YOUR THOUGHTS

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”.(Isaiah 55:8‭-‬11 KJV).

The Direction Of Our Thoughts (Think On These Things)

The superiority of our thoughts is impressive. Our thoughts are to our lives what a control tower is to a pilot as he/she flies a plane; guiding and directing our character, our conduct and our conversations. Proverbs 23:7 states, “For as a man calculates the cost of himself, this is what he does: He tells you, “eat and drink,” but he does not mean it. Therefore, if we want to change the direction of our lives we need to change our thoughts to harmonize our direction.

The “great news is that what we think about is ours choice.!” We can choose to “think” noble thoughts or salacious thoughts. It is our choice. It is a choice we need to make circumspectly because the rest of our lives as God’s masterpiece, will be influenced by our thoughts. Successful living is birthed in successful thinking; living in hope comes from hopeful thinking and the list goes on.

Our behavior is a result of our pattern of thinking to change our behavior or to change our direction, simply begins by changing our thinking pattern. Change our thoughts and we change our direction. The Bible tells us this, “be transform by the renewing of our minds.”:
Therefore, We need to:
Realize we have the mind of Christ;
Resolve to think positive or right thoughts;
Refuse to think about some things and; Replace our thoughts with God’s thoughts.

God has given us free will, including the ability to influence the direction and the tone of our thoughts. And, here’s how God wants us to direct those thoughts: “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on those things.” (Philippians 4:8)
The quality of our attitude well help determine the quality of our lives so we must guard our thoughts accordingly. If we make up our mind to approach life with a healthy mixture of realism and optimism, we will be rewarded. But, if we allow ourselves to fall into the unfortunate habit of negative thinking, we will doom ourselves to unhappiness, or mediocrity or worse. So, the next time we find ourselves dwelling upon the negative aspects of our lives, we should refocus our attention on things positive. That is the wise way to direct
our thoughts.

I, became aware of one very important concept I had missed before: MY ATTITUDE–
not my CIRCUMSTANCES—was what was making me unhappy. (Vionette Bright)

BENEFITS OF THE RIGHTEOUS

“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree.”

Psalm 92:12, NIV

The reason God said we’d flourish like a palm tree is that God knew we would go through difficult times. What’s interesting about the palm tree is that when it is bent over by the strong winds during a hurricane, research shows that the extreme stretching is strengthening the root system and giving it new opportunities for growth. After the storm, when the palm tree straightens back up, it’s actually stronger than it was before.

That’s what God does for us when go through difficult times. When you come out of the storm that was meant to defeat you, when you straighten back up, you’re not going to be the same. You’re going to be stronger, healthier, wiser, better off, and ready for new growth. God never brings you out the same. He makes the enemy pay for bringing the times of darkness and trouble. Your roots are going to be stronger. You’re not only going to still be standing; you’re going to be standing stronger.

That’s Freedom In Christ
As Galatians 5:1 NKJV tells us to;
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
+In Christ Jesus we are totally free in spirit, soul, mind and body, past, present and future.
+In Christ Jesus we are free from the world and the devil. There is absolutely nothing in this world that should keep us down.
+You may have gotten knock down with sickness, disease, financial hardship or bad relationships but you don’t have to stay down.
+I command you in The Name of Jesus! Get up! and stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. For who the the Son set free is free indeed.
+For it is God who supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Hallelujahs to Jesus!!!
•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for your life. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our faith, trust and confidence in Him.
•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!

POSSIBILITIES IN AND WITH GOD.

REMEMBER NOTHING is impossible for God.
Genesis 18:13-14
And the LORD said unto Abraham…
Is any thing too hard for the LORD?…
-If this is the Lord’s question to you regarding your present problem, what would your answer be?
Mark 10:27 Jesus said:
…for with God all things are possible.
Mark 9:23 Jesus also said: If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.
-So I say unto you be encouraged and stay encouraged.
Psalm 37:7-8
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself…
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any way…
-There is nothing that is too hard for the Lord.

LISTEN

Faith must be exercised before the blessings are materialized.
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
+FAITH does not look at the things that are seen. FAITH looks at the things which not seen.
James 2:26
…FAITH without Works is dead.
+FAITH is always demonstrated by the MATCHING ACTIONS of FAITH.
+Never let any situation or circumstance determine your FAITH.
+But instead let your FAITH determine your situation and your circumstance.
+Jesus said “Be it unto you according to your FAITH” Matthew 9:29.
+So continue to hold fast to your profession (confession, declaration, and proclamation) of FAITH without wavering because God is Faithful in delivering on all His promises. Hallelujah!!!
•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for our lives. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our Faith, Trust and Confidence in Him.
•BLESSED we are and BLESSED we will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!!!

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen”.
[Ephesians 3:20‭-‬21 NKJV].

