Archive for November 2013

What if You Aren’t Popular?

As a christian, you may not always be popular. Though the attractiveness of a joyful spirit can make you well-liked by some, if not many, it doesn’t mean that everyone will like you.

Recently, I have noticed some business and personal relationships where someone just didn’t like me very much. I pondered why . . . what I might have done and said wrong. Ultimately, I realized that perhaps I didn’t cause the person not to like me. I do believe it’s important to examine whether I treated someone wrong or created an offense, yet I can’t control whether people like me or not.

Sometimes this type of situation stems from plain old spiritual warfare. Ephesians 6:12 says:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

So how do we deal with something like this? What I have found to be the most productive is to invite Jesus into the situation. For if He is in the center, He can guide us through difficult places of warfare. That doesn’t mean that everything will always end up easy, however; it does mean that we have Him to depend on in any situation.

Where I get in trouble is going in and trying to make someone like me, which sometimes makes it worse! So, if you feel unpopular, unappreciated, remember you may not even be fighting people who influence you to feel that way. You could be in a spiritual battle and who better than Jesus to step into the situation and defend you.

Renewing Your Mind

Last Sunday I heard a sermon by Jimmy Evans (@psJimmyEvans) who was visiting our church. He talked about how satan attacks our minds. He noted that if we don’t take every thought captive, that satan can use those thoughts against us.

He mentioned that Romans 12:2 says:

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

What thoughts are plaguing you, and keeping you from the fullness of blessing from your Lord? It could be repeating something someone said to you, re-hashing of an old wound you have, self-deprecation that stems from a very old “tape” in you mind.

The key message I received from Jimmy Evan’s words is to view myself as God views me. How do I do that? By filling my mind with good and supportive scripture. When I feel down on myself or negative, proclaiming victorious scripture trains my mind to go in the right direction.

What’s tormenting your mind? Take those thoughts captive by proclaiming God’s promises over them, by proclaiming who you are in Him. You can live in the freedom of a renewed mind by integrating the promises in scripture into your daily thought process.

Madly in Love with God

At the weekend services at my church, I’m struck by how the worship teams (@gatewayworship) sing like they are madly in love with God. It’s not a show of religiosity, it’s genuine heart-felt love and affection for a personal savior and an awesome deliverer from any earthly woes that we have.

How do we fall madly in love with God? By putting Him first, by worshipping Him and honoring Him just for the sake of it. When we recognize how much He loves us and how precious we are in His eyes, it’s hard not fall in love with Him.

What friend do you have that loves you enough to die for you? He keeps on loving too. We sometimes turn away and forsake Him yet He never lets go of us. Tell Him everyday how precious He is. Get lost in His heart and the depth of His love for you.

Healing for the Soul

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

Healing for the soul begins with that simple act of accepting God’s grace, declaring our salvation and truly believing that Jesus died on the cross in our place. Calling Him “Lord” means surrendering to Him, and putting Him first. Yet that can be hard to do. We have plans, we think we have to fix everything, and yet, God doesn’t need our help. He is perfectly capable . . .

How does calling Him “Lord” heal our souls? We need guidance, devine guidance. While there are plenty of people who will give worldly advice, what does God say? Following His calling and direction for us brings a peace beyond our comprehension, a peace we can’t find anywhere else.

Call Him Lord in all that you do. It’s healthy for your heart and soul.

 

 

 

 

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