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31 July – Are you being prompted?

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Promptings or leadings are something many people talk about without perhaps realising they are. When you, or others say, “I really felt to do something, I was drawn to such and such or I just knew”, it usually means we received an inner prompting or leading.

When a person makes the decision to ask Jesus into their life and to follow Him and His way of doing things the Holy Spirit comes to abide with them. Which is why we will invaribly increase in our experience of these inner promptings, because Jesus said He would lead and guide us in the way to go, and that we are to walk in the Spirit and not simply by our own understanding. That means there are going to be times where we will be moved by the God’s Spirit, led by the Spirit, compelled by the Spirit and internally prompted and led to follow, to go somewhere, to speak and to act. (Mark 1:12; Matt 4:1; Acts 13:2; Romans 8:14)

It’s actually quite an amazing and liberating revelation when we understand that we no longer have to know and figure everything out all by ourselves because God is right there with us bringing heavenly wisdom and insight into every relationship, circumstance and situation. He will lead us everyday by gentle promptings, a quiet whisper, a peace and knowing or a specific word or turn of events if we are listening, trusting and ready to move in obedience.

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.” (John 16:13-15 NLT)

I’ve discovered that God who created the universe is very interested in both the big picture as well as the minute details of my life. I can be out shopping and I’ll gently hear Him whisper or be led to buy more toilet paper or milk. That may sound mundane but He knows running out of toilet paper or some other necessity is going to increase my running around and therefore my stress levels if it happens late at night or when there is a house full of people. So because He loves me He gives me a inner nudge to buy these things while I’m out. Time and time again I’ve experienced this, and have also experienced the regret when I missed listening and acting upon His prompting. As I regularly tell my kids, “it is wisdom to learn to listen and to not ignore a whisper or prompt from God; make it your habit to obey, for it will keep you from a whole lot of trouble and might even save your life one day.” 

A good way to know if it is God speaking in a particular area is to test if it agrees with His Word. It it does then it’s likely a prompt or leading from God. If you are still unsure seek Godly mature counsel, pray and don’t rush making a big decision.

Today listen and practice becoming aware of His leading, for as you do it will undoubtedly make your life far less complicated as you find heavenly guidance in what, where and when to do things. Plus you will discover in a greater way how you can trust God to lead you in the bigger things in life too.

Life is so much better when we listen to the little God promptings in our day, so “tune” your inner ear to Him and listen up today.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8 NIV)

Prayer. Lord thank you that you promise that you will lead and guide me. Please help me to be more and more sensitive to your prompting and leading as I go throughout my day. In Jesus name amen

30 July – Come out of the Corner

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There is a famous line by movie star Patrick Swayze from the movie “Dirty Dancing which says, “Nobody puts baby in a corner”. It’s a classic line and scene (no recommendation intended) where a young woman known by the name baby realises  she no longer has to live forgotten about and underestimated by her family and peers. She had her “own thing going on.”

Unfortunately many people do allow themselves to be put in a corner by their own negative and limiting thinking, or by circumstances and the people around them. It is sadly far too easy for many people to succumb to the pressure of limitations and everyone else’s expectations until they quite simply give up on their dreams, vision and aspirations for something better.

But that is not God’s heart for us. Whenever we feel like we are having limits placed on us, feel backed up against the wall or corner or are experiencing pressure or feeling “under the circumstances,” you can be sure God is not the author of these circumstances.

His Word teaches us that He is the God of wide-open spaces, of freedom, breakthrough, and of bigger things than we can think, dream or possibly imagine. If ever He does “hem” us in it is only so that He can protect and teach us some things or it is necessary to more closely guide us because we don’t see clearly what’s ahead, but He does. (Psalm 23; Ephesians 3:20)

God’s heart for us is that “nobody puts us in a corner” either. As Jesus said, “Who the son sets free is free indeed”, and He says that when we come into a relationship with Him we are no longer slaves, under the curse, inadequate, unworthy or need to believe, listen to or think of ourselves in any way that He has not said about us in His Word.

