Essentials for Becoming More Than: Three Heart-Felt Spirit-Led Mind-Sets
What I'm about to tell you should become our Heart-Felt, Spirit-Led, Mind-Set. Absorb that for a moment.
To Be More Than - Never Be Less Than
Because Jesus loves you and I, we are not LESSER THAN in ANYTHING. Because Jesus loves you and I, we are MORE THAN, in EVERYTHING.
This statement is 100% true because in Christ we find our security, identity, and ability. Find yourself in Jesus, and do not lose yourself in either the anti-christ sentiment or malicious strategies of this world. THEY ARE LESSER THAN the overcoming and conquering power that God has designed for our lives. In Christ who loves us we are MORE THAN and not LESSER THAN. That is precisely why Paul the great apostle of the New Testament, wrote these words to the church at Rome... [and yes, they are for us as well].
"No, In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."
Does any of this sound any less or lesser than anything other than being more than an overcomer, a victorious conqueror? Of course not, because it is not. Here are some key scriptural foundations for this point.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
1 John 5:4-5
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
To Be More Than - Two Are Better Than One
Not much more needed to say after that. The scripture has consistently placed an importance of two as opposed to one in the context of spiritual battles, spiritual agreement, spiritual strength and safety. As the narrator said, Jesus called His disciples and sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil and dark spirits (Mark 6:7-8). The wisdom of Solomon (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) says,
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him-a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
In this journey to becoming "More Than" it is essential to have an encourager, a prayer partner, a confidant', a mentor, or even just someone to trust with your honesty and to spiritually have your back. To be "More Than" you need "More Than." Make sense?
To Be More Than - Conquering Won't Always Look Like Winning
To get this we need to set it up with these two passages written again by Paul the Apostle (one of the originators of the "More Than" way of life).
1 Corinthians 1:24-28
But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. 8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
One last example. Do you remember story of the Roman crucifixion of Jesus led by the hypocritical outcry and fraudulent claims of the religious Jew? There is this moment of hopelessness and loss when Jesus cries out "it is finished" and releases his last gasp of air. Even though we know now in biblical hindsight that this was actually a conquering moment it certainly didn't look or feel like one. it looked and felt more like Satan and the Pharisees had won and Jesus had lost. It's right there we find our teachable and revelation moment. We must learn to live and walk by faith, not necessarily by what we see or feel. To be More Than, we must learn that Conquering doesn't always look like winning.
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