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30 April – Beyond Reason!

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There are many opportunities in life where we have ample opportunity to take a sensible, down to earth approach to a situation or decision. However there is one flaw in this very reasonable deduction; it often takes God out of our decision-making and approach to life. We can end up limiting our life and believing to only what we can see, touch, and feel and distance ourselves from the supernatural power and ability of God.

There is a famous account in the bible of a group of people who did exactly that and lived, or should I say died for it. (Exodus 2-14).The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt for over 400 years. They had been beaten down, were at risk of losing their identity, and couldn’t see any way out. Yet God broke through for them and sent a deliverer in the form of Moses. God used him to bring three million slaves out of captivity as He performed signs and wonders, led them by a pillar of fire by night, and a cloud by day, parted the Red Sea, and fed them in the wilderness.

But then the Israelites were faced with a decision. They had sent twelve spies out into the land God had brought them to possess, and ten had come back with a report of a land flowing with milk and honey. But it was also a land where the inhabitants looked like giants and they felt like little grasshoppers in comparison.

Ten spies came back saying how it was impossible to enter this wonderful place God had for them because of the giants, and  declared it could not be done. They talked the facts they saw before them, and maintained a sensible, down to earth approach in which they had processed the situation logically and with the conclusion that this land was unattainable. They had based their decision on an earthly perspective.

However two men, Joshua and Caleb, stood up and declared that God is bigger and that they could win with Him on their side. Yes it was a challenge, but they could make it  because God said so. They took a different perspective and chose not to take a down to earth logical view of what was before them, because they saw the situation as God saw it. They didn’t gain their wisdom, knowledge and perspective from the world, but from a higher level. That higher level was from a heavenly Godly perspective; that nothing is impossible, that God is faithful to His promises, and that He will make a way which may seem impossible to man.

The Israelites should have known that if God said, “this is your land, go and get it”, that He had a way to enter in. They should have known from the way He’d freed them from slavery, parted the Red sea, and had provided for them in the desert. But most of them did not. Why? Because they looked at their situation from only  a “down to earth” seemingly reasonable viewpoint, and chose to take God out of it.

We too can make the same mistake as the Israelites. Even though Jesus’ work on the cross has done everything for us for our deliverance from sin, sickness, lack, strife, hopelessness and despair. We too can still look at our situation through the eyes of “worldly reason” and say it’s unreasonable to expect anything good to happen here.

But today I ask you, Isn’t it about time that those who confess to know Jesus and His Word think and believe for some unreasonable things. That we believe for those things that the world says are impossible; that we believe that the God who does not change is able to part “Our Red Seas”, to deliver us, to provide and sustain us, and that we too have all we need in God to enter our promised land.

Today instead of reasoning away what God says and promises in His Word with a worldly point of view, how about we lift up our eyes and see every situation from heaven’s perspective, and through God’s ability instead of ours! That we go beyond our reason, to God’s reason, which declares that “nothing is impossible for God and to those who believe!”

For God says, “I am the LORD, and I do not change.” (Malachi 3:6)

For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

And Jesus looking upon them saying, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27)

Prayer: Lord I want to be like Joshua and Caleb who chose to believe you and your promises, rather than what the world or others may say. I choose today to gain my wisdom, knowledge and perspective from heaven’s perspective rather than from man’s. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

29 April – What can you do today?

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Often in life when we have a vision and dream we can get to a point where we think it’s too hard and impossible for it to ever come to pass. There are times when we’ve “gone for it”, and things didn’t work out as planned. We may face discouragement and the prospect of failing, and success seems a long way off.

Many people know what it is to have a dream, and many also know what it feels like when they “don’t do what they set out to do”. Sometimes things don’t work out as planned, and we can wonder where we went wrong, whether we heard from God correctly,  and what we should do now?

I’ve discovered that it’s really important to look at what we do have going for us at these times. It’s helpful to stop, reflect, pinpoint and write down where and why we feel like we’ve failed or are disappointed, and then also where we have experienced success.

