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31 July -Supernatural Everyday!

For those who have invited Jesus into their lives there is a peace that resides deep down on the inside, that unless we surrender up to the cares and worries of the world’s system, no one can take away. Jesus offers to rescue us from the system of control and fear that the world is governed by.

This peace comes because we are called out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light – into the realms of Heaven. Heaven operates on faith, love and blessing.

Because God, “has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son Jesus”. (Colossians 1:14)

The kingdom of heaven operates above and beyond the realms of this world, and amazingly God wants us to learn to operate in these realms everyday. There are no limits in heaven’s system, and nothing is impossible there. Amazing, crazy, wonderful things happen in that realm; that when released impacts the world for good.

However we can still be so conditioned by the world’s system. The system that says that’s not possible, believe only what you can see, truth is relative and there are no absolutes, and miracles don’t really happen.

That’s why it’s so important that when we testify that we believe Jesus is the Son of God, that we learn to walk in the realms of the supernatural, in the realms of heaven. Without that how will people know, how will they hear?

God intends that our lives would naturally be supernatural! Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14:12)

Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life. Now think where is Jesus in your day? Because the way we live our lives each day, every day, is a reflection of how much we love and trust Jesus. It is a reflection of the place Jesus actually has in our lives. He is not just something else to fill the few gaps in our life that are not occupied.

Today don’t let Jesus be an after thought to your day. He longs to be at the centre of our focus, our purpose, our reason; the very centre of our lives. Because He wants for us to know Him, and because the world needs for us to operate more and more in the realms of heaven and the supernatural everyday; to bring heaven to earth everyday. The question is whether, or to what degree we allow the power of Jesus to work within us, and through us.

Today choose to step out and tell Jesus you are available. Then allow the Holy Spirit, to guide and lead you. Make this month the start of doing at least one thing everyday in the supernatural realm. Will you allow Him to be involved in your everyday life? Because when He is, you will know what real living is.

Supernatural is simply doing things lead by the Holy Spirit, and operating in heaven’s system and not the world’s. God longs for us to abide in that place. To be more comfortable in the realms of the spirit than the earth.

We have to start somewhere, and get accustomed to and how heaven operates. 

Here’s some ideas to get you started moving in the supernatural everyday.

  • Do an Act of Kindness, and bless someone.
  • Start engaging in heaven’s realms.
  • Seek God and spend time with Him
  • Read the bible.
  • Ask God to give you a prophecy (a message from God) for someone, and then give it.
  • Ask him to show you someone to pray for – then go and pray for them.
  • Step out, be bold and make yourself available!
  • Go for it, and have FUN!

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.” (Ephesians 2:10)

“But our citizenship is in heaven.”(Philippians 3:20)

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”. (Ephesians 2:6)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2).

Prayer: Jesus would you use me today. Lead me by your spirit and show me what to do, where to speak and how to bless those around me. I want to know heaven, and the things of heaven. Please show me Lord. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

30 July -“Losing it” over ….nothing!

Self-awareness is a wonderful thing when it is operating in our lives, and in the lives of those around us. If we don’t understand what is going on in our inner world we can easily get caught out by our emotions, or the emotions of those around us.

Often when we are feeling grumpy or “losing it”over seemingly insignificant things there are underlying unresolved issues festering.

 But the longer we leave things “festering”, the yuckier they get. Plus we can be really annoying to be around. God wants us to have peace and rest in our lives.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

 Here are some thoughts to help move those “grumpy feelings” and “irrational outbursts” out of your life:

 1.Quiet time with Jesus – Spending time with Jesus, and allowing His word to wash through our hearts and minds helps us to keep our lives in balance. The Holy spirit reveals our hearts to us, and shines a spot light on anything we might have missed, or pushed aside. When we listen He will reveal.

2.Take a good look at yourself –One of the best things we can do is stop and take a good look at ourselves. To take the time to ask, “Why am I reacting, how am I feeling, has something happened recently that I need to process and work through?

