Right Thinking, Right Words, Blessed Life – Daily Devotional (Day 13)
Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Out of the heart your mouth speaks. In other words, what you speak and your actions reveal what’s really in your heart. It’s important, therefore, that we guard what we think and how we feel in order to protect our heart. In Proverbs 4:23 we are told to “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life”. (Amplified version)
Every aspect of our life and every decision that we make is a product of our sense of self. What do you truly believe in your heart about yourself?
The greatest ongoing struggle of every human is the conflict between the thoughts of the mind and the beliefs of the heart. Our thoughts are intellectual and are based on that which we learn or we’ve perceived by our five senses. The thoughts coming from our heart are intuitive and based on the beliefs that create our sense of self. They include emotions.
What you expect to come true is often what you make come true. You may see this in everyday life. We all know at least one pessimist who expects things to go badly, and is always complaining about the things that have gone badly. And we all know at least one optimist who expects good things to happen. The optimist doesn’t dwell on the negative, but rather continues to work on the positive, making those good things happen more often.
Whether you are unconscious of your expectations or not, attitudes influence your life, including what you think about yourself and how you treat others.
Now we’re not talking about positive affirmations here. We’re talking about meditating on the truth of who you are in Christ (God’s Word) in order to get the truth into your heart. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”. By accepting Jesus Christ into our heart, our sins are forgiven and the righteousness of God flows in our heart. We should, however, guard our heart and our mind, as well as feed our soul with God’s Word by reading the Bible. While reading, the Holy Spirit will bring scriptures to mind and will teach you the promises of God.
Every aspect of our life and every decision that we make is a product of our sense of self. What do you truly believe in your heart about God and His promises?
Let’s take a look at the children of Israel. Remember their adventure from Egypt to the Promised Land? Why did it take 40 years? Because of unbelief in God’s promises. There’s no doubt the children of Israel experienced hardship. God tested them but only tested them to see if they believed in His promises. Did they believe or not believe what God said He would do? When they believed God’s Word (promises), their faith passed the test and they experienced the promise. When they doubted the promise, they limited their experience with God and became subject to their circumstances, which were often destructive. More often than not, they let their mind be taken captive by their fearful emotions. They limited God’s ability to deliver them out of their fears by concentrating on worrying and fears! And, worse yet, their unbelief in God’s promises kept them wandering around the desert for 40 years!
The Spirit of God is always trying to lead us into all the possibilities that God has in store for us. Allow God’s Word to permeate your heart. Read it daily. When the truth of what Jesus has done for you and who you are in Christ takes root in your heart, you will be free from the fear that binds you to lack and open your heart to all the possibilities that God has in store for you. Open your heart and mind today to all of God’s possibilities!
Here’s the key – You are the righteousness of God in Christ. You have all the promises of God. Now, meditate on God’s promises in order to get the truth of God’s promises from your mind into your heart!
Don’t forget the importance of your words! Here’s the article written about when God explained to me about how important our words are to our daily life: https://faithingoddaily.com/2011/08/01/your-words-will-not-return-void/
Deuteronomy 6:5, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength”
Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”
1 Peter 2:24, “who Himself [Jesus] bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed”
Deuteronomy 8:18, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth”
Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Find scriptures that apply to your life and meditate on them. Write down the verses on 3×5 cards and keep them with you. Remind yourself of these versus by thinking about them and speaking them out loud. Start speaking what God’s Word says about your situation. Fill your mind with the living, breathing, active Word of God so that your mind has a firm foundation!
Write down the verses and phrases that line up with God’s Word that you will declare today that will help you persuade your heart that God’s promises are true for you today.
Remember to thank God and honor Him with your words. You may want to begin your praise to God with a verse from the Bible or a song you’ve heard.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask in Jesus’ Name that the Holy Spirit would give me insights into your Word as I read the Bible and that you would renew my mind and give me wisdom. I also pray that You would change my heart and remove anything that is hindering my relationship with You, Lord. “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1)
WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU THINK GOD IS SAYING TO YOU TODAY
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