Then we can build on our successes and seek God over whether we can do anything about those things that didn’t go according to plan.

Today take a few moments to assess how your vision and dreams are progressing. If you feel like you have come to a “stand still” and nothing is happening, or you are suffering from discouragement, take a moment to step back, seek God and reassess.

Is the reality of pursuing your vision and dream what you thought? Is the passion still there? Do you need to take some time for God to heal and restore you?

What little step can you make today towards fulfilling the bigger picture? You may not feel like you can do everything right now, but what can you do?

Keep building on your successes, and do what you can do to work towards achieving your dream.

You may not be the best at whatever you are working towards yet, but you can practice, train and start to build an image inside you of success and blessing today.

You may not be able to preach to thousands yet but you can walk across the street to share with and pray for your neighbours.

You may not be able to lose 20kg today, but you can begin to make some wise choices about your eating and exercise today.

You may not be in a relationship, work or family situation of your dreams right now, but you can keep building your faith and expectation for good things to happen in your life, and for God to move in your situation every day.

Encourage yourself with God’s word – it’s “The manual for success” and holds the wisdom of Heaven in it.

Let go, and give over any past disappointments or failures to God, and let Him restore your self-worth and self-esteem with what He says about you. Allow Him to renew the image inside of you to one of success and not failure, being blessed instead of feeling cursed, healthy instead of sick, abundantly supplied instead of living in lack, bold instead of fearful, and loved instead of rejected.

Write down God’s promises and carry them around with you. Then every time you have a negative or fearful thought you can remind yourself of God’s love and promises, and renew your mind with what God says about your future.

Surround yourself with those people who will believe with you, pray for you, and encourage you in your dreams and vision.

God says, “Roll your works upon the Lord. (Commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and) so shall your plans be established and succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)

“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5)

Decide what you can you do today and then do it, and remember to just keep walking!

Prayer: Lord help to know where I am succeeding and where I need encouraging in your Word. Please show me what I can do right now to keep walking towards my dream and the vision you have put inside of me. In Jesus name Amen.

 

28 April – Step by Step

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Today I took some time to read back over some entries in my morning pages. Morning pages is where I write down for 3 pages everything I am thinking and feelings as I wake up. I don’t always get to it every morning, and sometimes my pages get done later in the day, but today I especially saw the value in my morning ramblings.

See Morning pages blog post: https://daylekinney.com/2016/05/16/16-may-the-morning-pages/

Today I saw how much I have changed and grown over the past year, which was really cool. I realised I’m not half as anxious and stressed as I used to be, that our kids have grown in maturity; that I’ve achieved and exceeded some goals that I set twelve months ago. I’ve learnt to trust God more, and dealt with some old issues that were annoying me. Plus God has as usual been forever faithful in the midst of it all.

Without articulating and facing my thoughts and feeling months ago I would never had recognised or quite possibly seen what was going on in my heart with as much clarity. God has His ways of revealing our hearts to us, and then journeying with us so that we can live in freedom, and grow past the things that could easily otherwise cause us to get “stuck”. He doesn’t want us to ever feel stuck or that things are impossible. He wants us to trust Him, and know that He always has a way through, a solution, and the power needed to change the seemingly impossible.

More than ever I see today how much we need to “Let go and trust in Him”. At times we may feel like we are not going anywhere, or developing, growing or achieving anything. But if we consistently spend time with God and follow what His Word says we will grow and be transformed, because God has promised He will perfect the good work He has begun in us.

The key is to keep going; to keep walking and keep looking ahead.

To not fall into the trap of judging how we are progressing by the progress we make in one day, one week or even one month.

Our walk with God is a long walk and even though we may be in a hurry for quick fixes and results, God is not! He is in the business of revealing, renewing, and if necessary restoring us His masterpiece; and masterpieces take time, gentleness, patience, perseverance and persistence. All of which God has an endless supply of.

