I want to take a second and talk about Growth…
What does it mean to grow?
“If you do something wrong…and in the midst of it, you learn what is right…
and then the next time it comes up… you do what is right… which means you are growing.”
Discerning the difference between what’s good for you and what’s bad for you and becoming a better person for yourself and for others around you is a part of growth.
Growth is the process of increasing and can be uncomfortable because it expands your consciousness and opens you up to possibilities far beyond your current perceived limits and boundaries.
*Personal growth is ACKNOWLEDGING and LEARNING from a mistake and not doing it again because you learned a valuable lesson of the price you had to pay.
*Personal growth is ACKNOWLEDGING and UNDERSTANDING that there are things in your life that you need to let go of and move on from.
*Personal growth is ACKNOWLEDGING and REALIZING that you need Jesus and His wisdom and revelation in every life decision.
“For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it,
but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
~ Galatians 1:12
For everything you do in life flows from everything you are in Christ!
“ 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
You have probably read or seen that scripture many times but, never understood what it meant.
One of the greatest defining factors to the quality of life you live is your own thought life.
Your thoughts have the power to influence the opinions of others.
Your thoughts have the power to influence your emotions.
Your thoughts have the power to influence your words.
Your thoughts have the power to influence your attitudes.
Your thoughts have the power to influence your actions.
Your thoughts have the power to influence your life.
God wants you to have the best quality of life possible!
This starts with your own thought life!
God’s Word calls you to renew your mind by changing the thought patterns and beliefs within your mind. The best way to keep your thoughts in check, and to maintain a healthy thought life is to feed your mind with the truth of God’s Word.
His Word says, “Fix your thoughts to whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise.”
When your mind is renewed it changes your natural way of thinking
for God’s way of thinking!
Have you ever been in the midst of chaos where if God didn’t show up you were headed for devastating defeat? You might be saying, “Yes, RIGHT NOW!
Just because you don’t see a way doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a way.
If you pray, be confident, and believe, God will always go ahead of you and prepare the way for your victory. So, don’t mess it up by trying to take control.
During these times of waiting for God to work on your behalf, start working on changing your mindset; trust His Word and believe He is preparing great things for you.
“My timing is perfect. My plans for you are so much bigger, the joy that is coming is so much greater than the unknown. Trust me, in all that you do.”
Remember: Just because you don’t see what God is doing in the supernatural doesn’t mean He’s not hearing you. God’s timing is always perfect, so don’t try to force things to go your way, you may miss His plan of victory for you. Let Him be God and do what needs to be done and watch Him do great things for you!
Here are 4 things to keep in mind in trusting God’s perfect timing:
- God will go before you to direct you.
- God’s ways are not your ways.
- God’s timing is always perfect.
- God way will always end in victory.
“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34
It is so easy to fall out of peace. Why?
Because people trust in the pleasant circumstances, nice events, or good things others may do for them instead of their peace being based on the fact that the Spirit of our Holy, omnipotent, and never-changing God lives within them.
Psalms 34:14, (NLT) says,
“Turn from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.”
Sin causes the heart to harden. As we sin it weighs down on our soul and takes away our peace. It isn’t until we confess our sins and make things right inside ourselves, with God, and with others, that we are able to seek and pursue peace.
Don’t let the behaviors of others, interrupt your peace. They cannot rob you of
your peace if you have that inner sense of contentment and quietness, that dwells inside of you because of Christ.
When you make a mistake, fix it and apologize. This will allow your conscience to be free of guilt, shame, and condemnation to seek, pursue, and maintain God’s perfect peace in your life.
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times
in every way. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Have you ever been in a situation where someone hurt you and it’s been hard for you to forgive them?
You want to let go but you can’t, and you can let go but you don’t want to.
Forgiveness is not that you are accepting or allowing the actions of a person who hurt you; it is a “conscious, deliberate decision” to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward someone or something.
I read something recently that said,
“Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed.”
“FORGIVESS MATTERS” because as long as you remain angry you are inflicting new suffering on yourself; and it gives the one who hurt you the power to keep hurting you.
Even if you feel like someone doesn’t deserve your forgiveness, remember:
“Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with your life.”
If Jesus can forgive those who nailed Him on the cross, and God can forgive you,
then how can you withhold your forgiveness of others?
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32
Quote of the Day:
“Forgive others as quickly as you expect God to forgive you”