Diasporian News of 2014-06-14

Pastor Mensa Otabil in New York

Mindsets: What Spectacles are you wearing?
The Christian Journal Bronx, New York - The mind is the most powerful organ in the human body. Definitely you need your spirit for your spiritual life. Your spirit must deal with your mind and your mind must deal with your spirit. The mind is such a powerful tool that God has given us, hence if you want to help or change a person, you don't change their preferences but you change their mind. An individual preferences are different things and it all ends in their mind said Pastor Mensa Otabil.

Speaking from Titus 1:15 "To the pure, all things are pure ; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed". The state of your mind will determine the state of your understanding. He further said there are three mindsets, the fixed mind, the double mind who cannot make up his mind and the third is the mindset Christians are suppose to have the maturing mind.

Quoting from 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 "When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known".

The fixed mind never changes Proverbs 27:22 "Though you grind a fool in a mortar like grinding grains with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them". The fixed mind may go through difficulties and adversity and everything goes wrong with them but yet refuses to change. The bible says such a person is a fool he stated.

The double mind can never receive any blessings from God. James 1:6-8 “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubt is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does”. Otabil said for within 24 hours the double mind can ask God for 24 requests. They just seem not to make up their minds.

The maturing mind is the mindset that is open to learn and to make adjustments. It pursues growth and excellence in all it does. Philippians 3:12-15 "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus".

He also took the opportunity to dedicate Dominion Temple which was acquired by the church in New York recently under the dynamic leadership of Rev Prince Nyarko, resident pastor.