Today I encourage you to examine your life and assess whether any circumstance, person or thinking has, or is trying to “put you in a corner”! If you realise there is then take some time to talk to God about it and seek His wisdom and Word regarding who He says you are and the strategy to move you out of the confined space you have found yourself in. God is faithful and you have far too much life to live and purpose to fulfil to be put or left in a corner! 

“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

Prayer: Lord thankyou that I am part of your family and that you see me as important and someone who is to be standing on mountaintops and not left forgotten about in a corner somewhere. Please help me to challenge every negative, limiting thought or expectation today. In Jesus name Amen.

29 July – In consistency lies the power!

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This is a repost but as consistency is a lesson and character trait I am continually learning the importance of it’s worth reading and thinking upon again.

A few years ago I was thinking about “My Lid”. We all have lids in our lives that limit our potential and growth to become all that we have been made to be. Fortunately those lids don’t have to be permanent. We can “lift our lids.”

One of my lids was being consistent. I remember the day I was talking to God about my lids and He spoke to me and said…”You are not consistent enough”. I wasn’t impressed. I thought I was pretty consistent, but God started to show me the areas I WASN’T consistent, and that was a bit OUCHY.

I’d get all inspired and then run out of steam, or circumstances would highjack my good intentions and I wouldn’t get back to what I’d started out to do.

So I decided if I wanted to grow I had better begin to be more consistent even if I just started being more consistent in one area of my life at a time. As I have sought to do this I’ve discovered that when you make an effort and choice to be more consistent in one area of your life it starts to flow over to other areas of your life.

There is a phrase which says, “IN CONSISTENCY LIES THE POWER”

Here’s why:

Consistency allows for measurement.

Until you have tried something new for a period of time and in a consistent manner, you can’t decide if it works or not.  How do you measure effectiveness if what you are measuring isn’t performed consistently?

It’s often minor tweaking instead of major overhauls that make the difference.

Consistency creates accountability. 

The simple fact is that if there is a set time to report on progress it is often the catalyst that moves an initiative to a successful end

Accountability motivates us.

Consistency establishes our reputation and makes us relevant.

We can’t establish a track record if we are constantly trying new tactics. Many efforts fail before they get to the finish line. The problem is often that we simply didn’t stay the course to achieve the objective. Give it some time.

Consistency highlights our message.

People pay as much or more attention to what we do as to what we say. Our consistency serves as a model for how others will behave; our family, children, team at work, sporting group etc. If we treat something as unimportant, don’t be surprised when we find those around us doing the same.”

God has being showing me the power of consistency and that when I am consistent it has a flow on effect. When God draws our attention to something in our lives He just doesn’t leave us feeling like a failure. If we ask for His help He gives it. If we press into Him and abide in Him, He causes us to be like Him, constant, dependable and consistent.

All through the Bible you will see words like “continue” and “daily”. Jesus said if we would continue in His Word, then we would be His disciples. He said if we would continue we would know the truth and that truth would make us free (John 8:31-32).

Being consistent is a daily choice. It is a “Habit”

Cultivate the habit of doing successful activities.

Can you imagine what you can accomplish and the type of person you will be in the next 20 years with consistency?

Determine today to be more consistent. Try it in just one area of your life and over time see the difference it makes. For “in consistency lies the power!”

Prayer: Lord please help me to be more consistent and to harness the power that comes when I choose to daily and continually do those things that you outline in your Word, and which will enable me to fulfil my purpose and passion in life. Thank you that when I am weak you are strong in me, and that I can do all things in you. In Jesus name Amen.

 

28 July – Replenish

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There are many pastimes and pursuits in which we attempt to try and replenish our life. Some are beneficial like taking time out and making time to enjoy life, and some aren’t. I believe that every person also has been created with a need and deep desire within the very core of their being to be replenished by communing with God and with heaven. When we start to seek Him to fill this need and take every opportunity to know God deeply, something happens on the inside of us. Our hearts, minds, spirits, and even our bodies are quickened, restored and replenished with the life of God.

