Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Shifting Thoughts

First off I want to thank all of you for reading my post yesterday. I hesitated pushing that ‘publish’ button but I’m very glad I did. Thank you also to those who messaged me and commented. I’m sorry that there are others experiencing the same feelings but at the same time I feel better knowing I’m not alone! Together we can help each other through this. xx

That said, here is part two of my post from yesterday. I hope that you will find encouragement here and I hope that together we can shift our thoughts.

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As I mentioned in my last post I listened to the pull on my heart and headed to church. There is a newer church in the area that we’ve visited a couple of times called Exalt. It’s a lovely, young church that meets in a school gym with a pastor who seems to be very focused on God and the church. I arrived a little late and as the songs ended I found a seat next to a friend who's been going there as well. Pastor Tom began his sermon which was the second part of a series called Perspective. This week’s word was titled “How to Become a Though Shifter.” Here are my notes…I have linked the verses so if you want to read them you can simply click on them.

~God gave us each a dream, a unique purpose. This got me thinking, as I’ve been thinking a lot lately, what is MY purpose. What is the dream that He’s given me? How do I find it?

~This life is not about you. (Phil. 2:5-7)

~You are what you think! If you think you can’t do it, you can’t! If you think you’re doing a lousy job, you will! Oh man oh man…this spoke to me.  (James 1: 5-8; 2 Corinthians 10: 5)  I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I need to take every thought captive!

~To be a thought shifter we must…

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~Hang in there! Do NOT give up on God!

~Start a prayer journal.

~We have to think like Him. Thing about pleasing God and loving people.

~If we are empty then He can fill us.

~He sees something in me that I don’t. He knows my design and His plans for me are perfect. Until I take my hands off He cannot truly do the work in me that He has planned.

~Begin to think of others. (Philippians 2:8-11)

~Joy isn’t based on my circumstances but on what God is doing in and through me. Wow. What am I basing my joy in? Do I need to refocus?

~God wants to use your misery as ministry, your pain as encouragement. There is a reason we go through the trials. We must be patient and trust Him.

One other thing that Pastor Tom said that really stuck with me was about self abandonment and surrender. Do I want to stand and face the enemy with God behind me? Yes, He will be there to catch me when/if I fall. BUT how much better would it be to have Him standing in front of me? To stand guard over me and be there to stop the enemy when he comes.

What did I take away from all of this? Well, I need a major attitude adjustment. I also need to concentrate daily, maybe even hourly, on keeping my focus on Him and not on the crashing waves. I need to have faith that He who started a good work in me WILL finish it. I need to have faith in myself! God sees great things in me…I need to see them too!

Before we were dismissed they sang this song…Your Great Name, by Natalie Grant.

“Every fear, has no place, at the sound of Your great name.”

“The enemy, he has to flee, at the sound of Your great name.”

“All the week, find their strength, at the sound of Your great name.”

I know I have a long way to go…I know that all my fears and doubts will still try to control me every day and that every day, every hour, I will need to redirect my focus. I hope that these words are as encouraging to you as they are to me. I hope that you will join me in shifting thoughts and having more faith in Him and in turn faith in who we are through Him. May we find the dream He has planted in our hearts and may we find an amazing strength to live that dream passionately.