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.

 

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Confrontation is Beneficial for Relationships

Confrontation is important for the health of relationships. That sounds absurd, but it is true. Jesus was not afraid of conflict, and had them all the time with various people. He spoke the truth in love. We will not win any popularity contests, but we will make true friends.

 

Confrontations are not loud expressions of frustration or anger, but mild, kind and loving conversations. We must also be willing to lay down our pride and allow others to speak into our life as well – eager to change any inconsistencies or sins that we cannot see on our own.

 

Rather than withdrawing in disgust and repeating some pious platitude to make the other person feel better about their choices, we can pray about the issue, and then lovingly tell them what the Spirit tells us to say to them.

 

The experts say that “truth in its first form is always negative”. Therefore, a loved one may get upset with us for what we say. We do have to be careful not to share our own opinions, values and perspective, but to clearly hear God’s truth for each situation.

 

The Lord may want us to pray and not to speak; but at other times, He will want us to share His truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). We will definitely improve a person’s life by sharing the truth, and we may even heal relationships and improve our rapport with them.

 

When our mate, friend, child, family member, acquaintance or a random stranger comes to us for advice, and they confide in us about some conviction by God that they are experiencing, then speaking the truth in love is much more valuable for him/her than pacifying them or minimizing what they are feeling.

 

We do not judge, belittle or criticize each other, because we have our own foibles and idiosyncrasies too.  However, when we aid each other in our walk with the Lord, by kindly pointing out behavior in their life that is inconsistent with God’s Word, we do them a favor.

 

God will teach us throughout our lifetime how to develop spiritual bonds with people. We build a friendship that will weather any storm, help us to grown mentally, emotionally and spiritually, as well as last throughout eternity.

 

Prayer:

Father God, remind us that, at times, another person’s behavior is a response to our behavior. We may be the cause of their attitude or outburst. So, rather than judging or criticizing them, we can interact with them and help them to discover what thoughts or emotions instigated their words or behavior. Teach us that listening to another’s heart will go a long way in improving our responses to each other.

 

Help us to have a heart like melted butter, full of empathy and compassion, rather than defending our self during conflicts. We may want to explain why we acted as we did, but remind us to do that after we apologize and show understanding for their feelings. We thank You for the people that You place in our life, and we praise You with all of our heart for Your presence. Great is Your mercy and deliverance toward us (Psalm 86:13).

 

Thought for the Day:

A lack of disagreement in a relationship causes more problems than conflict, and we actually help one another through honest communication; when we start by allowing God’s Spirit to exchange His fruit for our carnal pride, resentment, inactivity, codependency, and self-centeredness, this will go a long way in improving our connection with other people. – Galatians 5:22-23

The Temple of God

What a glorious concept to consider that our human body is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit. God bought us with Jesus’ blood so that He may abide within us, making us a place of worship and adoration. God challenges us to glorify Him with our body (1 Corinthians 6:10-20).

 

This does not give us a license to act as God’s policemen and run around attempting to convict people to stop using their body for immoral and unhealthy practices (1 Corinthians 9:27; Titus 1:5-16; 1 Timothy 3:1-13).

 

This is simply a caution to judge our own behavior and to submit to the sanctifying work of God’s Spirit within us. God does not want to abide in a temple full of the dirt and filth of this world.

 

God always holds us accountable for our behavior (Hebrews 9:27); however, He gives us His mercy and His Spirit who gives us a spiritual sweeper to remove the spider webs of sin and the hairballs of unrighteousness, which contaminate our temple (Romans 6:13, 12:1).

 

God rested on the seventh day, and Jesus frequently spent time alone to commune with our Father. If we push our body to use its reserve energy every day, we harm our self now, shorten our life, and limit what we have the energy to do for other people.

 

However, as we yield our body, soul and spirit to the Trinity to use for the glory of God and to further His Kingdom in the earth, we reap more blessings than we can ever imagine. We care for our needs and the needs of others as we walk in the Spirit all day long.

 

Self-care gives us a deeper, truer, more intuitive relationship with our self as a child of God. We minister to our self in the same way that we minister to others. This is not anti-Biblical or selfish; it is healthy and nurturing.

 

We genuinely care about our self, forgive our mistakes and negligence of our self, as we submit to God’s Spirit. He changes us from one stage of glorious freedom in Christ to the next. We give God all the glory for who we are and what we are becoming.

 

Prayer:

Father God, teach us to draw aside from the hustle and bustle of life in order to spend time alone with You. Then, we need to do something that will refresh our soul, in order for us to have the energy to minister to others. Help us to re-evaluate our life-choices and to live according to Your principles and precepts.

 

Motivate us to live only according to Your will for our life, and to make our habits line up according to Your desires. Help us to live in the center of Your perfect plans for each new day. We do not want sin or burnout out our soul, which would prevent our usefulness for Your Kingdom.

