Adopted by Our Holy God

In our humanistic society, it is impossible not to keep our focus on our self. We think about #1, sometimes to the exclusion of those whom we should cherish more than our own self.

 

We forget that Christ laid down His life for us and calls us to lay down our life for others. It is easier for most women to lay down our life, because our genes tend to be hardwired with the codependent nature.

 

However, there are also men in our society that have this emotional, compassionate nature that makes it easier for them to put others above their self.

 

The issue here is more about Christ increasing within our spirit and soul as our focus on our self decreases (John 3:30). We consider others as better than our self (Philippians 2:3-4).

 

This does not mean that we neglect our self – we are people too and we can minister to our needs in the same way that we care for everyone else. In fact, this habit keeps us healthy and more able to help others (Mark 12:31).

 

Yet, as we decrease, we are new creatures in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:23-24). We are offspring of our holy God and His divine nature infuses every part of our body, spirit and soul – thoughts, choices and feelings (Acts 17:28-29).

 

In eternity, Christ will even transform our body to mirror His glorious, immortal one (Philippians 3:21).  God’s Spirit completely sanctifies us, conforming us to the image and likeness of Christ, God’s first born Son (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

 

Prayer:

Father God, You adopted us as individual members of Your Body and Jesus is our head (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:15). Our body is Your temple and as the corporate Body of Christ, we are one with Your Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:17). The world recognizes that You sent us on their behalf, because our life is a testimony of You to them (John 17:21-23).

 

Jesus gives us the glory, which You gave to Him, so that we can be one with Him, You and with one another (John 17:22). Help us to be patient and diligent as You slowly mature our spiritual growth until we share in the divine nature of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).

 

Thought for the Day:

We are crucified with Christ, and therefore, we live in this world for the glory of Christ; yet, it is not we who live, but Christ who lives in us and through us. – Philippians 1:21; Galatians 2:20

 

 

 

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The Benefits of Emotions

Thoughts and emotions are not the enemy of our spirit or of the Spirit of God. God puts His desires in our heart, and uses negative thoughts and emotions as red flags to alert us to unmet needs and unresolved conflicts in our life.

 

As we take these issues to the cross, we gain God’s perspective on them, and His wisdom and truth on how to overcome or to fulfill them, until His peace rules in our heart.

 

The word “emotion” comes from the Latin word “exmovere” which means “to move out”. Our emotions motivate us to feel, and then to do something about them.

 

Emotions energize us, express how we feel, arouse our passions, spice up our life and restore our soul. Living without emotion is to live in a mental world of clinical, analytical thoughts without expression.

 

Embracing our emotions is healthy and fulfilling. Denying them is clinical and unhealthy. We block off a part of our self that is very much like our God, who exhibits emotion in so many ways.

 

Usually, an emotional person is empathetic, not weak; compassionate, not unstable; child-like, not childish. Emotions are very vital to our psychological and physiological well-being.

 

Emotions influence our attitude about our self, our world and other people. They also impact our actions. We think thoughts and then feel feelings.

 

Our personality influences our emotions and our emotions affect how other people perceive us. Owning our feelings without blaming them on other people is a healthy activity which allows us to effectively control them and to submit them to God’s Holy Spirit to perfect them and to make them more like His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).

 

Prayer:

Father God, unto You I lift up my soul. My soul often grieves because of the cares of this world. Only You know how to best renew my mind with Your Word, restore my emotions to true joy and peace, and return my will to following after You.

 

You are my heart, and my soul rejoices before you. You set my feet to dancing the dance of joy, and I acknowledge You in all of my ways. We attest to the fact that all glory is due to Your name. You alone are worthy of all of our praises (Ephesians 3:4; Psalm 25:1, 29:2).

 

Thought for the Day:

Our soul is our personality. It contains our thoughts, our choices and our emotions. Faith brings light to our soul, and helps us to think before we speak, so we do not trip over our own words.

