Our verse today is an embedded Litmus test for your brain.
Here is the definition of Litmus Test: test determined by single factor: a test in which a single factor determines the outcome.
What outcome is the key to our power?
The Renewed Mind.
Here is the definition of a renewed mind: putting the Word in mind and acting accordingly. This one single verse tests our mind for the renewed mind setting. It pokes a toothpick into the center of the baked cake to see if it comes out clean. If we do not have power, the single most important factor is our renewed mind. WHY?
The renewed mind is how Jesus Christ believed God.
What we think about determines our believing.
What happens when we believe?
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:11
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22
Wow! Believing is a big deal. Which must mean that keeping our brains cells thinking about the right thing and renewing our mind to the Word of God, must be an even bigger deal.
So what should we think about?
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Here’s how the Litmus Test for your Renewed mind works.
- whatsoever things are true,
- whatsoever things [are] honest,
- whatsoever things [are] just,
- whatsoever things [are] pure,
- whatsoever things [are] lovely,
- whatsoever things [are] of good report;
- if [there be] any virtue (power),
- and if [there be] any praise, (then)
think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
The Word of God is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, powerful and worthy of praise. God is all these things as well. If topics wander into your brain cells that do not line up with all these 8 things, kick them out. There is no power in it, so why have it.
Here is an example.
Ouch, my head hurts. I have a headache. Is this true? Yes! You do have a headache. But where is the power, good report and loveliness of that? How about this thought instead. God if you were me what would you do or pray for to get rid of a headache? His answer could be to stop drinking the night before because your liver is also in pain the next day. Or He could show you a mental image of an elephant being ordered to get up off your head. And once it stands up your head ache disappears. This is a healing. He could have you ask a fellow believer to pray and minister to you. But the fact is you went to the source of all power and received wisdom on how to move forward. Does that action pass the Litmus test?
Do you see how the switch takes place? Instead of a victim, you became a victor. You used the tools in God’s gift of Holy Spirit too. Wow! What a wonderful result!
What kind of things could you ask God about? ANY THING under the sun and moon.
“[God] In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” Ephesians 3:12
Why give us all this power, freedom, hope, understanding and access to God the Maker of the Universe, if we’re not supposed to use it to see our need met?
Just try it, God wants you to prove it.
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21
Have fun with it.
God Bless You Today!