 

Thought for the Day:

God calls us to walk on the narrow road that leads to life, and to use self-discipline to enable us to enter the narrow door (Luke 13:24); Godliness is of value to us in every way; but to destroy our body will bring nothing but grief (1 Timothy 4:8; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

Why Make Plans?

We often experience times when our plans do not work out, or our expectations and goals are not fulfilled. We constantly have to make new plans and goals. Sometimes, we make huge modifications in our life in order to meet what we perceive as our needs.

 

We can avoid this frustration and disappointment by walking in the Spirit, and by following God’s perfect plan for us each moment of the day (Ephesians 2:10). We make Jesus the focus of our whole life (Colossians 3:3-4).

 

It just takes practice and the patience to listen instead of think.

God actually upsets the plans of nations, and hinders the strategies of people in order to encourage us to walk in His ways (Psalm 33:10). He has our best interest in His heart.

 

Only the plans of the Lord will come to pass and last (Proverbs 19:21). As we consult the Lord each moment of the day (Proverbs 3:5-6), His counsel will remain for eternity and the purposes of His heart will continue through every new generation (Psalm 33:11)

 

God made the ultimate plan for the whole world, and He keeps His hand involved in every individual’s life through every generation in all the nations (Isaiah 14:26). He even tells us what to say, if we seek His direction before we utter a word (Proverbs 16:1).

 

We may have hopes and desires, but we surrender them to the Lord who controls our steps (Proverbs 16:9). While we praise the Lord in every circumstance, His Spirit directs our steps and keeps us from making mistakes that we will regret (Psalm 37:23).

 

God knows the end from the beginning. He does not live in time, but in eternity, and He sees every event that ever occurred on this earth all at one time (Isaiah 46:10). We cannot stop the Lord’s purposes, so why not join Him. He is our faithful companion.

 

Prayer:

Father God, Your plans are set in stone, and we cannot change them (Isaiah 14:27). You ordained the life of every person before we were ever born (Ephesians 2:20). Your plans are for our good; and as we accept them, rather than trying to live our own life, You work out every issue for our ultimate blessing (Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:28).

 

We suffer fewer trials in the center of Your will, and chance or luck or karma has nothing to do with the events that we experience. We find pure joy, peace and love in Your ways. You care about every single aspect of our life, and we give You praise for Your mercy and grace toward us every moment of every day.

 

Thought for the Day:

God judges each individual, and allows us to reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7-8), because He does not make idle threats, but He means what He says in His Word (Jeremiah 44:9); in both the good times and the bad, He is faithful to meet all of our needs as we seek Him and His Kingdom above all else on this earth (Matthew 6:33).

 

God’s Glorious Pursuit of Us

I am moved to tears of joy during the multitude of times that God “hugs” me all throughout the day. Several times each hour, He gives me a thought, reminds me of an event, and fills my garden with butterflies – thanks to my “gardening” angels who provided my flowers.

He constantly arranges the numbers on the clock to give me a message when I glance at it. Numbers have meanings that apply to our life. See this post: http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/introduction.html

At other times, He causes a heart shaped leaf to flutter down at my feet, places a praying mantis on my window screen, or has a flower growing up through a crack in the sidewalk when I pass by. He loves each of us in our own way.

His hugs come in various sizes and shapes through music, nature, people, neighborhood happenings, work-related events, divine appointments that He arranges for us, etc. If we are too busy to notice, we miss these loving incidences that He planned just for us.

God pursues our love and attention all day long. We rarely recognize His hugs, however, because we are too busy focusing on the mundane tasks at work, home, church, community and in our social calendar. We live for our own dreams and goals instead of His (Ephesians 2:10).

If we pay attention, He enables us to hear and feel His presence in our life through His Spirit within us. We can experience the joy, peace and blessings of living, moving and having our being in him alone, and we actually notice His immense loving kindness (Acts 17:28).

Once Christ is our whole life, glorious times of intimacy with God’s Trinity are more and more frequent (Colossians 3:3-4). Of course, we do not neglect family, work, church and community outreach, but we accomplish all of this through God’s guidance.

Prayer:

Father God, we cannot fathom that You, the God of the entire universe, care about each and every one of us so intimately that You will give us meaningful hugs throughout the entire day and night. The immensity of Your love for us overwhelms us with joy and peace.

Remind us that You have a determined purpose and wondrous plans for the life of every one of Your dear children. We are extensions of Christ on this earth, because He abides within us (John 14:12). Help us to focus on spiritual matters rather than carnal, heavenly instead of earthly, and infinite thoughts and pursuits in the place of finite ones (Galatians 5:15-25).

Thought for the Day:

The goal of the Christian life is to do everything, even including what we eat and drink, for God’s glory and according to the direction of His Holy Spirit within us.

– 1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 5:25

A Balanced Life

Negative emotions, such as depression, trigger a negative downward spiral that often makes us want to quit on life. Doctors are discovering a link between our soul’s emotions and the health of our bodily organs.

