Change Your Focus!

“For you are of God little children, and you have overcome them, because greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
Change Your Focus, Change Your LifeA negative self-image is not ‘of God’ and was not birthed from Him. How we view ourselves spiritually and naturally will determine how far we go along the journey to the blessed hope God has set before us.

Viewing one’s self as inferior, less than, unworthy and insignificant is the downward path that leads to failure and despair. There’s no future at the end of that road. I’d like to encourage you to change your focus from yourself to God.

When one focuses too long on failures, perceived faults etcetera, it makes it easier to put on the mantle of hopelessness and worthlessness rather than the garment of praise and thanksgiving.

God wants us to stop looking at our self-made image (or the image Satan has prepared for us) and turn to Him. It’s His view of us that is true and His alone. Only when we view ourselves through His eyes can we see clearly. Let’s take a look at what God’s word has to say about who we really are:

• We are the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21KJV)

• We are made perfect through Christ Jesus and are being made holy every day we live (now that’s an awesome reason to praise God for another day!) (Hebrews 10:14 NLT)

• We are so precious to God that he watched in anticipation as we were formed in our mother’s womb. The word of God says His eyes are continually on the righteous and his ear attends (wait on) their plea! (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 34:15)

He said he chose us out from the entire world to be his own special son/daughter. We were adopted into his family – we are of the chosen (the elect)! The creator of the universe chose us – how could we be anything but special? God sees something in you and me that he desires. Think about that!! (Romans 8:30, James 2:5, Ephesians 1:5)

You can't have a Positve Life with negative thoughts

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When negative thoughts and reasonings (untrue conclusions arrived at by lies planted by Satan) tell us we’re nothing – look to God’s word for the truth. Remember, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life so let’s choose to live a life of truth rather than believe a lie constructed for our destruction!

God loves us for no other reason than it pleases him to do so. He doesn’t love us because we earned it. He doesn’t love us because we’re worthy or because we’re perfect – we won’t reach perfection until death. He loves us because it gives him great pleasure. He takes pleasure in you!

Lift up your head. Square your shoulders. Wipe your eyes, turn away from the false image Satan has constructed and turn toward the image of Christ and walk in the sunshine of His great love. Do you dare? Of course! After all we are of God!

Words for Reflection: Change your focus and God will change your life!

Praise God Anyhow!

Praise God Any How - Saint In
Truly dear hearts I love to praise and worship our God because He’s so worthy of all the glory, honor and praise. No matter what life brings to our door step, He’s still worthy! Oh yes He is! I could not have said this from my heart some years ago because I didn’t understand or know that there is an in-spite-of praise that I would have to learn to give to our Heavenly Father.

It was real easy for me to praise God as long as He was blessing me (that’s called the-because-of praise); that kind of praise cost nothing but the in-spite-of praise isn’t free. This kind of praise can only be taught by the school master of test and trials – that’s what God allowed in order to make me who I am today and it will continue to make me in the future. I haven’t arrived where God wants me to be yet but I am changing, little by little and (I believe so are you).

It takes time to be molded and shaped by the power of God so don’t rush the process. Be patient with God and with your selves; don’t charge God foolishly but trust Him in what He’s molding and shaping you to become.

You can trust his plans for you because He loves us!

It took me many years to believe and accept His love simply because I didn’t love myself. I thought surely I wasn’t worthy of His love. But Satan is a liar and he can’t tell the truth. He can’t make me believe that lie anymore! Oh bless the living God! How can I believe anything but the truth: God loves me, me and yes, me again and again! God has brought me through so much, from the troubles I experienced in my youth through two bouts with cancer as an adult – I just can’t tell it all BUT I can tell you this much: there’s nobody who can do us like Jesus!

When I had colon cancer in 2006 God gave me this scripture to read:

Psalm 34:19 (KJV)

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

In 2010 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer He once again gave me words of encouragement from His holy word:

Isaiah 43:2 (NKJV)

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

And it kept getting better! When my daughter and I went to my sister’s house to tell her the doctor’s prognosis (so that she could sympathize with me), I’d barely gotten the ‘bad news’ out of my mouth when God anointed her in the Holy Spirit and spoke these glorious, victorious and powerful words to me: “It’s not bad news. You shall live and not die.”!

Oh what a rejoicing time we had in that kitchen! Dear hearts I’m still here! A living, breathing testimony of God’s healing and keeping power. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

I have only to think on his goodness, his mercy towards me and I get so happy, happy, happy in my soul – I’m like David dancing before the Lord. Dear ones even at sixty years of age this living testimony can dance before the Lord all night and then some. Thank God there’s no age limit in the Spirit.

We are going to rejoice in heaven with Him for eternity what more for this short time while we’re here on earth?

Yes Dear Hearts, God will carry us through the rough stuff and it can get pretty rough but when you can’t stand like you want to, hang on where you can but whatever you do don’t let go. It’s in His name and through His blood that we have the victory.

