Enjoying the Mind of Christ

When two people enjoy the benefits of having the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5), we have the ability and wisdom to maintain a loving, peaceful and joyful relationship. We passionately pursue God’s will for both our lives each moment of every day.

 

When we seek the Lord together, we tap into His power and purpose for our association. We reject worldly pressures, viewpoints and values, and walk in the Spirit instead (Romans 12:2; Galatians 5:15-25). We consult the Lord and walk in God’s will for each moment of our day (Ephesians 2:10; Proverbs 3:5-8).

 

Jesus, fully man and fully God, helps us to see that humility, serving each other, and preferring one another above our self is God’s call on our life (Philippians 2:6-8). He showed us what is good, and what the Lord requires of us.

 

God calls us to live justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8). By God’s mercy, we present our body to Him as a living sacrifice. As our spiritual worship to Him, our life is progressively more holy and acceptable to Him (Romans 12:1).

 

We do not conform to this world’s philosophy and standards, but we allow God’s Spirit to transform us after Jesus’ example (Philippians 2:1-11). We live in His wisdom and power with His fruit replacing our carnality.

 

We adopt Jesus’ values, viewpoint and way of thinking as our own. Although Jesus was equal with God, He lived in obedience to our Father God during His whole life, including His death on Calvary’s cross (Philippians 2:6-8).

 

We also show our love to God by obeying His will for our life (John 14:15). We imitate Christ in our thoughts, which influences our emotions, behavior and spirituality.

 

We daily drink in the Word of God and apply it to our life, pray together with our spouse and/or family, actively listen to their needs and concerns, and focus on God’s will for us individually and collectively.

 

Other benefits of having the mind of Christ is that we slow down, live in the present rather than feeling shame over our past or fearing the future, actively listen to others, and love and care for people as Jesus did during His lifetime.

 

Prayer:

Father God, remind us that when we live in humility, not neglecting our self but not constantly putting our self first, our relationships improve and our witness to the world around us is amplified as we magnify Jesus with our thoughts, words and actions. With Christ abiding in us, we forgive more easily, love the unlovable, help to heal the broken-hearted and to set captives free (Luke 4:18-19).

 

Help us to dedicate our time, energy, resources, and talents as a sacrifice to You, fully pleasing You with our dedication to Your will, and not seeking our own goals and dreams. We make Christ our whole life as we walk in your spirit at home, in our vocation, in our church family and in our community (Colossians 3:3-4). Thank You for giving us Your Spirit to transform us, sanctify us and to give us the mind of Christ.

 

Thought for the Day:

Putting on the mind of Christ in every situation that we face allows us to walk in the Spirit in the center of God’s will for each moment of our day; we are surrendering to His will rather than our own will, walking out our sanctification by the hand of God’s Spirit, and looking forward to our glorification as we abide in God’s presence now and throughout eternity.

 

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Trust the Lord with all Your Heart

When we pursue God, He gives us His abundant and eternal life both now and forever. We seek first His Kingdom, and trust that He will continually supply all of our needs (Matthew 6:33; Proverbs 3:9-10).

 

When we surrender our soul – our thoughts, emotions and choices – to God, we gradually learn to depend on Him, not only in emergencies, but each moment of our day. When we consult Him first, He levels our path, brings mountains low, and abundantly blesses us (Psalm 5:8, 25:4, 25:9, 27:11, 86:11).

 

We know that He is sovereign, wise and powerful; but for some reason, we live like He is our safety net, rather than our Lord and King (Romans 11:33). We often fear that we will not like His plans for us, and we are afraid that we cannot trust Him to keep us happy.

 

Trauma and disappointments encourage us to attempt to control life. We want to keep our self safe, so we try to direct people, places, and events. When we make our own plans, and trust in our self, we end up frustrated and side-tracked most of the time

 

In order to trust God, we have to realize that His ways and plans are infinite, and so much higher than our finite goals. Next, we hand Him the reigns of our life and follow His directions in each moment of time.

 

His Spirit is our counselor and teaches us all things (John 14:26). His Word encourages us to trust in the Lord with our whole heart, and not to lean on our human understanding (Proverbs 3:5-8).

 

Living in the will of God teaches us to disregard our human plans and resources and to totally trust God instead. We enter God’s rest (Hebrews 4:10) and view life’s challenges through the eyes of Christ in us (Galatians 2:20).