 

Just Like Clockwork

Our feelings, along with our thoughts, tell our mind what our body needs. Negative feelings show us unresolved conflicts. They can also simulate a situation that is not happening, but it is so real in our mind that it makes the brain think it is actually happening.

 

If our feelings are negative, our brain gets negative messages and sends chemicals to treat those negative issues. This causes damage to some of our physical organs, even though nothing is actually wrong.

 

For instance, we may feel stress from imagined danger. Our mind sends chemicals to fight or to flee from the danger. There is no real danger, so this unnecessary surge of chemicals cause us to develop chronic illnesses.

 

Every beat of our heart sends electromagnetic frequencies and laser-like emissions of light from our heart to our DNA in our body; so that we can adapt to or overcome issues in our environment (Isaiah 58:8).

 

If we only treat the physical symptoms, which present at any given moment in our life, we are still sick from the cause of those symptoms; and in many cases the medication causes new illnesses from their side-effects.

 

Pharmaceuticals, which we take (pharmaceuticals from the root word pharmakeia meaning “sorcery” – Strongs 5331), rarely if ever heal the root cause of our illnesses, and open us up to other diseases caused by the medication.

 

Yet, if we treat our negative thoughts and feelings (Biblical counseling), spine (chiropractor), kidney and gastroenterological issues (eat organic and take supplements our body lacks) and restore these four entities to function positively, we are healed from most of our diseases.

 

We can listen to sage advice from other people who have been healed from diseases with which we currently live. We can change our lifestyle from one of sin and convenience to a spiritual side and a holistic approach with organic food and supplements.

 

Our convenience and processed foods, along with genetically modified foods, antibiotics and pesticides are often the culprits making us ill. As we walk in the Holy Spirit, and listen to His advice, He teaches us what we are doing that is making us sick and what to do in order to walk in health.

 

God wants only the best for us; and He will lead us to read articles or books, to meet people and learn wisdom from them in order to help us to overcome our negative lifestyle in our habits, thoughts, words and deeds. Then we can enjoy a life complete in Christ, just like clockwork (Colossians 2:10).

 

Prayer:

Father God, we are more wondrously and intricately made than we ever realized (Psalm 139:14). Our body is inter-related and inter-connected with the same precision as our solar system; each part intricately dependent on each other part to function at optimal level. Lead us to the functional medical practitioners that will truly help us to heal, rather than incorrectly prescribing medication that may remove a symptom, but ultimately cause side-effects which will complicate our bad health.

 

Teach us to eat foods in the ways that You designed for us, in as pure an environment as we can attain on this sin-cursed earth. Ultimately, however, we place our trust in Your Spirit within us to lead us to reduce illness, repair bodily functions and walk in ultimate mental, emotional and spiritual health until You see fit to take us home. We look forward to our reunion with You in Heaven (Psalm 116:15).

 

Thought for the Day:

Jesus spent His last three years on earth traversing through cities and villages; teaching, preaching the Kingdom of God, healing sickness and disease; and having compassion for the multitudes of weary masses who were scattered without a shepherd. – Matthew 9:35-36

 

 

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Hope for our Future

Basking in the life, the presence and the Word of God are essential for the authentic Believer’s well-being. Our body and soul cry out for our living God (Psalm 84:2).

 

God’s presence is the only commodity, which will satisfy our longing and fill our hungry soul – our thoughts, choices and emotions (Psalm 107:9).

 

People fail to devote their whole life and soul to God for many reasons, including living in the whirlwind of vocation, pleasure, family issues, material possessions, etc.  Some are even riddled with doubt, debt and cynicism.

 

These are all modern idols and false gods. When we serve false gods, God sends plagues of all types in order to get our attention; yet, we often harden our heart all the more.

 

We view trials as punishment, rather than the Surgeon’s skilled knife which brings repentance of sin and complete healing to areas of our life where Satan lied to us.

 

God desires to fulfill His glorious promises in us, which are full of mercy, grace and truth. His plans bring us prosperity rather than punishment, and they give us a hopeful future (Jeremiah 29:10-11).

