ago.
I was so busy repenting from my "ugliness" (ugly heart attitudes, ugly actions, ugly sins, etc.) that I could never see that I was God's daughter, a child of the King, and that I had been given power and authority to rule and reign! When Jesus taught on the Kingdom, He presented the message with a powerful mandate. In Matthew 10:7-9, we read how Jesus empowered His disciples with the Kingdom Mandate:
"'The Kingdom of Heaven is near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give." (Matt. 10:7-9 NIV)
"Religious mindsets can hinder your walk with the Lord and cause unbelief and block the flow of the supernatural in your life."
Yes! They received power and now they had to give it away! We need to remember this important lesson: you only get to keep what you give away! However, how many of us have the mindset that we must hold on to everything?
It's clear that the Kingdom message is opposite of that mindset. When I understood the fact that we are not to build our own kingdoms, but rather His Kingdom, it changed my perspective – it changed my life! I have learned that godly multiplication only occurs when we are consistently giving out. The mindset that we must hold onto what we have will rob potential Kingdom seed from being sown. Only true multiplication can come from sacrifice of giving in all areas of life.
A Wake-Up Call!
My heart is to not be harsh but to deliver a wake-up call. We are not called to be a sleeping Church. We can no longer remain lukewarm concerning co-laboring with Him and promoting the Kingdom of God. Many Believers have a mindset that we are simply holding on until Jesus comes. No! We are not on the defense, we are on the offense. Get a mindset today that we are advancing! We are moving forward as a mighty army taking ground for Kingdom advancement!
Today, please shift into Kingdom reality. Develop an advancing attitude. Determine that you are not retreating but rather advancing! As we pursue this type of Kingdom mentality, know this for a fact: in Kingdom reality, disease cannot stay; poverty cannot stay; devastation cannot stay and shame cannot stay!
Remain determined that you are contending for this now! Some of you reading this may be struggling and need a divine healing. Some may have the mindset that it's impossible to be sick and to pray for others to be healed. To believe this way is truly a mindset that will hinder the supernatural flow in your life.
Let me just say that I have realized that is possible for me to walk in the gift of healing others, but still have disease in my own body. God will use my faith and my determination to see a realm of the supernatural if I will just step out and be His conduit. Remember, we are contending now for Heaven to come to earth! His will and not ours.
To co-labor effectively with God, there must be a complete dependence on His grace. This is what the Jews couldn't get. They only understood serving God under the Law. It was a mindset that involved rules, laws and religious performance. What they couldn't grasp was the understanding that true repentance required complete dependence.
They just couldn't change the way they thought. Will we, today, remain stuck in an old pattern of thinking, or an old pattern of religious performance? There are unlimited possibilities available for us to grasp and experience. Let's cast off all unbelief, all fear and fear of failure and begin to believe!
Dear one, don't allow your past to dictate your future any longer!
Sandie Freed Ministries
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