3.Morning pages –The habit of writing down first thing in the morning 3 pages of whatever is on you mind down on paper. You’ll be surprised what morning pages reveals is going on in your heart and mind, and how often God has been speaking everyday.

4. Is there anything you want to say God? –When we are feeling misunderstood about something, when somebody misjudges us, when we are not sure what to do; when we feel unhappy or anxious, when we have gotten ourselves and our inner world into an angry, stressed, anxious muddle, the first thing we need to ask ourselves is, “Is there anything that God needs to speak to me about? “Does my heart condemn me?” Is my conscience bothering me about anything?”

If God is speaking about something in particular, or our hearts and conscience are bothering us; our first step is to acknowledge it, admit if we have done something wrong, and then confess it and give it over to God, asking for His forgiveness.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:19)

5. Do something fun, and relax-Do something to prosper your soul and enjoy your day. When we are relaxed we think and process things better and get perspective. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2)

6. Sit down and talk –There is something about sitting down and having a good “heart to heart” with people who love and care about you that is vital for healthy relationships and understanding.

When we don’t do that, or others don’t take the time to do that with us, a whole world of trouble can erupt.

It’s why it’s worth making the time to build “heart to heart connections” with those in our world. If we or someone else is reacting or “acting out”, when we have taken the time to build strong heart connections, we can usually work through things a lot quicker.

 “Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love].” (Galatians 6:2)

 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10)

Jesus said, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” (John 10:10)

Jesus knows that our lives are going to involve circumstances that may pressure and even annoy us. But He has a way to do life that enables us to live beyond the realms of how the world operates. (Galatians 5:16) The key is to listen to Him and have the wisdom to stop and check how we are going regularly.

Make a decision today to be both aware of what God is saying to you; and to be self and others aware too. If you are reacting, take some time to assess why? If others are “acting out”around you, don’t respond by reacting negatively. Perhaps find some time to have a “heart to heart” and find out what is really going on.

Prayer: Lord help me to be more aware of my inner world, and to hear when you are telling me things. I don’t want to go through life reacting and “losing it”. Forgive me where I have been doing that, and help me to live a more peace filled, joyful life. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

29 July – “It could save your life one day”

As parents of six children, one of the things we have endeavored to teach our children is the importance of obedience. It can be an exhausting undertaking to teach obedience, as choosing to obey or not obey is the choice we all face throughout life.

As parents we can get tired out, and be tempted to engage in negotiations, going into lengthy explanations to justify our requests to our children, so that they can see the reasonableness of doing what they are asked.

I often say to our children, “You need to learn to obey quickly because then you will learn to obey God quickly. It could save your life one day”.

Have you ever been in a situation where a child or someone else’s life depended on their immediate cooperation, no questions asked? No time for the negotiations or discussions. “Make one false move and you’re dead. It is very important that you do exactly what I say – right now”. There is a car suddenly approaching, or dangerous wildlife in close proximity, or some other intense harmful situation.

That’s when it is so important that we have cultivated an attitude within ourselves, and taught our children or those we are responsible for, to listen and positively respond quickly. There are times when there is simply no time for the usual delay tactics, questioning and explanations. We just need to be willing and obedient.

Have you ever considered God’s point of view. So often we can be like little children, unaware of what is coming around the bend or what might be behind us, and God sees the danger! He sees, and wants to protect us from harm. He also sees when opportunities and plans He has set up for us are before us, and He needs us to step a certain direction to enter into this new blessing. All He asks is that we trust and obey.

Recently someone I know was travelling overseas and was heading out of the hotel to visit a nearby tourist attraction. Suddenly they felt the Holy Spirit say, “Stop and have lunch, Now”. “But I was heading out to see something up the street they replied”. “Stop and have lunch here in the hotel”, was the Lord’s reply. Now they had a choice. Did they do their own thing, or did they obey and sit down and have lunch. Fortunately, as they were about to find out, they chose to stop and have some lunch. A few minutes later they heard a loud crash from outside, gunshots, shouting and people rushing into the hotel foyer fearing for their lives. Outside someone had rammed their car into the barricade of the high security building just outside, and now there were armed police swarming up and down the street.

