MIND SHIFT:

Experts estimate that the number of thoughts that run through our heads a day are between 50,000 to 80,000. That’s incredible!

We do know that our thoughts shape and reinforce our attitudes and mindsets. Our ‘headspace’ impacts our choices, verbal expression and actions. In order for any kind of change to take place, there has to be a mind shift.


And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

We have the authority as believers to take charge of our thoughts, attitudes and mindsets.

Casting  down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against  the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the  obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Negative thoughts that are infested with jealousy, hatred, bitterness, pride, low self worth and anything else that is contrary to God’s purpose must be addressed. Learn to sift every such thought through the sieve of Scripture. Process each thought, not with your own wisdom but with God’s. Allow the Holy Spirit to transform your mind, thought by thought. Fight your thoughts with Scripture and walk with God throughout the journey. He promised to be with us every step of the way.

More scripture to encourage you:
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28:20)


“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”(Joshua 1:8)


“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Phillipians 4:8)


Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua 1:8

In which areas does your faith need solidification? Have fear and anxiety made residence in your heart and mind? Do you struggle with negative thoughts? Do you feel forgotten by God? Do you wonder how things just took an unfortunate turn of events and why it has to be you? Do you feel like God doesn’t care? What is your game plan for the season? How will you make it through and come out stronger like an eagle after its rebirth?

Our search for perfect peace will only bring us back to Christ Jesus. Nothing lies beyond His word. Whatever we require for life’s changing seasons is in His Word.


I invite you to learn a simple yet powerful way of meditating scripture.

First off, a definition of the word ‘meditate’. I like this one from the Oxford dictionary:
meditate (on/upon something) to think deeply, usually in silence, especially for religious reasons or in order to make your mind calm. meditate something (formal) to plan something in your mind; to consider doing something. Synonym – contemplate
 Looking at Hebrew and Greek definitions, we find five words:
hâgâh, śı̂ychâh, higgâyôn, śı̂yach , meletaō
A summary of the meanings of these words include: to murmur (in pleasure or anger); ponder, imagine, commune, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter, converse (with oneself, and hence aloud), complain, declare, muse, to take care of, revolve in the mind, imagine. Or: reflection, devotion, musical notation, solemn sound, contemplation, utterancebabbling and communication.
Basically, meditation involves turning your mind into a scripture factory where you read out Scripture aloud to yourself, and think, dream, breathe and sleep it. Taking it in as often as you possibly can via reading, video or audio and just letting it play over and over in your mind as you make it second nature of course all with the help of the Holy Spirit. . Pick a verse, read it slowly then stop, go through it word by word…..soak yourself in it. Ask God to focus your mind on His Word. It also involves not just talking to yourself about it, but to others. The mind is a battlefield! Secure yourself with the belt of truth.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16)


ARE YOU READY?

Think of areas in your life where you feel the devil is trying to get a foothold. Areas where you feel your faith is shaky, areas where you have believed in lies from the depths of hell. You can also come up with areas where you need reminders of the truth, or areas where you’re trusting God for wisdom.

It is time to replace lies with truth, time for edification and rekindling of worship. It’s time to resolve to hide God’s word in our hearts that we may not sin against Him. (Psalms 119:11).

Now get scriptures that speak to those specific areas and post them where you can see them regularly as you go about your day. You know best where to post them! I picked my kitchen because I spend a good chunk of my time there. I posted the scriptures in the image at the beginning of this post right above my sink. I figured it would be a great idea to have verses there which I could meditate upon instead of just mechanically washing dishes as my mind wandered everywhere and nowhere. It was also a pleasant thing to discover that this was actually a way of inviting God’s presence into my daily grind where a simple task like washing dishes could be turned into a moment of worship or devotion.


Further Ideas:

  • Scripture cards
  • Phone or PC homescreen/wallpaper
  • Sticky notes on your desk/car etc
  • Bookmarks with scripture
  • Scripture written on your chalkboard or white board
  • Scripture written on your bathroom mirror with an erasable marker pen

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for the ease at which we can access your word. Thank you for speaking to us in a language we can understand. Thank you for  Your Word which is  truth and life, a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths. It is rich and perfect beyond description. Thank you that we can sit at your feet and learn the Truth. Mold us  Lord. Teach us. Open up our hearts to hear you, to listen, to trust, to obey, to grow. Fix our focus on you. Lift our heads toward you and nothing else. May our hearts be that good soil that is ready to receive the seeds you desire to sow in us. May our lives be founded on truth and not lies. May we hear your voice above every other voice. Give us opportunities to share your word. Be glorified. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Your turn:
Please share in the comment section below, I’d love to hear how you meditate on God’s word on a day to day basis.

CAST YOUR CARES TO CATCH THIS PROMISE:

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SCRIPTURE FOCUS: 

Cast thy burdens upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22)

EUREKA MOMENT:

I’ve come across the cast-your-cares scripture a couple of times, but the verse above caught my attention. Here’s something to think about: would you place a load on a surface that could not sustain it? Would you put your bulky travel case on your fragile glass stool? I doubt you would. You would want to be sure that you’re placing your baggage on a surface that can withstand the weight. Which brings me to the question: Why are we casting our burdens on God? Because He is more than able to carry that weight.

THE ACT OF CASTING:

God has, in His infinite wisdom and love, blessed us with the immovable and exquisite treasure of His word. He speaks to our hearts in the beautiful language of scripture. I absolutely love every word and detail. There are no leftovers or crumbs as far as scripture is concerned. The bread of life is a feast. Every word of it. Believer, delight in God’s word. The ribbon that ties in the whole idea of how God will sustain us and how we as righteous people will not be moved is the act of casting our cares. Looking at this particular verse, we’re charged to “CAST” our cares. It takes some effort on our part to offload the cargo (burdens, worries, anxieties, hardships) off our shoulders and give them to the Lord. Detaching ourselves from our unplesantries is not an easy task. Each heart knows its pain and you know yours only too well. Who knows how long you’ve had your baggage but you? The aftermath of your upbringing perhaps, emotional/psychological trauma, current circumstances? There’s none on this planet who understands you but God. He knew you before He laid the foundations of the earth. As a fisherman casts his net unto the sea, cast your cares unto the Lord. The master of it all. It’s easier said than done but well worth the effort. Just let it go.

HE CARES:

Don’t be hung up on earthly relationships and unmet expectations. God is not a man. He cares enough:

  • To put your tears in a bottle. (Psalms 56:10)
  • To perfect everything that concerns you. (Psalms 138:8)
  • To exchange your burden for an easy yoke. (Matthew 11:30)
  • To give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
  • To watch over you without shutting his eyes. (Psalms 121:3)
  • To watch over your going out and coming in. (Psalms 121:8)
  • To offer you eternal life.

 

THE PROMISE:

It’s never easy to let go of our burdens much as they’re unpleasant. But we have seen the importance of casting those cares upon the Lord. So here’s the promise:

  • He will sustain you. (Psalms 55:22)
  • He will not suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22)
  • He will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

 

Be encouraged as you journey in faith; cast your cares and catch the promise.