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What Prevails in Your Life?

Many a saint and hero win the race by prevailing through dark times. Dark storm clouds gather yet they persevere and push on. Our history books ar full of this struggle! Good versus evil, right versus wrong. But what will the historian say about us? Will they write epitaphs of our courage? Will chapters be written about how we faced our fears and succeeded no matter the circumstances?

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I think that all depends on one little word with a great big meaning. I believe it’s in the word “prevail”.

It appears in Acts 19 in this context.

“So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed” Acts 19:20

What a usage! What a statement of fact! We have it on our wall by our door in our home. Every time I see that verse it encourages me.  It exhorts me! It pumps me up! What prevailed? The Word of God!

But first, it had to grow. It had to grow inside each individual person from the inside out. Our lot in life is not to simply suck air and hope things turn out great. We are destined for bigger things. Great things! But first we must work on us. IF the Word of God is going to prevail out in our schools, our work and our churches, it must first prevail in us.

Let’s take this a step further. What does prevail mean?

It is, as used here, the Greek word, “ischyo” and  it has several meanings.

  1. to be strong

    1. to be strong in body, to be robust, to be in sound health

  2. to have power

    1. to have power as shown by extraordinary deeds

      1. to exert, wield power, to have strength to overcome

    2. to be a force, avail

    3. to be serviceable

    4. to be able, can

Wow, right. that is one loaded word!  It has all the potential of massive amounts of creative and unyielding energy and power. It is agape love, earth triumphant forces of nature and God in manifestation doing the impossible all wrapped in one! I mean, WOWZAH! We don’t really see the emphasis until we see the rest of the usage. Let’s talk about that.

Where else is Ischyo used?

“But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole G2480need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Matthew 9:12

They that are powerful, prevailing and healthy need not a physician! Ha! They don’t need to be fixed, they are already living the abundant life, they are already seeing God work in powerful ways. They don’t need to be patched up and put together.

How about this one.

“And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” John 21:6

“Not able” is the usage. There was so much fish, they could not prevail over them, they could not pull them into the boat.

“And they were G2480 not able G2480 to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.” Acts 6:10

Stephen spoke with so much wisdom that the words he spoke prevailed, they were not able to resist the wisdom. Wow! Just speak the Word, let it do the prevailing.

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth G2480 any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Galatians 5:6

Love prevails, not circumstances.

“I can do  all (G2480) things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13

Now we’re getting somewhere! I can prevail over all things through Christ which strengthens me! WOW! What a usage! Are you stuck? Are you feeling less than prevalent? Let this word sink into and heal your soul!

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth G2480much.” James 5:16

I just love the Word of God! This is how it prevails! When we look at all the ways God used this word in His Word to heal us and take care of our hearts. Do we really need to wonder? Do we need to worry?

Take heart and be of a good courage my friend. Keep praying, keep going and know that God loves you and it’s Him and His power that will prevail, you have only to believe it and walk in it!

God bless you today!

All We Have to Do is Believe

All we have to do is believe the promises of God, not make them come to pass. That sounds like a comment from the wide-eyed fervor of a zealot, a true believer.

frustrated-001 It doesn’t sound like it comes from a hard workin’, stressed-out business owner and mom who needs a break. So how do we do that? How do we believe?

“4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:4-6

“Quickened”, is the old English word for “made alive”.  God made us, who were dead spiritually, alive together in Christ, by grace then He raised us up together to sit in heavenly places.

Am I in heavenly places now? No, not at all, in fact, some days I feel like I’m going’ through hell. So how do we explain that? Well, this is like Grandma calling us in for a homemade dinner, and she has our seats marked at the table. They are reserved just for us. We have a place in heaven already waiting for us. Let’s read on.

” 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. ” vs. 7-9

It is not our job to save ourselves. We couldn’t, we don’t have any way to do it. We can’t work ourselves into that salvation. We don’t even deserve it! But then again, God doesn’t ask us to.

