Where is Your Head?

There is a war for your thoughts and for your imagination.

It is a battle for your ability to imagine your day, your tomorrow, your future. A war for the direction of your thoughts and their ability to impact your relationships, job, and home life.

The ability to imagine is a gift or a curse depending on what shapes that imagination.

Many people believe that you can’t control your thoughts or the direction of them but that is not what the Bible says:

“For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit.  For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace,” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:5-6‬ ‭NET‬‬

The imagination nourished by the Spirit of God is life and peace.

The imagination shaped by the flesh is fear and death.

The thing is, you get to choose.You have free will and God will never take it from you.
What you think, how you think is up to you.
You can go the way of your nature, of your personality, of your circumstances, of your experiences in this world, and follow them all the way down to hopelessness,

Or

You can go the way of Jesus and his nature, his power, his perspective on your circumstances and follow him to a peace that passes all understanding.

This is not about creating your future with positive thoughts. This is about consciously choosing to fix your mind on Jesus Christ and allowing Him to shape your outlook.

“Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NET‬‬

You have permission, my friend, to take a mental vacation from fear and set your imagination free to dream God sized dreams today.

Where is your head?

What is it filled with?

What does it mean for you to set your imagination free and let God dream for your life?

From Worry to Worship

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A whisper of fear can wedge open the door of worry.  Instead of being focused on all the wonders of your world, the worries of it eclipse your perspective.

I have a better idea.

Instead of being caught up in worry, throw yourself headlong into worship.

When you worry, you are focused on what if’s, what’s next and what is going to happen?

When you worship, you are focused on God’s faithfulness, goodness, and love.

The shift from worry to worship is like being transported to another world. The tightness in your chest releases and opens up, faith floods in and overflows.

The things you are worried about might not change but by changing your focus from worry to worship you will dramatically change how you experience them.

“I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms-I’m celebrating your rescue. I’m singing at the top of my lungs, I’m so full of answered prayers.”
Psalm 13:5, 6 MSG

When David wrote this, he was in the middle of a battle. He had not seen the rescue or seen his prayers answered yet but he had decided he was tired of looking at the battle and looked up to God instead. He decided to celebrate the coming rescue, fill his heart with the kind of overflowing gratitude that comes when you see the answer to your prayers. David just didn’t feel like waiting until he saw it- he wanted to celebrate the victory now.

You know what I love about God? He doesn’t mind when I decide to party prematurely. He doesn’t shake his finger at me and says “You just need to wait until you see it with your eyes then you can celebrate”. No, that is the world’s way. God’s way is to celebrate before the battle is won, say thank you before you get the gift and dance in the jail cell before you are released!

Because the battle has been won on the cross, the gifts are on their way and
the release has already been secured by Jesus himself.

It is time to break away from worry and break into worship, my friend. To throw yourself headlong into the arms of Jesus and worship him for all he has done, all he will do and most of all – for who he is. He is Lord, Savior, Redeemer and the Son of God.

Run from worry and start celebrating the victory that is on its way.

What is your favorite worship song or album?

When was the last time you shut out the world, pumped up the volume and surrounded yourself in worship?

How will you make that happen today?

What To Do When An Unexpected Storm Hits

Do what Jesus did.

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.

But Jesus was sleeping.

Matthew‬ ‭8‬:‭24‬ NIV

Jesus was sleeping in the midst of a storm that came on so suddenly and was so ferocious that the disciples feared for their lives. But Jesus did not fear.

Jesus was resting. He didn’t need to quiet the winds and calm the waves to do it. He was resting right in the middle of it.

He was able to because:

1). He was tired and needed physical rest.

2). He knew God determined his time on earth, not a storm- even the most ferocious of ones.

3). He knew who he was (and whose he was): the son of God, on mission from God, filled with the power of God.

4). He knew his mission was not over yet.

The best thing for you to do in a storm is trust God to get you through it and rest in that truth.

1). Rest physically. You will handle the challenge of the storm better if you’re physically rested.

2). Rest in God’s sovereignty. He knows the moment you will cross into eternity. This storm will not be the end of your story and God does not have half a plan.