Don’t do what I did years ago; don’t fall into Satan’s trap of despair. The last thing our foe wants us to do is praise and worship God. That demon of the soul knows that God inhabits the praises of His people. There’s no wonder the Heavenly host cry aloud, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

To those of us who have not lost the will to praise God from our hearts, continue to praise Him no matter what may come. And yet there are some who are not so sure they can hold on for one more hour let alone another day. This is why it’s so important that we pray for and encourage one another. I never thought I’d lose heart when it came to praising God but I did and that can happen to anyone.

To those who are in a struggle today I encourage you to keep praising your Heavenly Father. Hang on in there; your help is on the way. Our Heavenly Father loves us with a great and everlasting love. His love will never fade away and there’s nothing we can do about it except receive it, embrace it and hang on to it for dear life. Dear ones believe me when I tell you no matter how long you’ve been struggling this too will pass. That you and I have the victory through Christ’s blood and his powerful name is not just a saying, it’s a promise!

If you are in need of prayer ask someone you can trust to pray with you; if not please know that we’re here and if you’d like to make a prayer request be assured that we will take it before the Lord. He still sits on the throne; His ears are ever open to His children’s cry and His eyes see every tear we shed. Although we may not personally know you, our Heavenly Father knows us all in a very real and personal way. He knows His children and we are the apples of His eye.

Zechariah 2:8 (NIV)

For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—

There is a song that says: When praises go up God’s blessings come down. Those lyrics have ringed true in my life and in many others’ lives – why can’t it ring true in yours? God is a keeper, his power is sustaining and his love for us is never-ending. Look up and be blessed.

Finally, please know that you are more to Rebecca and me than a face we see on Facebook or here on the blog; you’re our brothers and sisters in Christ. We love you and hope to encourage you in Christ, when you hurt we hurt and so does our Heavenly Father.

Remember, no matter what, praise God anyhow!
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I’ve Got Another “Yes” Lord in My Soul!

Keep the Faith and Say Yes Lord
Have you ever felt as if life has handed you too much to bear? Too much pain, too much loss, too much uncertainty, too much regret? Well when those times come it is up to us to reach down into the depths of our souls and pull up a word of praise to see us through to the other side – another “Yes!”

David encouraged himself to press onward, Paul determined to do the same and if we are to see our victory manifested we must follow suite.

God never promised us a rose-garden walk, a bed of ease and sun-shiny days for the duration of our journey along the Holy Highway but He did promise that He would not fail us or leave us. Joshua 1:5 NLT

Indeed, Jesus Christ was more than frank concerning the troubles a child of God would face in this world – this foreign land in which we are strangers and only passing through.

He explained it this way, “Is the servant greater than the Master?” (Matthew 10:22-25) If the Master is required to suffer should we expect to do less? Are we to come into our inheritance without opposition when Christ Himself was beaten, spat upon, whipped, and died an agonizing death to secure our victory? While it is true that we are saved by grace it is just as true that we still have work to do, mountains to climb, storms to endure and pain to bear. God’s promise is of our ultimate victory but the very word implies that there must be something to be victorious over.

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

It is easy to be overcome by reasoning thoughts and deceptive emotions; thank God for the Spirit that gives us power! The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead gives us the ability to press on in the face of disappointment; the strength to endure hardship without murmuring and complaint and the grace to wait on the Lord when time seems to have passed us by. This is why we can find that YES in our souls because God supplies us with all the ingredients we need.

Paul tells us that we are co-heirs with Christ: we share in his suffering and in his glory. (Romans 8:17) Jesus Christ witnessed to a lost soul, prayed for his tormentors, saw to his mother’s care and obeyed his Father’s will all while dying on the cross. The same power that gave him strength to carry out his Father’s plan is within each and every last child of God. There is no favoritism in God and those who seek wisdom (or anything else) have but to ask and receive.

There have been many days when I’ve cried to our Father about the cares that weighed me down but I can honestly say he never let me cry for long. Eventually the cries of distress would turn to words of praise. It takes but a thought, a turning of the mind to the thing that God has done and then “Why” transforms into “Yes!” “When” becomes “You’re will” and “Help!” becomes “Thank You Jesus!”

Beloved, God is not slack in his promises nor is he an absentee Father. The word of God says that the eyes of the Lord are always on the righteous and his ears attend (wait on) unto their plea. The Word proclaims us to be God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10) – do you truly believe that God created you only to leave you hanging? Your heart knows the truth – God is ever with you.

I encourage you to look back over your life, reminisce about the many times you thought that you just couldn’t take any more only to find that God had already pulled you through. Instead of fixating on the whys of life, seek out and stare at the promises of God. Oh, I know, our flesh doesn’t want to suffer. It doesn’t like pain or disappointment. But remember beloved, we are spirit not flesh. While we were once dead in sin, we are now living through the Spirit. The Spirit knows and so must we that those of us who suffer with Christ will rein with Him too.

Reach down into the well of your soul and draw up another “Yes”, pull it out, cry it out, scream it at the top of your lungs and declare to the God of your salvation that “Yes! I will wait. Yes I will trust. Yes I believe and I will obey.”

Beloved join with me and speak it aloud right now and together we’re sure to be victorious once again!”

I’ve got another “Yes, Lord in my soul!” Do you?

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