Immanuel Voices
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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November 14, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Mental Attack 4


Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

Thought for Today

We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about the first part of today’s verse, not being conformed to the thought patterns of the world but being transformed by the thoughts of God. However, the second half is just as important. How do we know what thoughts are from the world and which ones are from God? How do we know what God’s will is so we can follow it? Paul tells us we must learn to test what we think and hear. We need to bring it alongside what we know to be true of God and see if it measures up. God has given us all that we need in the combination of His Word, which tells us His thoughts, His Holy Spirit, Who helps us understand what God has said, and our brothers and sister of the Church, who confirm with Godly wisdom the things that are from God. These are give to us so we can test our thoughts. When we begin to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor 10:5), we can test them and hold onto the good that reveals God’s love, grace and will, and discard the bad and destructive thoughts and behaviors. We need to begin practicing this testing. What is a thought that has challenged or discouraged you lately? Take it to God. Seek guidance in His word (tools like Biblegateway.com can be wonderful helps to put in a key word and see what God says about it). Ask a mature Christian that you trust what they think. Trust the Holy Spirit to lead you into the truth. Finally, when you are convinced of the truth act on it. Do the next logical thing that this truth requires and see how God responds.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me a process to test the things that the devil and the world try to sneak past my faith in You. Give me wisdom to discover what is good and true and discard everything else to You glory. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

We are either in the process of resisting God's truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth. — Charles Stanley

 

 

Quote of the Day

Religion, like science, is only noteworthy when it emphasizes a matter of what is true rather than whose belief is greater or lesser or which deity works for whom. ― Criss Jami

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