Direct your generosity to what breaks your heart.-Pastor Vicky
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 ESV
How we think directly affects how we live. This may sound terrifying, but, in fact, it’s exciting. Because while we may not be able to take every thought captive in every situation we face every day, we can learn to take one thought captive and, in doing so, affect every other thought to come. So what is the one thought that can successfully interrupt every negative thought pattern? It’s this: I have a choice.
When we’re spiraling in noise or distractedness, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through stillness.
When we’re spiraling in isolation, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through community.
When we’re spiraling in anxiety, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through trust in His good and sovereign purposes.
When we’re spiraling in cynicism, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through worship.
When we’re spiraling in self-importance, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through humility.
When we’re spiraling into victimhood, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through gratitude.
When we’re spiraling in complacency, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through serving Him and others.
If you have trusted in Jesus as your Savior, you have a God-given, God-empowered, God-redeemed ability to choose what you think about. You have a choice regarding where you focus your energy. You have a choice regarding what you live for. You are not subject to your behaviors, genes, or circumstances. You are not subject to your passions, lusts, or emotions. You are not subject to your thoughts.
No fixation exists outside God’s long-armed reach. Because we are a “new creation,” we have a choice.
When we think new thoughts, we physically alter our brains.
When we think new thoughts, we make healthier neural connections.
When we think new thoughts, we blaze new trails.
When we think new thoughts, everything changes.
God, I choose today to take every thought captive because I know You are more powerful than my thoughts, my circumstances, and my fears. Thank You for making me a new creation so that I can choose You! Amen
For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7 GNTD
From Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen on Youversion
And God showed his love for us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him. This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven. Dear friends, if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another.
1 John 4:9-11 GNTD
We’re a lot harder on ourselves than God is on us. Yes, there are areas of our lives that need refinement, but God isn’t walking among us with a ruler waiting to slap our hands when we don’t measure up. He’s with us always, leading us and guiding us through this thing called life.
If you’re overwhelmed in the process of “finding your purpose”, that’s not God. The spirit of God brings peace, illumination and understanding in all situations. Pray that His will be made known to you and then be patient in waiting for enlightenment. Relax and learn to move with the spirit of God and not against it. It’s only then that you’ll be at peace and be able to hear God’s leading.
I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people,
Ephesians 1:18 GNTD
From Purpose and Progress Devotional by Dionne Dean on Youversion
Three times I prayed to the Lord about this and asked him to take it away. But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 GNTD
God ’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.
Lamentations 3:22-24 MSG
So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:23 TPT
Whatever you are going through, knowing that God’s thoughts toward you are always good should help you endure. Further study into this passage showed me that Jeremiah, a weeping prophet, was addressing captives. He was not addressing high school graduates or rising- star professionals or budding talent; he was addressing people who would be in captivity in Babylon for nearly seventy years. Knowing God’s good thoughts toward them was the only thing that got the Israelites through years of captivity. And knowing God’s goodness will not only help us to endure; it also gives us the confidence that no matter what life brings our way, His thoughts toward us are loving.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
eremiah 29:11 NLT
From No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece Allen
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Psalms 100:4-5 NLT
When we allow God’s Word to go beyond our ears and into our hearts, it stimulates us to do that which God is calling us to do.