As I was spending time with God the two scriptures continued to come to mind.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.(NIV)
Romans 12:1 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.(Message)
Many practicing Christians have eventually find that the theme their Pastor is on, at any given time, is the theme of every preacher, self-help guru and even the secular world. God is cool that way, that even in what one may consider not Christian the theme of the day (season) is the same in both the heavenly and worldly realms.
The bible does say:
Matthew 5:45 But I tell you: bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, [so] that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes HIS SUN to rise on the evil and the good, and sends the rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Seems to make sense that the seasons and messages (sermons/teachings) God sends our pastors to refresh us, He would give to the pastors equivalent secularly. He did send HIS SON so that ALL would be saved…
As my morning moved forward in its day to day routine 8 am finally rolled around and my husband was in his home office, my youngest had left more than an hour earlier for work, and the oldest, home for the day had just walked the pups. One of my beloved Dachshunds stood at my knee indicating he wanted to be picked up (oddly they do this much like a toddler does, they seem to reach up for attention and comfort). I lifted the youngest red and he cuddled to me, his affection warms my heart, and I soak that up. Well he had been barking at my husband when he was going into the office, and I was his second choice, so as I walked to the glass door of hubby’s office to show him how cute Habby (the dachie) was being I looked in and saw my husbands rough body language and facial expressions caused by my call. I would be dishonest if I didn’t admit to instant hurt and anger at this reaction.
I returned to my desk to prepare for my days work (I’m the church secretary and I get to work from home right now due to health and the church’s transitions) hurt and frustrated.
::A bit of backstory for those who just wandered in: For the last three months I have lived with a poor heart diagnosis. Mind you, I have not given in to the names of these issues, I do not own this illness, I embrace God’s promise of divine wellness. I do listen to the doctors and follow their directions so as to heal and step into my wellness, my wholeness. Therefore, my men have had to pick up more of the household slack, on days when it is very hot or something is too heavy or I am fatigued or exhibiting warning signs. ::
Now three months into this transitioning lifestyle change that they have been, in part, forced to participate in is beginning (or for some have always been) to be frustrating. For me as well.
In the same three months my Home Group leader has been teaching us from Working With The Law~11 Truth Principles for Successful Living by Raymond Holliwell. How many times have you heard “It will change your life!”? I know, right? Well dear reader…this book WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND AND YOUR LIFE! Simply because the concept is rooted in prime biblical truth. The Law is God!
Three months of teachings, three months of determined, obedient adherence to the biblical principles in God’s Word and Holliwell’s book and I have changed. We were in the book for a month when my awareness of my every thought took my fear and revealed it in serious health issues. simultaneously God spoke and I have moved speedily to wellness and have made changes in my lifestyle that has affected my family, good and not so great.
When my husband had his temper tantrum (sorry, it is what it is) and I had to walk away hurt and frustrated, and change my thoughts. The ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) began to surge toward my thoughts and I knew they had to be changed, the thoughts, immediately. I instantly begin to pray in tongues when life indicates a problem is brewing, and even when the unexpected crashes into my day to day. I would relate it to visually seeing an enemy and immediately talking to him/her, showing no fear, and not just trash talk! Rather, firm and authoritative words, letting the enemy know right away that he/she does not have the upper hand.
This is how one must approach negative thoughts. We must talk back to that niggling voice that tells us we are less than what God says we are.
If you are a new Christian, or of another belief system, let me tell you that your creator made you to have dominion and every good thing on this earth. My Creator has a name, and all other false rulers answer to the Creator of ALL Things. His name is I AM, God the Father, God the Spirit, and God the Son. For me there is no other, and what definitely gives me heart, is I know He is your God too, whether you call Him Bob or Father, He loves YOU TOO!
God says we are His Children, adopted into the Kingdom because He first Loved US! I did not find God, although that is how I used to display it…He was never lost, I was! I have been excepted into the family of God because God, Himself called me there at 36 years of age! Now, I know that I know that I was called before that, but my free will and my existence did not allow me to hear the still small voice, or obey the whispers of God earlier than that. However, when I did submit and listen to the small voice it was no longer small…I had taken so long that it was a firm command of a Father.
In my diligence to pattern my life after the will of my Father God I had garnered the favor to have been given the ability to change my existence almost immediately. By the time the dogs were settled in for their morning nap (8:30am) and my husband had emerged from his cave no! office to go to his day job I was feeling better. He apologized and I accepted, I always do, I can’t stay mad at that guy! 🙂 and the day moved forward in positive flow.
Again, I would be less than honest if I said I wasn’t still hurting, but I did say that I was learning how to change my thoughts. Transformation is a process, it is not a thing that happens overnight, that is a blessing. “To be transformed” in the original Greek means: an ongoing process. To transform one’s mind according to the scripture Romans 12:1-2 takes lifelong diligence; it is literally a life long process of opening oneself to God’s power of renewal.
This is not the world’s view of transformation, and when viewed one can see that the world’s concept of transformation or renewal doesn’t seem to be quite the improvement that they advertise it to be. The world seems to think that changing the cover or the appearance or the name of something is transformation. To appear as if change has occurred, all the while the inner workings continue to rust and corrode until nothing works correctly any longer. The world doesn’t even know that they can change the way they feel, from bad to good, less than to worthy. They don’t know…that is why we were sent! To show them they have a different set of choices!
I know, you will hear things like, “I can’t help what I feel!” or “I can’t get in trouble for what I think!”. From experience I can honestly tell the world, to both those poor excuses (which I once believed not long ago)
YES! YOU! CAN!
Transformation is a change of mind and a change of heart, and they only being that is capable of doing this is the individual, with the assistance of God. Let’s start with a simple and biblical list to change our minds and our hearts, shall we? Scripture that even the secular world has heard and used (because God gives us all the same tools, some just have taken shop class yet!):
Philippians 4:6-9 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. 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.(Message)
With that in mind I encourage you to do what I myself will be doing today. Renew your mind when what comes up is not fresh and good for the thinking. Because what is not good for the thinking is not good for the body or the spirit!
We MUST take care of the BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT to gain wellness and wholeness. If we focus our thoughts on the Kingdom, the body and spirit will line up with the mind and we become perfect in God’s eyes.