It’s His kindness not our effort. It’s His grace not our good deeds. It’s His gift to give and He can’t wait to give it. The same goes for miracles and healing and for all spiritual things, like understanding, peace, and hope. All these things are fruit of the spirit. God gave us the gift of spirit. Mankind didn’t manufacture it with our hands or minds. So why, would God save this stubborn, hard-headed, prideful lot?

“10 For we are his workmanship (masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 11 Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];” vs. 10-14

Why did He do it? He knew we needed it. He loves and pities us. He gave us Jesus Christ to break down that barrier between us. Okay, so now what? I accept it, I am thankful. How do I see God’s promises come to pass?

We partake.

“6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” Ephesians 3:6-7

We have been given great power, now we just need to learn how to partake in it through our believing. We just believe.

Belief, is just coming to a conclusion about a matter.

So let’s say we’re faced with financial battles. Circumstances have us believing or concluding that we can’t overcome the financial burden. We can’t make it over the obstacles. So instead we look at God’s Word for the conclusion. What should we believe?

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Psalms 37:25

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

We can conclude, or believe, that God will supply all our need. And we conclude that He would never let His seed (us) beg bread.

We conclude that the Word of God is True and applicable today. We believe that God will, and can, do no less than His written Word. Is God the Creator of the universe able?  OH YES! And is He willing? Now we must learn how to receive anything from God.

God Bless You Today!

Clearing Your Spiritual Desktop

 

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I once heard of a corporate CEO who had a table for a desk at his office, an outbox and a notebook with a pen. He had a computer but it was tucked out of sight and he delegated everything that would potentially waste his time, like signing checks, filing, sorting or stapling. He just didn’t do any of that because he knew what the goal was, to grow his company. He couldn’t do that if he was running all the little errands and keeping track of all the zillion details.

Here are a few keys to managing a spiritual desktop.

Sort your time from big priorities to small.

What are the most important things on your spiritual desk this year? Growth is always a huge one for me. But how?

It starts with the 5 basics for spiritual growth. There five keys laid out in the Bible to HUGE growth. Commit to doing them everyday and making them a habit. I wrote a book on this very subject. If you Google “5 Basics for Growth” or click on this link, you can down load it off Amazon to your kindle, or iphone for $2.99. It can tell you in a quick read where to begin and what the five amazing habits are. This book is loaded with insights on how to grow your walk through the
basics.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Clear off the Harmful Clutter Don’t just Hide It From ViewClean_desk

We very seldom look at clutter and think it could hurt us. That’s where we are wrong. Especially, when it comes to spiritual. What is spiritual clutter? Spiritual clutter is a grudge, or bitterness, or hate, strife or envy.

“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:16

Spiritual clutter kinks the hose of God’s blessing in our life. We want Him to bless us and we want that hose to be wide open, but spiritual clutter really shuts it down. How do we know if we have spiritual clutter? It’s really not that hard, just think about someone you don’t like, or someone who has hurt you in the past. If you are still upset, that’s clutter. Those kind of hurts can cause spiritual wounds and weakness, even loss of connection with God. I don’t know about you but being out of fellowship with God sucks the joy out of my life faster than anything. How do you get back in fellowship over these issues?

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, (broken fellowship) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 

Just own it. God doesn’t want you to go on and on about it, just admit that you were thinking wrong and let Him help you get past all the hurt about it. This simple verse can be very hard to practice. Especially when they are big things you’re still mad about. Hey, I don’t care if you agree, it’s your hose of blessing.  And by the way, I have to do the Word too ya know, I don’t get out of this either. Ha! And this one is a bugger.

Someone told me once that they like to clear the clutter everyday. They make it a habit to go to God immediately when things come up and get them taken care of. That habit pattern saved him from years of heart ache and bitterness. A big claim, but wow! Imagine having a new year and a fresh clean slate like that and then keeping it everyday.

Victory is only a thought away.

Now that we have the clutter off, and we have an idea of where to start our growth with the 5 basics, where do we go from here?

