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“Daily Renewing My Mind”

I am in total agreement with this article that I have found on this website link:

http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/christian-principles/new-creation-reality/the-renewed-mind.html

When a person becomes a Christian, the Bible teaches that God fills the new believer with His Holy Spirit. This is the New Creation reality spoken of in 1 Corinthians 5:17. The work of God within is perfect. He has left nothing out and nothing undone, but now the new child of God has the responsibility to renew his mind. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

The Biblical process of the renewing of the mind is much more than positive thinking. It is the most important key to actively believing God and utilizing the power of God.

Renewing the mind means to replace fallible worldly knowledge and logic with the infallible logic of God’s truth. It is to memorize the Word of God, to the end of recalling appropriate truths in and under any circumstances. The renewing process starts with reading the Bible. Six times in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus asked, “Have you not read?” (Matthew 12:3, 5; 19:4; 21:16, 42; 22:31) Jesus Christ read Scripture. His example is the best one to follow.

Christians have often ignored the Word of God through the centuries. As a result, many have been powerless and defeated. There are schisms and divisions throughout the world, and thousands of denominations and groups that call themselves Christians. The present times demand not only more knowledgeable believers, but genuinely loving and obedient ones. Hosea 4:6 says that God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, and Jeremiah 2:13 states that God’s people have forsaken Him, “fountain of living waters.”Christians must get back to the fountain of living waters. Without the discipline of renewing the mind, Christians will not be mentally prepared to receive instructions and assignments from God. If believers’ minds are filled with earthly, sensual and worldly thoughts, God cannot entrust them to speak or act in His behalf. The Word of God is urgently needed in these times. God’s people need to rise up, first in disciplined thinking, then in disciplined lifestyles, to know Him, to glorify Him and to obey Him.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” as 2 Timothy 3:16 teaches. The best way to learn the will of God is simply by read His. After Moses died, Joshua was ordained to lead God’s people into the Promised Land. God told Joshua, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

To meditate means to consider deeply, or think about intently and at length. This will mean memorizing verses, and even entire sections of truth from the Bible, and thinking about its meaning and personal application. “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)

“Whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” (Philippians 4:8 Amplified Bible) Christians are spiritually victorious or defeated moment by moment, and day by day, in proportion to the thoughts they think. What believers feed their minds and dwell on has a tremendous impact on whether they will be victors or victims.

Romans 13:14 says, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” and Ephesians 4:23 states “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Colossians 3:10 teaches to “Put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge.” The spiritual gift inside is God-given, holy, and perfect. Christians lack nothing spiritually. However, God never oversteps freedom of will. God does not control minds. It is the Christian’s responsibility. Notice Scripture that teaches believers to change the way they think! A disciple is one who disciplines his mind to learn, to know, and to do the Word. Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” (John 8:31)

Read and study God’s Word. Think about it and meditate on it. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16)

My personal thoughts and note to share:

Day by day, moment by moment – I must seek the face of God in every situation I face. As I trust in the Lord, he blesses me with unmerited favor. To trust and have this unmerited favor, I must be obedient to his word. Fully believing his word – without wavering in my mind. Only then, will his blessings flow within my soul. Becoming a vessel that God can truly use to reach out to others. Learning to be a reflection of his love is my life’s goal. For without him, I can do nothing. I must “Trust in the Lord with all my heart; and lean not unto my own understanding. In ALL my ways acknowledge him, and he SHALL direct my path!”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

P.S. I made this scripture picture as I call it to reflect on this conviction of Daily Renewing My Mind.

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Watch Your Words Diligently

Words of my Mouth
WATCH YOUR WORDS DILIGENTLY. Words have such great power to bless or wound. When you speak carelessly or negatively, you damage others as well as yourself. This ability to verbalize is an awesome privilege, granted only to those I created in my image. You need help in wielding this mighty power responsibly.

Though the world applauds quick-witted retorts, My instructions about communication are quite different: Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Ask My Spirit to help you whenever you speak. I have trained you to pray – “Help me, Holy Spirit – before answering the phone, and you have seen the benefits of this discipline. Simply apply the same discipline to communicating with people around you. If they are silent, pray before speaking to them. If they are talking, pray before responding. These are split-second prayers, but they put you in touch with my presence. In this way, your speaking comes under the control of My Spirit. As positive speech patterns replace your negative ones, the increase in your joy will amaze you.