 

However, we must first return to our first love, to pray for forgiveness for our sins and to call on Him. Then, He will listen to us. When we seek Him with our whole body, soul and spirit, we will always find Him (Jeremiah 29:12-13).

 

In God’s everlasting arms, we enter His rest because He provides us with hope for our future, security for our spirit and peace for our soul. There is always hope in the Lord.

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for allow us to rest in Your everlasting embrace. You provide us with Your peace as we walk in Your Spirit, guidance as we consult You each moment of the day, and joy as we abide in Your presence within us. You restored us to Yourself and we glorify Your name and love You with all of our heart.

 

We live our life in worship to You, seeking first Your Kingdom rather than building our own kingdom (Matthew 6:33). We consult You in all of our ways and we want to do only Your will for our life. We make You our top priority in life and we diligently seek You in times of peace and turmoil alike.

 

Thought for the Day:

God never promises us a struggle free life; in fact, He made it clear that we would experience many trials and tribulation; yet, He always gives us His peace, which helps us to stay focused on Him rather than to depend on our own human understanding. – John 16:33; Philippians 4:7

 

Attitudes Count

What is an attitude? It is a state of mind, a prevailing thought and it influences every aspect of our life. As a melancholy from birth, my attitude reflected a pessimistic bent.

 

I had a hard time seeing a glass half full, because my fearful and insecure personality saw everything as a potential problem. I was never satisfied and rarely hopeful. Depression constantly nipped at my heels.

 

The stresses of life intimately influence our attitude, which effects our thoughts, words and deeds. According to doctors, stress causes illness and infection to invade our physical, mental and emotional state of being.

 

Scientific research found a direct correlation between stress and our cortisol levels, which is supposed to help us to deal with stress. The adrenal glands produce cortisol, so we are able to flee or fight.

 

After we deal with the stress of a situation, the cortisol and adrenalin are supposed to subside and our body returns to normal. However, with chronic stress these chemical are constantly on high alert and affect our heart, digestion, sleep and energy level, and cause us to suffer from weight gain and adrenal fatigue.

 

In turn, adrenal fatigue contributes to major issues such as autoimmune disease and its accompanying illnesses. Pessimism exacerbates these issues and affects our mental and emotional status as well.

 

The exception to this rule is when a healthy sense of pessimism encourages us to seek wise counsel, make prudent plans and discourages us from taking unnecessary risks.

 

However, optimism usually works more in our favor. If we discipline our inner dialogue with our self to stay positive and trust God to help us, we will live more optimistically. Godly optimism empowers us to make a difference in our life and also in our world.

 

Prayer:

Father God, remind us that negative self-talk in our mind will defeat us every time. Satan whispers lies in our “ear” and we end up embracing them. Help us to stop judging or criticizing our self and others, and to be encouraging – especially to our self.

 

As a pessimist, life feels overwhelming to me, but I thank You for helping me to reword my self-talk and to think more positively. You changed my thought processes and are helping me to change my world by allowing Your Word to cleanse my soul and to restore to me the joy of my salvation. (Psalm 51:10).

 

Thought for the Day:

God’s Spirit will choose one aspect of our life at a time, and change our way of thinking about that issue, which helps us to change our focus about other issues as well.

 

 

Resisting the Truth

Can you imagine someone who would actually resist knowing or believing the truth? It happens all the time. In fact, people say that truth in its first form is always negative. We often react negatively the first time we hear a truth.

 

This occurs especially if the truth is contrary to what we were taught, or have heard all of our life or falsely believed in our past. We may resist or reject the person speaking the truth as well as the truth itself.

 

Timothy knew people like this. He described them as men of corrupt understanding and reprobate in the area of faith (2 Timothy 3:8). People in the 21st Century have this same problem.

 

We want to escape judgment or punishment, so we tell a lie. We cause other people to believe lies; and in the process, we often prevent them from knowing the truth. We tell a lie so many times that we start to believe that it is actually true.