It’s time to start building a More than Abundant Life!

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

What does a more than abundant life look like? Well, let’s put this in perspective from God’s point of view. God is light and in Him is no darkness at all, He is love, love never fails. God embodies the 15 characteristics of love listed in 1 Cor. 13, so He believes in us, He never calculates or concludes evil against us, He never envy’s, He rejoices in the truth. He Loves US. He, the maker of all things in the universe, and knows all things. He looks over our life to find where He can be kind by tenderly reaching out to bless us whether we deserve it or not. He pumps blessing into every nook and cranny of our life, imagine being so full of blessing in every area that we practically pop at the seams! Every time we talk, a little love and blessing spills out. Every time we do something it is laced with God’s wisdom and mercy. Every decision we’ve made has been carefully and prayerfully filled with righteousness, (right believing) wow! Can you imagine that?

Then, when we win, we won because of Him. We are protected from the adversary on all fronts and prospering from within. That is what a more than abundant life looks like. There are no worries or fears living there. Only faith and hope and love. We walk tall and proud knowing God walks with us and is for us in every situation.

Then, at the end, when we stand waiting for the awards in heaven they pull up with a cart full of crowns and medals for a life of good living and right believing. You beam with joy and pride of ownership because you are a good and faithful one.

From that perspective, is it worth the discomfort of clearing the clutter? Mama Mia! Yes! Is it worth forming healthy habits? YES!

In the physical there is no lasting rewards, but in the spiritual, your rewards last for eternity!

God bless you today!

008: What Does Everything In the Book Point Back to?

Everywhere I look I see His promises.

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They say that the Bible is a book about the spiritual realities of God’s kingdom. It is about Him. That makes sense. Why wouldn’t God want His kids to know more about Him?

I contend, however, that every scripture in His book in someway points back to the hope and salvation as well as the day of Pentecost.

Yes, every scripture.

Without God we are dead. With Him we are made alive, but only through Christ. So this Book is either pointing you back to God, or telling you about His Promised salvation.

Now there are thousands upon thousands of verses in the Bible. Our post today would be mighty long if I had to state every verse. I just don’t have the time to prove myself.

But I do have this…

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4

Things that were written before this time, which were the old Testament, were written for our learning. So that we could have hope. Hope in what? We went over that yesterday. Hope means a few different things, but most importantly it is our expecting something better to come to pass. Why hope? Because of the event of the “gathering together” and eternal life through Christ. And you thought I was making that up.

Since we know that everything written before Romans 15, which is the first book of the seven church epistles addressed to the age of grace believers/us, (of whom wouldn’t be in the age of grace without the day of Pentecost), then how can we be sure that everything after that time is also about the hope, salvation and the day of Pentecost?

I’m so glad you asked.

Please go to the last book of the Bible, and the second to last verse.

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:19

 Is “the Book” the Word of God pointing to the Eternal life through Christ Jesus?

Dare I say more? Okay. I will.

“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy Word above all thy name. ” Psalms 138:

God gave the Word of God, “The Book” then signed it with His Name like any legal contract. What’s in a name? God’s name is the highest of all names, then Jesus Christ which is above all else. He appointed Jesus Christ, a man, the second in command above all heaven and earth. Is what Jesus Christ did important? Is the one book of the trillions printed, now and in times to come, about him important? I’d say so. But without Pentecost, the pouring out of the gift of Holy Spirit, there would’ve been no redemption of mankind. You see the whole sacrifice was so God could have a family. That’s why Adam and Eve were created. God wanted to fellowship with them. Then they lost their access to Him. And it took the payment Jesus paid to get it back. The whole book shows us how to be a part of God’s family. It shows us how God through Jesus Christ won our freedom and access back from the Devil.

Now it’s up to us to use our access and operate our gift of holy spirit so we can have freedom in our everyday life. We choose whether to pray. We choose whether to believe. It’s up to us now.

We choose everyday to love God and walk in His Word. We can let every moment in our life point back to Him, or we can die without Him. It’s our choice.

