21 Day Dare: Day 14- Dare to Have Another Thought
There is a consistent message throughout scripture speaking to transformation as a result of positive thoughts and words.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6-7
PRAYERS OF THANKS REPLACE ANXIETY WITH PEACE.
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. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4: 8-9
LOVELY, NOBLE AND PURE THOUGHTS CALL FORTH HIS PRESENCE.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5: 18
THANKS PUTS US IN GOD'S WILL.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
CONSIDERING TRIALS AS JOYOUS MATURES US SO THAT WE LACK NOTHING!
Do you see it? Wow! The power of our thinking brings peace and presence and maturity and even aligns us to His will. These are just a few of the many scriptures that reveal the true power of renewing our minds, but isn't it enough to desire a transformed mind? Oh, Father give us faith to consider our trials joyous, so that we may become mature in You lacking nothing!
I had the opportunity to hear Graham Cooke this weekend, and even spend some personal time hearing his heart. What I love about Graham and his wife, Theresa, is that they live out these words; They give life to His truth. He gets fully the power to change atmospheres by looking through a lens of God’s goodness and aligning his thoughts to joy and thankfulness and those things that are noble and pure.
He teaches to move from looking at our circumstances as challenges to opportunities for God to move and reveal Himself in new ways.
I share this with you because I have seen such a drastic change in my life by choosing to be thankful, especially when the waves are rising around me. When we can praise Him in storms they never seem to last, and they certainly don't have the same effect as when we fall pray to doubt and despair and end up back to the pit.
I have learned through my own experience the toxicity of negative thinking. Allowing our minds to be carried away by negativity or criticism distracts us from our purpose. Negative thinking keeps us wallowing in circumstances that don’t meet our expectations. It steals our hope. Those negative thoughts leak too, and it begins to shape the relationships and environments around us.
Today, I challenge you to transform your thought life and begin to expect God to move. Can we expect opportunities instead of being overwhelmed by challenges? Can we live out the Word to think on what is true and noble and pure and see if it draws the presence? Can we live out the word and consider it pure joy when a test comes because we know when our need is the greatest God will have to move? Can we anxiously anticipate God to move?
I love that Graham says, "If you don’t like your thought, have another one." It seems so simple, but the transformation is so radical.
As we begin this last week, we will be fasting any negative talk or thoughts . If words that don't align to our identity in Christ come turn them off, or have another thought, but we will not allow negativity to take root and steal our joy! We press in for the prize of fullness of JOY in His Presence!
In His Wings,