Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Managing the Mind

Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.   Romans 12:2  NLT
Many times, we want God to change our circumstances.  We want him to take away all our problems, all our pain, all our sorrow, all our suffering, all our sickness, all our sadness.  But God is far more interested in changing our mind than in changing our circumstances.  Nothing changes in our lives until we get to the renewing of our mind.  No transformation takes place; no change takes place in our mind or in our lives until our thoughts begin to change.
Why is it so important that I learn how to manage my mind?    
Because my thoughts control my life  Proverbs 4:23 says Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” 
Every single action always begins as a thought.  If you don’t think it, you don’t do it.  That’s both good and bad. Yogi Berra once said about the game of baseball: "90% of this game is half mental."  When it comes to spiritual warfare, 100% of the game is all mental.
Thoughts can be triggered and fed by many different things.  Our senses play a major role along with our emotions and desires.  SENSES – THOUGHTS – ACTIONS – HABITS – CHARACTER – DESTINY!        The real key is how we think when the thought occurs.  Do we filter the thought through our spiritual process or sensual process?  People say “I was just thinking it!”  The Bible says the power of your mind and your thoughts, has tremendous ability to shape your life for good or for bad. 
Thus, sin begins in our minds.  When we talk about the sins of pride or lust or bitterness or hatred or anger or fear or resentment or envy or worry, where are those things?  They’re all in your mind.   It’s one of the reasons why you get mentally fatigued because there’s a battle in your brain and it’s going on twenty-four hours a day.  Sometimes you’re conscious of that battle and sometimes you’re unconscious of that battle.  But the war is raging on in your life. 
As Christians, we should be even more careful because Satan uses different ways to attack us.  He often uses the sins that are not obvious to the rest of the world.  We are easy targets because we are hiding it from everyone else and that makes us even more vulnerable to his attacks. 
Be careful with your thoughts, take every thought captive, and bring them to Jesus. 

Scripture to Claim

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:29-30
What is your destination?  What is your destiny?  When I speak of destiny I don’t speak of that which the world thinks of, "fate, chance, or luck."  Our destiny speaks of "one's lot" in Christ by the divine providence (the ability to see beforehand and act) of God.  When we become Christians, our life is marked by a new destiny.  We are headed in a new direction, both earthly and heavenly.  
A new relationship with Jesus and faith will change your life ethically.  Colossians 3:5a says “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature…"  That means we should not even consider doing anything which stands against God's will.  It doesn’t say we won’t feel tempted, it says we need to make the right choice.  After we are saved, there should be an obvious difference in our lives.  Colossians Chapter 3 gives us some pretty clear guidelines:
Some of the things we leave behind are:
  • Immorality v5
  • Passion & evil desire v5
  • Greed v5
  • Anger and wrath – lasting anger – exploding temper v.8
  • Malice – a vicious mind – a source of all evil v.8
  • Slander, abusive speech – insults and demeaning statements v.8
  • Lying to one another – saving face v.9
Some fruit in a new life in Christ:
  • Heart of compassion - heart of pity v.12
  • Kindness - desire good for others always v.12
  • Humility - need of God v.12
  • Gentleness - God-controlled meekness v.12
  • Patience – longsuffering with others v.12
  • Forbearing and forgiving – continuing forgiveness v.13
  • Love and peace -. the bonding power to others – the soul’s desire v.14,15
  • Be thankful – gratitude recognizing all is from God v.15
  • Singing with thankfulness – a joyful spirit v.16
  • Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus – purpose-filled v.17
Of course, no one will be perfect just because they become a Christian.  But you do have a new destiny and a new life.  People who know you should see a difference.  Not perfection, but a different direction. 

Scripture to Claim:
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. Colossians 3:23 

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Life Marked

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.  Colossians 3:1-4

Many days I wake up thankful for a fresh new start.  A new day, a do-over, new mercies every morning.  I am constantly striving to make things different in my life, to make them better.  I never feel like I have arrived and mostly find myself too exhausted to keep going. So, I go to bed to start again tomorrow.
Are you as weary as I am?  Are you ready for a new life, a new beginning?  We as Christians can become a “new man” through Jesus Christ.  The “If then…” in the scripture above poses the question of Are You? Are you a born-again believer, Are you a child of God?  This passage is a challenge for us to become what we have been empowered to be.  We have the marks of a new creation on us. 

A Life Marked
The company Microsoft has a slogan that asks, "Where do you want to go today?"  It’s a good spiritual question to be asked of ourselves every day.  Deciding where you want go also decides what direction we want to go.
“Every day you get up without a purpose, a goal and a plan you will live someone else’s.”
Two great tools for Satan are distraction and procrastination.  He does not have to get me to say I am not going to do something…just that I am not going to do it today.  Safeguard yourself against Satan’s tactics by seeking the things of God's design, desire, and direction.  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above…
  • Seek first the Kingdom of God.  
  • Seek the things of God.
  • Put heaven's priorities into practice every day.
  • Setting the direction - Set your mind on the direction to go.
  • Concentrate on the eternal and not the temporary.
  • Seek and set sights on that above, not below.
For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory
  • For you died means that we have died to self and we are covered and concealed in Christ.  We should have as little desire for this world as a dead person would have.  A daily dose of dying to self would allow us to see life from God’s perspective more freely.

Scripture to Claim:

I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.  
1 Corinthians 15:31

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Apostle by Chapter: 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5

By Sam Nobles

False Peace (v.1-11)
The Apostle Paul ends his first letter to the Thessalonians by reminding that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night – suddenly, devastatingly, unavoidably, and inevitably even though people will be speaking of peace and security before it occurs. What is the Day of the Lord? The Day of the Lord “is a familiar Old Testament expression. It denotes the day when God intervenes in history to judge His enemies, deliver His people, and establish His kingdom.”[i]

Family Peace (v.12-22)
In light of the coming Day of the Lord, the Apostle Paul encourages the Thessalonian believers in how to have peace within the family of God. First, with their leaders (v.12-13). We are to think admirably of those who are called by God to teach and preach—not because of how they can do the job, but because of the responsibility of the position; not because of the person they are, but because of the value of the work. Secondly, difficult people (v.14-15). It is a four-fold plan that encompasses warning, encouraging, helping, and having patience. Everyone is different in the family of God and should not be handled in a “cookie cutter” fashion. Third and lastly, in personal and public worship (v.16-22). Personal and public worship for the church in Thessalonica consisted of joy, prayer, giving of thanks, being open to the Spirit of God and the things of God, doing what is right and shunning what is evil – all for the sake of peace within the family of God.

Faithful Peace (v.23-28)
“Holiness and peace go together, for the God who quiets the heart also cleanses the heart.”[ii] Staying faithful to God Almighty is a sure way to have peace in your heart today. I have found when I focus on the Lord, and His faithfulness, I am not caught up with my problems, other people, or other people’s problems.

Scripture to Claim:
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

[i] 1 & 2 Thessalonians, accessed May 18, 2017,

[ii] Be Ready (1 & 2 Thessalonians), accessed May 16, 2017,

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