Shut the Door To Negativity

I could probably write an extended blog on this topic because this is at the top of satan’s strategies of attack. He loves to plant seeds of doubt, fear, inferiority, and just plain negativity in our mind. When we allow those seeds to take root, they make themselves at home in our mind and most importantly in our heart. When Satan has seeds in our heart, he can control your mindset and your actions.

Today is the day we recapture our power. We’re saying No to the negative thoughts. We will no longer be defined by the seeds Satan has planted. Lets use God word to shut the door to negativity!! We are going to ” demolish every argument and opinion that comes against the Word of God and we will take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ” (2nd Corinthians 10:5).

Satan’s lies do not belong in our mind or our heart, so choose today and every day to Shut the Door to Negativity!

Trusting God When You Don’t Understand

We all have days where it feels like nothing goes our way. We get discouraged and wonder is it worth it. Why should I walk in faith if this is gonna be the result? Why should I continue to be nice to person X when they don’t appreciate my efforts, why should I go to church when bad things are still happening, why should I keep praying when I haven’t received an answer and it’s been forever. why doesn’t God understand??

The question why clouds the mind of every Christian. We begin to doubt God because we don’t understand. A simple truth I learned is that sometimes God shows his will, but doesn’t reveal his timing. Sometimes he gives us instruction and waits for us to obey before revealing the next steps. It’s normal and expected for us to not understand God’s way because the bible says His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9) Our job is remember that no matter the season or the circumstance, God is still God and he is still in control.

The next time you don’t understand: Reflect on these two scriptures. “All things Work together for the Good of those who love God” (Romans 8:28) and Colossians 1:17 which says “God is before all things and In Him, all things hold together”. How comforting is it to know that our God is making everything whether positive or negative on the surface work for our good and he is in complete control. Meditate on these promises and speak them over yourself when you’re asking why or you’re feeling doubtful. Trust God when you don’t understand because He loves you and He is For you!

You’re NEVER too Far for God to Reach You

One of the devil’s best tactics is to create doubt and resignation. He takes all our mistakes and magnifies them in our mind. The devil wants us to believe that we’re too messed up, too imperfect, or to sinful for God to use us. Today, I want to encourage you and disband all the lies Satan has fed you. In his word, God declared that we are never too far for him to reach us. The focus verse today is Romans 8:38-39 where God’s word says ” For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.…
Meditate on this scripture. Speak it over your life when the devil tries to make you believe his lies. Take the power back and DECLARE with Authority that God says and I believe that NOTHING Can Separate Me From His Love.

Eyes on the Wise

When you read the title, you probably thought it was a typo– isn’t the slogan “eyes on the prize”? Normally you’d be right, the world does say keep your eyes on the prize. There’s only one problem with this ideology for believers. It’s hard to keep your eyes on a prize you can’t see. The bible says our treasures are hidden in heaven (Matthew 19:21) The reward for accepting Jesus as Lord and following him on earth is an inheritance to God’s Kingdom (1st Peter 1:3-5)

It sounds all fine and dandy to know that our rewards are in heaven but is it practical view of living on earth?? The true answer is yes and no… It’s practical to keep the long term outlook that earth is not our permanent home and to know that Jesus is coming back for his Church which in turn will lead to a restoration of our heavenly treasures.

However, human nature and the way God made us in his image (Ephesians 2:10) leads us to desire nice things on earth. We want nice houses, fancy cars, great relationships, successful careers and many other things. There’s nothing wrong with wanting these things; the problem comes when we make them idols. We put achieving success in our jobs, and relationships with people above spending time with God and using our spiritual gifts to serve and love people.

We focus so much on earthly prizes that we lose sight of the Wise one who can guide and direct our paths. If we focus more on God than on our daily to do lists or our circumstances, we can unlock a unique gift. The gift of having an all powerful, all knowing God working on your behalf. When you have the perspective that God’s got me, things that use to seem big become small.

We don’t have to find value in the things of the world. Jesus dying on the cross defined us as valuable. In his eyes, we were valuable enough to DIE for. If you know that someone loves you so much that they would be crucified and die for you, would you ever take your eyes off of
them??

When we realize that God has given us the seal of approval, we no longer define our value by success at work, or with people. Our hope and confidence are not dependent on fickle opinions and the fleeting feelings of people anymore; our hope and confidence are rooted in a strong tower, a God who formed the world with his hands and whose love for us is unconditional and never ending.

So how do we keep our eyes on the Wise? The process is the same as if you were trying to build and establish an earthly relationship, You spend time with God in prayer and worship. You go on group dates whether that’s church on Sunday or bible study during the week. You have individual dates where you sit quietly and listen to what he has to say or spill your guts and tell him all about your day and your issues.

As you get deeper in your relationship, you’ll want to ask him not just about the big stuff in your life, but also the small things.( ex Hey God, what do you think about me dying my hair blond?) The crazy thing that most people miss, when you ask God questions, he always answers. We just have to be still and alert enough to hear him. Nothing on this earth compares to an intimate relationship with Jesus.

It doesn’t happen over night, but I encourage you to challenge yourself daily to grow deeper. Don’t let a day go by where you are not spending time with our God. All the things you think you have to do are not as important as building your relationship with Jesus. If we turn our focus to the wise one, we build our faith. He can carry our burdens and help us do everything we need to do without burning out. The bible says Jesus gives strength to the weary ( Isaiah 40:29)
and his burden is light ( Matthew 11:30)
So, the question today is “ Where are your eyes?”