God bless you today!

A Dangerous Narcotic No One Talks About

We live in an unprecedented time of discovery. Technology has given us the ability to see, hear, and understand our world, and each other in ways no one would’ve predicted. As a result, humanity’s progress soars beyond our past learning by leaping huge chasms in understanding every day, and yet one malady stops us and delays all our progress. This opiate of the heart corrupts and demoralizes forward progress. It sucks the joy out of success and poisons the spirit of peace. What is it?

A Hallucinogenic Drug named Typhoō

Typhoō is translated from the Greek as pride. It is also known as, high-minded, vanity, conceit, arrogance, haughtiness, self-worship, egotism, vain-glory and self-glorification. It is the opposite of humility.

The Bible talks about pride or conceit as being the defeat of Lucifer the Angel of Light and the Second in Command in Heaven. If pride is powerful enough to cause a war in heaven, then I think it’s worth being listed on the “World’s Deadliest Temptations” list, or the “Most Harmful Emotional Abuses” list, or the Guinness Book of World of Record’s, “Most Often Underestimated” list. Wouldn’t you agree? If this is the case and the Bible warns of pride’s hindrances, why don’t we understand it more? Why isn’t it advertised more? If we want to wipe out  bullying in schools, rape, theft, adultery, murder, lying, and anything else evil, let’s start by educating people about the harmful affects of pride.

The bully thinks, I want to be in control. I want  the power.

The rapist thinks, I want to be in control, I want the power.

The murderer thinks, I want to be in control, I want the power.

The Devil thought, I want to be in control, I want all the power.

Pride is all about being a self-made man, but who do they worship? Themselves.

But pride, in all its destructive charm, has an antidote and thank God there is deliverance from pride.

Today’s verse gives us this anecdote in our greatest example Jesus Christ.

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:” Philippians 2:7

Jesus Christ could have made a way bigger deal of his birthright. He could have used it to live a very long time and put Israel under his rule. He could have done things differently. He was a man with holy blood and a Holy Father.

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And yet….

Look at the literal translation of that verse.

“But he emptied himself of reputation by taking on the likeness of a slave, by resembling other men, and by having the fashion and manner of a man.”

 I love that turn of phrase. “But he emptied himself.” That is just the opposite of someone filled with them self isn’t it. He shows us how to be humble. Instead of saying, I’m going to do it my way and I will be in control. He said, God you have it your way. I’ll let you be in control. Look at the next two verses.

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Phil. 2:8 KJV

And the literal:

“He humbled himself becoming obedient unto death, death by the cross.”

Again we must go back to our context. Phil 2:5 says, to think the thoughts that Jesus Christ thought. This is what he thought. He emptied out his pride. He had every right to be proud too. He didn’t use it. He didn’t force himself on people. He loved them and helped them. He confounded their pride with the very essence and being of his humility. If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll remember our definition of humility, which is; being willing to listen to God and put God’s opinion above your own. Jesus did this with every moment of his life including his death.

I need to stop for a second.

You parents out there, would you ever put your child in harm’s way? How about your only child? How much greater of a parent than us is God? He is the ultimate parent. I never understood the strength of a parent’s love until I had my son. Now, I can’t imagine anything that would convince me to do what God did. Ever. Why? Because I…just couldn’t do it. I’m selfish. I couldn’t allow it to happen. For God and mankind, Jesus dying was the only way to save us. God knew this. So I ask you…how humble must God be to give us this opportunity?

We cannot conceive of it. I know I can’t!

