The level of irony in this blog is going to be on a whole new level. I have been like a bear with an aching paw this past months. Once again, I am more of a student than a teacher when I am writing this piece.
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Okay now, where was I? Me being a bear with an aching paw. I like to see myself as a free spirit, which is Biblical, because Jesus came to set us free. But I have a habit to put myself in jail.
Why do I do this? Me, who have all the knowledge in the world about how Jesus gave us freedom. I guess it’s all to do with the two types of mindsets you can have when it comes to happiness and freedom. There’s a “have to” mindset and a “get to” attitude. Simple difference between the two:
• A have to mindset is the one where you put your soul in a jail. When you say to yourself: “I have to pray now” “I have to read scripture” “I have to spend time with God”. Saying to yourself “I have to” takes away all the freedom away from Christianity. This is the complete opposite of Jesus and Christianity.
• I get to mindset. The freedom mindset. The mindset where you realize that because of the act of Jesus on the cross has set you free. Today I get to pray and read Bible. Today I get to spend time with Jesus. Today I get to be free. Today I get to impact people with words on a blog.
Isn’t this a massive privilege we have as Christians? To be free. No man, not like free. But freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. This is probably the greatest inheritance we get from Jesus. And the best part is, is that we did nothing to earn this. Our Father did everything.
This is the same with happiness. We get to be happy. I always heard that happiness is a choice, but it truly is. Happiness and freedom go hand-in-hand together. We are free and happy, because of what Jesus did on the cross. The following verse blew me out the water when I read it. James 1: 2-3 (AMP)
2: Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations
3: Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
In this passage, James (brother of Jesus) says that we should find joy in troubling times. Why? Because troubling times build faith, character and endurance.
So how do I truly develop n mindset of happiness and freedom:
1. Practice self-love. You have to take control of your thoughts. You are responsible for your own soul and the freedom of your spirit.
2. A mindset of “I get to”. Because of Jesus, I get to be free.
Nothing else matters, its Jesus and Jesus. Do yourself a favor and pursue Jesus first in everything you do. Put the bride of Jesus first (the church) and prepare yourself for the wave of happiness and freedom that will overwhelm your life.
“Thank You, Jesus, for everything that You are and do. I am nothing without You Lord. Thank You for the act of the cross. Thank You, because of Your sacrifice, I get to be free and happy. Lord, please help me to develop a mindset of gratitude. Thank You, that the world around me will be affected because of Your light that shines through me. I plead the precious blood of Jesus over my mind and happiness. I pray and believe everything that I prayed for in Your Precious Name. Amen”