Today if you are feeling frustrated with your progress, or how long the journey to where you want to go is taking, be encouraged. Keep walking; keep talking and listening to Jesus and reading and following His Word and you will get there. It’s not over, and you will be growing and changing even if you can’t see it yet, for God has promised He will complete the good work He has begun in you till it is completed.

“For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 1:6)

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever.” (Psalm 138:8)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you are faithful and don’t give up on us. You are faithful to complete that which you have begun in us, and only need us to be willing and obedient to your direction and guidance. Please help me to keep walking step by step with you every day, trusting that you will perfect that which concerns me. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

27 April – “I’ll walk with you in the sunshine and the rain”

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When I first started dating my husband Philip we would walk everywhere together. We would walk to lunch together, to church together, to our friend’s houses, and even the hour it took to walk to work together. We learnt a lot about each other by simply walking and talking, and listening to one another. We watched, listened and adapted to one another as we set our course for life together.

Now because we have been walking together for so long Philip instinctively knows which side of the path I like to walk on, what I do and don’t like, the streets I prefer, and where I like to go. He knows I like to walk and talk, and that most of the time it’s just okay for him to listen. He adjusts his steps, and I try to speed up mine.

When we choose to walk with someone we obviously won’t want to walk in the opposite direction, but in the same direction. Then we can talk, listen, and enjoy their company. Without walking right alongside one another we will not be able to understand each other as well, watch and hear changes in expressions and emotions, or decide and agree on a destination.

Walking with Jesus is much the same. When we ask Him to be a part of our life we enter into a relationship, embark on a journey together and adopt a new life style along the way. It’s a long walk, and not a short sprint, and it’s not all about the destination, but also the things we discover and experience along the way.

As with any journey and relationship there are some things we need to leave behind. We don’t want to bring our negative past, our mess up’s, fears, sin and excess baggage on our journey. These things will only distract and weigh us down, and it’s the same in our walk with Jesus. He offers to take all our burdens, sin and past, so that He can free and cleanse us totally, enabling us to not just walk, but to power walk and even run! (1 John 1:9)

It’s good to also keep in mind that just as when we’re travelling greater distances and further afield we only have a certain amount of baggage weight and space available to us, and care must be taken to choose what we are going to pick up, and carry along the way; the same can be said for our walk with Jesus. Some things look great at first glance, but the question is “are they actually beneficial to where we are going, and do we want to have the extra burden?” Other things might look, smell, and even taste enticing, but will often just give us “food poisoning” if we choose to partake of them. Much the same as the deceptiveness of sin and the things the devil tries to tempt us with in an effort to trip us up, and get us going in the wrong direction.

However we only need turn our attention back to Jesus, and let go of the baggage that we have let ourselves be burdened with, to then enable us to freely continue on in our walk with Him.

Our relationship with Jesus is a daily walk. We decide each morning to walk in the same direction as Him, taking the time to talk and to listen, and choosing to walk so that our focus and attention will be on Him. It’s much the same as when I walk with my husband Philip. It’s not hard, and it’s not burdensome either, but about our love, and commitment to one another. Our walk with Jesus is designed to be a long enjoyable walk, where He has promised to always walk alongside us, in both the sunshine and the rain.

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith just as you were taught.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Prayer: Jesus help me to walk with you everyday. I don’t want to rush ahead, or walk in the opposite direction, but step by step in time with you. Help me to do that in both the sunshine and the rain. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

26 April – Soaking it up!

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It ‘s very easy to slip into habits and pick up on the world’s negative mindsets, speech, sarcasm, gossip, and non-uplifting speech that surround us everyday. We can easily allow ourselves to get caught up in banter, discussions, and arguments, which really have nothing good to say about anyone or anything. If we do allow these things into our lives enough it will start to infiltrate into other areas of our lives, and can cause us to be lead into pursuits, relationships and social settings we never intended to be in.

The bible teaches us on how to stay free from these pitfalls. It says to, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

We can therefore make a quality decision and commitment to choose the higher life, instead of the low life, and to watch what comes in our lives. We can choose everyday to supercharge our lives with positivity, God’s word, praise, worship, and being around those people who inspire and encourage us, or we can choose the opposite.

