What Are You Worried About Today?

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. -1 Peter 5:7, AMP
Too many times in life, we are anxious.  We are worried about what we will eat, what we will get accomplish, how we will solve our problems.  We are struggling to keep all our balls of concern in the air.
We were never designed to worry.  In fact, the more we worry in an area, the more that area seems to stay stagnant, not to change.
God is asking us to do something out of the ordinary, outside of our realm of thinking.  He is asking us to give Him our cares, our worries.  He is asking us to know that He watches us and cares about what happens in our lives.
This is so hard for a recovering worry wart such as myself.  I don’t know if it comes from being an only child in a highly dysfunctional family unit or if it just my personality, but, in my mind, I think that if I am not worrying about something, things will go wrong.  It is my sense of control.  My security blanket, if you will.
When we surrender that area that we are worried about to God, when we let Him handle it, we are giving up our control of that situation, of its outcome.
However, our mind will go back to that default mode of wanting to worry about the situation.  What do we do then?
We thank God for who He is, that He has the situation under control and that it is finished because of what Jesus did at the cross.
When we thank God before we see anything happen in the natural realm, we are putting our faith on the line.  We are essentially choosing to trust God rather than worry.
What are you worried about today?  Surrender that situation to God and keep thanking Him for the answer in advance.

What’s On Your Mind?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2 (NIV)

We are in this world, but we are not to think like this world.   That is hard to do when we are bombarded by violent images of beatings and killings, when we are being told what to think and how to feel and when the cares of everyday life become overwhelming.
Renewing our minds to what God tells us to focus on–whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy–takes deliberate effort on our part (Philippians 4:8).
To focus on the good instead of the bad, takes paying attention to our thoughts and replacing the negative thoughts with good ones.
However, I believe it takes three more steps prior to this.
Every morning, I speak the Word of God out loud.  Specifically seven scriptures about who I am in Christ.   I repeat these Scriptures several times a day.  Some times I even listen to a recording of me speaking these Scriptures while I am doing mundane tasks.
Then I pick one Scripture to meditate on during the day.  Biblical meditation means to mutter it to yourself over and over.
The more we meditate on a Scripture, the more it becomes real to us, the more we begin to believe that Scripture…effortlessly.
In addition to these two, I rehearse what God has done in my life.  I spend time thanking Him for what He has done, who He is and what He is doing in my life.
When we speak the Word aloud, meditate and practice gratitude, we are deliberately changing our mindset.  We are changing the way we think.
When we change our thinking, we change our actions.  When we change our thinking, we change our lives.

What Are You Believing?

“According to your faith be it done to you.” – (Matthew 9:29, ESV)

There is something about the power of believing.  It is the most important factor in any religion, any cult, even any successful business.  Someone has to believe what you are selling.

What you believe about yourself, what you believe about your circumstances, determine what is going to happen in your life.

So what are you believing?  Are you believing you are a failure?  That nothing good ever happens to you?  That you could never accomplish anything good in life?  Then that is what is going to continue to happen in your life.

However, if you take the time to change your beliefs about yourself, if say what God says about you, like you are righteous through Christ, like you are His masterpiece, like the favor of God surrounds you, then you will begin to see good happen in your life.

You will never go beyond what you belief.

What are you believing today?  And how is that working for you?

If you want different results, change what you believe.