 

Prayer:

Father God, the stresses of this life muddle up our relationship with You. Remind us to submit to and to trust in Your leadership over our day. Transform the desires of our flesh, the lusts of our eyes, and the pride of our life (1 John 2:16) with the fruit of Your Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Help us to lay aside our goals, cease from our works, and accomplish Your perfect plans for us instead (Ephesians 2:8-10).

 

Teach us to hide Your Word in our heart, so we do not sin against You (Psalm 119:11). Help us to remember that we do not earn Your blessings, because they are Your free gift to Your authentic Believers. We do not want to consider our self as wise, but we want to avoid sin and honor You with our thoughts, words and actions (Proverbs 3:7-8). Help us to pursue Your righteousness, peace, joy, faith and love with a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22).

 

Thought for the Day:

God gives us His loving kindness with each new morning. As we lift up each moment to Him, He teaches us His ways, and shows us how and where to walk (Psalm 143:8); therefore, we leave our suffering, problems and thoughts in His capable hands.

– Psalm 55:17

 

God’s Rest is the Best – Part Four

Residing in God’s rest is accomplished from moment to moment throughout our day. Our choices determine whether or not we abide in God’s rest (Hebrews 4:1-10). If we step out of God’s will, we forfeit His peace, and we walk away from His place of rest (1 Thessalonians 5:19).

 

We can also lose our place in God’s rest by the thoughts we entertain and by the negative emotions that we allow to rule in our life. God gave us negative emotions as a red flag to help us to discern that we are neglecting our needs, but they are not to rule our thoughts and influence our decisions.

 

As long as God remains as the focus of our heart, and we determine not to rebel against His direction for our day, we will not slip out of our place in God’s rest.

 

Our position in God’s rest is determined from one act of obedience or disobedience to the next. If we walk outside of God’s will, we slip from grace and we invite turmoil to reign in our soul.

 

God gives His grace to the humble, but He resists the proud (Proverbs 3:34; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5; Isaiah 66:1-2). If we insist on living life our own way, through our human resources and understanding by making our own decision, we forfeit the chance to reside in God’s rest.

 

Often, we do not appreciate the importance of living in the rest of God – the place where our body, soul and spirit function in optimal capacity.

 

We inherited Adam and Eve’s penchant for missing the mark of God’s best. Unless we realize that without God we are nothing, then we may have fleeting success, but it is not fulfilling for very long.

 

If we make a point not to allow busyness, anxiety and stress to overcome us, and to pray about everything with thanksgiving, then the peace of God will guard our thoughts and emotions through Christ in us (Philippians 4:6-7).

 

Prayer:

Father God, You created the earth and all that is in it, and then rested on the seventh day. Remind us of the value of living in that same rest. You have completed Your work, and all things are under Your control; so we can rest in Your will for each moment of our day (Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:8-10). No matter what life throws at us, You give us relief from the suffering and turmoil. You keep us in perfect peace as we trust in You and unwaveringly focus our mind on You (Isaiah 14:3, 26:3).

 

Give us the wings of doves, so that we can fly away and be at rest (Psalm 55:6). Give us the sweetness of a good night of sleep and make us to live in safety (Psalm 4:8). Only in Your presence can we find true rest for our body, soul and spirit (Exodus 33:14). Remind us to remain in Your rest by ceasing from our striving to do good works, and to walk instead in Your perfect will for each moment of our life (Hebrews 4:9-11).

 

Thought for the Day:

God invites us to come to Him in our weary and burdened state, so that He can give us rest; He offers to allow us to yoke up with Him, so that He can help us to carry His easy and light burdens, and so we can walk in step with His will for our life.

– Matthew 11:28-30

Improving Relationships through Compassion and Understanding

When we experience conflict in this world (John 16:33), we can change our focus about it, stop blaming other people, and realize that we have the full power of the Trinity of God abiding within us. Every situation is a growing experience for us.

 

Rather than clawing our way to the top of the food chain, we can release our desire to struggle, to defend our self, and to make our point, by trusting that God is in control and gives us hope and a blessed future (Jeremiah 29:11).

 

We attempt to understand the other person’s viewpoint, champion their causes, support their endeavors, and defend their option to experience those things without having the need to control them of the outcome.

 

We do not need to reap the consequences of their behavior. We can always make our own choices once they make theirs. First, we analyze why their decision bothers us, why it makes us fearful and insecure, and what we can do to avoid their consequences.

