Do You Have The Mind Of Christ?

April 17th, 2023 Monday Motivator

As you celebrated Easter in the US last week I celebrated Easter in Kazakhstan just yesterday! Where I am currently ministering.

While celebrating Easter, I thought about the pain Jesus dealt with from the nailing of His body on the cross and the additional pain from the crown of thrones placed on his head.

As many of you know, it’s one thing to deal with pain in the body and another to experience pain in or on your head.

Jesus not only bore the tormenting pain for our bodies but also for our minds.

Everything that causes our minds to stress, worry, or feel troubled – Jesus bore it.

He bore our griefs and sorrows. 

 Isaiah 53:4 says, “Yet, we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

“Upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace.”

In other words, Jesus took upon Himself the beating, pain, suffering, and torture caused by our choices upon Himself, so we no longer have to deal with the pain of it but walk in complete wholeness and peace.

What thoughts are you wrestling with that are stealing your peace?

Is it the thoughts of shame or guilt from a mistake? 

Is it the thoughts of worry or stress? 

Jesus has already put it upon Himself; you no longer have to carry it!

Jesus said cast your cares upon me!  

You can now have the mind of Christ. 

All we need to do is humble ourselves, lay it down before Him, and be honest so that we can walk in His peace in exchange.

We no longer have to allow worry or a mistake to cause restlessness in our minds.

Here are some ways to handle your thoughts:

1. Take It Captive- You have the power and authority to take every thought captive that is not obedient to God. To take captive is to arrest. Arrest your thoughts and ask, “How did you get in here?” Notice how it enters your mind, throw it out, and fix the way it entered in. Stand on 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.


2. Cast Them – As I said, some of us take it upon ourselves when we need to cast them upon Jesus. God has the wisdom to handle all things. Stand on 1 Peter 5:7.

3. Confess – Confess over your mind and say, “I have the mind of Christ.” Start to think the way He thinks. By confessing over your mind, you are renewing and transforming it and will begin to think about pure things. Stand on Romans 12:2.

Philippians 4:6-8 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Don’t Fear The Future. Hold Onto The Miracle of Easter!

April 10th, 2023 Monday Motivator

Yesterday, we celebrated a fantastic day – Easter!

I hope you experienced awe and wonder as you thanked Jesus for all He did and the reality that He is now living and not dead.

This got me thinking about a text I received from a dear friend and world leader I pray for often. He is in a situation where the future and the problems are great. 

His situation brought to my awareness that many of us are also struggling with the future.

You might be struggling, and I wanted to remind you that God is extraordinary in helping us find our way through uncertainty. 

When we go through challenging situations where we don’t know what will happen next, it’s easy to let our hearts be troubled and filled with fear.

But I want to remind you of the miracle of Easter! God brings life from death, fear, and uncertainty. 

And 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that Jesus has not given us a spirit of fear but power, love, and a sound mind!

I want you to claim that truth.

Hold onto the assurance that God is already in your future. 

He is prepared to help you in your future and has made provisions.

Today I am in Uzbekistan, ministering where God has already prepared in this season and hour for the lives of many. God has eternity ready for all who believe. 

No matter what you encounter, you can accomplish extraordinary and powerful things this week, but put everything in His hands, surrender, and know His grace.

The same God who parted the Red Sea is the same today.

Let God Work In You, So He Can Work Through You.

April 3, 2023 Monday Motivator

Have you noticed no matter how tight you try to hold onto life, things can still go south? 

Some of us go with the flow in life, and others have everything organized. But all of us experience loss, heartache, and pain. 

We will all experience circumstances that don’t go as planned, but I have good news for you!

In our brokenness, God reveals His greatness.

2 Corinthians 9:10 tells us that when we are weak, then we are strong! 

Things may break, but God restores.

Through our brokenness, God reveals His gift of grace to empower and mercy to restore. 

We are trophies of God’s grace and walking testimonies of His greatness and restoration. 

Our testimony allows us to be God’s hands and feet for His Kingdom. 

God can use you despite what you’ve been through. In fact, what you’ve been through and overcome is now a testimony to someone else!

One of our greatest purposes on earth is to allow God to bring His Kingdom through us!

To bring the peace, joy, healing, and dominion of His Kingdom. 

