Where Is Your Mind?

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

As Christians, our sense of peace and stability should not depend on our outside circumstances but on our inwards thoughts. If we focus our thoughts on the things of this world system, we will be depressed because the things of this world system are depressing. But if we think on the positive things of God, put our minds on heavenly things, and think about what God has given us, we are going to be blessed. It all depends where we put our minds.  If we really had our minds stayed on the awesome things God has done for us and prepared for us, it would be impossible for us to be depressed and defeated, regardless of our challenging situation. There would be perfect peace. When we are in the middle of negative circumstances we can think of things that are of good report (Philippians 4:8). And as we think on those things, we will experience emotional peace and joy. We will find our peace in who we are in Christ and what He has done for us, not in our physical circumstances. Then you can have a good day no matter how bad people treat you, because your inner peace will put your emotions under control!

 

God’s Word Gives You Instructions for Victory

JOSHUA 1:8 NKJV “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

God has the answer for every problem you will ever face in life. Your redemption through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ is your assurance for victory always (2 Corinthians 2:14). God’s Word is God’s wisdom. The Bible is God’s Word, given to you from His heart of love, so you can know the truth, and have a sure foundation on which to base your life. The Bible was not given to put you down, but to raise you up. Not to put you in bondage, but to make you free (John 8:31-32). God’s Word gives you dependable truth you can use to form your beliefs, so that your beliefs will line up with God’s beliefs. God alone knows all truth, and in the Bible He shares what you need to know to live a blessed life. I want to encourage you today to follow God’s instructions, so that all things will go well with you. The answer for success in life is to do what the Bible says to do, because it is truth. The Bible is your instruction book for victory.

Mankind’s Dominion

Genesis 1:26 KJV “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

God did not create mankind to be puppets, robots, or slaves. God created mankind as blessed species to have dominion over all of God’s creations (Psalm 8:4-6).  Humans have been given dominion over everything that moves on earth. That would include the devil and his forces trying to operate here on earth. So we should not allow the devil to operate here! Even though mankind fell, through the sin of Adam, God has never changed His purpose for mankind, nor His declaration. Jesus came to redeem mankind from our fallen state, and restore us back to the position of dominion God originally created us to walk in (Romans 5:17). Now those who are in Christ are joint-heirs with Him (Romans 8:17). While we await the second coming of Christ, let us maintain our dominion over every work of darkness, as we abide in the light!

Jesus Christ Lives

Revelation 1:18 “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”

As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ today, we are rejoicing about the rescue from sin and death, and the restoration of the relationship between God and man. But I want to you to look beyond the miraculous event and focus on two main issues.  One is that Jesus Christ was raised from death and He lives forever. That is a settled matter. Second is the question you have to settle for yourself:  does Christ live in you? Is Christ’s light shining through you and visible around you so much that darkness cannot stand your presence? Is Christ’s life being lived through you so that men can see and experience His good works through you? Can He manifest His power through you in tangible ways? Is Christ’s love being expressed through you so you can love the unlovable; that you can look into people and have compassion on them instead of looking down on people and despising them. Jesus Christ is alive. But can you show with proof that He is alive in you? That is the food for thought from today’s word of encouragement!

A Merry Heart

Proverbs 17:22 TLB “A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.

These words, along with many others found within the pages of God’s Word, the Bible, inform us of the significance of a merry heart. Although there are times of sadness, sickness, and sorrow, God does not intend for us to live a life of gloom and doom. This does not imply that we minimize life’s sorrows, but that a Christian, through the strength of God, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, has the ability to rise above life’s discouragements. You probably you know of someone who battles sickness and discouraging issues every day yet has a cheerful disposition. On the other hand, you know others who, although have many things over which to be happy, never seem to have a cheerful day. It is all about perspective. If we let God guide our hearts, we can be happy even in overwhelming disappointments. God can give you a merry heart in spite of yourself. A merry heart is a good prevention for illness. Medicines sometimes treat only the symptoms while a merry heart may prevent the illness from ever occurring. Be merry. God loves you and He is still on His throne, watching over you!

A Merry Heart

Proverbs 17:22 TLB “A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.

