Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” NKJV
Jeremiah had a word from God in which he was told that his message and ministry would be to pluck up, break down, destroy, overthrow, build and plant. The last part is only possible after the first part become reality in the natural and spiritual. We cannot ‘fill the house’ until the house is ’emptied.’ The problem is too often we either will not acknowledge a problem or do not see one. We need our emotional, physical and spiritual houses cleared but that is not the final chapter it is only the beginning.
Jesus addressed this in Luke 11 when He talked about the unclean spirit that has been evicted and how it continues to wander and decides to go back to IT’S HOUSE. That should be informative and disturbing that the unclean spirits would consider us their house. That spirit returns and find the house clean and emptied but not filled and goes finding seven spirits worse than itself and returns. Think about that. The house has been cleansed but not filled opening a door for the old way to return.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:23 that we are to be ‘renewed in the spirit of our minds.’ Romans 12:2 instructs us that we are to reject being conformed to the world but transformed to God by the ‘renewing of our minds.’ Proverbs 23:7 tells us that it is ‘as a man thinks within his heart that he is or becomes.’ If we are to fill the house and keep it full we must begin the process of regaining the truth as it is in Jesus. I would encourage you to read Ephesians 4:11-13 and focus on UNITY OF THE FAITH. That is not talking about doctrinal sameness. If you will go back to vv. 4-6 you will see the basis of unity. This is far more than a system of doctrine it is discerning and determining the purpose of God. It is hearing God and obeying. If we could somehow understand faith to be hearing God and obeying we would be light years ahead.
In Ephesians 4:13b we are told to come to the ‘knowledge’ of Jesus to a mature man and in Colossians 10 we are instructed to put on the ‘new self’ who is continually being renewed to the true knowledge according to the image of God. Later in that chapter we read that the result is we will no longer be children tossed about by the winds of doctrine. The objective is to have the peace of God rule our hearts as ONE BODY.
I know some may have a problem with this statement but much of the battle is in our minds and the need is to ‘renew our minds’. Peter identified this in 1 Peter 1:13 telling us to ‘gird up the loins of our minds…’ In the description of putting on the whole armor of God what is the first piece put on? “Gird your loins with truth.” The Belt both keeps out and hold in it is offensive and defensive. In those days they had long free flowing robes and if everything was not tied together with a belt their garment would become entangles so they needed the belt. We need to be set free and then we need to be able to keep in those things that are helpful so the loins of our minds need to be girded up.
Peter tells us to gird up the loins of our minds for action. The belt of truth in the Greek is ‘reality.’ It is the truth as it is in Jesus not circumstance, feelings and emotions. Loins of the mind? Intellectual facts are not the problem it is the passions, feelings, emotions and imaginations that go with those intellectual facts that present the problem. So I suggest the ‘loins of your mind’ are your imaginations. No wonder we are told to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
The Imagination has at least three components: The Visual (What you see), the Audio (What you hear) and the Feelings. So whether you see pictures, hear words or have feelings you need to link them to present experiences in order to get to the root and be free. So, gird up your minds for action by releasing the past, be sober in spirit and set your hope completely upon the grace that has come to you as a revelation of Jesus Christ. The spirit of the mind is Christ in you the hope of glory.
God wants to fill your house with Himself and allow you to be so full of Him that you manifest Him in all that you do. May God be with you as you go through your day victoriously!