I declare in the name of Jesus that chains are breaking off my mind. I will not think death, but life. I will not entertain despair only hope. I will not consider failure only faith in a God who is always victorious. I have the mind of Christ.
OFF OF THE PAGES
There is an arrogant, cerebral bunch among us who actually believe God is confined to their understanding of scripture. Not only is God not limited to our understanding of the words on the pages, He is not limited to scripture at all!
The scriptures even say that Jesus did all kinds of thing that are not even recorded in the Bible. The very last verse of arguably the greatest Gospel, John, says this:
And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen – John 21:25
In other words, God reserves the right to do tons of things not written down, recorded or mapped out! The Bible declares there are some things God speaks which He doesn’t allow to be written. They are for the hearer only.
And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.” – Revelation 10:4
I would never advocate any form of departure from the Bible, so if I am pegging your cringe-meter, dial it down. I’m just saying you have permission to experience God in a personal, powerful way that is way beyond our limited understanding of scripture.
When the woman with the issue of blood crawled to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, or when the knuckleheads tore apart a roof to lower their paralyzed friend down to for healing, they were not acting within the confines of what was written. Their actions, and their faith, were off the map!
They discovered a part of God’s heart no one had before. Like them, seek Him in a new and personal way and He will not only be found, He will lead you out of captivity. That’s Jeremiah 29:11-14 and a very good place to find Jesus!
From my book Living Life /Forward