1 Peter 1:13 – Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ…

Did you know your mind is a reproductive organ? What it thinks on, it reproduces. Thoughts of anger, bitterness and curses become words and actions. Gird up the loins of your mind. Repent and live!

Declaration: I have the mind of Christ. I will think on what is true, honest, just pure, lovely and good so the God of peace will be with me. 

The Price of Victory

Spiritual envy has become a cancer in the American church. When we replace the command to “love God and love people” with “love God, be righteous” we get ourselves into a whole mess of trouble.

Do not lose your mind trying to compare yourself and your Christian walk to others! You will never be satisfied and your envy will rip you, them and the church apart! Righteousness is a cruel and destructive measuring stick the devil tricks us into using. 

The next time you start comparing your victories, gifts, blessings, talents, relationship and ministries against someone else, stop! Ask yourself this question: “I know their glory, but do I know their story?”

Nobody gets great victory, faith or great blessings without going through their share of hell. Understand this: If you want what they have, you have to pass through the same fires they did! 

I once heard a world-famous preacher tell of a young man who followed him around. The young man watched everything he did and listened to every word he said. Finally, the preacher asked him why. The answer astounded him. “I want your anointing,” the young man said. So the pastor put his hand on the boy’s shoulder and began to pray. 

“Lord, I pray this young man would be beat up and ostracized as a child, and would have to go to bed with a butcher knife for fear of this father. I pray that he would live in terrible poverty. I pray his family would think he was crazy and all his good friends would leave him because of the ministry. Lord, let him be constantly criticized and scrutinized by his congregation, and even his own wife, for what he does and how he does it. May he have church splits and backstabbing among his leadership team…”

Although the preacher had more to say, the young man stopped him and asked, “Why would you pray such terrible things on me?”

The pastor answered, “Because you cannot have the anointing I have without going through the things I’ve been through.”

“For they shall be ashamed of the oaks they have desired, and confounded by the gardens they have chosen” – Romans 12:15

Don’t wish for someone else’s anointing. It will bring you shame and confusion because, get this – it’s not yours! You have your own anointing if you just seek it out.