Modern Society tells us that there is no absolute truth. People say truth is relevant to or dependent upon circumstances. In other words, the believe truth can change at any time but that kind of philosophy is foolish. Truth can only be one thing, and it cannot keep changing.
Jesus says that He is truth today and forever. He does not change. We can always depend on Him, and what He says to come to pass.
How can anything be true if there is one truth for me and another truth for someone else? This type if thinking shows us why the world today is a confusing place and In turmoil. Truth is simple. It is what it is and needs no deep introspection to be understood.
Jesus says that if we continue in His word, we will know the truth and that truth applied to our lives will set us free (John8:32-32, free from any and all of the things that keep us from enjoying the life Jesus died to give us.
Walking in truth will set us free from fear, worry, anxiety, regretting the past, dread, sin, unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, and many other things.
I don’t know about anyone else but I need this constant in my life. Other wise I would in world of craziness. Even my family changes from day to day. I’m at peace knowing I can always turn to God, knowing that He will never change.
My Pastor taught on this this morning. I hit me like a ton of brinks. How easy we forget.
Walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. The are in conflict of each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, fractions and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like.
I warn you, as I did before, that those to live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Just imagine if everyone lived by this, the world would be a beautiful place.
Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with it’s passions and desire.
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
All of what I have written it in Galatian 5:16-26.
Walking by the Spirit is living a life in the Spirit. It’s living your life in the continual presence of the Spirit of God.
Jesus put it like this in John 15, that we need to abide in him, the Spirit is working within us. So as we abide in Jesus, as we abide in that vine, as a branch abides in the vine. I learned it this way. The vine is God, but we are His branches. The Holy Spirit is pulsating the into your body. And He is producing then fruit in our lives. But, Jesus said, “ When I’m separated from that vine, I shrivel up and die.”
So walking in the Spirit of God is consciousness. It’s having Jesus foremost in all you affections, it’s pursuing God with all of your heart as we are commanded to. As the Great Commandment. it’s to have no other idols before you and have no other God’s before you, but to serve God along with all of your heart.
I think it’s important to understand too when we talk about abiding in a Jesus is that the way we abide in Jesus is to practice what we being a spiritual disciplines. I cannot abide in Jesus just by doing what I want. I can’t steal from someone and then say I’m abiding in Jesus. Abiding Jesus is giving us the means he has given that uses to bring grace into our lives.
Things that Bible reading, memorization, prayer, fellowship, church attendance, serving other people. And serving other people is not waiting on them constantly, it means help others if they need it, be kind. If you see someone on the side of the road stop and ask them if you can help them. You do not have to do everything little thing they ask.
These are ways that we abide in Jesus.
Seems like all I see was the struggle. Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past Bound up in shackles of all my failures. Wondering how long is this gonna last.
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me son- stop fighting a fight that’s already been won.
I am redeemed, you set me free. So, I’ll shake off these heavy chains and wipe away every stain now I’m not who I used to be-I am redeemed.
All my life I have been called unworthy. Named by the voice of my shame and regret. But when I here Youwhisper, “Child lift up your head” I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet.
I am redeemed, You set me free, So I’ll take off these chains and wipe away ever stain now I’m not who I used to be. Because I don’t have to be the old man inside of me cause his day is long dead and gone.
Because I’ve got a new name, a life I’m not the same and a hope that will carry me home.
Oh God I’m not who I used to be.
Jesus I’m not who I used to be.
Cause I’ve been redeemed. Thank God redeemed.
By Big Daddy Weave.
Do you struggle, even after years of being a believer of God, to feel forgiven by God.
The most most vital reality, of course, isn’t to feel forgiven, but to be forgiven
Most of us if we are honest have trouble feeling forgiven. We can be sincere hearted believers. We can follow Christ. Many of us have enjoyed profound experiences of God. But we can continue we still find ourselves faltering in our life- dismayed at the frequency of our boredom with God, resentment toward others, critical spirit at church or seasons of despair emptiness. Or perhaps we simply find an undefinable cloud of non-specific guilt hanging over us.
As we try to preface to ourselves, the gospel doctrines we rightly cherished do not melt and warm our hearts. And so we go through life finding our sense of forgiveness fluctuating.
We I started to believe in God, I still was a mess, feeling like there was no way He would ever forgive me for every horrible sin I committed. I would around thinking I had to ask forgiveness for everything I did wrong even asking forgiveness for parking in a parking spot crooked. Some might think that’s insane. Keep in mind I was told every day I was worthless and a piece of crap, I felt God thought that to. So I was attempting to be sorry for everything hoping to change God’s mind and cause him to Love me. The trouble is I didn’t realize he already did. He’d already forgiven. But I couldn’t forgive myself.
One day while shopping I was putting the shopping cart up. Thinking Father Forgive me if I did anything not to please Him. When I got to the car and I instantly felt at peace, my body was warm all over but it was a different kind of warm like I never felt before or since. I got in my car and I heard God say You are forgiven. Since that day I have changed dramatically for the better. God is amazing, you are forgiven even if you don’t feel forgiven. Speak to God ask him to forgive leave the past behind and move forward with your life. While you will not forget your past. Use your past to help others from the lessons you have learned others can learn.
Your entire will have new meaning and direction when you recognize your gift and decide on the most valuable way to use it- Steve Harvey said. Act like a success, think like a success.
A gift is not a talent.
Everyone has a gift, but not every person will recognize their gift. Being able to identify it is the key to fulfilling the purpose for your life.
Don’t confuse your gift with your talent. Anyone can learn a talent, but a gift is something you are born with.
Think of it this way, can anyone take singing lessons to improve their voice? Yes, anyone can develop a singing talent. But can anyone sing like Elvis Presley or Whitney Houston? No, their voice was their gift and no one else (no matter how many lessons they take and how dedicated they are to furthering their talent) will sing quite like them.
