Grace. It’s one of those words that I’ve referred to as “an intangible of God.” It’s hard to fully grasp the meaning of words like joy, peace, and grace. In a recent episode of Your Hope-Filled Perspective podcast, Jami Amerine and I chatted about learning to live from a place of grace. Today, Jami Amerine shares how she trained herself to have a grace filled mind and you can do the same.
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Train Yourself to Have a Grace Filled Mind
by Jami Amerine
Truly, I crave being made new.
I’ve had some really difficult days recently. Yesterday was beyond difficult. A headache caused me to lay on the sidelines of life. Finally, I was left having to take something that not only dulled the pain but dulled by senses and left me unable to function… so much so that my heartbeat was banging in my head. In my pain and misery, I had three very vivid ideas. Vaguely, I remember jotting them down and look forward to spending time with my Jesus and the creative process. So, when I woke this morning, over-rested and ready to get busy, discouragement hit. So I sat alone in the dark to pray and was overwhelmed with the words I found in chicken scratch in my notebook.
God has made my mind powerful. Because I believe I am strong in the Holy Spirit. Set your mind in the power of your belief.
I sat in the stillness and jotted down all the things I felt I needed to work through, write, paint, and as well as a laundry list of things to attend to. I have decided that is where I most want my heart to be made new.
Lord, help my unbelief, help my mind get completely set on the power of belief and the life of your grace filled child.
Of course, there are other things I want to change about myself. I have a great desire to be a Size 6 and for firm thighs and flat tummy. However, why do I equate my physical shape with the depths of my salvation?
No, these physical goals are hardly the same thing.
Somewhere in the twists and turns of thought and belief, I have convinced myself my mind is lacking.
Consequently, I further the insanity by affirming said ideas when I look in the mirror or glance around my cluttered home. I question, what is this malady of lies I foster and feed? Furthermore, when did I first believe that my appearance or performance formulated my spirit? Next, if tomorrow I were to meet with an accident and lost a limb would I believe in Jesus any less?
Most noteworthy, I say to you, by no means.
Would a handicap or illness define me as lacking in my belief that Jesus died so that I might walk in the freedom of my salvation?
Therefore, I must ask, if this were true, why the Cross?
While it is true, my physical body may bear the signs of age, injury, childbirth, and too many carbs, my physical body is not the looking glass into my soul. Still, I tell you, my heart adores my King. My heart cries out to Him, my Jesus, that I am made better. Meanwhile, He sees only perfection.
The Lamb, undefiled and completed was the perfect sacrifice. There is nothing left to be done. Yes, most certainly I want a life of abundant health. I crave an energy that keeps me on my toes – that my mind is sharp and my voice is clear.
Above all, the enemy would love for me to embrace the lie that my physical body, with soft thighs and a raspy song, is less than worthy to shout praises. And the devil slithers on his belly whispering, “You are not good enough, thin enough, organized enough, eloquent enough for God to use you.”
Again, I whisper my disdain and I cast him back to hell. “Get behind me you worthless sneaky snake!”
This is the truth, I stand in my wholehearted belief, nothing can separate me from the love of God.
No, nothing can stop the good work He has begun in me or in you. And, nothing will ever silence me and my shouts of praise and worship!
Now, how far I have come in this belief. Assuredly, how important it is to know, First, I am the favored daughter of the King. Yes, the blood of Jesus worked. Second, to believe the blood worked, that His precious blood is sufficient, and I am righteous, this is the struggle of the fear and trembling. How can this be? Truly, I want to know, how can this God be this GOOD? Similarly, how is it possible He would send His only Son to die for me while I was still a sinner?
Yet, this truth is the essence of the Good News.
Consequently, I came to this truth, the blood worked and I am whole, is fundamental in my walk and in yours.
Jesus plus nothing.
Clearly, there is nothing I can do can make Him love me more. No pound lost or gained, no word spelled right or wrong, no song on pitch or squelched can separate me from this profound LOVE.
Grace is the consequence.
Eternity is the prize.
It is finished, perfection was bought for me on Calvary. And this God, this good Father is the one who counts me worthy. The renewing of my mind doesn’t come from the steps on my counter or calories on a chart. No, I am not made more or less with highlights, lowlights, or a perm. Obviously, my vision may no longer be 20/20, but I see most clearly now; He has changed my mind.
My lyric is balanced: I walk in favor of the Most High.
Wholly, my mouth is fully cognizant of the words. Truly, words I repeat over and over with fear and trembling that I would copiously believe. Need I be convinced?
Well, yes. Blessed, only because I have never been treated with such mercy and goodness.
And, by the harsh world’s standards, it is just too good to be true. Still, I will believe. I am enough, I am who He has called. Furthermore, I am worthy not by my work but simply by my faith in the Son who came and delivered me from my wretchedness and called me… perfectly His.
In other words, glory be to a brand new mind…a grace filled mind.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
What is most difficult for you to accept when it comes to the grace of God toward you? We’d love to know in the comments below.
About Jami Amerine
Jami Amerine is an author, speaker, and artist. She and her husband, Justin live in the North Houston, Texas area. Jami and Justin have six children ranging in age from 6-25.
Jami is a four-time published author and royalty artist. Jami and Justin are advocates for foster care and adoption. You can learn more about Jami at JamiAmerine.com.
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I have learned that without God I am nothing BUT by abiding in Christ I can do anything!
I am convinced that my mind is the source of my anxious thoughts and worries. When I turn to the Lord and commit my thoughts and motives to Him, I find that I can find peace and contentment. It is hard to live up to the standards that others have for me and yet I have always tried to meet them. I’ve disappointed myself and others by never quite making the mark of excellence that is held up. Now I see how the enemy has made me conform to the standards of the world and I can reject these ways and turn to God’s grace and mercy. Thank you for your message.
I wonder sometimes if God designed the deterioration of our mortal bodies to force us into a greater dependency on him.
Great post. It truly is a daily spiritual battle of putting on the armor of God and taking our thoughts captive to fight the lies the enemy constantly throws at us. I am a work in process when it comes to training and discipline my thought life. But it is what our Holy Father desires for us as we trust and obey His Word and ways for our life. Living in His grace instead of legalism or what the world proposes are what brings peace and joy.
Struggling the concept of grace from a life of hardship and literally fighting for my life physically and spiritually. Grace is a hard thing for me to grasp in truama and sickness. In a dark deep pit right now. Need to get this before its too late.
One thing I learned is that God’s love was done when I was still unlovely and hating Him. How much more vibrantly can I live in His love when He sees me through the blood of Jesus- His son!?!?