Archive for August 2014

Bringing New Life to Your Heart

A friend of mine who is an emerging writer and speaker had an AHA experience recently. She’s clear on the message that God wants her to bring to the world, yet found a new level of her “voice” to deliver that message.

God has put a big dream in her heart for His purpose for her. The new dimension of her voice took her another step in the direction of that dream. Though she already has a joyful and fun spirit, I could tell that a new spark of life was born in her heart.

She loves God and spends time with Him and in His word early every morning. I believe her diligence with building a true relationship with God has led to her clearer insights into exactly why God put her on the planet.

If you want a new spark to brighten up your heart, ask the Lord exactly why He put you on the planet. You have a specific set of gifts of talents crafted specifically to fulfill your purpose here. What a richer life we can all life when we are following God’s calling for us.

Overcoming a Fretful Mind

Do you fret about things going on in your life? Sometimes I do. God has reminded me that a fretful mind is caused by a lack of true deep-seated faith. Faith that God can take care of things is a choice we have to make. The best way I know to change the way you think about things is to renew your mind with a focus on God. In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul 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.”

How do we renew our minds to grow this faith? By hearing the Word of God. Here’s what Paul says later in Romans.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

So, if you are feeling fretful, find some scriptures to read out loud, to renew your mind to a way of faith. Here are some suggestions:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Speak the mighty and powerful words from the Bible, that your mind will be renewed!

 

 

Breathe God In

At a service at my church, one of our elders explained something the Lord showed him through the scripture Acts 9:1-2.

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.”

The word “breathe” in the scripture came to life for him. What he realized is that what we breathe in impacts what we breathe out. Saul wasn’t declaring or just saying something, he was breathing it out. When Saul was dramatically converted on the road to Damascus, he started breathing God in rather than the world’s hatred. When Saul became Paul, because he was breathing God and His grace in, he was able to breathe out many beautiful teachings, which we see throughout the New Testament.

When we are ill, whether it’s emotional pain, physical illness or financial infirmity, what have we been breathing in? A friend of mine suffers from chronic pain. Another friend and I took her to a healing service at our church. She told my friend that she didn’t deserve to be healed. We told her strongly that no matter what she might have done in the past, God wants to make her well.

While I understand the severity of her condition, and I know I have never experienced it, my friend is breathing in shame, and I think it’s making her condition worse. So my prayer for my friend is that she will breathe in grace and life, reminding herself of the promises God gives us for making us whole.

Here are some scriptures of healing to breathe in:

“I cry out to the Lord and He heals me.” Psalm 30:2

“The Lord forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.” Psalm 103:3

“He heals my broken heart and binds up my wounds.” Psalm 147:3

If you are sick, in any way, breathe in life. Read aloud and proclaim God’s healing promises from scripture.

Does Healing Your Mind Affect Your Finances?    

Proverbs 3:7-10

7. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

8. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.

9. Honor the Lord with your possessions, and the firstfruits of all your increase.

10. So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.

As I was asking God to show me what this scripture means in my life, I realized that many times in business I try to take over and do what I think is best. When I honor God in my business, by following His direction, by going to Him first instead of as a last resort, He will bless my labors and create new wine in me.

This scripture speaks to me of healing my mind. I don’t have to ponder and wonder among friends, “is this the right thing to do?” It says not to be wise in my own eyes, but fear the Lord.

Fear the Lord means “having a reverential awe, and admiring for God. This submissive fear is foundational for spiritual knowledge and wisdom.”[i]

Begin the healing of your mind by knowing that you are not wise, but God is. Turn to Him and seek His guidance in all things. I am still utterly amazed at what happens in my life when I seek Him first and honor Him with all my possessions. The possessions belong to Him, I receive or give them as He directs. And the new wine is more than financial . . . it is a deep-seated joy of living for Him.

[i] The MacArthur Bible Commentary, John MacArthur, p.698.

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