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During this time of the Falls Feast we had daily heart-to-hearts with God and allowed Him to discipline, correct and deal with us, our hearts and our inner worlds.
In Matthew Jesus clearly teaches us that our own blind spots or flaws prevent us from accurately evaluating the needs of others.
Matthew 7:4 TPT 4 How could you say to your friend, ‘Let me show you where you’re wrong,’ when you’re guilty of even more? 5 You’re being hypercritical and a hypocrite! First acknowledge and deal with your own ‘blind spots,’ and then you’ll be capable of dealing with the ‘blind spot’ of your friend.
To many of us it has been a complete mindset shift to allow God to help us to focus on our OWN flaws instead of focusing on flaws of others.
The condition of our heart is critical in our walk with God and with people.
As the psalmist says in Psalm 4:23 our heart is the SPRING from which life flows, or even the SOURCE, of life consequences. This is so profound.
PS 4:23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life NLT Psalm 4:23 Above everything else, guard your heart; for it is the source of life’s consequences AMP
Our INner world determines how we perceive and interact with the OUTer world. The condition of our heart determines the quality of our life, because it determines our OUTlook, our perception of situations, people, and life in general.
How Can We Change Our Hearts Or Our Thoughts?
Sometimes our inner world, thoughts, emotions and the condition of our heart is so unexplored, that they may seem hidden and unknown to us.
We struggle to understand why we feel and behave in a certain way or how to change. Many of us want to change but don’t really know where to start.
We have put together 5 practical Biblical principles that can be applied to help us to renew the condition of our hearts and thoughts:
1. Be strong and courageous
Change and growth is often hard. Just as God commanded Joshua in Joshua 1:7 to be strong ang courageous, He also commands us to be strong and courageous.
Joshua 1:7Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go.
2. Resist a thought and it will flee
It has been said that an unwanted thought is like a little bird that flies and lands on your head. Once the little bird lands on your head, you can shoo it away. Sometimes after you shooed it away, it will try to land on your head again and again AND AGAIN.
Each time you resist the thought or shoo the bird away, it lands for a shorter amount of time. The thought becomes weaker and weaker and it becomes easier to overcome.
The bird doesn’t have to make a nest on your head. You have a choice; you can RESIST it as James 4:7 says, and it will flee.
James 4:7 ASV Be subject therefore unto God; but resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
3. Focus (meditate) on these things
Many people think that their thoughts (and resulting emotions and behaviour) are something they have no control over. They think that their thoughts and emotions are something that happens TO them, not INSIDE them.
In Philippians 4:8-9 Paul tells the congregation of Philippi to CHOOSE to focus and meditate on the following:
Philippians 4:8-9 AMP 8 Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]
If you are struggling with negative thoughts or feelings about a person or situation, or if you struggle with anxiety, fear, worry or anger, you are told to think continually (continually = all-the-time), centre your mind on, and implant the following in your heart:
· whatever things are TRUE. Ask yourself, is what you are thinking or feeling about a person or situation true, authentic and real?
· whatever things are HONORABLE. Is what you are thinking about a person or situation respectful?
· whatever things are JUST. Is what you are thinking about a person or situation right and confirmed by God’s Word?
· whatever things are pure and wholesome. Is what you are thinking about a person or situation innocent, undefiled and wholesome?
· whatever is lovely and brings peace. Are your thoughts pleasant? Do your thoughts bring you peace?
· whatever is admirable and of good repute. Are you believing and expecting the best of a person or the worst?
· if there is any excellence. Do your thoughts reflect grace and value for a person?
· if there is anything worthy of praise. Are you focusing on the praiseworthy qualities of someone?
4. Set Your Mind and Keep it Set
Proverbs 3:6 tells us that the first thing we should do when faced with a decision is ask God's advice.
Proverbs 3:6 CJB In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
But once we know what God wants us to do, how to we commit and get it done?
In Colossians 3:2 we are told to SET out MINDS.
Colossians 3:2 AMP Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value].
Setting our minds and making a decision can be likened to locking a padlock and throwing away the key or planting a pole in wet concrete. Once the concrete is dry and set, the pole can’t be moved. Setting our minds on a decision we have made (that is in line with God’s will) works the same way.
If you have decided to stop having anxious thoughts, or negative thoughts about someone, then keep your mind set.
5. Seek counsel
It is a Biblical principle to seek counsel, guidance and wise advice in order to become wise ourselves.
If you are struggling to change your thoughts or your heart, seek counsel as Proverbs instructs us.
Proverbs 11:14 AMP Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm], But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory. Proverbs 15:22 AMP Without consultation and wise advice, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they are established and succeed. Proverbs 24:6 AMP For by wise guidance you can wage your war, And in an abundance of [wise] counselors there is victory and safety. Proverbs 19: 20 TPT Listen well to wise counsel and be willing to learn from correction so that by the end of your life you’ll be known for your wisdom.
We would like to end off with this beautifully translated prayer by Rabbi Naomi Levy:
It’s so easy to take God for granted.
We treat our blessings lightly.
We assume our prosperity is self-made.
We ignore all the beauty that surrounds us.
We give in to the pull of daily pressures,
We rush, we worry, we plan,
And we forget to Stop,
Open our eyes,
And notice how precious life is.
God is here.
watching over us.
Teach us, God, to treasure all that You have given us.
Open our eyes so that we can see
Your hand in each new day.
Blessings! Monique Contact Us On firstname.lastname@example.org
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