my renewed mind

I look at the world around me and I have no doubt in GOD. I skim through the chapters of my life and again, I have no doubt in GOD. I feel his overbearing gift of peace. A gift I have not earned but have been given anyways. I only aspire to be a tool used by GOD. That I am his daughter and I roam the earth sharing good news. I pray that I don’t become of this world, but that I am transformed and changed by the renewal of my mind. That’s this new heart planted inside me is so bright it’s blinds my enemies miles away . That the Lords presences is so strong in my life it make the evil and negative forces weak. Unable to touch even a glimpse of my soul. Unable to speak evil wrong things against me because I am protected under the blood of Christ. I pray that I do not eat with those who are greedy. Who thrive in lust and boast about themselves. I aspire to eat with the poor, to teach the youth, to hug those who seem unlovable. I pray the fruits of my spirit grow a garden filled with rich knowledge, wisdom, and love to feed the roots within me. I pray my determination takes me to the highest mountain. Only to watch those who did me wrong become a speck of dust. I aspire to be more than Internet ideal beauty.. I aspire to teach those to not only love themselves but love others. To treat myself as a temple. To cater to my needs. To allow scripture to water my soul. To not let the storm discourage me but bring me strength. To be love. I aspire to let the heaven in me fill the earth. To be all that he is. This is my promise to God.

“Do not conform any longer 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
How many times have you said, “I wish I knew what God wanted me to do in this situation?” Here is the path to knowing God’s will-His good, pleasing and perfect will. Renew your mind! The promise is powerful-if I renew my mind, God has some awesome benefits and rewards.
I will be transformed-not just cleaned up on the outside-but completely transformed on the inside, too.
I will know and understand God’s will for my life.
Fill your mind with the word of God, out will go all the garbage, filth and the lies of the enemy. Seriously start reading the Word of God.

Dear God,

I know it will take time but please renew my heart and mind. Do something new in me. I need Your grace. I need Your patience. I need You more and more. Help me to wake up with Your loving presence. 

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JUST BECAUSE SHE ~KNOWS~ DOESN’T MEAN SHE CAN’T STILL BE OBLIVIOUS!WYNONNA



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Lately I’ve been getting up as early as 3:30 am. I have these random, muffled thoughts. With a tired spirit, I wrestle in bed, stubborn but pleading God to let me sleep at least one more hour. Then my heart begins to grieve because all it wants is to let Jesus in. And by His grace, I rise with one focus: The Lord, God. As I open my Bible to read Psalms of praise I realize my stubbornness was what He wanted so He could exchange it for peace. I become fully awake as I worship sincerely and my mind renews with new reverence for Him. I’m left with gratitude, calm, and vitality, and all I had to do was COME TO HIM. I realize it was Him trying to quiet those racing thoughts, knocking on my heart so He could give me Himself. Then I’m ready to take on the day, encouraged, confident, strong. If I don’t get up to do something about starting the day right, I create a distance between me and God, and I may suffer for it later on. 

God creates discomfort in your spirit so He can transform your mind and renew your heart. His mercies are new every morning. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It’s not just every morning, it’s every moment. It’s a matter of being awake in spirit so we can have the discernment to COME TO HIM.

This is what the Lord wanted me to read this morning. It’s a Kindle version of a devotional book that was first given to me by an ex when things started to get really rocky. I’ve been reading it for 10 years now and it has changed my life. I could say that this is one of the best Christian devotional books ever written if not the best. If any Christian has a hard time focusing on the Word/reading the Bible, this is the book to help deepen your faith. It’s called My Utmost for His Highest

By His Grace, Sheela

There are too many hardened hearts that need healing. (By the way, this includes mine.) Sometimes, I would ask Jesus if he can really do it.

Then I look at the empty tomb and shut up; I renew my mind and be in awe.

—  Zel
Fast From Wrong Thinking: "I'll Never Be Able To Change This Area Of My Life"

Today we are fasting from the thought that says, “I’ll never be able to change this area of my life.”

We all have stubborn areas of our lives that won’t seem to change—perhaps a habit, an attitude, an addiction, or even a relationship. That ends today!

LET’S CHANGE IT TODAY

1. Fast from wrong thinking! You are doing that now. When we change our thinking, we can change anything! As a man thinks, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).

2. Stop trying so hard. Expect change to happen TO you, not BY you. Romans 12:2 says, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Our part is to renew our mind by fasting from wrong thinking. God’s part is to transform us. And He will! Expect!

3. Give up on promising God that you will change. Peace comes when you stop living by the promises YOU make to God; and start living by the promises HE makes to you. He will change you, as you renew your mind (Jeremiah 18:6).