I ask you to consider God’s power to work in and through you today. God’s Kingdom is at hand for you to access and share 24/7. 

Many of us aren’t walking fully in what God has made available for us in the Kingdom.

The same way God used Jesus, the disciples, to bring the Kingdom of heaven on earth is the same way He wants to use YOU. Let him.

Consider the prayer of Jesus in Matthew 6:10, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” 

Surrender today, humble yourselves, and let God first work in you so that He can work through you!

2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 

Has Your Fire Dimmed?

March 27, 2023 Monday Motivator

Two days ago, I returned from Europe, the “prodigal continent.”

So many things originated in Europe. In fact, many of the things we see God doing today were birthed in Europe. 

For example, Martin Luther’s “the just shall live by faith” and the modern missions movement. Sweden once gave as many missionaries as any country in the world!

Yet somehow, this continent that has brought the grace of God to the world is no longer deeply committed to God.

That’s why I call it the “prodigal continent.”

This got me thinking… can you and I be on fire for God and slowly begin to dim our flame? Without even realizing it?

See, God has called us by His Spirit to rise in THIS generation and demonstrate the power of the Holy Spirit. You are a vessel of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit draws you to Christ, and the Holy Spirit changes everything in your life through the blood of Jesus.

The Holy Spirit can move through you and affect a person!

Let the cry of your heart again be, “God, I’m hungry for more of you!”

Don’t settle for where you’re at, don’t become complacent. 

God has more of Himself He wants to reveal to you.

NOW is the time to rise and catch fire for the things of God!

Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you.

Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Let The Holy Spirit Burst Out! 

March 20th, 2023 Monday Motivator

Dear Friends,

Many of you know currently, I am in Brussels, Belgium. The time here has been unbelievable and anointed. 

From experiencing what God is doing to seeing the scenery of beautiful Brussels, I am spiritually moved.

Thank you for your prayers!

This Monday, I want to remind you of the Holy Spirit in YOU.

In John, we can find a couple of scriptures discussing the flows of the Holy Spirit.

John 3:34 shares that we have an unlimited anointing of the Spirit, “For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.” 

This is the inflow of the Holy Spirit! The more you receive, the more that will burst out!

John 7:38 tells us, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” The river is the outflow of the Spirit. 

We must begin to share the river, this life-giving water, the Holy Spirit, with those around us. Let it flow!

The flow of the Holy Spirit isn’t just for us to withhold within but to be filled and given. 

My challenge for you is to begin to share with others about this life-giving water you have. Start today!

Tell them about this unlimited access to the Spirit of God, who gives you the power to overcome, walk, talk, and think differently. 

If they ask you how you can live differently, tell them it’s the Spirit of the living God, living and flowing on the inside of me.

The Holy Spirit is a gift to all who will receive Him by believing. 

Know the Holy Spirit who’s living on the inside of you!
 
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” -John 7:37-38

People Can Experience Jesus Through You

March 13th Monday Motivator

Today, I am reminded of a phrase that changed how I live, “You are the only Jesus some will ever see and the only bible some will ever read.”

Man, living with this perspective will shift how you interact with others.

Some people may never walk into a church, but we can bring the experience of Jesus to anyone we meet.

You are called to minister to people and don’t need to be behind a pulpit. 

Our life reflects our relationship with Jesus – for better or worse.

God has imparted His life, very nature, on the inside of us the moment we were born again. It’s up to us to nurture that relationship and share it with others.

He freed us from sin and gave us the power to walk in His very nature. When we walk in this nature, the life of God, others will see it and want it.

That’s what it means to walk in the newness of life. You have become a new creation. No longer are we like the world, but God. 

The world hated Jesus and will hate those who have the same life living inside them. So, likewise, the world may not like you sharing the nature of Christ in your everyday life. 
      
It’s worth it if one person comes to know Jesus because you choose to walk out Jesus’ love.

You might be the only Jesus some will ever see and the only bible some will ever read. It’s worth it!

Ultimately, our heavenly treasure and rewards will be much greater than what we receive in this world. 

Today’s challenge is to walk in the newness of life. 

Why? Because why not? 

If you’ve been freed, why continue to walk like someone enslaved to sin?!

Romans 6:4, “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”