These words, along with many others found within the pages of God’s Word, the Bible, inform us of the significance of a merry heart. Although there are times of sadness, sickness, and sorrow, God does not intend for us to live a life of gloom and doom. This does not imply that we minimize life’s sorrows, but that a Christian, through the strength of God, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, has the ability to rise above life’s discouragements. You probably you know of someone who battles sickness and discouraging issues every day yet has a cheerful disposition. On the other hand, you know others who, although have many things over which to be happy, never seem to have a cheerful day. It is all about perspective. If we let God guide our hearts, we can be happy even in overwhelming disappointments. God can give you a merry heart in spite of yourself. A merry heart is a good prevention for illness. Medicines sometimes treat only the symptoms while a merry heart may prevent the illness from ever occurring. Be merry. God loves you and He is still on His throne, watching over you!

Motives

PROVERBS 16:2 NLT “People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives.”

Motives are important to God. God is interested in WHY we do things, not just in WHAT we do. Why do you do what you do? Is it to help others? Is it to please God? Or do you live focused totally on yourself? These questions are important to ask ourselves. As 1 Corinthians 11:31 says, “if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”  Your motive is also important in receiving answers to your prayers (James 4:3). Concerning other people, you must use caution when trying to judge other people. You do not know their motives. Proverbs 21:2 TLB “We can justify our every deed, but God looks at our motives.” We often justify ourselves, but judge others harshly. We may judge ourselves based on our good intentions, but we are only capable of judging others by their actions, since we do know their motives. So, we must be very cautious about judging others in a condemning way. One main reason we are not qualified to judge others is because we do not know their thoughts, intentions, and motives. Only God does.

Looking Unto Jesus

Hebrews 12:2 TLB “Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor.”

We are living in a world system characterized by uncertainty. Things are getting worse by the day and it is not going to get better. The system is failing. What should we do as Christians in the situation? The answer is to fix our attention on Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. This means casting all our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7); trusting Him completely (Provers 3:5-7); fixing our attention on His finished work regardless of contradicting physical evidence, but with endurance and perseverance.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus Christ so that He becomes the focus of our existence, and we can then put everything else into God’s perspective. This requires that we walk in the truth, by affirming, proclaiming, and agreeing with the Word of God in every situation. Every promise of God in the Bible is fulfilled and guaranteed in Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. Look unto Him for healing, protection, provision, direction, leading; look unto Him as your deliverer from all demonic oppositions, and for every blessing you are seeking in life! He is the answer to all your questions.

When Things Fall Apart

John 16:33 NLT “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world.”

How do I trust God when it seems everything around and about me is falling apart?  Have you ever asked this question? Life is tough and unpredictable and sometimes does not turn out the way we plan. Jesus said that we will have tribulations in this imperfect world (John 16:33). Too often we ignore this truth and focus only on the good God’s Word promises. This past week we experienced an inclement weather in the State of Texas with devastating effects, the kind we have never experienced in decades. Faith gave way to fear, worry, anxiety, and hopelessness. Where is God? Why is He allowing this to happen? Can we trust Him? Let me assure you that God is still on His throne, He is loving, and He can be trusted. If we focus on Christ and turn our attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit, we will hear tender words like a whisper in our ears, Trust me, I know what I am doing. This situation is subject to change and it will not consume you. There is good ahead. Keep following Me and I will lead you there. Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).The way we can focus on Christ and turn our attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit, when things fall apart, is to act on this commandment “be not afraid, only believe (Mark5:36). That is when God takes over when things fall apart!

Ask

Matthew 7:7 NIV  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”

The above scripture, and also Mathew 11:28, are unique invitations from the Lord Jesus that we need to accept. Is there an area of your life that you need God’s help in? A lot of times, it is easy to think that we are not supposed to ask for too much, but the scripture encourages us to go to God with all of our needs (Philippians 4:6). God is always willing to give you the desires of your heart (that are consistent with His will) and pour out His favor and blessing on you. When you step out and ask for God’s favor, His blessings and His increase, you are activating your faith. But when you ask in faith to receive, ask with the right motives (James 4:2-3). And when you pray, make sure there is nothing in your heart that would block your prayer of faith (Mark 11:25). Begin your prayers by surrendering every wrong thought and attitude to the Lord. Ask Him to purify your motives and show you if there is any unforgiveness in your life. When you release those things to the Lord, it opens the door for Him to move mightily on your behalf, and you will move forward into the life of blessing He has in store for you!