The power of salvation and all the power of the gift of Holy Spirit is not embodied by the devil’s torture through the cross. That was the Devil’s crowning and most prideful moment, not Jesus Christ’ or God’s. The deliverance we receive is not from Jesus’s humiliated death on the cross at the hands of a murderer. Many people have died that way. The invincible determination of God and the salvation of all mankind manifested not in death and murder but in life and the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ!! Yes, Jesus had to die, but who killed him? The devil did. God knew he would do it, Jesus had to die because God had to raise Jesus from the dead. The most humane way to kill someone is quick and easy. Is the devil humane? Finally, Jesus stole the devil’s last pleasure and gave up the ghost. He chose to die on his own. The devil wanted to make it last and rub it in God’s face. The devil thought he was in control and he had the power. And just as the evil dictator he was, he crucified God’s only son. He was the very at the height of pride. He was also at the precipice of his fall.

I’d like to look at the next verse with me.

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11

Wow! Now, that is exaltation and the embodiment of humility. THAT is deliverance. What is humility? Being willing to listen to God’s opinion and put it above your own. It’s as easy as saying God, “If you were me, what would you think about this situation?”

We don’t have to worry about being conceited when we ask God what to do to bless, it’s is the heart of humility and servitude. Not in a religious servitude but in a loving, I want more for God’s cause kind of servitude. The devil just wants us to worship him instead of the One True God. If the devil can’t get you to worship him, he will try to get you to worship yourself. Don’t fall for it. Stay sweet, stay tender and be true to your core to the life and light of God’s love.

God bless you today!

Today’s post was taken from a series of posts I did in 2013 on Philippians. If you’d like to see more in the series click here.

Prayer

Today, is Throw Back Thursday so I thought I’d dig back through some of my favorite old posts. This one was first published in April of 2011. My son was still around 16 months or so and we were celebrating every little event. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Precious Prayers

My husband stands over the crib of our tired, almost two-year-old boy, who wiggles in anticipation of their nightly routine.

“God”, Bill begins the prayer.

“Da,” comes the mimicking reply.

“Thank you for Mommy,” Bill continues.

“day dah, mah mah,” my little boy continues.

My heart-melted smile widens, as I listen from my pillow, and wait for Bill to continue,

“And thank you for Daddy,” he says.

“Zee zha, dah dah,” comes the tiny voice.

“In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” Bill finishes,

“Zeezus, may menn.” Isaac finishes. “nigh, nigh.”

Prayer… what is prayer?

Isn’t prayer just a conversation? Or, is it really a hidden opportunity to spill our guts out, to someone who loves us and cares? Teaching our son– who has no idea what he is doing yet–to pray is a precious parenting moment. One I’ll never forget. The older he gets, the more we’ll be able to teach him about it. We’ve spent weeks and weeks working with him on using words. Yesterday, he looked at us and said, “Wah wah,” his word for “water”. He is communicating with language! YEAH!

What about God? Do you think he wants us to communicate in a specific way? SURE!

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

God is Holy and God is Spirit. So what did he give us? Holy Spirit. Once we do Romans 10:9-10, we can communicate directly with him. Without God’s Spirit in us, it is like having an old Microsoft P.C. communicate with a new Macintosh computer. It just doesnt’ work! God equipped us to communicate with him. How loving is that?

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.

When I looked up the word “pray” in the concordance, I was overwhelmed by the amount of times it’s listed in the Bible. Why would God ask us to pray so much? For the relationship. Relationships are built by spending time together. They say “distance makes the heart grow fonder” right? In truth it’s actually, “Distance make the heart wander”. Spending time getting to know God is one of the best things you could do to improve the rest of the areas of your life! Cuz, God just knows stuff! And more than anything he wants to bless you with that knowledge.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

“Upbraideth not” means he doesn’t give the wisdom begrudgingly. He gives it willingly!

5 Tips on Prayer

  1. Pray like you are talking to an old friend. Trust me, God’s known you, for a really long time.
    1. Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.
  2. Be honest with yourself and then him. John 4:23 (see above)
  3. If you don’t know what to pray about ask! James 1:5 (see above)
  4. Pray using the power and authority you gained and use the “name of Jesus Christ”. (It’s like the sheriff showing his badge to the criminals, the devils have to obey that name, Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
  5. Get quiet and listen. Most people do all the talking to God, but what if your friends never let YOU talk. Wouldn’t that get a little old?
    1. I Kings 19:11-12 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; [but] the LORD [was] not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire; [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

In conclusion,

Pray, Rinse, Repeat.