When we choose God’s way consistently something starts to change on the inside of us. At first it may be only a subtle shift towards positivity and thinking better thoughts, but it doesn’t take long before you start to notice that you feel more peaceful, closer to, and more aware of Holy Spirit, healthier, wiser, more loving and generally happier.

Here are some things to keep in mind in guarding your heart and choosing the higher life of God’s Kingdom:

Ask God to put a guard across you mouth so that you don’t keep saying the things you later regret, and be diligent with what you allow into your thought life and heart.

“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Don’t let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do no wrong.” (Psalm 141:3-4)

Take a look at what your input -We do need to regularly take a look at who or what we are listening to and spending time with, as what we surround ourselves with, is who and what we will become. To make changes it is necessary to be honest about our relationships, media and recreational viewing and any other pastimes, and whether they are beneficial or not.

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)

Our souls and spirits are like sponges and will soak up whatever is around them the most. What are you soaking up?

The bible gives us a simple and easy guideline to follow in what to soak up. It ‘s found in Philippians 4:8, and says,

Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think on these things.

 If we filter all that we are thinking about, watching, listening to, saying or doing through this scripture it soon becomes apparent if we need to make some changes, and as we do we are promised, “The peace of God will be with us.” (Philippians 4:9)

I encourage you to ask God how you are going with your thought life, speech, relationships, and your subsequent actions? Are there areas you could grow in to be more positive and loving? Are you soaking into your life those things that help and strengthen your faith, and help you be the person that God desires you to be?

It’s always our choice, and if we choose the higher life and God’s way of living He promises He will strengthen us everyday, and help us to be the person we were always created to be.

“I call heaven and earth to speak against you today. I have put in front of you life and death, the good and the curse. So choose life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Prayer: Lord please help me to choose wisely the things I “soak up” into my life. May they be things that are true honourable, right, pure, lovely and praise worthy, so that my life will also reflect these things. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

25 April – Who has access?

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What are you giving a place in your life? Because what we give place to has a huge bearing on how we live out our lives, our beliefs, values, and relationships. The dictionary definition of “to give place to” is to make room; to yield, to give way; to give advantage.

In Ephesians 4:27 we are warned about what we do and don’t give place to. It says, “Don’t give place to the devil.” To “give place to” carries the idea in the original Greek text of a specific, marked-off, geographical location, like a territory, region or zone. Essentially God wants us to know and be on our guard because the devil is after every region and territory of our lives. He is after our relationships, money, health, marriage, employment, business, and ministry. He is territorial in that he wants to conquer every area of our lives so that he can be in control and ultimately destroy us.

Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

To gain territory any attacker must gain an entry point to begin their campaign of take over and destruction. The devil is no different as he also looks for an access point in our lives, and we can unwittingly throw open the doors and welcome him in. We make this possible through unforgiveness, un-dealt with old hurts, refusing to admit and deal with sin, judging and criticising others, poor choices, and neglecting to walk in love. Through these things the devil secretly begins penetrating people’s minds and emotions so as to weave a web of lies, negatives, strongholds and fear. We suddenly find we are nit-picky, impatient, anxious, and prone to finding fault with everyone and everything, because we have allowed our thoughts and emotions to be influenced by the devil’s lies and schemesagainst us.

But we can choose to close the door against His evil tactics, and instead ask Jesus into every area of our lives so that he might cleanse, support and secure every place in our lives.

 We can daily choose to only give place to Holy Spirit, and to become His resting place; the place from which the exploits of Heaven are accomplished. Instead of being someone who is governed by emotions, fears and weakness, we become people who are led and guided by the Holy Spirit, as we give Him place, and make room for and yield to His presence in and upon our lives. He abides in us, and we in Him. As a result we know completeness in our relationship with God, and there is no place for the devil.

Jesus said it this way, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples.” (John 15:4;7-8)

“For in Him all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form. And in Him you have been made complete.” (Colossians 2:10)

What have you been making room for and giving place to in your life?

