AN EXPANSIVE MENTALITY
To expand something is to cause it to increase in size, range, or
amount. But increase in the Christian faith doesn’t always mean
more or bigger, for He must increase and I must decrease. His
ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than
The Lord may be calling you to downsize to increase in Him and
His ways. Downsizing could mean less things like gadgets, clothes,
media (social or otherwise), food, comforts, and amusements.
If you’d like to be closer to Jesus, spend more time with Him through
prayer and submersion in His Word. We must die to ourselves to
truly live in, by, and for Him. For me to live is Christ, and to die is
gain (Philippians 1:21). Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for
the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord (Philippians 3:8b).
Letting go of things like fear, doubt, worry, sins, addictions, strife, envy,
bitterness, ego, gossip, and even the need to be right, lead to a life more
expanded and truly fulfilled. Renewed belief in God’s love, trustworthiness,
overcoming power, abundant forgiveness, and ample grace unleashes His
ascension presence and victory. As Jesus is at the right hand of the Father’s
throne, so are we seated with Christ in heavenly places.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in
me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son
of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and
peace (Romans 8:6).
An expansive mentality requires a paradigm shift, an atmospheric change,
a renewed zeal to please the Father, a fresh encounter with the Son, and
a Holy Spirit revolution activated by brokenness, repentance, rejection of
the carnal, embracing life and peace, and remembering that our battle is
not with people.
by Larry Buss