You’re Responsible For What You Allow In Your Mind

“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.” Proverbs 15:14

Our minds control everything else about us. Our thoughts influence our feelings. Our feelings impact our actions.

What you think matters, because everything starts in the mind. To be a responsible person, you have to control your thoughts. But let me relieve you of a little false guilt: You’re not responsible for every stray thought that passes through your mind. Sometimes we  have no control of our thoughts. Stray thoughts enter our minds for a variety of reasons-conversations you hear by accident, things you see, stuff the devil puts in your mind, etc.

We are responsible for how we deal with those stray thoughts. I’ve heard someone once say, “You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest, in your hair”. God will hold us accountable for what we allow to enter our minds. No matter how much the enemy try to hold us captive to the thoughts in our minds, we must reflect on 2 Corinthians 10:5; “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

So, therefore that means we should be rebuking every negative and evil thought the devil try to instill in our minds. Many true followers of Jesus spend their time watching trashy TV and listening to trashy music. We have to be careful on what we listen to and what we watch because our minds can easily reflect on negative things we see or hear. Some even pay good money to go see deviant behavior as entertainment. People watching those shows have told me, “When I go see those kinds of things, it just doesn’t phase me. It doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t affect me”.

But that’s just not true!

I’ve come to realization that you never really forget any scene you see. Even if you don’t consciously recall the scene, that ideas will come right back to your mind-in living color- when something else stimulates the thought.

In other words,”Garbage in, garbage out”. What you put into your mind will inevitably bear fruit in your behavior and beliefs. In fact, when trashy entertainment doesn’t bother you anymore, it’s a warning light that you have already passed the threshold. One of Satan’s greatest tricks for attracting us to sinful lifestyles is comedy. That’s why on television or in movies, deviant behavior always start in a comedic situation.  If Satan can get us laughing at something that is sinful, then we’ve already lost the battle!

Sin isn’t funny. Sin put Jesus on the cross.

What are you filling your brain with?

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“Are You Praying With The Right Motive”

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures”-(James 4:3 NIV).

If you expect God to bless your life, you must be willing to bless other people’s lives with the same benefits God has given to you. One of the conditions for answered prayer is a willingness to help those less fortunate with the blessings that we are given. Proverbs 21:13 says, “Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered” (NIV).

God says if we ignore those who are in obvious difficulty around us, what right do we have to expect him to bail us out? God wants us to be like Him, and God is love. One of the ways we prove we have love is that we’re willing to be generous toward other people. For instance, we might ask God for good health, but what are we going to do with that healthy body after we’ve got it? Are we praying just to help ourselves, or are we praying so we can help other people, too?

When we ask God to bless our businesses, careers, or ministries, are we willing to give back a portion of what God has blessed us with? Motive is important in prayer. Why you pray is more important than what you pray for the right thing with the wrong motive? Sure. I’m not saying you should never pray for your own personal needs. Jesus says to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”. In Mark 11, He says you can even pray for your desires. But you have to check your motive. Are you willing to share your blessing with other people, or are you going to hoard it all to yourself? God is not interested in simply satisfying our selfishness.

The conditions of prayer are an honest relationship with God, a forgiving attitude toward other people, and a willingness to share God’s blessings with other people. God loves us and so He’s teaching how to pray in an effective way.

Let’s Talk It Over

How has God blessed you? How can you share those blessings with others?

During your next quiet time, think about your motive while you pray.

Are you willing to share with others what you’re asking God for?

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Don’t Despise Your Small Beginnings

Has God given you a vision to fulfill a particular assignment? If so, what’s your attitude and response been towards this? The reality is that some of us appear to embrace a number of incorrect attitudes which translate into the actions we take (or don’t take). To start with, some of us may buck at less glamorous tasks that influence how we approach it. If it’s not one that puts us on a ‘platform’ or brings recognition or power for instance, we tend to want to resist such.

But our challenge does not end there. Some believe that if our assignment is not all singing and dancing with whistles and bells especially from day one, then something is amiss. Huge, extravagant, and glamorous seems to be the order of the day. We get frustrated when we don’t move from 0 – 60mph in less than six seconds, like fast sports car. We pick up false notions that God can’t possibly be in anything less than our own humanistic expectations. But God does not always operate in the way we think. In fact, if we were to take a peek into the lives of some people who answered the call of God on their lives, some of them had nothing spectacular or fast-paced happen early on. These include Joseph, Moses, David, and Elisha though they went on to achieve great feats later on. And there was Jeremiah, who in his years of ministry did not see a positive outcome at all though he continued to deliver Gods messages.