ALWAYS HOPEFUL

You are not HOPELESS!
HOPE: a desired belief and expectation of the fulfillment of the promises of God in our lives.
Psalm 146:5
Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose HOPE is in the LORD his God:
Psalm 71:5
For You are my HOPE, O Lord God…
Romans 5:3-4
…we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; And patience, experience; and experience, HOPE:
And HOPE makes you not ashamed…
Proverb 13:12
Without HOPE the the heart becomes sick.
-You are never without HOPE in the Lord.
-Keep your HOPE in the Lord.
-God blesses those whose HOPE is in Him, and happy are those whose HOPE is in the Lord.

Be Enlightened and Encouraged…
Lamentation 3:21-26
21 This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.
22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness.
24 The LORD is my Portion, says my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.
25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him.
26 It is good that men and women should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
SALVATION: all that pertains to Life and Godliness through Christ Jesus our Lord. Hallelujahs to Jesus!!!
+Jesus is our Salvation. Enjoy Life with Him. Our Salvation is Full-Time for Lifetime. Amen!
•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for our lives. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our Faith, Trust and Confidence in Him.
•BLESSED we are and BLESSED we will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!

GOD WILL NEVER REJECT YOU.

It doesn’t matter how bad things are:
John 6:37
Jesus said… him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.

Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax M y hold on you [assuredly not]!” So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “T he Lord is my H elper [in time of need], I will not be afraid . W hat will man do to me ?”
(Hebrews 13:5‭-‬6 AMP).


1John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” [2 Corinthians 4:17, NKJV]

There are times when life comes at us like a flood–a difficulty, opposition, a great loss. You can’t choose when or where the flood comes. That’s in God’s hands. We may not understand it, but God said His plans for us are for good to give us a bright future.

“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord , ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”. (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP).

That doesn’t mean bad things won’t happen along the way, but God knows how to use them for good. He wouldn’t allow it ;if it wasn’t going to work to our advantage.

Remember that what you’re going through is temporary, but what it works in you will bless you forever. If you could see where God is going to take you–the favor, the influence, the abundance, the health, the friends–you would realize there is a purpose for every challenge. When you don’t understand the purpose, you have to say, “God, I don’t see what You’re doing, but I trust You. I know Your ways are better than my ways. God, my life is in Your hands.”


+++In life we make mistakes, but we don’t have to be a mistake. God is Merciful, Gracious and Forgiving because God is Love.
+++With a sincere heart just repent, and ask God for forgiveness. That’s what God is saying to you today,
Hebrews 8:12
For I will be merciful to your unrighteousness, and your sins and your iniquities will I remember no more.
+++It time to get over it and move on. Jesus has never left you or forsaken you. The Spirit of God is in you. You have the heart of God, the Mind of Christ and God is the Strength of your life, alleluia!
+++May I remind you that you can also do all things through Christ which strengthens you, Phil 4:13.
+++Blessed you are and blessed you will always be and to God be all the Glory. Amen! and Alleluia! Hallelujah! Glory to God.

EVIL NEVER LAST

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Rest in the LORD , and wait patiently for him: Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: But those that wait upon the LORD , they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: Yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

But the meek shall inherit the earth; And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plotteth against the just, And gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: For he seeth that his day is coming.

The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, To cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, And their bows shall be broken.

A little that a righteous man hath is better Than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: But the LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: And their inheritance shall be for ever.

They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish, And the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: They shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again:

But the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth. For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; And they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD : And he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: For the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; And his seed is blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell for evermore.

For the LORD loveth judgment, And forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: But the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. The wicked watcheth the righteous, And seeketh to slay him. The LORD will not leave him in his hand, Nor condemn him when he is judged. Wait on the LORD , and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: When the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it . I h

ave seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: The end of the wicked shall be cut off.
(Psalm 37:1‭-‬2‭, ‬7‭-‬28‭, ‬32‭-‬36‭, ‬38 KJV).

Proverb 15:3
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Hebrews 4:13
…but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him (God) with whom we have to do.
-There is nothing that is done in darkness that will not be brought to the light.
-There is an appointed time when the truth of all things will be revealed.
-Some of us are tormented by wrongdoings TO others and wrongdoings BY others and we do not want anyone to know, but God knows.
-Things like these are ruining people’s lives, breaking them down mentally, physically, emotionally, making them sick and some sick to the point of death.
-Where do we go from here?
-How can things get better?
-Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the life. He is the ONLY Person that can permanently resolve all of our problems. Go to Jesus with it.
-There is no condemnation for us who are in Christ Jesus. For who the Son sets free is free indeed.
+++Blessed you are and blessed you will always be and to God be all the glory. Amen!

SUBMISSION

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded”. (James 4:7‭-‬8 KJV).