My friend would have been right in the middle of this potentially harmful and frightening situation, had they not obeyed God’s directive to stop and have some lunch. Instead they sat peacefully eating their sandwich, and had the opportunity to encourage a medical Doctor staying in the hotel with the account of their healing from cancer. Why? Simply because they were both willing and obedient.

If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land” (Isaiah 1:19)

As we go about our everyday lives know that a lot of effort and planning by all of heaven goes into play to both keep us safe, and to line up opportunities for us. God has people for us to meet, and blessings for us to walk in; but the important thing for us to learn is  to obey swiftly. It will lead us to life’s greatest blessings, and possibly even save our life one day. 

Prayer: Lord help me remember to be willing and obedient because you are interested and care about every aspect of my life. Help me to love and trust you more. In Jesus Name Amen.

28 July -“Don’t tell me what to do!”

There was once a little boy who was standing up on the seat, and his father said, “Son, sit down.” The little boy replied, “I don’t want to!” His father said, “Son, sit down.” He said, “No!” And his dad jerked him down into his seat. He looked up at his dad and said, “Daddy, I’m sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside!”

Too often that’s exactly how we can be too. We appear to be doing and saying the “right” things, but on the inside we are standing up; harbouring rebellious “don’t tell me what to do” attitudes in our hearts.

However God encourages us to have an attitude of willing obedience in order for us to experience and live a purposeful, and blessed life.

 The bible even says, “If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land’” (Isaiah 1:19). Many people are willing, but they’re not obedient. Many are obedient, but they’re not willing.

 Bring up the word obedience and we usually react. Try telling people that they need to eat better, exercise more, keep good company, read the Bible diligently; that they need to take every word from God seriously, that there are no optional commands, that we cannot add or subtract from Scripture, and that we need to pray persistently – and you will hear the accusation “Legalism, and “Don’t pressure and tell me what to do!”

Yet the Bible is filled with passages like the ones listed below, that make it clear that to really know and love God we are to cultivate a willing and obedient heart and lifestyle. Jesus even said, “If you love me keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go” (Joshua 1:7).

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22). 

 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” (John 14:23).

 “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (James 1:22).

And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him’, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3-4).

Unfortunately being as we sometimes are, we can have some obstacles to obedience. Here are a few to watch out for, and hopefully remove from our lives:

1.“What’s that, Lord?” – when it comes to obeying God we can suddenly have a case of “spiritual deafness”.

Ever notice sometimes children cannot seem to hear you tell them to do something they really do not want to do; yet they can instantly hear even the smallest whisper from Mum and Dad when something is said about “ice cream”. We can be like that when it comes to obeying God. We say we are willing and obedient, but then ask God to define and clarify over and over, or we try to negotiate “Did God really mean “all” of my old sinful ways of life, or just the stuff that I don’t really enjoy anymore? Can I have a timeline on this? “Let’s just wait and talk to someone else again, or read another book on the subject.”

2. “I am confused”

There are times when we may need some clarification and help to understand what the bible is saying, but for the most part the bible is easy to understand. The thing is once we read it and do understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.

 “I have another question?”


There is nothing wrong with asking questions, but sometimes asking another question is nothing more than a delay tactic:

In Matthew 19 the rich young ruler had asked Jesus the question, “What good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life” (19:16). Jesus then told him – keep God’s commandments (19:17). Then he asked another question, “Which ones” (19:18). So Jesus told him which ones (19:18-19).

The rich young ruler still continued to ask more questions because he actually knew what to do, and instead was delaying and trying to find some “wiggle room” out of his convictions.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer offers the following insightful view of this situation:

Doubt and reflection take the place of spontaneous obedience – it is a retreat from the reality of God to the speculations of men, from faith to doubt. The rich young ruler of Matthew 19 had hoped to avoid committing himself to any definite moral obligations by forcing Jesus to discuss his spiritual problems.”

 Keep on posing problems, and you will escape the necessity of obedience, and your initial conviction of the right course of action to take”.