Jesus said, “I’m telling you the most solemn and sober truth now: Whoever believes in me has real life, eternal life. I am the Bread of Life. Your ancestors ate the manna bread in the desert and died. But now here is Bread that truly comes down out of heaven. Anyone eating this Bread will not die, ever. I am the Bread—living Bread!—who came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this Bread will live—and forever! The Bread that I present to the world so that it can eat and live is myself, this flesh-and-blood self.” (John 6:48-51 Message)

In a world of diets, calorie counting, and the latest advice of what to eat and what not to eat, Jesus says “come feast on me”. Hang out and feast in and on my presence, get “fat” on my Word, and watch and experience for yourself the change and difference it will make. When we get “fat” on Jesus, and abide in Him and allow His words to abide and rest in our thought and hearts, that “fatness” will in actual fact break off every yoke, burden, addiction, bad habit and limitation in our life. No wonder Jesus says to feast. He knows what will happen when we do and the freedom it will bring.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:27-29)

When we choose to come and spend time with Jesus we find a rest in Him. It is a bit like resting back after a good meal and knowing it’s doing its job to keep us healthy and full of energy and life.

Today take some time to rest in Jesus and His promises for your life. Search them out in the bible if you need to and let them dwell and abide richly in you. His words and presence will give you sustenance and strength, and cause you to grow fat in your inner being so that every yoke and burden will be broken off.

“Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives.” (Colossians 3:16 Message)

“In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat. “(Isaiah 10:27 NIV)

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

Prayer: Lord please help me to take the time to “feast” in you so that I might learn to rest and be replenished in your presence and  promises for my life. Thank you that I have all I need in you. In Jesus Name. Amen.

27 July – Choose your focus

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What you believe is a product of what you focus upon. If we focus on our life and circumstances in the context of failure, negativity, or being dictated to by our fears and disappointments then that is what we will begin to believe about our life, future and the situations we find ourselves in.

What we truly believe is all to do with what’s in our line of vision and what we choose to see, because our FOCUS inevitably governs our beliefs, future and destiny.

A great illustration of the correlation between focus and belief is the account of the twelve spies who Moses sent out to survey the land God had led them to after the Israelite’s deliverance from Egypt and slavery. (Numbers chap 13-14) These twelve men were all “giants” in their own right being leaders of their tribes and renowned as men of courage whom their families all looked to for guidance and protection. They were essentially the “cream of the crop”, chosen from a community of over three million people for their leadership skills and ability.

Yet sadly history doesn’t really remember most of these men as great men of faith and leadership but instead as cowards who lacked the ability to trust God and take their promised land. We remember them as men who caved under pressure and who even attempted to kill innocent men in an effort to silence the only two other spies, Joshua and Caleb who stood up and resisted the temptation to tremble in fear, nor to remain silent when every other spy and leader brought back a bad report regarding the land God had led them so miraculously to.

The difference between Joshua and Caleb and the ten other spies was that they refused to focus on the strength of their enemies fortified cities, the fierceness of the people who lived there or the vastness of the land and all the possible what-ifs and unknowns. Instead they chose to focus on the potential and opportunity God had brought them to. They looked at the land and saw its fruitfulness, the blessing, the provision and the great vision and plan God had for them as a people. Joshua and Caleb didn’t fail to take into account the challenges they would face regarding the land’s inhabitants, but in acknowledging the problems they then chose extinguish doubt and unbelief from their hearts and minds by focusing on the potential blessing and ability of God, and remembering what He had already brought them through.

The choice of their focus shaped what they believed and consequently everything they saw, heard and spoke as a result. It was their choice of focus which enabled them and their immediate families to enter the land, while everyone else their age and older died having never lived the life for which God had planned.
(Read the account in Numbers 13:1-31; 14:1-36)

Today be careful what you are focusing on, because it will shape what you believe. What you look upon and “see” will undoubtedly enhance or limit your ability to either possess your promise or keep you wandering in a “desert” of fear, indecision, lost vision, dreams and potential. We are all called and chosen for something, it’s whether we both individually and corporately are brave enough to focus on what God is revealing and decide to step forward when He says, “move!”