Submission is something you decide to do, not something someone forces you to do. The meaning of the word “submit” is “to submit yourself.” It is a condition of the heart. Having a submitted heart means you are willing to submit yourself, and come into proper alignment in accordance with God’s will.
Our first priority in submission must always be to “submit to God” (James 4:7). This means you do not have to submit to the wishes of anyone who asks you to do something that is against God’s commands. You can have a submitted heart and still be able to draw the line when what is being asked of you violates your conscience and the laws of God.
For example, if a person who is a designated authority over your life asks you to for something that is wrong, or if that person says or dies something to you that is inappropriate and violates what is right in the sight of God, you must decline to be a party to it and declare it to be wrong. But you don’t have to scream at the person saying, “You idiot! or “You fool! What is the matter with you? Get behind me, satan!”. Instead, give them a respectful explanation such as, “with all due respect, I believe that what you are asking me to do us a violation of the laws of Hod, and in could not with any good conscience do it, knowing it would bring God’s judgment on us both,” Or “What you just said and did is offensive in the eyes if God, and in mist tell you that such inappropriate behavior will not serve either if us well.”
The difference between having a submitting heart and one that is not is that one will garner blessings for you and the other will get you into trouble.
Jesus Himself was submitted to God. His priorities were definitely in order. God wants that, “this mind be in your which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, be in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal to Gid, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the firm of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8). Now that’s submission! It would seem that if anyone might not have to be in perfect submission it would be Jesus. Yet in order to accomplish God’s purpose for His life, He was submitted to the will of the Father, even to the point of unfathomable suffering and death. What a role model He is for all of us.

Let us pray:
Dear Lord, I pray You would help me set my life in right order. I want to always put You first above all else in my life. Teach me how to love You with all my heart, mind, and soul. Show me when I am not doing that. I don’t want to have any other gods but You in my life. Show me if I have lifted up my soul to an idol. My desire is to serve You and only You. Help me to live accordingly. Lord, give me a submissive heart. Help me to always submit to the governing authorities and the correct people in my family, work, and church. In Jesus mighty and wonderful name, amen.

SAVED BY HIS GRACE

in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
{Ephesians 2:2-10 }

Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me…
+++Think about this, Christ lives in you. How? Through the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know all of you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which all of you have of God, and all of you are not your own?
For all of you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
+++The Holy Spirit is in you so Christ can live through you. Remember you were crucified (died) with Christ when He died on the cross. Your newness of life now is all about Christ. When you think it’s in His mind (you have the mind of Christ). When you speak, it’s His Words which is in your heart. When you act it’s In His strength and the Power of His Might.
Philippians 2:13
For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
+++Remember you have laid down (sacrificed) your life in Christ. Now the life you live is Christ living in,and through you.
+++Blessed you are and blessed you will always be and to God be all the glory. Amen! HAVE A HOLY SPIRIT filled day.

YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED

Why do you have to wait for a doctor to tell you that your days are numbered,or how many months you have left to live;he doesn’t know for sure ,he can only speculate,he can’t tell the exact time that the breath is going to leave the body,because he is not God.

In Psalms 90 : 12, Moses, ask God to teach us how to number our days,because we waste most of our youth doing the wrong things.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation”.(Hebrews 9:27‭-‬28 KJV).

My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.

My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord , Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor.(Proverbs 3:1‭-‬16 NKJV).

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: And the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, And the years of thy life shall be increased.
Proverbs 9:10‭-‬11 KJV

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, And shew him my salvation.
Psalm 91:15‭-‬16 KJV

LISTEN,
It’s not God’s will for anyone to perish. And In Matthew 7:21 He says,
Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but they that do THE WILL of my Father who is in heaven.
John 14:15
If you love me, keep my commandments (do my will).
+When it comes to our lives and what we do, Jesus is not Lord AT ALL it He is not Lord OF ALL ( Lord of our lives and over all that we do).
+The proof of our salvation is in the demonstration of doing THE WILL of God by obeying the Word of God.
+THE WILL of God is found in the Word of God.
+The Holy Spirit always leads us in THE WILL of God.
+We will alway experience God’s Authority, Power and Manifested Presence when we do His WILL.
Lord your Will be done in our lives and on earth as your Will in done in Heaven.
+Hallelujah and Amen!
•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for your life. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our Faith, Trust and Confidence in Him.
•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!

HUMILITY

Humility is the state of being humble. Which means dying to self, and surrendering all your rights, and privileges for God’s plans and purpose, for us.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. (Romans 12:1‭-‬2 KJV). That’s humility.

Let’s look at Jesus our perfect example.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross”. (Philippians 2:5‭-‬8 NKJV).

To be humble you must deny self,and be obedient to God.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. “Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”(Matthew 16:24‭-‬28 NKJV)

John the Baptist despite his doubts and unbelief. Started out denying himself.

He must increase, but I must decrease.
John 3:30 NKJV.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO BECOME HUMBLE.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 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. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith”. (Romans 12:1‭-‬3 NKJV).

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled”. (II Corinthians 10:3‭-‬6 NKJV)

He tells us to cast down imaginations and things that exalt itself against His knowledge. Because;”

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord . “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts”. (Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9 NKJV).

JESUS KNEW WHAT HE HAD TO DO, AND GO THROUGH. Yet He humbled Himself.

“Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt “. [Matthew 26:38‭-‬39 KJV]

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you . To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen”. [1 Peter 5:6‭-‬11 KJV]