Series: Renewal of the Mind; New Era; New Creation Realities
Sun Am 17 February 2019 – Kobus Swart
(Matt. 9:17 & Luke 5:37); Rom. 12:2 (Mirror); Eph. 4:23; Prov. 23:7; (Col. 3:2); Isa. 54:2; 2 Cor. 3:6; (John 1:1 & 14); (John 14:9, 12); John 3:13; (Gen. 5:24); (John 10:9); (Jude: 14); (Isa. 66:1); (Eph. 2:6); Eccl. 3:11; 2 Cor. 5:19; Rev. 3:20 (TPT)
Every time a mental stronghold is broken or demolished, it makes room for fresh new revelation. Jesus said, no one puts new wine into an old wineskin (Matt. 9:17 & Luke 5:37). When a wineskin is without wine for a while it dries up and it becomes inflexible, it turns hard like many structures in the Church over the years.
In 1999, there was a book published by Peter Wagner titled Church-Quake. Some quotes:
- “New wineskins are inevitable for the twenty first century. Who will fill them with new wine?”
- “The old wineskins may last for generations, but they will no longer be on the cutting edge of the expanding of the kingdom of God.”
- “Our culture is reinventing itself every three to five years.” (That was said twenty years ago, and I think changes are happening much faster now).
- “We are having new patterns of behaviour two or three times every decade.” (I think that has accelerated in the last twenty years)
The Church was, and still is, going through changes worldwide. However, there are currently several apostolic voices in different nations who agree that we are entering into a New Era. A lot of what has been downloaded in what has become known as the “Apostolic Season” was informational. As important as doctrine is, there is clearly a need for more. Presently there is a new shaking happening in the true Church – a ‘mind-quake’. Everybody who has a hunger and a thirst for knowing God will know what I am talking about.
In order to experience this new era, we have to go through this mind-quake. The word experience is becoming very precious to me in my interaction with God. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (Rom. 12:2). This renewing of the mind is not a once only experience; it’s an ongoing process. In the process as our minds are being renewed, we are going to encounter areas where the religious world has put signs up saying, ‘forbidden territory’. Here is the challenge for you and me. In the process of our minds being renewed, coming to the place of experiencing what we are talking about, we must recover truths that have been hi-jacked and perverted by the new age movement, which the old order, the religious system, has called ‘off-limits’. That is a trick of Satan. Do not allow current religious tradition to mould you into its pattern of reasoning like an inspired artist give attention to the details of God’s desire to find expression in you become acquainted with perfection…to accommodate yourself to the delight and good pleasure of Him will transform your thoughts afresh from within (Rom. 12:2 – Mirror). … And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind… (Eph. 4.23). What is the ‘spirit of our mind’ referring to? As a man thinks in his heart so is he (Prov.23:7). It is not talking about the physical organ of the heart, but about your subconscious mind. Who is limiting you? Who is limiting me? It is a certain concept that has become an immovable mindset.
Instead of just having concepts and information in the mind, I want to experience the present Truth. What stands in the way of my desire to experience it? My old experiences! They limit me; they have formed certain pillars and filters in my mind. These filters that have been formed in our mind by decades of old experiences and will limit us from experiencing the eternal realities that are ours in Christ. What does that mean? These old experiences will even rob us from having the mind of Christ. Set you mind on the things above (Col. 3:2). The mind of Christ is accessible by every hungry believer.
As a man thinks in his heart so is he (Prov.23:7). There is a difference between your brain and your mind. Your brain is an organ in your head and your mind is the thought life that feeds the brain. In your brain there are a hundred billion cells; it is an amazing structure. When you get a certain thought pattern from your mind into your brain, there is a path it follows. Then there is a place in between some of these billions of cells, and if you hear that same thought by repetition, it forms a solid bridge in your brain. A mind-set has formed. Everything on that topic that we hear again, our understanding will be influenced by that mind-set. We hear it a certain way because there is a filter, a bridge that influences the way we receive what we hear.
There are different mind-sets for instance: suspicious, poverty, defeatist, confused, fearful, angry, and rebellious mind-sets. These are just a few mind-sets that influence the way we receive information. We must be enlarged (Isa. 54:2). How do we become enlarged? By revelation, present truth, new wine, obedience, and submission to present Truth – the renewing of the mind. We are enlarged by receiving present truth from those who are carrying current apostolic and prophetic grace. When these mind-sets are removed, it feels like a mind-quake. I am sure many of you have already experienced shaking in the way you used to think – your old experience of things.
What are we really looking for? Is it enough to just read the Bible? There are monks who know the Bible cover to cover but have never met God because the letter alone kills, the Spirit gives life (2 Cor. 3:6). Is doctrine enough? Doctrine is important but it is not enough. What are we looking for? You need to meet the God of the Word! The Word is not just a letter on a page. We need a relationship with God! How can you have a relationship with a God that you have never seen? God became visible in the person of His Son Jesus Christ. He made the Father visible. “If you have seen me you have seen the Father” (John 14:9). “A living encounter with the living God beats a theology about Him any day” (Mark Virkler). What is a walk with God? It is, amongst other things, having the mind of Christ. What does it mean to have the mind of Christ? It means living in heaven on earth like Jesus did. Jesus was in heaven on earth (John 3:13), and He is the pattern Son. … the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father (John 14:12). We need an experience, a living encounter which will lead to a relationship with God.
Enoch “walked with God” (Gen 5:24); he must have had an intimate relationship with God. I believe Adam was still alive when Enoch was there after the fall and they may have had some conversations. Adam must have had a very intimate relationship with God before the fall. Because Enoch had a walk with God and an intimate relationship with God, he escaped the effects of the fall; he escaped death.
Walking with God – having a relationship with God – remains the ultimate and the highest quest for man. We were made after the image and the likeness of God. Yes, the fall marred the whole image it but it is still there and through Christ it is re-awakened. In His death and in His resurrection that quest is sharpened again. There is a quest in every man to find God, to have a walk with God. Jesus said “I am the Gateway” through which we go in and out and find pasture (John 10:9). Enoch was the seventh from Adam (Jude 14). Seven means the completion, the place of rest. Enoch is a type of the finishing generation (or the last day Church). This last generation will go from life to life, into the next realm of life. Parsons puts it this way: “Jesus died to give us access to heaven not only when we die; eternal spiritual life begins here and now”. Not death and then life but life now is available in Christ.
Jesus is seated in rest next to the Father! He is waiting for a people that will be like Him in heaven on earth. Do we understand that we are a new creation in Christ? Even that concept has to fight its way through old concepts and pillars and resistance in the mind.
Jesus died to give us access to heaven. Paul said we are seated with Him in heavenly places. (Eph. 2:6). Eternal spiritual life begins here and now. Every man on this planet has eternity in his heart (Eccl. 3:11). God in Christ has reconciled humanity to himself (2 Cor. 5:19). He has done His share; it is our responsibility to say “yes” and to go into a new era. He wants us to be ambassadors to proclaim reconciliation and not condemnation. Parsons reminds us: He died and rose again and is alive today – He is alive in heaven, He is alive in us, He manifests His presence here with us. Because of our relationship with Him we can have an intimate relationship with the Father as adopted sons and with one another as brothers and sisters in God’s family. We are connected to the Source of life and the Source of life is connected to us. Within our spirit there is a door that connects to God and to heaven. It is up to us to open that door. Behold, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear my voice and you open the door within, I will come in to you and feast with you, and you will feast with me (Rev. 3:20, TPT). God is challenging every old mind-set that stands in the way. When we choose to open that door on a daily basis, He comes in, He fills us and manifests so that people see and experience Him through us.