 

Our attitude about life reflects in our face, posture and body language. Also, when we suffer physical, mental or emotional trauma, the pain triggers reactions equally in our body and soul. This affects our passion, joy, peace, and interactions with other people, as well as our empathy for our self and others.

 

Negative emotions are stored in our body, if we do not release them in positive ways, such as: sharing with a trusted friend, journaling, and taking our disappointments, betrayal, broken promises, etc. to the Lord for His resolution, we will suffer.

 

Our illnesses and lack of nutrients reflect the chemical unbalance in our body. Even the cleanliness and organization of our car’s interior and exterior, our home and yard, etc. mirror the clutter present in our soul.

 

Our discernment, thoughts and emotions show us areas where we are neglecting our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. We may be harboring shame, bitterness, anger, etc. and we need to forgive our self and others.

 

Our hormones, adrenalin, endorphins and cortisol are all affected by our negative thoughts and emotions, which causes physical depletion and imbalance. A lack of emotional support from our self and others actually damages our body and soul.

 

When our heart is feelings conflict with the analytical thoughts of our mind, we may feel confused, hopeless, depressed, anxious and stressed, etc., which also causes deficiencies in our body and soul – mind, emotions and choices.

 

Other people have their own needs and agenda. We cannot expect them to drop their priorities and meet our needs. The only way to really feel loved and accepted and provided for is to come to God. Then, joy, peace, contentment and fulfillment flood our soul.

 

Prayer:

Father God, teach us to come to You to ask for forgiveness of our sins, to daily trust in and rely on You, and to look to You and to our self to meet our needs, rather than to other people. This helps us to feel hopeful and refreshed on a daily basis. Remind us to love our self, so that we can love others according to the direction of Your Holy Spirit.

 

Help us to inventory and find the root cause of all of our negative emotions, to come to You for healing, and to reach outside of our self to minister to others as a source of joy for us. Help us to learn that we do not need to wait for others to approach us; we can reach out to them as Your Spirit leads us, even to people we do not know. We rejoice in the beauty of Your creation and the wisdom You give us to create beauty as well.

 

Thought for the Day:

A discrepancy between our body and soul causes illness both in our soul and in our body; when we stop criticizing our self, then forgive our self, and begin to consistently meet our own needs or to ask for help, then our body stops punishing us by attacking us with health issues.

 

Continual Filling of God’s Spirit

Theologians tell us that the Spirit of God has seven aspects. I did some research on this topic and found some interesting thoughts. They divide them into the Spirit…of the Lord, of Wisdom, of Understanding, of Counsel, of Strength, of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2; Exodus 31:3; John 14:17, 15:26, 16:13; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Ephesians 1:17).

 

Once we are Born Again (John 3:3), God’s Spirit abides within us (1 Corinthians 12:7), and gives us the mind of the Lord (1 Corinthians 2:16). The Spirit of the Lord is our witness that Christ abides within us (1 John 4:13; Ephesians 1:13-14), and He gives us God’s thoughts and power (Luke 11:11-13).

 

Without God’s Spirit in us, we are an empty shell (2 Timothy 3:5). God lights the candle of our spirit (Proverbs 20:7), and we are united for eternity with Him by His Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17). Our life is transformed, and we follow God’s plan for each moment of the day (2 Corinthians 3:18).

 

We no longer rely on our human abilities and understanding, but we walk in the Spirit and are filled with His fruit (Galatians 5:15-25). We walk in God’s extraordinary plans for us (1 Corinthians 12:31). His love flows into, and then out of us, filling us with its fullness (Romans 5:5).

 

Paul exhorts us to allow God’s Spirit to fill us, so that we speak to ourselves in “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in our heart to the Lord”. Paul makes it clear that we are continually filled through our entire being with God’s Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-19).

 

God’s Spirit is a spring of living water filing us from within and giving us gifts to use in our ministry for the Lord on earth (John 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11). His joy fills our soul – our thoughts, feelings and choices – (Acts 13:52), and we walk in the Spirit every moment of our life.

 

Prayer:

Father God, help us to abide in Your presence continually, so that Your Spirit may prompt our thoughts, words and deeds to follow Your perfect plans for our life (Ephesians 2:10). We want to be transformed into Jesus’ image in all of our thoughts and actions. We enjoy Your company all through the day, and we love conversing with You and enjoying Your companionable silence as we wait on You.

 

By Your Spirit in us, You remove the idols in our life, which we seek and love more than You. One at a time, you cleanse us from sharing our affections with anyone other than You (Colossians 3:2-17). We come to the place where we trust in and rely on no one but You. We enjoy our intimate fellowship with You all through the day and night (John 15:4-5; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

 

Thought for the Day:

Fully depending on God alone, entering His rest (Hebrews 4:10), continually consulting Him in each moment of time (Proverbs 3:5-6), and waiting on Him to renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31), allows us to be continually filled with His Spirit.