3). Rest in knowing who (and whose) you are, a cherished child of God, redeemed by the cross of Christ to live life loved and drenched in God’s grace.

4). Rest in the knowledge that if you are here, God’s mission for you is not done yet.

At the beginning of this year, I felt the Lord press me to learn how to rest better. How to lean on him more, how to trust him to meet me more in my everyday challenges and allow his power to flow.

So instead of saying,
“what do I need to work on today?”,

I replaced it with “what do I need to rest in today?”

It completely changed my perspective and set my heart to rest in his love and work from that truth.

If he has asked you to do, he will give you what you need to get through it.

What do you need to rest in today?

Right On Time

But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.
Isaiah 30:18

When the boys were in elementary school they got out at 2:20pm and I would try to get to the school at the latest by 2:00pm so I can get a good spot in the pick up line. If you have ever experienced the stress of picking your child up in the craziness that is the end of the school day, you know how important this is.

One day I had to pick them up early from school and as we walked from classrooms to the car, Kyle looked at all the cars waiting in line and said “Oh, they are already here?” Then he said, ” I thought you just got here right when school is out”. I said “Nope, if I waited until then I’d be way in the back of the line, so I get here early so I can be right on time for you.”

As I pulled in to wait in the pick up line next day, I thought about Kyle’s perception, ” I thought you just got here right when school was out.”

We forget that most things are not always as they seem but only as we see them, as we perceive them.

Just as I made a point to be at the school early, so that I can be “on time” for the boys, so God is working in ways we can’t see and don’t know about in our lives. He is going ahead, preparing the way and getting his grace and power ready to be right on time in our lives.

Even as we pray, Jesus is preparing to be right on time.

I can’t see what God is doing “behind the scenes” in my life or in yours, but I know he is working. I don’t know how he is going to meet your need, but I know he will. I don’t even have to worry about the why’s or how’s. I only have to “wait” for him which means to expect, look and long for him, for his victory, his favor, his love, his peace, his joy, and his matchless, unbroken companionship!”

I am praying that today you will experience God’s matchless, unbroken companionship today. That you will know that while you may be surprised about what is happening in your life, Jesus is not.

He is ready and waiting for you with his love, peace, victory, favor and joy to give you what you need today.

Fear or Faith?

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Are you living in faith or in fear?

Fear holds you back, faith releases you forward.

In fear, you are focused on yourself.

In faith, you are focused on God.

I'm not suggesting that you ignore your fear or be in denial of it. I'm encouraging you to look at it straight on and decide that what you fear will not dictate your life today. That it will not dictate how you react or act. That it will not decided what you do or don't do.

Jesus wants to show you how to go to the next level in your faith walk by allowing him full access and full authority in the places of our hearts that are ruled by fear.

He wants to begin right where you are, and walk with you everyday to show you how.

How to take your fears it to the cross everyday.

How to surrender your fearful vision of what might happen and pick up his faith filled vision of what can happen through him.

This is not an all or nothing life but a day by day choosing faith life.

It is a good thing to live your life through Christ, with his strength and full of his grace.

It is a better thing to let Christ live his life through you- his agenda, your body. His purposes, your gifts. His love, your hands.

What fears are blinding your vision?

What do you need to take to the cross?

What are you trusting Jesus for today?

Faith Filled

So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:5 AMP

When your faith rests in the wisdom of man, it falters because at it's best, it is a human attempt to explain the divine.

When your faith rests in feelings, it surges and wanes like the waves of the sea.

When your faith rests on experience, it morphs into whatever you are experiencing now, good or bad.

When your faith rests on God’s power, it is the rock upon which the waves of emotion break, the wisdom that confounds the wise and the truth that gives your experience perspective.

Stop worrying about how you feel, what others say or what happened in the past. Put your faith in God and who he is.

He is bigger than your fears, knows what to do with your worries and is working behind the scenes to bless you.

May today be filled with the promise of his presence and a new level of faith that is not tossed by emotions but anchored in God’s unchanging love.

What do you need to trust Jesus with today?