Hence, as a result of our own attitudes coupled with a barrage of other factors including influences from our present day, some of us either don’t get beyond the starting line or abandon the race shortly after. Let’s take for example a man or woman who feel led by God to start a ministry of some sort. It is not uncommon to find a barrage of assumptions and expectations to show up such as expecting an easy ride or great feats to happen from day one (though this is not impossible with God). This is compounded by popular measures of success which tends to be limited to the likes of church/ministry size, income generated, popularity, CD sales, etc. They look over the fence and see others who seem to be making progress – according to their own definitions – and want to be like them overnight. When they measure their own progress against their own preconceptions and seem to fall short of it, there is a tendency they become disheartened and may pull back from what seems like small beginnings. Their expectation is to experience what they define as ‘progress’ from the onset.

Whilst our aspirations to do great things for God are admirable (though one needs to keep a check on ones motives), God has His own measures of success which include our obedience and commitment to the call, regardless of what we face. And so, this should be the yardstick we use to measure our success. Deviate from this and you are likely to take the wrong turn. So, our real mandate is to “Obey God and leave the consequences (i.e. outcome) to Him” . We must be faithful with the little God places in our hands. Moreover, it’s about sowing and watering our seeds in the form of our daily actions and stepping back to allow God to what He does best – bring about growth and elevation (which could come in various forms). For when we persevere with Him, He make everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

So to help you along, ponder on the following principles:

Just Get On With Your Assignment

God loves it when we put our hands to the plough and get on with things. Our obedience pleases Him. Zachariah 4:10 states that God “rejoices to see the work begin” in reference to Zerubbabel and the returning exiles rebuilding the temple. They demonstrated their commitment to the call by taking consistent action till the job was done. So get on with your assignment. You will be amazed what God will do with the little in your hands

Fix Your Attitude

Have you been complaining at the lack of progress concerning your assignment? Your sentiments may have been, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose…” (Isaiah 49:4, NLT). However, be assured that nothing we do for God goes unnoticed and unrewarded. Whilst you may not see the fruits of your labours (even in your life time), your obedience and diligence is accomplishing Gods plans and purposes. So change your attitude and see yourself as a vessel of honour being used by God.

Don’t Try To Outrun God

At times, we feel Gods pace is too slow and so we try to hurry things along. This could be as a result of us feeling under pressure to ‘perform’ or looking over the fence where the grass seems to be greener. We get anxious about our progress by wanting to make things happen. But one thing you can be sure of is God is never in a hurry. Psalm 37:7 encourages us to “Be still” whilst waiting for Him to act on our behalf. Moreover, your assignment is an opportunity for God to work on you as you take each step. And this takes time. So resist the urge to want to speed things along, recognizing that Father has a plan. Instead, tune in to get direction (Isaiah 30:20-21, 42:16).

And so in closing, don’t get hung up on your success or even failures of yesterday. As long as you remain obedient and committed to the task, God will bless the work of your hands (Job 36:11). Don’t look down on where you are today because it’s the platform God will use to elevate you tomorrow. So get on with your assignment!

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“Do Good To Those That Oppose You”

When you are persecuted, harassed, and faced with opposition, you need to respond with a blessing. Jesus says in Luke 6:27-29, “Love your enemies! Do good to those that hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also”.

Who does that? Not many people, actually. It’s what sets Christians apart, because it’s not a natural or popular or easy response. It takes a lot of courage to do those things! Anyone can fight back and retaliate and can say something mean back, even a parrot can be taught to curse.

God wants us to love our enemies, do good to those who hate us, and bless those that curse us, pray for those that hurt us, and turn the other cheek. Is that easy? No. We can only do it by being filled with God’s love. And, it is the most powerful form of witness.

For example, in the movie The Butler, they show Freedom Riders, who fought racism in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, train people how to not retaliate when they’re hit, spit on, cursed, pushed, or when people throw food at them. It’s a very powerful scene of taking a nonviolent stance.  As I watched that scene, tears started coming down my face. I thought, “I want to be that kind of person for Jesus. I want to be that brave. I want to have a heart of courage that won’t cave in to what’s wrong, no matter what they throw at me. And I want to respond with love”.

When you refuse to retaliate and instead respond in love at work or with somebody who doesn’t like you, God will be pleased. And, you’re going to be blessed. “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven”-( Matthew 5:10-12).

Jesus paid a price for you and me. He says there’s a price to be paid for following Him. Popularity on Earth is not part of the guarantee of being a Christian, but your reward in Heaven is a guarantee.

Lets’ Talk It Over

What is your faith costing you?

How are you willing to suffer for Jesus Christ?

How does your answer affect the way you handle insults or disapproval?

Why is responding in love and not retaliation the most powerful form of witness for Christ?

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“When all else fail, you can count on God”

When everything is changing around you, even the people you love the most, it’s important to remember that God is a consistent Father. Family may let you down, friends may let you down, coworkers may let you down, etc. God will never let you down. He can be counted on. He is reliable. He is worthy of trust. When you are down and out, God is right there by your side.