Today give God first and only place in you life, and kick out and firmly shut the door against the devil, so that you life will be filled with peace, joy, and completeness.

 Prayer: Lord thank you that I am complete in you. I give you place in my life today, and kick out, and shut the door on the devil and his schemes. I forgive any one who has hurt or wronged me, and ask for your forgiveness for any wrongdoing. Would you please heal and cleanse my heart so that there is no entry point for evil, and fill my life with your love. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

24 April – Everything I do, I’m thinking of you.

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Holy Spirit lives in every born again believer and He flows through us like a moving force. Jesus describes Holy Spirit like a river of living water, and other places in the bible He is described and revealed as such things as a dove, and tongues of fire.

Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. To the one who believes in me, it is just as the scripture has said; streams of living water will flow from within him. He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive, For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7:38)

But as with everything in life we can limit the force and power of God’s Spirit working in and through our lives.

When Jesus was baptised He came out of the water and the heavens opened, the Father spoke, and then the Holy Spirit came upon Him as a dove and remained. John the Baptist testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him (Jesus).” (John 1:32)

We have this same Holy Sprit’s presence in and upon our lives now, and He is with us for a purpose: He is within us to convict encourage and guide, and upon us for other peoples’ sakes, and to change circumstances. However we can choose to ignore what Holy Spirit wants to do within and around us by our attitude towards Him, our many distractions and other pursuits.

But what if we related to Holy Spirit as someone we desperately welcomed and wanted 24/7 in our lives, and we chose not to squeeze Him out of any part of our lives. Imagine for a moment, “If in the natural, you have a dove sitting on your shoulder and you want to go about life without it flying away, how are you going to live? Every step would be with the dove in mind.” (Bill Johnson)

That’s how sensitive and in tune with God’s Spirit we are called to be. With the “dove” in mind. That we don’t want to go, say, or do anything that might offend His presence in our lives. Instead, every move we make has Him in mind. He won’t leave us, but we can ignore and push Him to the side.

When we live our lives wanting to always draw close to God, and discover and grow in our relationship with Him, we will come to know and recognise when and where His Spirit is moving, and be able to flow with Him in His power, ability, wisdom, and peace. Which is so much better than struggling along on our own, and a lot more fun.

Today, quiet your heart and mind, and tune your spirit to the Spirit of God. The benefits of being sensitive to his leading, guidance and direction far outweigh anything you may have to bypass to remain living in fellowship and oneness with Him.

Prayer: Holy Spirit thank you for your presence, and that you want to lead and guide me for both my and others good. Help me to be sensitive to every word you speak, and every move you make. In Jesus Name Amen

23 April – God is in a Good mood!

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In life we can often fear things, but maybe our biggest fear when we have acknowledged that there is in fact a God, is that He is NOT in a good mood, and especially that He may not be in a good mood with us personally.

Perhaps that’s why Jesus said what He did when He stated, “Fear not, little flock, “For it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

What fear is Jesus trying to eliminate here?

He is trying to eliminate the fear that God is not the kind of God who really wants to be good to his children. This fear can rise up in our hearts causing us to feel that God does not want to be gracious to us, that He does not want to be generous and helpful to us. We  think of God as one who is basically annoyed, angry and intent on judging us all the time.

Sometimes even if we believe in our heads that God is good, we may feel in our hearts that the wisest thing we can do is stay out of His way, and maybe, if we keep the rules okay, we’ll sneak by him when he is in one of his good moods.

The problem with this thinking and fear is that we’ll never really know where we stand with, or whether we can depend upon God. That belief may have come from our own experiences with our earthly fathers, and not knowing what we were ever going to get. It perhaps came from having to avoid their bad moods, or learning to expect their inconsistencies and the likelihood of them hurting and disappointing us.

However if we judge God through the lens of our earthly father’s we may very well always live without the love an assurance our heavenly Father so much wants to give each of us. We may never experience fully the capacity of His love for us, His willingness to answer our prayers, and His help and blessing in the things we pray, hope, and dream for, because in our fear we hold Him at arms length.