4. Think: fire and hammer. Jeremiah 23:29 says, “Is not My Word like fire? And like a hammer which shatters a rock?” God’s Word acts as both fire and a hammer. The Word does the work! Expect His Word to burn the stubborn area out of you with His fire or break it off of you with His hammer!

5. Awaken to God’s grace. (Titus 2:12) His grace empowers us to change, to stop sinning, and to live godly lives. The river of grace is always flowing. Just step into it and receive!

6. Refuse to give in to condemnation. Condemnation keeps you bound to your present condition. When you realize Jesus doesn’t condemn you, power comes to change you (John 8:11).

7. Speak to the mountain that hasn’t changed. (Mark 11:23) Remember, whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven. You have that kind of authority. Use your words to exercise your authority (Proverbs 18:21).

THINK IT & SAY IT

I embrace the truth that as I renew my mind to the Word of God, He is transforming me. God’s grace gives me the power to change. His Word is doing the work! As I speak God’s Word and think God’s Word, it is changing me.

I am free from condemnation, because I belong to Jesus Christ. That grace and freedom is changing me today, in Jesus’ Name!

1 Peter 1:13-16
With minds alert and fully sober, set your hope on
the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming. Do not conform to the evil desires you
had when you lived in ignorance….for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Holiness is living a life that is set apart from the world’s influence and separated from sin. In essence, holiness is righteousness in action.
The Word of God will lead us and guide us on our path toward holiness. The Word of God is alive and is able to cut away from us all that is not pleasing in the sight of the Lord. We are to imitate God. God is holy and we should desire to be like Him.
Prayer: Father, my desire is to live a holy life. Cleanse my heart and renew my mind and transform it; take my will and conform it to Yours. I long to be holy. Help me be pleasing unto You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Don't believe the lies others or the devil try to tell you

Lately I had been letting the devil win not on purpose but I got so distracted in the noise of the world and the circumstances of why i couldn’t do things. i was letting myself become isolated and that when we are most vulnerable the devil wants to make you feel defeated by steal your happiness. But when I started praying this verse popped into my head

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

My life was going to work and watching tv and sleeping. I had found excuses for not going to church which were the lamest because yes i had to get my dad up but he would have been willing to drive me.  Things had changed so the group i was going to i wasn’t able to do anymore. All these things added up to equal a lonely me.

God reminded me there was other groups and opportunities to socialize once i put the noise and the excuses aside.

The huge Lie i was believing was that i had to be like the world. Granted  i have never been that way but when people like grandparents and your father tell you to be like others your age and be normal. It makes you feel bad about yourself.  I dress modestly, I don’t party…

but God reminded me that i am not of this world and that

I should not conform to the patterns of this world but be of gods by renewing my mind and spending time with him.

(Romans 12:2)

God has great plans for you beyond your wildest dreams but the devil wants to rob you of it so guard your heart.

What if life had a rewind button...

There are some choices i made earlier in my life that i have always wanted to take back, go down a different path, or just erase completely. You know the things in your past that you cringe at when you remember it? or you are drawn to think about what would be different if you didn’t make that decision. 

Until recently this was me constantly, particularly in regard to past relationships and how they flow on to other areas of my life. Sometimes i felt like the past relationships i was in brought far more negativity into my life than they did positive. And maybe that some of the choices i made when i was looking for love in all the wrong places and the damage that caused me would limit my potential in future relationships in terms of trust, the walls i had put up and me not being able to give myself entirely to a new relationship. 

I was holding the opinion that if i could, i would take back those ‘mistakes’ as to make me a better person now. But, that is not how life works and it’s not how God works. 

God has recently given me a new perspective, i suppose you could call it a bit of a silver lining. The fact is, God has the ability to make something good out of something that appears so terrible at first glance.

Those relationships, that i cringed at when i looked back at them did hold moments with God’s hand upon them. The boy in my first relationship lost his mum in the lead up to it and i honestly believe that God was able to use me, despite the relationship being less than ideal in numerous ways, to be a support for him during such an awful time. The following relationship, i rushed into on a whim, but God has drawn me to see how it forced me to figure out the strength of my morals under intense pressure. I’m glad to say that God had His hand upon me and i was able to stand true and hopefully was a good influence on the boy during that relationship. But what i really hated to look back on, was the fact that i went out with two non-christian boys in a row knowing that it was incompatible and that i wouldn’t be able to share with them the biggest part of my life and journey together. I knew this, but i still entered into the relationships. 

But i am learning to look through God’s lens, which is not of disappointment at my ‘mistakes’ but instead of Grace and opportunity which he used to make the most of what i always looked back on as a bad situation. 

God is showing me that there is nothing i could ever do that would remove His love from me, nor alter my potential as His child. My weaknesses are made perfect in His greatness. I am forgiven and i have been looked after through the whole thing. 

Slowly i’m learning to accept my past with no regrets, handle my present with confidence from God and look forward to the future without fear. It’s honestly requiring an entirely new mindset, and i am having to let God renew my mind to do so. But i so encourage all you you to have a look at moments in your past that cause you to cringe and ask God to give you His lens to reveal to you that His hand was upon you the whole time. 

I say all of this, because it is time for us to stop wishing for a rewind button and start trusting that God has made a way. 

-31women (Gabi)

But for you who fear My name, The Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.” Malachi 4:2
When the sun rises, darkness flees and the earth comes alive with vitality and vigour. The birds start singing, the flowers bloom and everything that has breath wakes up as if to welcome the sun.
Jesus is the Sun of Righteousness. His beams bring health and strength, delight and joy, safety and security. His light dispels every darkness from our hearts, His life raises every dead patch in our lives back to life .
My heart is made new, my body is healed, my mind is renewed and joy floods my soul.

anonymous asked:

I cut again last night after not doing it for months. I am so ashamed right now. I really don't get what plans God would ever have for me.

Cutting may give you temporary relief, or maybe it helps you deal with your past… but you already know it isn’t a healthy relief, and that you need to break away from it. There are also many things that can trigger self-harm.

Whatever your circumstances, prepare yourself, because changing your mind, body and spirit won’t be an easy task. If this temptation does not go away, then the first take would be to work on talking it out, so you don’t have to act it out. Of course, this means talking with your pastor and a counselorAnother step to help will be to change your mode of thinking. If you struggle with cutting or self-injury, embracing these Scriptures below on a daily basis can help you begin to change your mind, body and spirit. 

Feeling: I deserve punishment.

Truth: When Jesus allowed Himself to be beaten, mocked and nailed to a cross to die, he paid the price for any wrongs. He bled (so that I don’t have to) and gave me grace, love and forgiveness (1 Peter 2:24). I have been made righteous because of a faith in Jesus, and he has freely given me His grace in spite of my sin (Romans 3:21-26).

Feeling: God has abandoned me.

Truth: Because God loves me, He promises to never leave me or forsake me. His love for me is everlasting; it will never stop, disappear or grow cold. Nothing can separate me from His love—not even myself. He won’t ever leave me but will provide mercy and grace when I am in need (Hebrews 13:5, Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 8:35-39 and Hebrews 4:16).

Feeling: Things are never going to get better.

Truth: God promises me of a future and a hope. I can’t see it right now, and I don’t know how He is working it out. Still, I choose to trust Him, and while He is working out my problems, I will wait on Him (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 27:14).

Feeling: I’ll never be able to change.

Truth: When I came to Christ, He made me a new creation. It will take time to renew my mind, body and spirit, but He has promised to change me, no matter how I feel (John 15:15, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Colossians 2:7, Philippians 1:6).

Feeling: No one could love me.

Truth: When Jesus died on the cross, He demonstrated the ultimate act of love for me. He did this because I am chosen and dearly loved (Romans 5:6-11, Colossians 3:12).

Feeling: I’m unacceptable.

Truth: Because God created me, and Christ died for me, I am acceptable to Him; before the world was created, He made the choice to adopt me as His own (Ephesians 2:13, I Peter 2:9, Ephesians 1:5).

Feeling: I feel like God won’t forgive me.

Truth: Despite how I see myself, God sees me as blameless and holy because of what Christ did on the cross. It’s hard to imagine, but God has completely forgiven me. When I confess anything that I have done wrong, He is more than willing to forgive and cleanse me from sin, no matter how many mistakes I make (Colossians 1:22, Colossians 1:13-14, 1 John 1:9). Remember, change takes time, but if you accept the truth of what God says, and seek help, you will discover better coping and life skills.

God has a plan for life even though it’s sometimes difficult to determine His will in certain situations. Times when you don’t find a clear direction can be very confusing and frustrating. God gave Moses the burning bush, He showed his will to Gideon with the fleece, and He spoke to Saul with thunder and lightening. When he does this for us, it’s easy to understand God’s guidance. But he seldom does it this way. So to truly find God’s will for our life we often must step out in faith. This can be scary, but we need to realize God is there beside us and he will not allow us to stray as long as we trust in him.

Proverbs 3:6 promises us, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Psalm 37:23 tells us, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord….” And Isaiah 30:21 informs us, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” God’s word plainly is saying that God will help us find his direction, but how does he do it?

I believe God reveals his will to us in stages. Initially, we may get a feeling of direction from God from different sources:

1. Prayer. In order for God to speak to us, we need to be in his presence listening for his voice. As we spend time in prayer, we may sense God’s leading in our lives.

2. His word. God speaks to us through his written word as we study and meditate upon his holy scripture.

3. Circumstances. Many times God will cause doors to open, or others to close. If we are walking in obedience to him, we have to assume that events in our life are ordered by God. They don’t just happen by chance. Maybe the reason why a door has opened up to us is that God wants us to go through it!

4. Our heart. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will minister to our spirit and reveal God’s plan for us. We will have an assurance deep in our heart. We will feel God’s voice guiding us.

5. Others. God can use other believers to bring us his direction. Sometimes we will be singing a song in church, or we will be reading a Christian book, or hear the Pastor’s message, or one of our friends will say something that will show us God’s will. God can reveal his direction to us through any of these five ways. But even when he does, it’s sometimes difficult to discern that what we sense or feel is truly God’s plan for our lives. Jesus said in Matthew 18:16, “…by the word of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” Jesus is here quoting Deuteronomy 19:15, “…by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.” I believe this is a good principle to follow in trying to figure out God’s plan for you. Initially, you get the direction from one of the five ways mentioned above, but now God will confirm his plan to you in the mouth of two or three witnesses: in other words: one or two more things will confirm God’s direction for you. When you see this confirmation, then you will know it’s time to step out in faith. There have been times in my life when I simply had to take that first step of faith, and when I did, God confirmed his plan for me as I went. You may sense God asking you to do this, but remember, God understands our human weakness. If we sincerely seek him and are willing to obey his word, he will usually affirm his will for us in other ways.

He confirms his direction for us the same way he revealed it to us in the first place — through one of these five ways:

1. Prayer. We need to seek God in prayer. Luke 11:9-10 promises, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” If we truly seek God’s will, we will find it.

2. His word. Sometimes while we’re struggling for God’s guidance, a scripture that we are reading will seem to pop out at us confirming which way God wants us to go. Psalm 119:105 tells us, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Allow God’s word to illumine your pathway.

3. Circumstances. Events will sometimes indicate God’s direction for us. Paul wrote about such a circumstance in his life in 2 Corinthians 2:12, “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord.” As you are seeking God’s direction, events may establish what you have already felt God telling you to do.

4. Our heart. God will sometimes speak to our heart. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would help guide us in John 16:13, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Just like Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-12, we need to be listening for God’s still small voice speaking to our soul.

5. Others. Many times when we are struggling with indecision, God will use others to affirm his will. Sometimes a song will speak to us, or God will use the Pastor’s message. Many times a friend will speak to us and, not realizing our struggle, will speak words of encouragement which will help solidify our decision for the Lord. Other times someone on the radio, or a book will proclaim God’s answer to us. God uses his whole church body to minister to one another. Colossians 3:16 instructs us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” God will speak to us whether it’s the word of Christ, or wisdom, or teaching, or admonishing, or songs, or grace in our hearts. God will confirm his will in our lives.

Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Psalms 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalms 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

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.

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” 

Matthew 6:34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).  

God is capable of anything, and He is more than capable of getting you through this. However, if you need to seek help, please do so. Do not be ashamed, there are good, well-trained people who want to assist you. God will help us, but sometimes it’s up to us to take action before He steps in.

Blessings<3

-Sarah

You’re never going to walk around fear. You’re only going to walk through it. I have to do all those things I am afraid of, but I do them constantly renewing my mind.
—  ― Suzanne D. Williams

I’m a girl who likes lists.
I write lists organising my day, organising my study, organising my groceries. I feel like it is such a stress relief for me.

But, while lists make me feel like I’m organised and on top of things, there are other areas of my life that are a shambles.
That would my mind and thought life.
I have felt this whole year that I need to let God ‘transform and renew’ my mind like it says in Romans 12.

This is a really hard thing to write out and actually face because my mind has definitely not been kind to me over the years and I’m sure a lot of you can relate to that. But enough is enough and I’m done with my thought life limiting my potential.

So I am going to write a list. The 'I Quit List’

I Quit:
- negative self talk
- defensiveness
- worry
- jealousy
- comparing myself to others
- anger
- complaining
- anxiety

I know a list isn’t going to sort my mind out on its own, it’s now up to me to write that list out. Put it on my wall and look at that list daily as a reminder of the person I used to be and as a way to direct me towards the woman God has created me to be.

The mind can be so potent, scary and limiting over who we are. But God wants our minds so He can heal them. So He can make them a weapon for good and not a weapon that self destructs.

So ladies what are you going to write in your list in order to gain your true self?

-31women (Gabi)