MAKE ROOM FOR THE SUNSHINE!


One of our biggest challenges in calming the  multiple thoughts that we have on a daily basis. From how we look, what were going to eat, how we feel about ourselves at any particular moment, someone who is bothering us, regretting decisions that we might have made or didn’t make, someone we offended or vice versa….your mind is in heavy rotation ALL day. Like anything else as Christians, we must bring our thoughts under the submission of Christ. It is imperative to renew your mind as well as your spirit; when we don’t we allow ourselves to head down a path that may lead to depression, sadness, confusion, anxiety and fear- all of which are the complete opposite of what God has lined up for us. Much like a cell phone needs a charger to stay “alive”, you MUST stay connected to God to feel re-energized. It’s essential for us to stay connected to the One who will organize every thought that floats between our ears. 🙂

So I wanted to share a declaration with you. I want you to say it and allow it to settle on your heart, allow God to renew your mind. I have copied this same declaration everywhere in my vision. Its a wallpaper on my iPad and cell phone, I have it taped in front of my Bible and on a post it next to my bed –  and I encourage you to do the same! So clear the cloudy thoughts you may be having…and make room for the sunshine!

Renew Your Mind:

I dedicate myself to renewing my mind by reading, meditating and speaking God’s Word.It is my desire to keep my mind clear from anything that would hurt or weaken me spiritually.

I choose to think about good things and I refuse thoughts that are negative. I will not let doubt, worry or fear pollute my mind. I will be quick to respond to wrong thoughts by replacing them with proper thoughts and by speaking God’s Word over my life.

I refuse to fill my mind with the poison of gossip, backbiting and jealousy. I will guard and protect my mind by making a decision to meditate on God’s Word  so that I may be receptive to God’s voice and ever ready to do His will. I consecrate my mind, my will and my emotions to God, for His service.

Scripture references:

1. So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. { Romans 12:2 The Message}

a. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. {Romans 12:2 NLT}

2. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. {Philippians 4:8 The Message}

a.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. {Philippians 4:8 NIV}

3. The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. {2 Corinthians 10:5 The Message}

a. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; {2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV}

Love Ya!

Peaches

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About What Would Jenn Say?!

I am a spunky chick who can't stand mediocrity who discovered her love of writing and decided to blog about life, love, food fashion and everything in between!! Welcome too my world!

Posted on January 23, 2012, in Devotional, Motivate, WATCH YOUR MOUTH and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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