I heard a great illustration from our pastor yesterday, so give him full credit for it! He focused on how hard it is for people to receive fully from the Lord because of the battlefields in our minds. It’s simple, and I believe anyone can grab hold of it and use it!
Pick your bird. Would you rather be a vulture, circling around only looking for dead stuff to feed on? (The dead stuff is made up of lies in the unresolved wounds inside our souls such as I am never good enough, I am rejected, I am not valued, I am unloved, etc. There are many other possible lies we believe. These block us from receiving the ABUNDANCE Father wants to give us!)
OR (drum roll) would you prefer to be a hummingbird? “What are hummingbirds always looking for? They are looking for something SWEET to feast on!” I enjoyed how Pastor Larry grinned when he said this.
So simple, so true. Remind yourself when condemnation comes knocking or you are tempted to judge someone else to FLIP THE SWITCH in your mind and look for the sweet stuff in yourself and in others!
This must be practiced! It will not come automatically. We drift toward chaos because of this fallen realm. Your house doesn’t clean itself! We apply diligence to move toward order.
“Whatever is just, pure, lovely, kind, excellent – think on, weigh and take account of these things (fix your minds on them!) PRACTICE what you have learned, received and heard and seen in me and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.” Phil 4:8,9 Amplified Bible.