The world around us is made up of contracts. Formal and informal agreements rule our daily life. Even friendship is an informal contract. One does not go to a lawyer to draw up the terms of friendship, but certain silent conditions apply to the relationship we call friendship. Loyalty, love, support in difficult times, general back up and a friendly ear for joyous and sad happenings are but a few of the basic assumptions of friendship.
More formal contracts are prenuptial contracts; house and motorcar contracts, insurance, bank accounts, credit cards and many more that make a modern life possible. All these are the foundation for living although we do not think of every detail of every contract when we pull out a credit card to pay at the supermarket. Maybe it is only when things go wrong that we realize, often in shock, what we had agreed to.
Certain conditions have to be met before a contract is established. One of the most important is mutual agreement. Often this agreement is tacit and can be surmised by the actions of both parties involved. By using the credit card, the bank can infer that I have agreed to all the conditions of the fine print sent to me with the card. By acting that way we can say that we both “willed” a contract to be established – thus a legally binding agreement.
If we apply this principle in the spiritual world, things work exactly the same. We have often discussed the powerful consequences of a simple, rational decision. It is exactly how rebirth takes place. Rebirth is the result of an act of your will to submit your life to God. The decision has a life-changing effect. The day you buy your car brings drastic changes to your life, time management and planning. You have full control over your coming and going and are independent of public transport schedules. Your decision to immigrate to the Kingdom of God is a contract that changes your life on every level. Your decisions and behaviour are now governed by Kingdom principles that radically distinguish you from the world around you.
It is actually possible to make agreements with the brokenness of the world around us, even as we live as citizens of the invisible Kingdom of God. Such agreements or contracts are often forced upon us by the cruelty of shattered dreams and relationships that leaves us wounded. We “agree” with the heartache and hopelessness, bitterness and doubt in God’s goodness and a whole series of other heart-wrenching and mostly unintended soul activities.
Caught in the destruction of our own agreements with sorrow and despair, we become prey to our mean and vicious enemy smelling blood. Years ago, when I learnt that the devil exploits our woundedness and grief and take the utmost advantage of our weakness, I was shocked and afraid. He will send in his demons like a pack of wild dogs to brutally amplify our anguish and augment our misery. My already bleeding heart will be ripped apart.
There are many ways in which people try to cope with grief and loss. There is only one person who can truly…
…bind up and heal the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61:1,AMPC)
The key to healing is agreements with God and his Word. Your soul admits and submits to God’s character and Kingdom principles to receive the healing and deliverance that can only take place in the Kingdom of God.
The moment you seek healing in the Word of God, a contract is created. You enter into an agreement with the Holy Spirit to heal your heart.
You align your will with heaven – how wonderful is that!
The process starts in your mind. That is where decisions are made and thoughts take shape. Paul directs us in this process with these powerful words in Romans 12:2:
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think.This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. (TPT)
Healing by thinking – a transformation! This pungent decision is the commencement of a miracle in our inner being that can only be accomplished by the Holy Spirit in full surrender to him. Greater effort to think differently will not have any long-term effect. The working of a miracle is God’s domain. He does not expect from us to do the miracle or to be a miracle. We need to surrender, invite him in and submit to his love. We will, however, enjoy the full and lasting benefit of this heavenly intervention. It is the creation of a contract with God. Just like in the case of any other contract it is good to know the elements of the contract. God gave us his Word – it is all in there, guaranteed by the Cross of Jesus and confirmed by the working of the Holy Spirit in us.
…but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], (AMPC)
I like the reference in the Amplified to new ideals and a new attitude. Newness is indicative of change. God promises new like never before and nothing else. The new will be unique!
[New could mean: neos – more of the same depicting quantity as in a new pencil but many others already exist or: kainos – unique, has never been, depicting quality as in one of a kind.]
Surrender will enable you to live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.
God’s will is your healing, deliverance and salvation – to live a full life. He is the only source of life. His mind-set towards you is fully revealed in the work of Jesus on the cross. Nobody can ever doubt his approach to mankind.
God is calling you today:
“O you afflicted one,
Tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
It is time to hear his voice and surrender your heart to him. He will do the miracle
Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems,
And lay your foundations with sapphires. (Isaiah 54:11)