 

We resist the truth of God’s Word because Satan already polluted our mind with his lies. Even books, novels written for entertainment, are used by the devil to prevent people from believing God’s Truth.

 

In today’s world, comedians make a living poking fun at truth and touting lies as the more logical belief. They convince the weak in heart and mind to believe these lies as if they were truth (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

 

Some people regard godliness as a mean of gaining material wealth. They go into the ministry as a job rather than a calling. They pretend to have an intimate relationship with God, but their actions deny any authentic union between them and our Savior.

 

They are devoid of God’s truth and do not devote the hours of service required by the position of pastor or teacher, but do the bare minimum of work and spend the rest of their time in leisure (1 Timothy 6:5). They are actually detestable, unfit for the ministry and disobedient to God’s Spirit (Titus 1:16).

 

Even if we have to apologize or admit that we are or were wrong, it is worth walking in the light of God’s Truth. God has a place for liars in the pit of hell (Revelation 21:8). Resisting His Truth determines our eternal destination (John 3:18).

 

Prayer:

Father God, it is easy for humans to lie to maintain our false image or to justify our actions. Your truth tends to convict us, and many people run from conviction. They avoid admitting their faults and resist walking in Your Truth. They manufacture reasons to excuse their sin and to convince themselves that they are righteous.

 

You call us to walk in Your Truth in order to gain Your blessings (1 Kings 2:4). Help us to walk in Your Truth, so that as we fear You more than people, we will walk in Your ways (Psalm 86:11). Remind us to walk in Your Spirit at all times, and we will never resist Your Truth (Galatians 5:15-25).

 

Thought for the Day:

We delight in knowing that our children are telling us the truth and know that we can always trust them when they do; God feels the same way.

– 3 John 1:4

 

Covenant with Christ

God made many covenants with the Old Testament Saints, which He keeps even to this day. Then He sent Jesus to make a new covenant with those born after the Messiah’s birth (Matthew 26:28).

 

Anyone humble enough to receive Him receives eternal life in return (John 3:16-17). He replaces our human, uncircumcised heart of stone with His heart of flesh and makes us a new creation in Christ (Romans 2:29; Ezekiel 36:26; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

 

This new life in Christ enables us to mature spiritually and allows God’s Spirit to conform us the image of Jesus, the Christ (Romans 8:29). The Spirit spurs us to desire more of God and a more intimate union with the Trinity within us.

 

He gives us the desires of our heart – not the carnal aspects which we covet from this world, but He puts His desires in our heart to replace our carnal, fleshly ones – which would not make us happy anyway (Psalm 37:4).

 

He does not fulfill our lusts for better health, a bigger home, sportier luxury car, lucrative job and a Hollywood model for a mate, which do not fulfill us when we get them. He gives us what we need to succeed in His calling for our life.

 

Existing only to do the will of our Father, Jesus lived in contentment, even through the crucifixion and death on the cross. He kept His focused on the prize of glory ahead of Him (Hebrews 12:2).

 

Jesus gave us this example of how to live our own life. He glorified God with His life and completed the work which God gave Him to do during His lifetime on earth (John 17:4). We can do this too.

 

We delight in the Lord each moment of our day, content with His provision and wanting nothing more than to serve Him in any way He chooses. We rejoice as we see Him transforming us into the image of Christ and readily relinquish the earthly ties which hold us back from following hard after Him (Psalm 63:8).

 

Prayer:

Father God, circumcise our heart of the excess flesh which surrounds us, and set us free to serve You with abandon and dedication. Allow us to find our fulfillment, not in the things of this world, but in service to You each moment of our day. Our true joy comes from living in the center of Your will.

 

You did not create us to be happy in this world, but to live holy lives -consecrated to You in the same degree of covenant promise that You give to us. When we do, we find a joy that is deeper than the fleeting happiness we obtain from worldly prizes, and we live in eternal peace which starts the moment we surrender our life to Your love.

 

Thought for the Day:

Living in the center of God’s will is very satisfying and brings us a more lasting joy than we can receive from anything this world has to offer.