 

Does their decision make us feel abandoned, excluded, insecure, neglected, etc? If so, we can make an appointment with them during a calm, stress-free part of the day to discuss how we feel.

Hopefully, they will take our needs into consideration too.

 

They may be agreeable to finding an option we can both live with that does not demand more compromise from one of us than from the other. It will help if we discover some answers to questions like these:

What core need is driving their decision and our uncertainty? Can we meet our own need and give them the freedom to follow their instincts? This allows us to be sensitive to their needs without contributing to our own doubts and stress.

 

We realize that God knows the truth of what happened, so we can stop fighting with others, allowing them to make their own decisions and giving them a peaceful environment where they are less defensive, calmer, and freer to be who God created them to be.

 

Prayer:

Father God, You are the ultimate peace-maker and You gave us to the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). Sometimes, we cannot make peace with a person or group, and they refuse to reformulate a loving and caring reciprocal relationship. Remind us that we can agree to disagree with them, and to keep the relationship at arm’s length until it can be restored.

 

You sent us Jesus to die for us and to give us all the opportunity to exercise our free will. We do not have to live in a one-sided environment where we are neglected, abused, falsely accused and abandoned. You taught me that we can allow others to make their choices and then we can make our own decisions that are right for our life.

 

Thought for the Day:

Recognizing each other’s strengths and having compassion on each other’s weaknesses will go a long way in restoring and promoting peace and joy in our relationship; this helps us to find a happy medium that we can both agree with, and teaches us tolerance of our differences.

 

 

 

A Good Marriage – Apologize and Forgive

When two imperfect people join their lives together and attempt to forge one union under God, there will be issues. Individual preferences, differing world views, mental and emotional strengths and weaknesses, etc. all play a part in how we get along.

 

One of the key ingredients in a good marriage is to learn to freely forgive and to honestly apologize. Growing together in Christ will enable any couple to unite is spirit and soul, as well as in body.

 

If we are unwilling to encourage one another’s differences and to blend together in as many areas as possible, then a war can break out that leaves bitterness and resentment in its wake.

 

Some couples make the choice not to grow in unity, but to pursue their own hobbies, interests and preferences. Some even choose to disregard each other’s needs and desires. They disavow their marital pledge to put each other first.

 

They foolishly decide to allow their choices to pull them apart rather than to attract them to each other. They fail to make time in their schedule for one another, viewing all of their other commitments as more important.

 

Once they realize the imprudence of these choices, they can honestly apologize and forgive one another. This enables them to schedule time together, to try new hobbies together, and to pursue other interests together in order to find activities that they can enjoy as a couple.

 

As each partner walks in the Spirit every moment of the day, they have compatible ideas, prefer one another, respect each other’s differences, and have compassion on each other’s weaknesses.

 

God provides us with everything that we need in order to live a godly life and to dwell together in unity. His Spirit regenerates our spirit and sanctifies our soul, so that we can adopt the divine nature of God as our own (2 Peter 1:3-4).

 

Prayer:

Father God, the human psyche is so frail and so easily wounded. Help us to treat each other as we want to be treated. Caution us not to marry someone that has needs and ideas that are extremely divergent from our own. Help our main goal each day to be to bless one another in any way that we possibly can.

 

Remind us to follow Your Spirit’s leading when we choose a mate. Then, help us to find ways to continually bless one another, to meld together in unity, and to serve You together with our life. We want to be a team that will humbly minister Your love, mercy and compassion to one another.

 

Thought for the Day:
Following God’s direction on who to marry will help us not to reap the consequences of our unwise decision by experiencing the curse of being unequally yoked with the wrong person; however, at times, God will lead us to marry a challenging person in order to help them to heal, and to cause us to rely on Him, rather than on another human being.

 

God’s Transforming Power

When we suffer some trauma as a child, we comprehend it from a child’s perspective. If we suppress or dissociate from the memory, we never process the event as an adult. Part of our soul is trapped with that memory in our subconscious mind.

 

This memory affects our every waking moment, and adds fuel to the emotions we experience during episodes in our adult life. If we take our current negative emotions to God, we often remember the event and find healing for our soul then and now.

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People who inflict us with pain in our childhood are human. Most of them are doing the best they can with the wounds from their past, as well as with their limited resources. They never got healed from their trauma, so they unwittingly inflict their wounds on us.

