We spent the bulk of our growing up years in a particular area of Lagos. It is one of those places you don’t want your children to grow in, but God kept us all through our stay; we left better, stronger and successful. While starting his own family, my elder brother said something striking; “I need to start my new life elsewhere, not in this same place. I need a mind shift.”

Friend, you need a mind shift. The truth is, where your mind goes, your life goes. Until you are delivered from the hold of your past, you cannot journey with God into a new future. God is always calling His people from their past into their future (Genesis 12:1-4). God always brings us out of something into another. This is the beauty of Christianity; it is a journey with God unto better.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Your mind plays a vital role in your becoming all that God has ordained for you. There is the tripartite nature of salvation; your spirit is saved, your soul is being saved while your body will be saved during the rapture (John 3:3-6, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 15:49-54). The transformation of the mind is what gives practical expression to salvation.

The first and third leg of salvation are Jesus’ responsibility, the second is yours. The first and third would determine where and how you would live in eternity after now, the salvation of your soul or your mind would affect or determine how you would live here on earth. Simply put, the quality of your life on earth is determined by the quality of your mind. Where your mind goes, your life goes (Proverbs 23:7).

The kind of teaching you are exposed to after you get saved would determine how you live the Christian life. There is the Cross of Christianity and there is the Crown of Christianity. Your life must be sandwiched between the two, and not on any of the extremes. This is where you understand that you can be holy and prosperous at the same time (Job 1:1-3). You get to learn that spirituality and excellence are not mutually exclusive (Daniel 6:3).

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal…” (2 Corinthians 10:4).
The greatest spiritual battle is the battle of the mind. This is one major area the word of God wants to deal with. The strongholds of poverty need to be shattered. Tradition needs to give way for Kingdom expression, mediocrity must bow to excellence. Getting you out of Egypt is not the issue; it is getting Egypt out of you (Exodus 14:11-12, Hebrews 11:15). This takes work!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria