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Have you ever realized the difference between your confidence and God’s confidence in you? Do you lack confidence in yourself, even as a Christian? I do at times.

My confidence is proud of the strong person I have become because of my past…as if I am the only one who has endured more pain and suffering than anyone else I know, and I haven’t even experienced a midlife crisis yet. I subconsciously put the focus on me and next thing I know I’m having anxiety.

So I pray to have God’s confidence. His confidence is a quiet and humble, comforting peace. It assures me that He is guiding me and good things are to come. It’s a simple and solid truth that says, “Be still my child, let Me work things out for your good because you cannot do this on your own.”

Watch this playlist on the CONFIDENCE SERIES…

 
  1. Put Your Confidence in God
  2. Self-Confidence | Value in God
  3. How to Overcome Self-Doubt & Improve Self-Confidence
  4. Overcome Self-Doubt Bible Study | Self-Confidence
  5. Guided Christian Meditation | Peaceful Relaxing Prayer (for Confidence)

If you’re learning to put your confidence in God, these are the key things to remind yourself:

  • Nothing is too great for Him to accomplish (Jeremiah 32:17, 27; Luke 1:37; Matthew 19:26).
  • I am rich and am blessed in Him (2 Corinthians 8:9; James 2:5; Matthew 5:3; Hebrews 13:5; Romans 6:23).
  • I have nothing to fear (John 14:27; 1 Chronicles 28:20; Isaiah 41:10-13).

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God’s confidence is a bold and peaceful assurance. He gives it to those who genuinely seek to exchange their understanding for His wisdom. He refines their character and gives them a renewed outlook on life only if they are willing to change their ways. 

I know that it’s His confidence working in me when my walk, my smiles, my laughs, and the way I talk are in tandem with His joy. I notice that I have a different, much brighter glow about me when my thoughts give Him glory and credit for making me the person I am today. I have to remember that.

Want to build your confidence in God? I’ve put together this free list of affirmative questions as a supplement to help you reevaluate where you are in your spiritual walk. 

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Jeremiah 17: 7 But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. 

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31 Journal Prompts for Cultivating Optimism, Faith, & Hope (March)

The days are drawing near springtime and for some it’s finally the beginning of the year. Spring is my favorite season as well as Fall simply because they are not so extreme as the other two. This month as we carry on with the time change, it is also quite fitting to take the opportunity to renew our thought patterns.

Out with the old and in with the new!

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It’s much like spring cleaning really. How much cobweb and dust have you allowed your mind to tolerate? If the Winter blues hit you hard and by God’s Grace, you still have a fighting spirit, welcome to your awakening! Yes, you fought and you also hibernated. But right now is your second wake-up call. Be the one that initiates the change, in time before time leaps over you and turns into wasted opportunity. Like what I did there? 😉

If you’ve been productive, congratulations! Your practicality is crucial to this world. But really, how is your soul? Is it being nurtured because you’re practical about it?

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If this message is speaking to your heart, then I hope these 31 questions will also make their way in there, that they may altogether uplift your mind, soul, and spirit in Jesus’ name.

Song of Solomon 2:11-13 See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”

Hosea 6:3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

Colossians 3:2-5 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

Ephesians 4:22-32 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Philippians 4:8 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.

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PRODUCTIVITY DEPENDS ON YOUR STATE

 

Ever wonder why at times it’s so difficult to focus on a task even if we’re knowledgeable about it? And why is it at times we procrastinate despite the coffee or the energy drink we just had? 

A few years ago when I my life was all about “self-help”, I stumbled upon a few videos of Tony Robbins and Jordan Belfort. Okay, so they may not be prophets but I did write down a few facts that’s worth applying by adding a punch of Christian value into it. At least that’s what I’d like to believe.

Your productivity depends on your state.

Change your state — the way you breathe, the way you stand, your facial expression, posture…

Your state/physiology changes how you feel.

What you focus on is how you end up feeling.

Funny faces, smiling, dancing, exercising, intended sudden movements all change how you feel.Let’s apply this knowledge to Christianity. Change how you feel by focusing on God. How do you focus on God? Ask yourself these questions whenever something in you doesn’t feel right or whenever you feel even the slightest discomfort for whatever reason:

  • What am I️ grateful for?
  • What am I️ excited for?
  • What’s my outcome today?
  • What are my goals?
  • How can I leverage myself?
  • What have I accomplished today?
  • Did anything good happen?
  • Were there any good news?

When you change your state by controlling how you feel, you become more productive.

Focus your energy to take the right actions.

 

The reason why it’s hard to focus under stress is because somewhere along the way, we’ve forgotten our purpose. The point of asking ourselves specific questions that get us out of our pity party and back on track is so we remember our purpose. Our purpose as a follower of Christ by the way is not for ourselves. If you don’t know your purpose must first and foremost please God, then you must dig deeper. God’s direction is most straightforward. 

We must continually learn to use our weak moments as triggers to make new action based on obedience. The action is none other than prayer. Ask those questions in the form of prayers. 

Don’t ignore any negative thought or feeling that comes by. Be alert to recognize Satan’s schemes and thwarts and take them captive to make obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). You can’t ignore them by doing the best you can for whatever you’re trying to achieve, because…

  •  You might end up burning yourself out.
  •  You might end up half-hearted about it, or lazy, and  feel more so  obligated.
  •  It’s pride when you’re relying on your own  strength. 

Face it head on.  Hand it to God. Surrender and pray, and your productivity will be full of joy, strength, energy, passion, and purpose. 

If fast moving actions change how you feel, try blasting some upbeat praise and worship, sing along, dance like crazy, or listen to calm music if you prefer. But don’t miss the opportunity to pray, pray, pray! Keep your mind stayed on the Lord to perfect humility.

You always make wiser decisions in a humble state and you can always do more when you’re inspired by Him. 

 

Questions not to ask yourself while under stress because they will only make you more stressed…

  • Why are bad things always happening to me?
  • Why do I always end up feeling bad for myself?
  • Why do I feel so tired and unmotivated?
  • Why does this suck right now?
  • Why is my life not making any sense?
  • Why am I being punished?
  • Why can’t I get it together?
  • Why is this so complicated?

If productivity is a struggle for you as it is for me, give yourself a pat on the back for coming this far, and check out these affirmative questions I’ve organized together…

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28 Journal Prompts for Taming the Tongue & Practicing Patience (February)

I had the most difficult time deciding what this month’s journal prompts would be about. Love? Well, for some reason I assigned that topic to be last June’s. But love kept resonating with me.

Sometimes I don’t say the right things or perhaps I do say the right things, just not in the right tone. Sometimes I fall short of showing compassion because I was outright inconsiderate of the other person’s feelings. And at times it takes a while when I feel discomfort in my soul that finally I recognize I was wrong to come off that harsh. Can you relate?

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It doesn’t matter what your role is in a relationship but communication is key if it’s love and respect you are expecting. If you are struggling receiving what you want from others, have you taken a look at how you’ve been communicating?

Maybe this month is a sign that you should pay closer attention to how you show your love. If you could simplify your speech/language beginning with your thoughts and temperament, imagine the integrity you would genuinely be known for.

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Proverbs 15: 1-2 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

Proverbs 16:32 Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 17:9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:27-28 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

Matthew 15:11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.

Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

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31 Journal Prompts for Finding Motivation/Inspiration (January)

The old has gone! The new has come! The ironic thing about these journal prompts is I totally procrastinated on completing it. Coming back from Maui just in time for Christmas last year was definitely something I wasn’t mentally ready for. I’m only realizing now that I could have brought a pen and journal to all 8 beaches I had fallen in love with, but if I’m being completely honest, I just wanted to forget about all my cares. I’m glad that the next 351 days doesn’t take away from the fact that every single one is an opportunity to begin anew.

Some of us have had a great start and some of us are struggling to find momentum. Others are finally making small adjustments and the rest have already given up. Whether or not you’re stuck in the habits of 2018 or making compromises with them, 2019 has so much room for growth. With these questions, let us examine ourselves in hopes of putting our best foot forward into cultivating a mindset of preparedness.

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2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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Makes Sense to Me

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

– Steve Jobs

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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 12:1-2

“Think differently. Stand out. Crazy is okay, but get crazy in love with God, so you can change the world. Your genius is according to His will.”

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31 Journal Prompts for Renewing Your mind & Starting over Again (December)

Well, here’s to 2018’s homestretch. I believe each year gets better and better especially if you ask yourself questions that ultimately help you to stay on track. What better way to prepare our minds with the right attitude than to challenge ourselves to gain discernment by thinking towards betterment?

Each year is a year of growth and 2018 has been an advantage for me. I’m approaching the new year with these questions you can also ask yourself. My hope and prayer is that you will always take that room for improvement and make the best of it beginning with having the LORD in mind. For 2019, let’s dig deeper, be more honest with ourselves, others, and most importantly with God. Amen?

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Philippians 4:8 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.

Ephesians 4:22-25 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Colossians 3;2-5 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

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30 Journal Prompts for Producing a Grateful Heart (November)

I wasn’t as grateful as I had always thought I was. The LORD revealed to me how much more I expressed complaints over gratitude. And even if I never verbally said some of those complaints, my thoughts would find other ways of becoming my reality.  For every single thing that doesn’t go my way God tells me, “But what did you do when I opened this door or that door for you? Did you just barge right in to do as you please or did you even thank Me and ask Me for guidance?” Gratitude is attitude, it’s character, and it says a lot about a person’s faith and confidence. Gratitude is everything and bringing this attitude with me everywhere I go assures me that He is still guiding me. There’s so much to count as as a gift from above, and at times when I am overwhelmed with joy, it’s because I choose to be aware of how much I am blessed.

If you’re struggling to grow with gratitude, take heart friend! Here’s a list of affirmative questions to tap into that right attitude as we approach the new year.

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Colossians 3:15-17  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Psalm 106:1 Praise the LORD.Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

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Temptations are good for You! (Devotional)

Have you ever gifted someone something that you later on asked to be returned you? Similarly, when we choose to do what we would rather do instead of letting the LORD have His way with us, it’s like we’re asking God to return the words we lifted up to Him in prayer or praise. Are you ever tempted to take back your words long after your passion for God fizzled or are you ever just tempted to live as if Jesus never touched your heart? It’s okay if you say “No, not lately”, but can you at least relate?

This post will not be what you probably expect it to be but I do have a point. I definitely had those moments when Christianity wasn’t my daily lifestyle and even a few instances years later when I finally committed. I had been so confident to say “never again” and sure enough there I’d be wishing I hadn’t made that vow whether it was because it bruised my ego or made me feel unworthy. I hated my temptations. And I can’t remember exactly what tangible thing I gave to a loved one and then took back, but I’m almost positive I’ve done it at least once as well as the fact that I’ve probably been a victim of this unfairness too.

I’ve read from a devotional a few years ago that it doesn’t matter how long a Christian has been on the journey; there will come times of temptation to want to live as one had lived before they gave their life to Christ. Satan’s good at shaking his victims around, and it begins with little nudges that become persistent overtime.

HE ONLY BECOMES SUCCESSFUL WHEN YOU CONFIRM BY AGREEING WITH THE MEMORIES OF GOOD FEELINGS HE WILL BE COMFORTING AND REMINDING YOU WITH. HE WILL NUDGE YOU IN AREAS YOU HAVE GROWN STRONG IN BECAUSE IT’S THOSE PARTS OF YOUR LIFE YOU THINK YOU ARE CONFIDENT HE WILL NOT TOUCH.

But you are wrong. If you’re only concerned about your weaknesses, he’s got you where he wants you — blind-sighted.

Luke 4:13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Scary, no? But I’m not afraid. You shouldn’t either. At least not right now. God is the only One whom you must fear. It’s your fear of the LORD that gives you wisdom (Proverbs 9:10), because I believe if you fear anything else, many things will terrify you. I just know that whatever comes my way, I am a better person today than I was then, and it’s because I’ve chosen to make a habit of looking at my temptations a different way.

1 Peter 4:12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

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If you’ve been hating, blaming, or running away and fearing your temptations, then they can absolutely ruin you and your mental health/emotional well-being. It’s time to change our views about them. Let me explain. TEMPTATIONS ARE PART OF A HEALTHY SPIRITUAL WALK. God allows them because they contribute to how He will be disciplining you. Remember the LORD loves so much to correct wrongdoing. What parent’s love comes without discipline and how much more with the Father’s? If you recognize temptations and what its goal is, that means you acknowledge your relationship with Jesus, and so they can actually build you up so long as you respond with the right attitude.

James 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;

The right attitude is stepping back and paying close attention to where those temptations could possibly lead you and exactly how the outcome of giving in can mess with your thoughts and feelings later on. There would be no need for a right attitude/response if temptations do not do their part in testing you, and therefore there would be no acknowledgement of victory and moreover, growth, and furthermore, blessings and praises. So yes, God is responsible for allowing this, but He is also the one responsible for rewarding and equipping you with a little bit more confidence and resilience you can put to work the next time you are ever tempted again. But how can you teach yourself not to give in when you forget He’s already equipped you? You must practice by being thankful for them.

Here are 3 reasons to be grateful for your temptations:

  1. THEY BUILD YOUR CHARACTER. They help strengthen your convictions whether you give in or not. They will absolutely strengthen your convictions more than break you if after giving in to those temptations your repentance is genuine and you thanked God for that test/trial, because now you have even more hate for your sins (not temptations), and now you value obedience towards God even more.

  2. THEY ARE NOT SINS. They attack your mind posing as ungodly desires that have not yet become sins. Your awareness is key. The more aware you are that it is only a test/trial, the more successful you will be at remembering to surrender them to God. But the more aware you are of how good it makes you feel, then your tendency to be entertained by them will more likely lead you to commit to the next step, which is sinning.

  3. WITHOUT THEM DISCIPLINE HAS NO VALUE. Think about it, it’s because of where temptations have led us in the past that we choose and want to choose better for ourselves. So the more temptations you have the more God is saying “This is good for you because you will be trained by it”. The LORD’S love comes with much discipline and He sure does love us a lot!

Self-control is ineffective and not long lasting unless there was a specific moment in the temptation when the situation was handed over to God. If He was not acknowledged enough in the struggle, the habit you are trying to control will control you. “Will I choose to take God’s grace for granted or can this growth opportunity really bless me right now?”

THE LORD IS QUICK TO SHOW HIS FAVOR WHEN YOU SERVE HIM THROUGH OBEDIENCE AT THE TOUGHEST TIMES. WHY? THE LIFE OF HIS SON JESUS INSIDE YOU IS PLEASED WITH THE FREEDOM AND PEACE YOU RECEIVE. HIS JOY IS YOUR STRENGTH (Nehemiah 8:10).

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

At the moment of temptation, pay attention to where your heart leans more towards — the desire to glorify God or the desire to glorify your feelings? Remember, Satan nudges by using your feelings. Temptation becomes sin at the moment when the spirit is quenched because the flesh is fulfilled by our participation to commit. PUT YOUR FAITH ABOVE YOUR FEELINGS.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:

  1. What is something this past week or two that has really challenged my integrity?
  2. If I pay closer attention to any temptations around this, will it help me live with more purpose and passion? How would my life improve if I consistently prayed more about this?
  3. Have I been praying about this and what can I add or say differently in my prayers about this one particular temptation?

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PRAY:

Heavenly Father, You’re so good to discipline me using my temptations. Thank you for loving me as I am and I am not even perfect. With Your guidance I know I can always improve. Each temptation is proof to me of your Grace. Forgive me for all the times I have taken your Grace for granted, for focusing on myself and my feelings every time I’ve given in instead of focusing on You. Help me to count it joy that my temptations are chances to humble myself and surrender to You who protects my integrity and my oneness with You. LORD, I ask that You guide me by reminding me of Your presence convicting me to do the right thing as I obey and glorify Your Son when I am faced with temptation again. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

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31 Journal Prompts for Living in God’s Will (October)

What believer doesn’t ever question God if what they’re doing is still in His will? Even if you’ll never admit to anyone about your doubts, it’s such a relief whenever He convicts that you’re still on the right path. Amen? So this post is super late…sorry…but maybe it was in His will because I would not have been able to come up with these questions a few weeks ago.

These questions have crossed my mind concerning my efforts to meet Him half way. They are affirmative questions that you can use as a journal guide or prayer guide to help you make reflections of where you’re at on this narrow path. Whether you are confident or not about the LORD’s will in your life, I hope and pray you continue to persevere. It is in His will after all. 🙂

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Ephesian 5:15-20 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

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Character/Integrity, Temptations, the Full Armor of God (Devotional)

Matthew 5:28 ‘Do not let your heart turn to her ways [the adulteress]’

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 7: 1-3 My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

There is a big connection between heart and mind. It’s said that desires and ambitions stem from the heart. But aren’t those concrete thoughts? And our thoughts on the other hand can have a big impact on the health of our hearts. Like literally.

I believe that God wants His children to operate from the heart, knowing that Jesus is in there. When we accept His Son we accept Him with our minds, but we accept Him into our hearts. And when He is nourished in our hearts, our spirits are lifted, and we can also begin to see things from His point of view. Our minds then adopt His perspective and character/integrity is built in us.

The bridge between heart and mind is character/integrity. When this is more prominent than personality, righteousness is the result. Righteousness is always something to receive no matter how many years a Christian has been following Christ, otherwise it would never have been paid for on the Cross.

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Who or what is at the center of your heart? Is it Jesus or is it something else that may be causing you a lot of confusion?

 

Open the eyes of my heart LORD,

Open the eyes of my heart,

I want to see YOU

I want to see YOU…

 

This song by Michael W. Smith speaks to me a lot. As a Christian it’s so important to realize the connection between Father and Son, and not just once but several times a week. It’s not enough as knowledge in the back of your head. It must be a realization, a rediscovering, a habit to remember again and again.

In my perspective, this song is sung to God, the Father. When I sing it, I am asking HIM to open Jesus’ eyes in my heart. I’m basically inviting Jesus into my heart all over again because I trust His perspective on things. Then in total surrender, when I am aware that Jesus is very well alive and awake in me, I can see through His eyes and He is looking straight to God. I find peace and oneness with HIM here as I am humbly reminded that my righteousness is only there because He made this connection with HIM possible. I am nothing without my relationship with HIS Son.

Is your relationship with Christ making you aware of your temptations?

James 1:15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Temptation becomes sin at the moment when the spirit is quenched because the flesh is fulfilled by our participation to commit. As long as you’re battling temptation with your own strength, they will always seem too great for you to overcome. The secret to faith is finding strength not in ourselves but in Christ’s confidence in God. Armoring yourself with the LORD’S Truth is your weapon for warfare. So what is God’s Truth and how can we overcome one temptation at a time?

In matters of temptation, God’s Truth is found in Ephesians 6:10-18. It talks about putting on the full armor of God, which is the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.

The breastplate of righteousness is the righteousness Christ paid for on our behalf, so putting it on (receiving it) is what will protect our heart. Self-righteousness is not good enough to protect ourselves; we must put on Christ’s righteousness. This is that realization/rediscovering I was talking about earlier; we have righteousness only because of the relationship between God and Jesus.

The shield we must have with us is faithfulness…the same faith He had in God, which strengthened Him with confidence. During those 40 days and nights when Jesus was tempted in the desert, He responded to Satan’s schemes by referring to God’s truths (Matthew 4:3-4, 4:6-7, 4:9-10, Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:16, 6:13). The faith He had as He relied on the Father helped Him to resist temptation.

Then there is also salvation that we must not forget. I believe it is called the helmet of salvation since our righteousness in Christ protects our hearts, our salvation in Christ must protect our minds. Salvation is not a one time deal just like righteousness. Salvation is nothing without righteousness, vice versa, and since what is in the heart must match what it is in the mind, it is our salvation in Christ that reminds us of this connection. With the helmet of salvation, we can “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Last but not least, the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17) is something we must carry with us at all times. A doubled edged sword can pierce any heart. This is true just as with God’s Word, and if we deliver His wisdom with humility and righteousness, it is the ultimate Truth that convicts and protects against anything that threatens our relationship/oneness with Him. It is the righteous weapon we have which means we must use it to convict and not condemn.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:

  1.  Is my character/integrity mostly made up of convictions or condemnations?
  2.  What thoughts and feelings am I allowing my character to be built on?
  3.  Is my righteousness Jesus at the center of my heart or is it something or someone else? If it is not Him, could it be the reason why I feel miles away from Him if I give in to temptation?

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PRAY:

Heavenly Father, You created my heart and mind to worship You, so I am surrendering them again. God, they belong to You. Take this heart and make it pure. Take this mind and transform it. Help me to use them for Your glory and honor because it’s righteousness I am after. LORD, I am declaring again that Jesus is my integrity. In His name I pray, Amen.

Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

By His Grace, Sheela (via sheelaleigh.com)

 

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