Stop going with the flow

Stop going with the flow

There’s a thought that’s been going through my head lately, and it is that I don’t want to be like the rest of the world. I’m not wanting to be different just to be different and get attention; it is not like that at all.

I want to be different because God calls us to be different. I’m not just talking about being different by not sinning like the world but even deeper than that. I don’t want to think like the rest of the world.

I don’t want the world’s view of normal to be my normal. The world lives in the natural realm and thinks from the natural point of view. I want my normal to be from living in the spiritual realm and thinking from God’s word.

What does God say is normal? That is what I want my normal to be. We can either conform to the world’s way of thinking or be transformed by thinking like God. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

I’ve been trying to go for walks lately when the weather permits. We live on a hill, and I have no choice but to encounter hills when I go for my walk, some of them being rather steep. I recently turned 40, and my natural, unrenewed mind starts saying how these hills are so hard to walk up because I’m not a spring chicken anymore. But I’ve been countering that by renewing my mind to the fact that God’s word says that one of the benefits I have is that my youth is renewed liked the eagles (Psalm 103:5).

I speak it out as I walk. “Thank you Lord that my youth is renewed like the eagles. Thank you Lord that I am strong and healthy, and my joints are operating the way they should be. Thank you Lord that I have the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead living in me, giving life to this mortal body (Romans 8:11) so I can walk in the supernatural that Jesus died for me to have.

I know some of you are thinking that I am pretty weird. According to the world, I am. But sometimes we need to make the choice whether we want to be thought of highly by everyone else or walk in victory through God’s promises. I would rather walk in victory and have people think I am weird than go with the flow and walk in defeat.

This is not speaking in pride but rather encouraging you to believe bigger than what the world calls normal. We serve a supernatural God, and his very spirit lives in us, the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (Ephesians 1:19-20). Why settle for less when God has so much more for us?

Many of us are not walking in victory because we look around and see how things are instead of looking to God’s word and see how it could be. Did you know that “Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.” — Deuteronomy 34:7.

"Yeah, but that was Moses," you may think.

Yeah, that was Moses, and he was under an inferior covenant that we are not under. We now are living under the new covenant with better promises and the Holy Spirit living in us. Shouldn’t we at least believe for what Moses had and more?

Don’t get offended by what I am saying but rather get motivated to change the way you think. Your life will follow how you think (Proverbs 23:7), and we limit what God can do through us by thinking too small.

I read this book a few months ago called “Supernatural Childbirth” by Jackie Mize, and she wrote that she not only believed to have children after she was told she could not, but also that she believed for pain-free deliveries.

Guess what? She got what she believed for. Sounds crazy, according to the world, but not according to God. I didn’t get condemned after reading her books but wished I would have read it before I had our children because my deliveries sure were not pain-free. I conformed my thinking to the world, and I got what I believed for.

Dear readers, God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond what we ask or think according to his power at work within us (Ephesians 3:20). It is a joint effort: God’s power and us changing our thinking to allow his power to flow through us and out of us.

Amber can be reached at or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.

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