 Eventually, if we keep going “around and around” with more questions and delaying tactics we will end up confused, feel far from God, and simply do nothing!

 Today check how willing and obedient you are? It takes an ongoing daily inventory of our heart attitude and actions. God wants to give to us, and bring purpose and blessing our way. We just have to make sure we are listening and being both willing and obedient every day.

27 July – Just get out of the way and say Yes!

One of the keys to living a vibrant full life with Jesus is that we follow His lead. He is Immanuel – God with us, and that means we choose everyday whether we go about doing our own thing, or whether we stop, wait, and listen to do things with Him, His way!

I remember a few years ago I met someone who I’d known years before. They had been experiencing some really cool things in their life when I had last seen them. However on meeting up with them again after several years, I was surprised to find that they had lost their zeal and excitement for life. I asked God why that sometimes happens with people, and why and how we sometimes stop growing. I felt the Lord answer with the words, “They stopped saying Yes to me.

God is always going to have something for us to move forward to. With Him leading we go from “faith to faith”, ever increasing in our capacity and abilities. However that only happens if we keep saying Yes, and are both willing and obedient to follow His lead.

Being willing is the first step in following, and we keep that attitude of willingness when we understand that Jesus only wants good things for us. That He loves us far beyond what we could ever possibly fathom, and He primarily just wants us to love and trust Him.

We come to understand this when, just like any other relationship we:

1.Value time with Jesus – it’s about a relationship not a religion. We can’t know His heart and experience His love unless we spend time in His presence. Value Him!

No longer do I call you servants, because the servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have called you friends(John 15:15)

2.Read the Bible- it’s His words: describing His character, His plan, His directives, and how He thinks and does things.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

 “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

Without valuing Him above all else, and knowing and reading His words we can too easily start to lean on our own understanding, and begin to doubt that He is enough for us. We look around and wonder if other people, pastimes and pursuits will bring more enjoyment than doing things His way, with Him. Sadly it can take some of us going “around the mountain” countless times before we realise, “Why don’t I just say Yes to Jesus, and do life His way, allowing Him to lead. He is enough; more than enough for me, and nothing else will satisfy.”

Today if you are looking for peace; for meaning and fulfilment in your life; If you want a real living vibrant relationship with Jesus, and want to keep growing, and going from faith to faith, then simply say YES!

Say Yes to Him, and then get out of the way, and get willing to do whatever He leads you to. If you do, you’ll be amazed at the joy it will bring to your life and to all those you meet along the way. Just do it and Say Yes!

 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6))

Prayer: Jesus, help me to get out of the way, and to say Yes to you. You lead, and I will follow your lead. Whatever and wherever you go, I will go. Whatever you ask, I will do. I’m with you! In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

26 July -God is with us (Pt 2)

Immanuel – God with us. Everyday He is with us! We are never alone, and He promises He will lead and guide us into all truth, and teach and remind us all about Jesus.

God is with us! If you have invited Jesus into your life then He lives within you by His spirit. He promises He will lead us; He will lead us away from danger, He will protect us, He will direct us to the right people, at the right time. He will teach us to profit, to do well in what we do. He will make life more exciting than you could ever possibly dream, ask, or imagine.

(Check out these scriptures in the bible: Matthew 28:20; James 1:5; Isaiah 48:17; Psalm 121:7;Ephesians 3:20; Galatians 5:25)

Holy Spirit wants to lead us into some really cool stuff, but unfortunately we can spend a lot of time and effort fighting about who is in charge – Him or us. Because of that there can be times when He can’t get us to where He needs us to be.

We can be like a horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to get it to where it needs to be.

 God says it this way, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you”.(Psalm 32:9)

We all need practice being obedient to Holy Spirit’s promptings. Without that surrender and choice to live lives that just want to do, and be wherever and whatever Jesus is doing, we are going to fall short of all that is possible for our lives.

He’ll still love us, His blessing will still be on us; but there is so much more for each one of us if we will determine everyday to wait on Him and let Him lead us through the day. Sometimes we may get it wrong, but that’s okay, we’ll know for next time that wasn’t Him speaking an directing. All Holy Spirit asks is that we keep seeking to listen, to know God’s word and to let Him lead. We’ll soon learn when it’s just us, and when it is Holy Spirit leading.