God Bless You Today!

:010 How Can I Overcome a Short Temper

Babies, and especially toddlers, know from the start how to throw a five-star tantrum. But is that how adults should act? What if it’s an ingrained habit that you grew up with? Is it available to control an out-of-control temper?

Our next characteristic of the Love of God is;

“Is Not Easily Provoked”

“Do not be easily aggravated into responding sharply in an angry emotionally charged manner.”

The last couple of words makes all the difference. “Emotionally charged manner” or launching, tells me this is not godly anger; such as when Jesus over threw the money changing tables in the temple.

Baby’s react circumstantially. As they grow though, they need to learn how to control those tempers. Remember the love of God is to obey His commands and His commands are not grievous or hard to do. His love, agape, “is not easily provoked.” Therefore a bad temper cannot be blamed on genes, or our parents historical origin. It has to be something we can control.

Here are 4 tips on how to overcome a quick temper.

  1. Practice Checking In with God: When something comes up, STOP before you react and ask God what He would do in your situation. You can practice this by taking old routines and giving them a fresh coat of God’s perspective. Example: you drive the same way to work or the grocery story every time. Ask God next time, how to get there. You might be surprised that He has a treasure in store for you. Proverbs 3:5-6
  2. Practice getting quiet on the inside: Practice the opposite of launching. (You’ve done that for your whole life and where has it taken you?) Great cargos in life come in over quiet seas. Spend 5-30 minutes a day forcing your mind to be quiet. It takes time to master, but it is available. Our minds are a muscle and must do what we tell them to do. Here’s how: Pick a quiet part of the house. Put all the circumstances out of your mind. Pray for help, and then watch the clock tick by as you settle into a no-thoughts-allowed zone for five minutes. Work your way up to thirty. Your mind then gets used to sitting quiet instead of running all over. Think of a perfectly trained bird dog. They sit still, waiting for the master’s command. Puppies certainly don’t come that way they are trained that way. You are in charge of your thoughts and your determination in making them obey will determine your success. “Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
  3.  Get around others who regularly practice these first two steps: It changed my life dramatically when I got around a group of people who really worked at these first two steps. In fact, it was difficult to go back to the people who emotionally launch on you at every turn after that. I understand that you may be the only person you know who now knows this. If that’s the case, dive in right here at Supporting Godly Women! There are over 300+ posts, plus other websites and pages connected with us that you are welcome to get involved in. Not to mention there are some upcoming webinars hosted by Supporting Godly Women. If you’re interested in attending, email us at Terri@TerriPorta.com or message us on Facebook.
  4. Good Habits are Worth Building: Habits take approx. 21 days of concerted effort to build. Three weeks of building results in a lifetime of peace. Is that worth it for you? I’m not saying things won’t come up. They will, but now you’ll be equipped emotionally to handle them. And these are so simple even a child could do them.
  5. Avoid Triggers: A habit pattern of thinking has triggers associated with it. For example; If I know that every time I watch the news my blood boils, that is a trigger. Or if I see a baseball game, football game, or certain inciting friend, then I need to put some distance between me and that trigger until God tells me it’s okay to return. Triggers, like on a gun, get us emotionally fired up in the blink of an eye. The greatest thing about the first two steps is; you can ask God what triggers are in your life. What gets you running blindly out of control? God gave us the spirit of love, power and a SOUND MIND. We can hear His guidance when we triumph in a sound mind.

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world!” 1 John 4:4

God bless you today!

To Read earlier posts click below;

:001 Look With Me, Closely

:002 What is God Like?

:003 Harvesting Patience

:004 What is the Antidote to Bitterness?

:005 How To: Fight Jealousy

:006 Would it Annoy You Like It Does God?

:007 Should We Bless or Impress?

:008 Have You Ever Said This?

:009 If He Would Just Stop Being So Self-Centered!