Over the last 28 years of using the Exchanged life truths as the foundation of our counseling approach, the most difficult person to reach is the one who has been taught the concepts but not the practical application.
They can easily parrot back the principles of Galatians 2:20 and list verses that point to their new identity in Christ, but in their relationships they are still defaulting to their flesh patterns.
During our teaching, there is a point where each client has to fill out the Flesh Diagram, and they usually struggle with it.
Why? It’s very confrontational of their flesh.
Beloved, we are all very comfortable with our flesh simply because it’s familiar.
It may be dysfunctional, but it is familiar.
Change, even good change, creates discomfort, so we tend to resist it.
One of the best changes we can undertake is learning to put off our flesh and put on the mind of Christ.
What is the mind of Christ?
It’s the attitude that Jesus demonstrated of living out Papa’s life in Him as He walked in total dependence and submission to Papa’s will.
He knew Papa loved Him; there was never a doubt.
When we rest in Papa’s love, Satan has no place in our lives to trap us.
So, how do we do this on a daily basis?
First, start your day from the moment you wake up by tuning into the presence of the Lord.
I like to start my day with,
“Good morning Lord, this is the day that You have made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Thank You for doing everything through me today.”
As I go about my day, I am watching my mindset by thanking Jesus for doing things through me.
I purpose to dialogue with Him on even little issues like how to order my day’s tasks.
It may sound silly and petty, but sometimes I have a hard time figuring out what to do first and staying on task, but He establishes my thoughts even in the mundane things and I find it so sweet.
Beloved, it’s great to know about the Exchanged Life, but it’s even more amazing to learn to live out of Jesus’ life in us flowing through us as we set our minds on Him.