Some good keys to remember are:

  1. Holy Spirit will never speak contrary to what the bible says.
  2. Follow peace. If you feel Holy Spirit speaking, do you feel a peace within you or a check or “scratchiness” in your spirit?
  3. Does what you feel prompted to say or do bring blessing?
  4. Make yourself available. The bible says the harvest – (those who need to hear and see God’s love) is ripe, but the workers are few.

Then Jesus saw the multitudes, and He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest”. (Matthew 9:36-38)

Today ask yourself; am I in charge of my life, or am I letting God lead and be in charge? He won’t push or barge His way into our lives. He is a gentleman, and will stand at the door of our hearts and knock. If we invite Him in, He will come in and sit down with us, and life will never be boring or mundane ever again. He will be there for us, to lead us, to give wisdom in which way to go, and what to do. He will give His peace, His love, His comfort and His strength.

The only question is will we invite Him into our lives, and then listen and follow His lead. It’s a choice we make everyday. What do you choose today?

Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Prayer: Lord I thank you that you see me, and desire for me to know you. Help me to be honest about where I am at, and to know my own heart. To know where I am still in charge, and instead need to allow you to lead. I open the door of my heart and life and let you in. Please lead me today. In Jesus Name Amen.

25 July – Christmas every day!

I was thinking about how I love Christmas. It’s why this past weekend we celebrated Christmas in July. We had the fairy lights up, the music, the food, the celebrating with others.  Really Christmas should be everyday! Then I thought about the truth of what and whom Christmas is really all about can be celebrated every day. Christmas is everyday!

Because Christmas is all about God being present with us. Immanuel – “God with us.”

In Matthew 1:23 the bible records the dream that Joseph had from God to reassure him that everything was ok. “Behold The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”.) When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and embraced Mary as his wife. 

The angel said Jesus will be known as Immanuel -” God with us”. Have you ever stopped to think what those words that are so often said at Christmas time really mean? To think that God is with us all the time. But how is that so?

 After Jesus was crucified, and then rose again, He went back to heaven. But He told his friends “Don’t worry, the Holy Spirit would come, and He will be with you always.” The disciples were freaked out. Jesus had left them. But they followed His last instructions to go to Jerusalem and wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Holy spirit did come, and instead of Jesus being present  in just one place at a time, The spirit of God, of Jesus, was present in all of them, all of the time, wherever they went. He was with them constantly, and they were never the same again! (Acts 2)

Once we ask Jesus into our lives, He comes to live with us. He breaths life into our spirit which was previously dead in sin. He turns the light on, deep down on the inside of us. He is God with us – Immanuel. We are never alone, and He promises He will lead and guide us into all truth; He will teach and remind us all about Jesus, and He will be with us always.

Jesus said it this way; “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:25-26)

If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and He will be in you.…”(John 14:16)

So it’s really Christmas all the time, everyday, because He is with us. 

Today, if you are feeling alone, reach out to Jesus. Invite Him into your life. Into every area, even the parts you don’t want others to see. You don’t ever have to be alone again. Know that He will with you always by His Holy Spirit. You too can know His peace, His presence and His power, just as those early friends of Jesus did. He will change your life, and you will never be the same again. Because God is with you!

Prayer: Lord thank you that you desire to be with me all the time, and that I need never be alone again.  I invite you in every area of my life. Holy Spirit please come fill me with your presence, your peace and  your power. Please help me today. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

24 July -The giver, not the getter!

I woke up this morning and felt the Lord speak to me. I was looking at a busy day, and was going through everything I needed to get organised before I got out of bed. But in the midst of my organising I felt the Lord say, “I don’t want to get from you, I want to give to you. “Let’s have some fun today

In the system that this world operates in, the concept of someone wanting to give to you is somewhat foreign. Most people, organisations and institutions want something from you, with little in return. As the saying goes “everyone wants their pound of flesh”. Jesus however is not really interested in taking “our pound of flesh”, mainly because He literally already gave His own when He died on the cross.

