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Renewing Your Mind in God’s Word

The journey of renewing our minds is a process. It doesn’t occur in a moment or two. It takes consistent, daily moments with Jesus over time. Nonetheless, it is one of the most beautiful parts of our journey with Him.

How can we do our part in this? By spending time with Christ in worship, prayer, and meditating on His Word.

Renewing our minds with God’s Word helps us grow in faith, hope, love and all the fruit of His Spirit. As we spend time studying and meditating on His Word, we will experience transformation through His truth and by His Spirit.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Father God loves to set us free from lies we believe and wrong mindsets we struggle with. He wants to transform our perspective concerning Him, ourselves and others. He even wants to help us not be led by our emotions when they are about to lead us astray.

Do you need peace in your life, freedom from fear and anxiety, an attitude adjustment, or other things?
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Comfort in the Trials

If you are experiencing difficulties or challenges, know God sees you. Know His heart is for you. He answers when you cry out to Him. Don’t be afraid to call upon Him in your time of need.

The Lord is able to lead us by His Spirit far better than any human being. He is patient with us. He loves when we look to Him. He delights when we seek His way for our lives and in all situations.

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
(Hebrews 4:15‭-‬16 NKJV)

Pour out your heart to Him. He can handle it. He wants to hold you close, releasing comfort and wisdom to you. He longs to speak to you from His Word. It is here where you will find His words of Spirit and life (John 6:63).

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Roses Have Thorns: Allowing God to Refine Us

Sometimes our journey of friendship with God isn’t all roses. Roses are beautiful and lovely in appearance and fragrance. They are given to show love, that we are held dear to the heart of the Giver.

But roses also have thorns. When we pick up a rose, we are careful to avoid grabbing the stem where a thorn resides, so we are not stabbed by it. At the same time, we know the thorn is there as we acknowledge it by our making room for it.

When we pursue the Lord, we cannot ignore the hard things. We know they are there. God knows they are. He sees our hearts and all we go through, and He wants to touch our lives even in these areas. But if we pretend these things don’t exist, it can hinder Him from fashioning us in those areas.

Impurities must be brought to surface for the revealing of the fine silver that is us.

It is in the refining that the beauty is able to come forth. Ashes before beauty. The coal before the diamond. But if the pressure upon that coal is hindered, the diamond will not fully come forth.

It is painful at times, but He is worth it, and His glory to be revealed in us is worth it.

Let Him bring the fullness of His character forth in your life. He makes all things beautiful in His time. You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

God Is Faithful: He Fights for You

God is helping us grow in spiritual maturity as we surrender and obey in trying times as well as momentous encounters with His goodness.

In caring dearly for us, Father God often brings loving surprises. When we feel weak, He shows up in unexpected ways to reveal His tender love. With His presence He lifts us out of ourselves, drawing us into a heavenly embrace. He reminds us that He is all-powerful yet fully loving.

Through every season of life, God reminds us not to worry or fear. Our heavenly Father sees all, and knows all. He is with us always.

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God Desires to Bless Us

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NASB)

God Desires to Bless Us
God desires to bless us abundantly beyond all we could dream up. He wants to pour out upon us from His treasury and heart, yet many of us have been trying of our own strength and knowledge to protect our lives from loss and hardship.

Recently I was awakened in the early morning hours and unable to sleep. Not so ironically, I found a large hole in our sheets when I awoke. I knew it had not been there before, but it was too large to have happened so quickly. As I got up, giving up on going back to sleep, the above verse from Matthew 6 came to mind.

I felt God saying that blessings were coming, that they were hovering over us, ready to be released, but that I needed to repent for trying to protect us from lack in a natural way instead of trusting in Him and seeking Him first.

This was additional confirmation on how the Lord had been speaking to us already. Father God is so good to reiterate what He wants to tell us, pushing His truth and love deeper into our hearts.

We must seek not to store up for our own protection or gain, hoping to avoid calamity and loss. We need to trust our good, good Father to provide for us as our great Shepherd and Provider. We need to seek Him in our preparation and life choices, obeying what He leads us to do and pursuing Him wholeheartedly.

He promised to Israel that His plans for them were for a hope and a future, not for calamity or evil, and this He spoke to them (as was recently pointed out to me) in the very midst of their captivity (Jeremiah 29:4-14)! He cares for us who have called upon the name of His Son Jesus.

Above all our vision must be one with His: To store up treasures in Heaven and to partner with Him in expanding His Kingdom on the earth. As we seek first His Kingdom and righteousness, we must believe the promise He has made to us that when we do so, all else will be added unto us:

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NASB)

Also, read this verse from the book of Haggai (I highly recommend reading the entire book in its two chapter entirety during this season):

You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the Lord of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house. (Haggai 1:9 NASB)