September 02nd, 2022
“Think, Believe & Achieve”
Think about good things for personal victory in any situation.
New International Version (NIV) states, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.
In order to keep our thoughts on God's love for us and Christ's sacrifice for us, we must fill our minds with everything that is true, just, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.
Especially in the most trying times, it might be difficult to embrace this extreme method of allowing truth and everything that is good to enter our consciousness.
When life is challenging, unpleasant, or hurtful, it's easy to focus on the bad.
This passage of guidance is meant to help us get through the difficult times and appreciate the wonderful moments, which is why it is so crucial that we take note of it.
Satan will frequently begin by whispering untruths and judgment into your ears when he attempts to influence you (maybe not even realizing Satan was doing so).
When you begin to believe them, you will likely respond in ways that work to distance you from God's love, such as by feeling depressed, or angry.
Nevertheless, Paul offered a strategy for defeating Satan's schemes in this verse.
God's blessings and the positive aspects of our lives and circumstances should be our mental food sources.
Satan would like us to believe lies, so we need to focus on what is real.
We must think about what is right and honorable so that our actions match our thinking.
If we actively practice this, we can overcome all of life's challenges, including terrible circumstances and tribulations, even when they arise.
It is a means of taking back control of our lives and living them out in the fullness of God's blessings and love while embracing love, hope, faith, and gratitude.
The main goal of inspiration, is to ignite, inspire, motivate, and influence others to take action.
People generally put what they believe and feel into action, linking transformation to a larger goal.
“Change that is inspired often takes place alone”.
“During a period of seclusion, the caterpillar develops wings. The next time you are alone, keep that in mind”.
As the current year draws to a close, the globe and its people start to emerge gradually, ever so hesitantly.
After entering the congregational and social scene, we discovered with uncertainty that we shouldn't have been so brave after all.
To be able to emerge and display its new self, the caterpillar needs time to develop and transform.
We all do the same.
If we want to believe that we are more capable than we initially think, we need to see who we have become.
Despite the fact that we are not really certain what it will be. The need to begin a new chapter may become more apparent whenever this happens.
We’ll have more endurance to withstand the transition process, when we’re distraction-free and peaceful.
Scriptures to read:
New International Version (NIV)
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed”.
New Living Translation (NLT)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take”.
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”.
Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
“And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds”.
Join me in prayer:
I am moved to accept change, Father God, as we worship and reverence you. For your steadfast strength, love, joy, and serenity, I am appreciative.
I like how the scriptures keep my thoughts occupied with your words.
You vowed not to ever leave me or forsake me.
You've proven to be a reliable promise keeper and someone I can trust.
"Pause, pray, and let God guide you"
"Pause" - interrupt action or speech briefly
"God is our Help"
Easy to Read Version (ERV)
"God is our protection and source of strength. He is always ready to help us in times of trouble".
Psalms 46:10 (ERV)
"God says, "Stop fighting and know that I am God!
I am the one who defeats the nations; I am the one who controls the world".
"Pray" - address a meaningful request.
God will answer you!
Luke 18:1 (ERV)
"Then Jesus taught the followers that they should always pray and never lose hope".
Philippians 4:6 (ERV)
"Don't worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have".
"Let God guide you"
Proverbs 3:5,6 (ERV)
"Trust the Lord completely, and don't depend on your own knowledge".
With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way".
God has a set plan for our lives. If we allow Him, He will guide us every step of the way. This will continue until the completion of our divine plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 (ERV) "Says this, because I know the plans that I have for you". This message is from the Lord. "I have good plans for you. I don't plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future".
"Your New Life"
Romans 10:9,10 (ERV) - "If you openly say, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from death, you will be saved. Yes, we believe in Jesus deep in our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we openly say that we believe in him, and so we are saved".
2 Corinthians 5:17 (ERV) - "When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new"!
After receiving Christ as your personal Savior, we belong to Him.
I Corinthians 6:19, 20 (ERV) - "You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit that you received from God and that lives in you. You don't own yourselves. God paid a very high price to make you His. So honor God with your body".
Once we "give-our-lives-completely" to Him, He will take care of you.