Ask yourself these questions:
What can I do that I’m best at, with little on my part?
What is the one thing that other people associate with me?
I’ve listened to others connect this gift to me, so how have I used it?
Find yourself and reflect.
If your gift is writing, how can you use it in the most valuable way! Your way might not be in writing fiction-it could be in motivational writing instead. Or, if your give is listening think of all the ways you could use it to benefit he most people.
To live your most fulfilling life, identify you gift by asking the above question.
I have for a very long time wanted to play the Harmonica like my father, I have tried over and over again but, I just don’t have the gift that he had. Mine is writing and listening and being a prayer intercessor at my local church.
You may want to have a gift but, sometimes it’s a gift you were not given a birth. Be happy with your unique gift and use it in your life. Not only will you feel at peace, but with it you can help others too.
Actually research does show that complaining Rewire your brain to be Depressed and anxious.
It’s a fact that no ones life is perfect. The truth is that everyone has ups and downs and everyone is waging their own battle most aren’t aware of. However there are those who keep up the positivity and know that life is tough no matter what; and there are complainers.
It’s natural to vent your stress when things get tough, these people choose to turn a blind eye to the positive things in their life and obsess over the odds they face. They use every possible opportunity to vent their stress over these things by complaining to whoever is willing to listen.
Complaining won’t help, on the contrary, not only will it eventually base away the person who is forced to listen, but it will Rewire your brain to be depressed and bring on anxiety. A counselor.
I used to be a horrible complainer, I used to complain about the toilet paper It was so bad. I drove my family away. My daughter would refuse to come to the house. My husband wouldn’t come home after work. And I didn’t know why. I was in a depressed state along time. After seeing a counselor he a said few things I never thought of.
There are three types of complainers:
Those who complain to get sympathy.
Those who ruminate over all their problems.
Those who want to vent, but don’t really search for any real solutions to their problems.
What ever the type of complainer, the psychology behind complaining goes to childhood, with the child learning this habit from someone in the family. Living and growing up with a person who constantly sees the worst in everything is something that affects the child’s perception of the adult world.
My mother complained about everything. Sometimes I think her only happiness was from her silly dark superstitions. I learned my complaining habits from her. I was teaching my children the same thing.
What Complaining can do to your brain
Constant complaining train your brain to behave in the way it has been used most. Complaining like any other activity, activates the neoconservative in the brain and trains them to remember the pattern.
So in a way the complainer teaches their brain to fire the same cognitive pattern every time they complain, and this negative set of emotions eventually triggers depression and anxiety.
Therefore, any effort to change the mindset to a positive outlook will be hard, and the person will be stuck in a loop of negative emotions and attitudes toward life that their brain is most familiar with this pattern.
How to train your brain to be more positive?
Every habit can be changed and all the negativity can be reversed. This process takes some effort at first, but it will get easier with practice and constantly remind yourself that not every thing is as dark as it seems.
The aim is to adapt your brain into creating patterns of thoughts rather than the negative set which it’s used to. However, one needs to want to change in order to change. Who wouldn’t want to get out of that grim loop of dark thoughts.
Be aware of your attitude.
Complaining can come as a default reaction to any thought. You need to become aware of your attitude towards things and understand that everything has it’s positive and negative sides.
Let go of all the bad stuff.
Somethings can’t be changed, it’s just the way they are. I can’t let go of my childhood but I can put it in the past and move forward. Letting go of the negative thinks is better than holding on to them and this is for your own sake. I had a difficult childhood but It has made me the strong person I am today. Instead focus on what cheers you up, all things come to an end, even the bad ones.
Focus on the positive.
There is something positive in everything. If you can’t see it, look closer. Focus on what make the true virtue, such as honesty, love, the positive lessons out of it, your personal growth out of the experiences.
Always remember that you have been blessed with many wonderful things in your life-you just need to look and see just how many there are. Be grateful for those things, not resentful of the challenges that come.
Arrogance and the thought that everything should belong to you are poison to the mind. Instead focus on your true values and don’t put yourself on a pedestal for anything. Focus on your happiness instead. And then when you are focused on negativity and you can’t let go easily, take a trip to nature and relax. And creative activity serves to vent out all the negativity you have gathered. If I can not for some reason be out there in nature. I read my Bible, you cannot read the Bible and be negative for long.
It’s important not to get caught in a negative loop and rise above it.
Everyone that comes into your life, and everyone who has been called to be in your life is the for a purpose. When God wants to bless you.
He will send a relationship that bears fruit. This could be a friend, a co-worker, a significant other, an old acquaintance or a new one. God puts people in you life a strategic times because He knows you need them.
It doesn’t always make sense to us, but He sees the bigger picture.
Unfortunately, God isn’t the only one who places people in our lives.
The enemy place people into our lives as well, in the hopes of steering us away from success, away from happiness, and ultimately, away from the Lord. The enemy puts people that he knows would draw you towards the to plague your mind, and prevent you from reaching your full potential. We have to be careful with who we give access to our lives.
Not at first, a least.
Too often people push away what is good for them in search of something toxic. Whether it is a poisonous relationship, or a friend that supports poor decisions, these people that enemy employs take residence in our hearts and our minds, and wreaks havoc. It isn’t until the damage has been done that we realize that this wasn’t the person God sent us.
Other times, we know that someone isn’t good for us, and decide to spend our time with them anyway. The bad influence friend. The troublemaker that we allow into our lives, those who we know for a fact we should not be hanging around with but do anyway. Like Jacob in the Bible we try to wrestle with God, insisting that we know what’s best for us.
And, eventually, when the dust has settled, we learn that He was right all along.
Who are you giving access to in your life?