 

Some people, however, are simply carnal and depraved. They find joy in bullying, harming and hurting other people, especially innocent children who cannot fight back or protect themselves. We can find God’s grace to forgive these people too.

 

Every crime ever perpetrated in this world came from an evil choice by a sinful person. We often blame God for the bad experiences we are forced to live with; but these negative circumstances came, not from God, but from a wounded person.

 

As wounded people, we often unwittingly hurt our children and others in our life. We also grow up neglecting our self, believing we are unlovable, and attempting to please others, so they will love us. We adopt codependent behavior trying to win approval and love.

 

Our life is a gift from God. When we take our pain to Him, He heals us, and then uses our past experiences for us to help other people (Luke 22:31-34). He teaches us to trust only in Him, and to walk in His perfect plans for us (Proverbs 3:5-6; Ephesians 2:10).

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for preventing Satan from triumphing over us. He comes to steal, kill and destroy; but You have all authority over him (John 10:10; James 4:7). Show us how to step out from the shadow of fear and insecurity, and to walk in Your Light (1 John 1:7). Help us to face the truth of our past and to forgive or make amends to those who were a part of it (Matthew 6:14).

 

This freedom allows us to walk in the glorious light of Your redemption to the fullest degree. Fill us through our entire being with all of Your fullness, and give us the richest measure of Your presence in our union with You (Ephesians 3:15-19, Amplified Bible); so that we can walk in Your Spirit and reap Your blessings both now and throughout eternity.

 

Thought for the Day:

When we trust only in the Lord, He binds up our wounds, as He heals our shame, grief, frustration, resentment, anger, etc; and He offers us His yoke so that He may help us in our weakness to carry our heavy burdens. – Matthew 11:28, 6:33

 

He is Always on My Mind

Have you ever gone through a day without thinking of God one time? We get so wrapped up in our responsibilities and busyness that we can spare no thought for our Savior, Lord and King.

 

The Bible advises us to “‘Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).

 

Moses loved God with His whole heart, soul and mind. He had an anger problem, which distorted His ability to always follow God’s directives, but He put aside His own desires and lived out God’s purpose for His life, calling God “My Song” (Exodus 15:2).

 

After God opened a path of dry land through the water to deliver the Israelites from the Egyptian army, the people celebrated God’s salvation with abandon. They could not contain their joy, so they burst out with singing and dancing.

 

If God is our song and deliverer (Psalm 18:2, 40:3), how can we contain our self from bursting out in songs of praise to Him, in both ordinary times and extraordinary times, for His wonderful redemption in our life (Galatians 4:1)?

 

In the past, our spirit was dead from the sin we inherited from Adam and Eve. Through Salvation, God totally exchanges our carnal mindset with His spiritual one, including the righteousness of Christ. This allows us to center our focus on Christ all day long.

 

God allows us to fellowship with Him every moment of every day as we pray without ceasing at home, work, school, shopping trips, waiting in lines, etc. He is the light of our life (1 John 3:2-3; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:6, 16).

 

He is the only focal point of any religion who actually came down to earth to call us to Himself. All other religions have to earn their way to holiness, but God’s holy Son gave His life as a free gift of salvation to anyone willing to humble their pride and believe.

 

Now…that’s worth singing about.

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for giving us Jesus as our life (Colossians 3:3-4), the substance of our faith, and the reality of our hope. You bless us so much throughout the day that we cannot contain our joy and gratitude. We break out in songs in our heart all day long in praise to You. Not only for what You do for us, but also because of who You are.

 

We praise You as our Advocate (1 John 2:1), Bread of Life (John 6:35), Bridegroom (Isaiah 62:56), bright Morning Star (Revelations 22:14, Light of the World (John 8:12), Merciful Redeemer (Job 19:25, Jeremiah 3:12), our Deliverer (Romans 11:26), our Way, Truth and Life (John 14:6), our High Priest forever (Hebrews 6:20), our Savior and Lord (Luke 2:11, Acts 10:36), and our one and only God who is With Us and in us, both now and always (Isaiah 7:14; Galatians 2:20).

 

Thought for the Day:

Jesus gave us a new covenant with God that provides us with infallible, eternal security in Him; through His crucifixion, death and resurrection we have peace that rises above our human understanding, joy that is indescribable, and unconditional love that is everlasting.