But Jesus makes a point of telling us that this is not how our Father God is, or how He feels about us. He says, “Fear not little flock.” In others words, don’t be afraid, God delights to do good things for you, and is busy thinking up all the ways He can bless and love on us personally. It’s His good pleasure to give us the Kingdom.

Good pleasure means that God does it gladly. It’s God’s joy, his desire, his want and wish and hope and pleasure and gladness and delight to give the kingdom – all He has, to us His family.

Numbers 6:24-26 says these words,“The LORD bless you, and keep you; The Lord make HIs face shine on you, And be gracious to you: The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.‘…(Numbers 6:24-26)

Today if you happen to wonder whether God is for you, and is helping you with all that you have to do, remember “He is in fact in a good mood, and His shining face is directed right at you. This is as a sign of the favour, esteem, approval and love you have in His sight; and that you indeed have nothing to fear.

 If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?”(Romans 8: 31-32)

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you love me and that I don’t have to live in fear of you being in a bad mood. Help me to see where incorrect thinking or feelings about you have affected my life and relationship with you and what I expect. Please heal my heart where I may have been hurt or disappointed by my own earthly parents. In Jesus name Amen.

22 April – Give wisdom a try today!

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Being thankful and counting your blessings is actually a God given concept of how to live life well. The purposeful action of turning our attention onto what we can be thankful and God praise for causes us to shift our focus off ourselves, and the day’s concerns or negatives.

God encourages us to give all our cares and concerns to Him, and expressively says for us not to worry. But there are some real keys in His word on how to actually live that out.

Some keys I have discovered can be found in Psalm 34. It says “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. On magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together. Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

Here are some thoughts of how to follow and apply the advice of Psalm 34 everyday:

1.Give thanks – When we consciously choose to bless God and thank him with our mouths, our thoughts and emotions shift from anxiety and concerns to focusing on what God has done for us.

Find 10 good things – I always encourage myself to find ten good things in my day to be thankful for. Once I start doing that, I can often physically feel myself relax as I regain perspective of how much God does love and care for me. I thank Him for my family, my food, my health, friends, home, etc etc etc. We all have something to be thankful for, and it’s really important to recognise these things and not just disregard them, simply because we are having a bad day, or things aren’t exactly as we would like them to be. If we waited until everything was perfect we would never be thankful, and would miss a lot of what God has given us and is doing right under our noses.

The bible says,  “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

2. Praise silences the devil – Praise is a powerful weapon in our arsenal against evil. It’s how we resist the devil, and any attack formed against us. The bible actually says it silences our enemy. And it shifts our perspective and reminds us of how big God is to handle every anxious thought and situation we may be facing.

I’ve also discovered that praise is an on-ramp into heavenly places and God’s presence, for “We enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.”

 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.“ (Psalm 100:4)

“From the lips of babes and infants you have ordained praise, because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger.” (Psalm 8:2)

3. Keep your tongue from evil, and pursue peace – When we are busy continually thanking God and praising Him for all the good things in our lives we don’t have so much time for speaking evil and saying things that aren’t beneficial.  When I find myself slipping into thinking negatively again, I make an effort to switch my focus and start thanking God again. I then find it a lot easier to spend time looking for ways to bless others, to do good, and to seek after and pursue peace instead of grumbling and speaking evil.

“So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault.” (Romans 14:19 Message Bible)

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” (Ephesians 4:29)

Give the wisdom of Psalm 34 a try today, and be free from anxiety, negativity and saying things that would probably be better left unsaid. Make it your aim today to be thankful, to praise God out loud, and to look for ways to do good and seek peace.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:15-17)

Prayer: Lord thank you that the things you encourage us to do are for our own good, and to help me to walk in joy and freedom. Let praise be continually in my mouth today, and that I would choose to be thankful instead of focusing on the negatives. In Jesus Name Amen.

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