Choose well what and where you focus today.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NLT)

“Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life’s distractions. Watch where you’re going! Stick to the path of truth, and the road will be safe and smooth before you. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked for even a moment or take the detour that leads to darkness.” (Proverbs 4:25 TPT)

“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35 NLT)

Prayer: Lord please help me to learn the lessons from your Word and to choose well what I focus upon. Forgive me for when I have stepped back in fear and believed a “bad report” regarding my future when you repeatedly say you have plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me a hope and a future beyond my wildest dreams and imagination. I’m believing for great things to unfold in my life today. In Jesus name. Amen

26 July -Be who you were created to be!

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Our youngest son Isaac has been writing a story or narrative. He wrote about being in a rodeo and researched what that looked like so that he could get a picture in his mind to then express in words. The writing of his story involved him running around the lounge with a rope made into a lasso, acting out calf roping as he lived out the excitement of being a competitor in a rodeo. His narrative writing admittedly took most of the afternoon, but he was living and breathing the rodeo by the end of his story.

If only we were all as excited about our own narratives as Isaac was about his today. What adventures we would embark on, and what stories we would have to tell.

Yet many times we can either underestimate the value or worth of our life, expect little to happen, or believe we have nothing to tell, or offer. As a result the depth and richness of our story is diminished as our lives become smaller and smaller rather than growing to become the wonderful colourful adventure they were meant to be.

Which is not how God ever created us to live. He sees us and has specifically planted seeds of an amazing narrative within all of our hearts. He ignites our imaginations, dreams and desires, and if we would only listen we would hear Him encouraging us everyday to live, and I mean really live!

The key however is that when God triggers things in our hearts, minds, spirits and imaginations that we don’t shut these things down. Instead God wants us to choose to water those “seeds” of our story so that they sprout and grow, so that we become all we were made to be. That we live the life for which Jesus came and sacrificed his life to give us –“ I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows] (John 10:10 Amp)

Today consider what “seeds of your story” God has planted within you. If you have shut down or closed the lid on many of those things, then ask God’s help to lift up the lid so that He can revitalise those things that He has always desired and planned for you to walk in.

Choose everyday to care, protect and water those “seeds” of your unique story so that they will grow to create the amazing, extraordinary and inspiring life that you were created for, for in choosing to really live you could very well set the world ablaze.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 1:6)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.“(Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Prayer: Lord please help me to listen to my heart, and to water the seeds of greatness that you have placed within me. I want to live to the absolute fullest the story you have written for me to tell, and in doing so that I would set the world on fire. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

25 July – Knowing the way to go

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One of the things I have discovered is that no matter how hard we push and strive to make things happen by ourselves, if God is not wanting that to unfold in our lives it usually isn’t going to  happen– no matter how much we want it to. If by chance He allows us to “go there,” we are bound to discover sooner or later that the thing we struggled to obtain doesn’t contain half as much joy or fulfilment in it as we’d expected when we begun our pursuit of it.

Whether we like it or not God does have a plan for each of our lives. Plus He has a plan that always has the best possible outcome for us if we’d only learn to keep in step with Him. He promises in His Word to direct us in our journey and to guide us away from pitfalls and mistakes. When we miss it He is faithful to pick us back up again, but He loves us so much that He really doesn’t want us to have to go through anything needlessly.

Today I encourage you to trust God. If you have a decision to make or you are unsure of what to do, come to God and seek Him. He says that when we do that He will answer us and instruct us in the way to go. Often if things are unclear or we feel  “heaven is like brass” over our heads it’s because we aren’t listening, have undealt with fears, issues from the past we aren’t acknowledging, or we’re not going to act upon what God says anyway and are determined to do our own thing.

