What Are We Thinking?

What Are We Thinking?

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. – Phil. 4:8

Our hearts are like gardens, and our thoughts are like seeds. Seeds of love, hope, and faith produce beautiful flowers in our lives. Seeds of hate, despair, and fear yield weeds and thorns. The evil seeds can give our adversary a foothold and then become strongholds to hinder the growth of the seeds of life.  

Over thinking about wrong things allows weeds to grow. Thinking about good things produces flowers of peace, hope, and faith. As we exercise our thoughts relating to who God is and who we are in Him, we conquer strongholds. With God’s help, we can meditate on these things: what is worthy of respect, lovely; admirable and of excellent report.

This mind exercise is a process. We practice reminding ourselves of anything worthy of praise! We meditate, center our thoughts, and focus on these truths. Our thoughts are innumerable, so we cannot catch them all, but by God’s amazing grace, our ability to take them captive improves. God gives increase to His Word and we walk in the fruits of the good seeds, from glory to glory!

A Time to Be Still

A Time to Be Still

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  – Psalm 46:10

Should I stay here? Nothing is happening. I am not fruitful. Maybe if I moved to Seattle, things would change. These questions kept coming, bringing doubt and confusion to this dear believer. He needed a change. His job was unsatisfying, his relationship with his girlfriend kept going up and down, and he felt burdened and depressed. Was leaving the answer?

Considering moving to another church, or another relationship, another job, or any other place, happens to many of us. We should guard against deciding out of haste, frustration, fear, or burnout. The grass only appears to be greener on the other side. When there is confusion, we are to stay put, be still, and wait to hear clearly from the Lord. It’s a time to be still.

God leads us with peace and aligns our circumstances with the desires He places in our hearts. He guides us into the new, not because things are wrong where we are, but because He has something else. There are times He will allow someone to move to another place just for that person to know it is not His will. We are seeds planted by God for the advancement of the Kingdom of God and are to seek His will above all, from glory to glory!

The Living Word

The Living Word

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Heb. 4:12

The Word of God transcends the pages of the Bible; it’s a name that encapsulates Jesus Christ Himself. Above all, He is the living embodiment of God’s Word, the beloved and only begotten Son of the Father. He is the Word that brought all creation into being and fulfilled many prophecies. In an extraordinary act of divine grace, He became flesh and dwelt among us.

This living Word of God possesses incomprehensible power. He stands as the eternal redeemer and mediator, an unending source of life. He is the author and sustainer of all existence. His might is clear in the universe He formed, in the wonders of His miraculous deeds, and in the boundless outpouring of His love and grace.

Sharper than any two-edged sword, He discerns the visible and invisible aspects of our being, including our thoughts and intentions. All that He is becomes alive in and through us, manifesting His vitality and strength. Let’s read and live out the Word of God in our daily existence, and become doers of the Word. We are living testimonies, continually transformed by the living Word of God, from glory to glory! 

Greater!

Greater!

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4

The One in us is greater than the one who is in the world. Jesus Christ is greater than any problem, temptation, or trial that we may face. Instead of walking by fear, we walk by faith because of the overcomer who dwell in our hearts.

In the past, we may have attempted to build walls to protect us from attacks. These walls ended up isolating us and keeping us away from divine opportunities. Walls built from fear do not bring protection but hinder us from the victorious position we have in Christ. Our shield of faith guards us from all the fiery darts of the enemy. God’s presence in us enables us to stand as champions because we have on the whole armor of God.

We may understand that Christ is greater than what comes against us. But when we comprehend, He is greater in us, walls crumble, and the peace of God saturates our being. When we come face to face with our humanity, we cannot question our divine identity. It’s then that we must recognize the treasure we have as earthen vessels: Christ Himself in us, with us and for us, from glory to glory! 

Our Hiding Place

Our Hiding Place

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. – Psalm 32:7

A misunderstanding, an offense, harsh spoken words and suddenly someone’s anger rises to an unexpected level. That person grabs a knife and holds it high; a scream …then silence. He throws the knife on the ground, and runs, runs, runs until he cannot run any longer. He dropped to his knees, praying, “Lord, what came over me? Please take this temper away! Help me Lord!”

It may not be to this extreme that anger, bitterness, envy, or any other works of the flesh manifest, but it is a battle that is all too familiar. When it does, we feel so unworthy. We find ourselves embarrassed over things we have said or done. Shame, guilt, and grief overwhelm our souls. In those times, our flesh tries to hide from God, but to no avail. It’s only in God that we can hide.

When we cry out to God, we find He is a very present help in trouble. We submit our weaknesses to Him and receive His strength. It’s supernatural and amazing how God touches and changes us. We are in Christ, our hiding place. There is comfort, protection, and deliverance. Instead of the flesh taking over, God takes over, from glory to glory!

What Do We Need?

What Do We Need?

…for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. – Heb. 7:19

As we draw nigh unto God, our adversary increases his fiery darts to draw us away from the things of God. Satan does so through deliberate lies, all attached to a no need declarative statement: “you don’t need to go to church; you don’t need to read and study the Word; You don’t need to pray; you don’t need to worship, and so on.” The opposite of what we do need!

In our hardships, drawing nigh unto the Lord is what we need to do more than anything else. We must seek to spend quality time with the Lord, yielding to Him. He sees the longing of our hearts and takes care of our needs. Our need for God enables us to say no to the things we don’t need to find true peace; no to the temptations to seek an emotional relief instead of a spiritual one.

As we seek God wholeheartedly, His presence increases, and He takes us to a deeper place of intimacy where we are filled with His love and His peace. It is from that resting place that we learn to stand by faith in His name! The greater the battle, the greater the need for the Lord. We move closer to Him, never away, from glory to glory!

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