Proverbs 12:18

James 1:19

Ephesians 4:29

Heavenly Father, I come before your throne today, ready to admit that I do fail you in things that I am not always immediately aware of. Please cleanse me from ALL WRONG thoughts and actions. My failure to speak, when you have asked me to, I am very sorry for ignoring your still small voice. Help me to be more attentive to your voice. I pray that the moments you ask me to remain silent, that I do just exactly that! If a person needs cheering up, I hope to be ready to say to them, Jesus Our Lord said in his word, be of good cheer:(John 16:33 KJV)
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
If someone is hungry, may I always be ready to offer to fix them something to eat physically. And if their soul is hungry in need of your word, fill my mouth with the words that you want shared from my lips to their ears that instant. For the Bible says, in 1 Peter 3:15-16:
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
Help to pray without ceasing:
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)
Pray without ceasing.
for in doing so you are able to keep teaching me, lest I forget:
A Pure Heart, A Clear Conscience, A Genuine Faith, A Humble Mind

A pure heart spews forth LOVE for mankind, for nature and PASSION within me – Emotional Intelligence at its peak.

A clear conscience is the ultimate compass for life’s journey – the guide for right and wrong, dead set and locked on TRUE NORTH PRINCIPLES. A clear conscience is the only guide that can drive a pure heart, a genuine faith and a humble mind …. Spiritual Intelligence at its peak.

A genuine faith comes from meditating under the guidance of a clear conscience. Faith being “…. the substance of things hope for, and evidence of things unseen” is the ultimate weapon for conquering uncertainty, chaos and the key to living hapily and fulfilled in the moment.

A humble mind is always aware of how little it knows and lingers for understanding, not just knowledge. Understanding reveals our unique purpose and a vision of life as it should be – spontaneous creativity, effortless virtue and holistic problem-solving in elegantly simple ways – now that is IQ at its peak!

Please lead, guide and direct my thoughts continually for your word says:
Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

My goal is to please you Lord with all of my being, remembering that I am created in your image, thank you Lord for knowing my heart even better than I do. Cleanse me thoroughly with the washing of the word applied to my soul:

<< Ephesians 5 >>
King James Bible
Imitators of God

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Children of Light

8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Thank you Lord Jesus for dying for my sins, I need you everyday, in your sweet name I pray, Amen!

Understanding The Heart

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What Does “Heart” Mean?

Who are we in our innermost being? More than just the seat of our emotions, the heart is the starting point of salvation and renewal in Christ.

by Dan Schaeffer

I love this quote by the 17th-century British writer Izaak Walton: “God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.” The word heart is so powerful in meaning and implication, especially in the Bible, that it can hardly be overemphasized. In Scripture, the term describes the inner self that thinks, feels, and decides—an idea expressed by the Hebrew lev in the Old Testament and by the Greek kardia in the New Testament.

The word has a wider meaning in the Bible than we see in modern usage. In fact, the heart is so central to man that almost all scriptural usages refer to some aspect of human personality: it is the seat of all our emotions, both good and bad, including love, hate, joy, sorrow, peace, bitterness, courage, and fear. It can think, understand, imagine, remember, be wise, and even speak to itself.

Because this part of us is so central to our being, it’s the thing God searches to understand and know us (1 Chron. 28:9). Tragically, as a result of the fall of man, our heart is no longer as God originally intended (Gen. 8:21). And because it affects human emotion, will, and thought, these aspects of our personhood have been corrupted. That’s why Jesus said, “Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders (Matt. 15:19).

As Scripture describes it, the heart is uncircumcised (Jer. 9:26), hardened (Ex. 4:21), wicked (Prov. 26:23), perverse (Prov. 11:20), godless (Job 36:13), deceitful and desperately wicked (Jer. 17:9 NLT).  An unclean heart can pollute the entire person, which is why we are urged in Proverbs 4:23 to watch over it “with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” Here is the root of our problem, and also the beginning place of the solution—where God begins His good work; salvation starts there and then righteously “infects” the other areas of our life. God intends to make man’s heart new, so it’s with this part of ourselves that we believe in Him (Rom. 10:10). It is also where the Spirit of God comes to dwell, pouring out divine love within us (Rom. 5:5).

I like how A. W. Tozer put it: “The widest thing in the universe is not space; it is the potential capacity of the human heart. Being made in the image of God, it is capable of almost unlimited extension in all directions. And one of the world’s greatest tragedies is that we allow our hearts to shrink until there is room in them for little besides ourselves.