One other key is not to rush things. My mum has a saying that there must be demons out there called, “hurry, scurry and flurry”, and they love to put us under pressure, make us feel harassed and push us to make decisions on the run.  So stop, breath, be still and trust that if God says He will guide you in the way to go He will.

Today take some time, (don’t rush it) to seek Him and trust in His promise that He will lead you in exactly the right way to go.

“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.” (Isaiah 48:17 NLT)

“Guide me into the paths that please you, for I take delight in all that you say.
Cause my heart to bow before your words of wisdom and not to the wealth of this world.

Help me turn my eyes away from illusions so that I pursue only that which is true; drench my soul with life as I walk in your paths.” (Psalm 119:35-37 TPT)

Prayer: Lord thankyou that you promise that you will direct my steps and that you have the perfect plan for my life. Help me to deal with any past fears, to find the root of any confusion, and that I would hear clearly from you as I seek your Word and presence today. In Jesus name Amen.

24 July – Lessons Learnt

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My Dad had a frustration that he often voiced in that he wished people would learn from others life lessons, especially from those older or who had gone before them and gleaned a  little more wisdom in life. He said it baffled him why people, especially younger people didn’t listen to the lessons, mistakes and triumphs of those older than them, so that they could avoid the same pitfalls and learn from their successes and experience.

The truth is we don’t have to go through pain and heartache to have a great story to tell. God actually doesn’t want any of us to have to go through that, yet if we do He promises He will be there to help us walk through whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. But the thing is, it’s not God’s heart to cause us to suffer terribly or have awful things happen to us for us to live a victorious life. We can choose to walk in wisdom and learn from those who have gone before us or who are more experienced or gifted in our area.

The bible is a treasury of lessons that can be learnt from the life of others.  It is full of men and woman who knew God and walked out their faith both in victory and in struggles, through mistakes and pain. When we read the accounts of such people as David, who was led down the wrong path by failing to be on the battle field when he should have been, and instead finding himself in a whole world of trouble because he chose to lounge around on rooftops looking at another men’s wives, (2 Samuel 11) or Naaman who in wisdom chose to swallow his pride and dip in the Jordan river seven times under the instruction of the prophet to be cleansed of leprosy. He could have let his pride dictate to him but chose instead to listen and obeyed a word from God even though it didn’t really make any rational sense. As a result he was cleansed and healed. (2 Kings 5) Or Jonah who teaches us that when God is speaking and wants you to do something He will chase you down, even if that means getting a whale to swallow you whole and leave you there for three days to make the message loud and clear. He discovered the hard way that it would have been far easier and less smelly to choose to obey a directive from God in the first place. (Jonah 1)

Esther chose to stand in courage rather than fear and gained understanding that God is the one who directs our steps and that He always has a plan and a purpose for where we find ourselves if we listen to Him. Because she acknowledged that God was in control of her life she was able to react to a situation with courage and lead her people into victory. (Esther chapters 1-5) Peter’s life lessons remind us that even when we mess up if we come to Jesus and ask His forgiveness He always responds with loving kindness and restores us to relationship with Him. (Luke 22:54-62) It doesn’t matter how far we have fallen or how many times we have denied Him access to our life and heart, He always welcomes us back with open arms and will not only restore us but give us a mission and purpose for living as He transforms our life. (John 21:1-25)

Today I encourage you to make a mental note to yourself that you don’t have to make a pile of mistakes or go the long or hard way round. God will “make all things work together for good”  but He would I think, love for us to not have to go through many of the heart breaking situations, toil, and delays that we can find ourselves experiencing if we would only choose to pay attention from lessons learnt already in own lives, those around us and from God’s word.

 So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives….for those who have been called to fulfil his designed purpose.”(Romans 8:28 TPT)

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.”(Proverbs 18:15NIV)

Prayer: Lord thankyou that you direct my steps and make everything work out for my good. Please give me wisdom to learn from the lessons I have learnt already and also from those who have gone before me and from the accounts in your word. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

23 July – God’s goodness

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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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