Good News Translation (GNT)
"I am your God and will take care of you until you are old and your hair is gray. I made you and will care for you; I will give you help and rescue you".
God is a promise keeper. He will help you in every area of your life. It may seem small or to big to you, but, it's just right for Him.
Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to help us.
John 16:13 (ERV) - "But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will lead you into all truth. He will not speak His own words. He will speak only what he hears and will tell you what will happen in the future".
This is how we allow God to "Guide our Focus".
Meditating on His Word, Day & Night (Psalms 1:2).
Loving Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind (Luke 10:27).
Applying His Word to our lives (James 1:22), and we will grow in Him (I Peter 2:2).
King James Version (KJV)
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in His way".
Scriptures to read:
Psalms 46:1,10, Luke 18:1, Philippians 4:6, Proverbs 3:5,6, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 10:9,10, 2 Corinthians 5:17, I Corinthians 6:19, 20, Isaiah 46:4, John 16:13, Psalms 1:2, Luke 10:27, James 1:22, I Peter 2:2, Psalms 37:23
"Faith vs Fear"
A lot of our fears deal with minor areas of our lives. Fears job is to crawl into our lives and "try" and create difficulties.
However, no matter what the case may be,
"Prayer is always in order"
Luke 18:1 states, "And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint."
At times, we may become frightened by concentrating more on our circumstances, than on our faith in God.
However, the more we do that the more afraid we will become.
In lieu, we can prefer to keep our attention on God's Word. Only He is able to handle anything we face in our lives.
God is a promise keeper and He promised to give us power during hard times.
Hebrews 13:5 declares "God will never leave or forsake you." The eighth verse says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday , and today."
He will sustain us and remind us of His unfailing hand (Isaiah 41:10). Isaiah 43:1 states, "Don't fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine."
The word "fear" is used 80 times in the Word of God. God knew satan would use fear to make us doubt, which limits our trust, and once this takes place, we won't gain the victory
Keep in mind
God is not saying fear won't come upon you; He's saying never let it enter in. "God did not give us the spirit of fear..." (2 Timothy 1:7).
Place everything in God's hands. David declares in Psalms the 25th chapter, "Lord I put my life in your hands, I trust you my God."
Declare this with me,
"I Will Trust In The Lord, Until I Die!"
Father God, help me to not fear. Help me to believe your word, to trust you in every area of my life. Thank You God I will trust you until I die! Amen
Scriptures to Read:
Hebrews 13:5,8, Luke 18:1, Psalms 25, Isaiah 41:10, 43:1-2, 2 Timothy 1:7
"Victory vs Defeat"
Whenever we reach another level in God, there’s always another devil. Right when we step up to another spiritual level in God, the devil starts his attacks. Jesus was attacked after he came off His fast. Matthew 4:2-4 King James Version (KJV) “And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Always remember, Satan comes to steal, to kill and to destroy (John 10:10). However, if we consistently pray and take Him at His Word; we will always have the victory.
“Men ought to always pray and not faint (Luke 18:1 KJV)”.
“Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22).”
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us (Romans 8:37 KJV).”
When Satan starts his attacks, never give-in to his tricks. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7)”. Whatever lie the devil is telling you, never believe it.
John 8:44 New International Version (NIV) “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Replace those thoughts with the Word of God.
Replacing fault-finding with humility and love.
Replacing uncertainty and fret with trust and peace.
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.”
Faith is a shield, ancient soldier’s most essential tools were shields. It was used to protect them from their enemies attacks. In Ephesians 6:16 New Living Translation (NLT), it states, “In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” In a spiritual sense, faith will shield us in every attack, as we raise it up against the devil; by “consistently” proclaiming our confidence in God.
Scriptures to Read:
Matthew 2:2-4, John 8:44; 10:10, Ephesians 6:16, Philippians 4:8, James 4:7
Say this prayer with me:
“Father, when the devil starts attacking me, remind me to focus on scriptures replacing them with the evil thoughts he is suggesting. Help me lift up my shield of faith at all times. Thank you for your victory. Amen”.
Teresa's mission is to inspire as she writes, teaches the Word of God, and minister's in song. She enjoys mentoring both youth and adults. Her vision is to see others heal from grief, pain and help them find joy peace, and faith in God!