Quite simply Jesus only wants to give to us. And the only things He wants to get from us are: our shame, burdens, sicknesses, poverty, brokenness, hopelessness, fear, and every other weight that the world, and the devil has tried to put on us.

Today, that’s what I call good news. There is no toil or hardship, no guilting us into anything, or pressuring us. Jesus just wants to give to us, not the other way around.

He wants to love upon us, to deliver us, to heal us, to provide for us, to pour out His presence and peace and joy on us. He wants to heal our minds, our bodies, our emotions, and our spirit’s. He wants to give beauty for ashes. (Isaiah 61:1-3)

All He says is “Come to me”.

Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me;  for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28)

I encourage you to let Jesus give to you today. All you have to do is come to Him. To say “Here I am Jesus”. He’ll do the rest.

Have a listen to this song as you do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rMNIDW8Vho

Prayer: Jesus, I thank you that you just want to give to me; to love me and to release joy and peace in my life. I come to you today Jesus. In Jesus Name Amen.

23 July -Soccer morning!

This morning I was up early. It was cold and still dark, and to be perfectly honest a part of me wanted to stay in my nice warm bed. But being a mum with two boys we were off to early morning soccer games. I’ll admit however these early morning soccer excursions are  a “work in progress”. For most of the season I have stayed snugly in bed, letting my lovely husband do the soccer run.  However on contemplation, and my sons requests I have decided I need to think differently about these soccer games. I’ve had to have a change of mindset and attitude about early morning winter sporting activities. That’s a decision I have had to choose to make. I had to decide to either embrace being a “soccer mum”, and be blessed by my kids enthusiasm at me being there, or I can be grumpy and want to stay at home. I’ve discovered the key to this process is changing the way I think about it all, and understanding that God has made me with the ability to do just that!

It  was only a few years ago that neuroscientists believed that the brain was like a hardwired machine. Any damage or trauma experienced to a persons brain was seen to be incurable, and function rather than restoration was the aim of health practitioners.

In the last few decades however science has made the discovery that our brains are in fact changeable and malleable. Instead of us having brains that are “stuck” in certain thought patterns, mindsets, negativity, damage, trauma or even predispositions, our brains are in fact changing moment by moment every day. This change and adaptability is called nueroplasticity.

This nueroplasticity is exciting as it means regardless of what has happened to us, or how we may currently think, we can change. We can change the physical makeup of our brains through our thinking and choices. Plus everynight while we are sleeping, baby nerve cells are being created so that when we wakeup each morning they are at our disposal to replace any negative toxic thinking, to learn, and to rebuild healthy thoughts. The birth of these new baby nerve cells is called neurogenesis.

We may not be able to control everything about our day, but we can definitely control our thoughts and consequently our reactions.  Each morning those new nerve cells can be shaped and used to replace any thoughts we don’t care to have. Science is agreeing with what God says. We can be transformed, healed, set free, and given the ability to start each new day afresh.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Today check up and observe your own thoughts, and change them if you need to. Are they in line with how God wants you to think? Are they full of love, hope and joy?

Be encouraged by how God has created us. We aren’t stuck with the way we think, or the habits we may struggle with; even if we have thought or reacted in certain ways for years. God has wired and created us to grow, develop and change! Reach forward and towards the person, and way of thinking and living Jesus has called you to. Read the Bible today and put to good use those new baby nerve cells to think thoughts of love, hope and faith.

As reknowned nueroscientist Dr Caroline Leaf says, “If you wired those toxic thoughts in, you can wire them out.” So if I wired the negativity about soccer mornings in by my grumpy thinking, I can also choose to wire it out, and be an amazing enthusiastic soccer mum with new positive loving thoughts!

But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” ( Philippians 3:13)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)

Prayer: Lord thankyou that you have created me with the ability to constantly change and develop. Help me to observe and change if necessary the thoughts and habits I have so that I can be the person you made me to be. In Jesus name Amen.

 

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