I’ve learned that when you are trying to live for God, there will be persecutions, fake love, hate, jealousy and envy that comes your way. Pray about your situations and give it to God. But just know that Jesus was hated and persecuted first. He had no record wrongs! No matter how positive you try to be, people will still bring negativity your way. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will stand up against it. God is omnipotent , omnipresence, and omniscience, He sees, hears, and knows all things. God knows of those who speak against you, and He will make your enemies your footstool! Stay positive! Stay Focused! Stay encouraged!

Meditate on  these scriptures:

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ- 2 Corinthians 10:5
And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
-Matthew 10:36
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:12-13
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
For it was not David who ascended into the heavens, but he himself says:
The Lord declared to my Lord,
‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool
acts 2:34-35

James 1:17 says, ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”. God is unchanging, consistent Father.

For example, earthly Fathers are often predictable. “Growing up, I never knew how my dad was going to treat me. I never knew if he was going to be silent or violent. I never knew whether he was going to hug me or slug me. I never knew if he was going to take me in or reject me”. Inconsistent fathers produce insecure children.

But God is not moody. Your Heavenly Father is consistent. One of the things you can count on is that God always acts the same toward you. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself”.

We know that the world is changing faster than ever before. When everything else is up in the air, you need something in your life that never changes as an anchor for your soul. You need an island of stability in order to handle the stress. There’s only one problem: On this planet, nothing lasts. There’s only one thing you can count on that is not ever going to change: the consistent, caring love of your Heavenly Father.

“My God is changeless in his love for me”- Psalm 59:10

You can count on that!!

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“Chosen By God”

When you are selected or chosen by God, your life will go through a series of tests and trials to prepare you for your God-given purpose. It is not to scare you or deter you but to place you on the right path God has designed specifically for your life. There are a few things you should know and expect as a chosen vessel of God.

1.) YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN

When you dedicate your life to God, you are surrendering your will to His will for your life. You become a vessel for God to use to accomplish His specific task. Your body becomes His temple, therefore, there are certain things that we should steer away from such as sin. These things can cause harm or even disconnect us from the spirit of God operating fully in our lives.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”– 1 Corinthians 6:19

2.) TESTS AND TRIALS WILL NOT CONSUME YOU

Don’t find it strange if you are living according to God’s Word and it seems like everything around you is falling apart. Sometimes God needs to bring us to a place where all we can do is trust and depend on Him.

Know that God is in complete control and whatever you are going through will not consume you. It will only bring you closer to God so He can reveal His purpose for your life.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you“-1 Peter 4:12

3.) COUNT IT ALL JOY

Praising God during a storm proves to God that you trust Him. I tell the Lord all the time, God I may not understand but I know that you are working this out for my good (Romans 8:28), therefore I choose to praise you.

Sometimes praise is the only thing left. When all you have left is your praise, you are closer than you think to your purpose. When your back is against the wall, lift up your hands in worship because that wall is about to come down just like the wall of Jericho.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you k now that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness“-James 1:2-3

The chosen life is not a simple life. If you are looking for a problem free life than you are not ready to be used by God. He needs strong soldiers that aren’t afraid of the devil and will fight to bring down his kingdom! God has nothing but greatness in store for you (Jeremiah 29:11).

Be strong and of good courage knowing that you at part of “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”- 1Peter 2:9

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Be Still And Know….

God’s timing often does appear exactly at the right time. Even though we try to rush God. Today, I have been worried about so much that has been going on within my life. As Christians, we know we should not worry, because worrying is a sin. God knows the flesh is weak and we tend to worry about things. But, I prayed to God to give me the strength not to worry about things that we have no control over.

God does not want us to worry. He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can think or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). God said in His word; “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). Know that He have good plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11), know that you can trust in me (Proverbs 3:5-6), and know that I will direct your steps (Proverbs 16:9). Above all else, know that you don’t need to know, I am going to take care of you; because when you can’t see the road ahead you can trust that I can”.

In our own lives, in our daily and mundane routines we can often forget, “Be still and Know”. Know that God has it, know that He covers it and know that He is taking care of it. But how do we get there? How do we get to a place of such trust that we can leave something or someone that is so precious to us into the hands of a loving God? How can we let go and let God?

In my own life, I have realized it is simple; Surrender. To let go and let God, we truly have to surrender all. All that we are, all that we want to be and all the expectations of how we think it should be, we need to give it to Him. To surrender it all to Him is to trust Him with all. But, surrender is a daily process, a place in the moments of each day, in the midst of our worries where we have a choice we can either hold on or we can let go and let God in faith.

We can pray, “I give it all to you Lord: my hurts, my scars, my frustrations; I trust you with every circumstance I may face and I trust you with the comings and goings of each and every day”.

Today, surrender all of your life to Christ and allow Him to reveal your talents and purpose for you to be who He created you to be!! God wants us to give Him our all, so He can perform a GREAT work in us!!!

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