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November 19, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Mind Aligned 2


Matthew 6:31-33 (NLT)

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 

Thought for Today

A major reason our minds aren’t more aligned with God is that we spend a great deal of our time and energy worrying about earthly things. We worry about our money, our house, our cars, our jobs, our toys, and so much more. The ugly truth is, we worry about them because we either do a poor job taking care of them ourselves or we keep looking over the fence to see how we measure up against our neighbors. From the very beginning of His ministry Jesus has called us to stop worrying about and fixating on the earthly things we need. Jesus knows that at its core this is a trust issue. We simply don’t trust God enough to care for our earthly needs. We run through all the “what ifs” of things going wrong if we take our attention off them. You need to keep these truths in mind: God proved His love for you when He gave up His Son in your place. God wants good things for you, He takes no pleasure in His people suffering. God wants to share life in His Kingdom with you as He advances it on earth. We need to begin trusting Him with our earthly needs and shift our focus and effort in joining Him in His work. This does not mean that we stop paying any attention to our house or income, it means that we stop spending emotional capital and excess time fussing over all the details. We take that time and energy and reinvest it in the eternal things of God’s Kingdom. What do you need to trust God more with in your life? What would it look like to take a step of faith this week in releasing it to HIm?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I confess that I don’t trust You like I should when it comes to the things of my earthly life. Help me to take an intentional step toward trusting You more this week.

 

Devotional Quote

The only way you're going to reach places you've never gone is if you trust God's direction to do things you've never done. ― Germany Kent

 

Quote of the Day

There are a handful of people whom money won't spoil, and we all count ourselves among them. — Mignon McLaughlin

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November 18, 2019, 6:19 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Mind Aligned


Romans 8:5, 9 (NLT)

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.

 

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.

 

Thought for Today

As children of God we know that the way we think should reflect God’s thoughts. The things God values should be the things we value. However, our sinful nature wars for control of our thoughts. It pushes us to toward self-centeredness and things that dishonor our Heavenly Father. This battle would be utterly hopeless if not for one of the great gifts God has given us. When you were baptized you were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit empowers us to daily put to death our old self with its thoughts and ways and begin new thought patterns. These new thoughts help us see the world through God’s eyes, to understand how He sees things. These new thoughts invite us to move beyond our own selfish needs and begin investing in the eternal things of God’s Kingdom. We will explore how to have a mind aligned with God this week. Thanks for taking the journey with me!

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit into my life, I need His strength more than ever. Help me to lean into Him more and more each day. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world. ― C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. — Franz Kafka

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November 15, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Mental Attack 5


Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Thought for Today

Have you ever thought of peace as a guardian of your heart and mind? We usually think of peace as the result of doing the right thing, not something preemptive of doing the wrong thing. So how does this work? If you want to know what the right thing to do or say is peace is God’s signal that you are on the right track. The Hebrew word Shalom, translated “peace” has a much deeper meaning than “being free from disturbance” (Google dictionary). Shalom is best understood as “all is well with the world.” Remember that time when life was good, your job was fulfilling, your children healthy, and there were no serious problems? Me neither (lol), but that would be Shalom. God says peace that is beyond our understanding is a make of His kingdom. Peace in the midst of the storm. Peace when we should be freaking out. This peace only comes from knowing that God is greater than all your problems and He is caring for you. When Paul tells us that peace guards us he means that peace is our cue from the Holy Spirit. When you are faced with a challenge or opportunity with multiple possibilities and you can justify more than one logically you need to stop and ask yourself, “which one gives me peace?” When I have been faced with a difficult decision and I have asked for the Holy Spirit to guide me, He has done so by making me feel at peace with one option. When I follow through on that option it has never led me to astray. Often the decision that held peace was counter to my emotional reaction that would have made the problem or conflict worse. Give it a try next time. Simply look for where you have peace and trust God to guide you.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, I am so glad You were placed in my life at my baptism. Help me to learn to hear you more clearly in the challenges of life, for I long to know your peace more fully in my life. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Peace is the umpire for doing the will of God. — Edwin Louis Cole

 

Quote of the Day

Peace begins with a smile… ― Mother Teresa



Comments

11-15-2019 at 12:07 PM
Melba Layton
Agree with your statement about praying for guidance on a decision to be made and the peace you feel from the Holy Spirit on the decision made. This is when I feel talked to.
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