John 20:24-31 Gives an account of “Doubting Thomas,” who didn’t believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, although his faithful friends continued to tell him they’d seen the risen Christ.
Thomas is called a doubter because he didn’t believe without any actual evidence; this thinking makes Thomas a pessimist. Someone with a pessimistic mind lacks faith, is skeptical, and doubts what they haven’t seen with their carnal eyes.
A pessimist is defined: as a person who tends to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen. The pessimist has no perspective and is easily fearful with a narrow mind.
𝑷𝒖𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒅𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅𝒔
In 2nd Corinthians, the Apostle Paul reminds us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual to destroy fortresses/strongholds and cast down imaginations. 𝑨 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒔𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒍 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒖𝒑 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔. 𝑶𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒂 𝒍𝒊𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒍 𝒓𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒄𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒍𝒊𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒕, 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒕 𝒂 𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒔𝒆𝒕/𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅.
A stronghold or wrong mindset becomes a fortified dwelling place for demons, and every stronghold has a strong man. When this happens, defense is in place by the Strongman to ensure what we believe is fortified. 𝐴𝑠 𝑎 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑢𝑙𝑡, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑇𝑟𝑢𝑡ℎ, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑢𝑡𝑜𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑓𝑖𝑒𝑑 𝑙𝑖𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑑. 𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝐺𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝐸𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑝𝑒𝑛𝑡’𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑒, 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑑 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑏𝑒𝑙 𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝐺𝑜𝑑.
In the case of Thomas, he had a stronghold of unbelief; Even though he had been with Jesus, he still had a pessimistic mindset. However, Jesus was patient with Thomas and revealed himself (The Truth) to Thomas, destroying any unbelief lies.
John 20:27-29 AMP Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and put out your hand and place it in My side. Do not be unbelieving, but [stop doubting and] believe.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, do you now believe? Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, and favored by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believed [in Me].”
We are commanded to pull down these strongholds and every imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing our thoughts into captivity and the obedience of Christ. Every false thought, imagination, and philosophy must align with the word of God. If not, it must be taken captive.
Come up Higher (In Christ Jesus):
‘Who may ascend onto the mountain of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to what is false, Nor has sworn [oaths] deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation (description) of those who diligently seek Him and require Him as their greatest need, Who seek Your face, even [as did] Jacob. Selah. Psalms 24:3-6
𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐬 𝐮𝐩 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐚𝐠𝐥𝐞𝐬; 𝐢𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐚𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐭𝐨: “𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭, 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐮𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨, 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡,” 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥. 𝐁𝐮𝐭, 𝐮𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲, 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞, 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲, 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐅𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐬.
I can testify I was in the same place. I had a limited mindset, unable to maximize who God has created me to be. My mind has received deliverance within the last year, and I pray that you will receive deliverance of the mind as well. When your mind is delivered, and you can receive the Truth, you will no longer have a wandering mind, always floating and unsettled. Instead, you will rest your mind upon the Rock Christ Jesus, and In Christ, you’ll learn this is where we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28
𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒚 𝑻𝒖𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒔 𝒘𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 “𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑵𝒆𝒕𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌.” 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅. Just as you recalibrate your gaming device, cell phone, or any technology, your mind must go through the same renewal process, causing you to reconnect back to our Heavenly Father.
If you are wondering… “Where do I start?” First, you must be born again.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Everything is about perspective; who or what have you believed?
Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed [confidently trusted in, relied on, and adhered to] our message [of salvation]? And to whom [if not us] has the arm and infinite power of the Lord been revealed?
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God Bless You All!!
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