From The Inspired Room…
From The Inspired Room…
Be careful (ANXIOUS) for NOTHING.
BUT…by prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING let your request be made known unto God.
And the PEACE OF GOD which passeth all understanding shall KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.
I was prompted by a troubled dream to cry out to God this morning as I awoke for the day. My thoughts ran across the passage in scripture about being anxious for nothing. I took my Bible and rather quickly found it. As I continued reading I noticed something else that caught my attention, as I had recently heard a minister saying we needed to engage in more prayer and supplication…and I noticed the part about making my request made known to God with thanksgiving. Tears flowed freely as I cried out to Him and also began to thank Him for specific instances where I know His intervening mercy and protection brought victory where there could have been great tragedy.
Interestingly enough, the very next verse is about what we should think on…whatsoever is TRUE, HONEST, JUST, PURE, LOVELY, OF GOOD REPORT.
Instructing my THOUGHTS to focus on the provisions and gifts of my Heavenly Father cultivates gratefulness.
Thankfulness cultivates LOVE for my Heavenly Father because it reminds me of His graciousness and provision in my life.
Thankfulness wards off DISCONTENT for it focuses on the good yet sometimes overlooked things I DO HAVE.
Thankfulness is reflected in JOY because it directs my thoughts to the truth of the goodness of God in my life versus CIRCUMSTANTIAL HAPPINESS.
Thankfulness and being anxious for nothing, coupled with prayer and supplication, produces PEACE because rather than being in a constant state of frustration and worry, I do what I can about a problematic situation (pray and make my request known to God or do whatever it is I can do on my end to make the situation better) and trust in my Almighty Father to do His part.
When I do all I can do and trust God for the part I cannot do, that is peace.
I recently received this email from Generation Cedar and wanted to share…
I think the Bible does reveal a secret that is simple, practical and mostly looked right over by most of us.
The secret is “instructing our thought life”. In a word, the secret is “WORDS”. The written word, the spoken word, the thought word.
We admit that words are powerful. Proverbs 18 says, “Death and life are in the tongue”.
James devotes a chapter to warning us of the power of words.
But there is a connection we miss if we’re not careful:
Words and thoughts are closely related–one often produces the other. And the result of the pair becomes who we are.
Stop. Go back and read that sentence again. Remember what Scripture says:
“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Do you know what that means? It means we posses the power to become the women of God we want to be.
We think rightly in our hearts, letting the Word of God dwell richly in us in all wisdom, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and then we find that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”!
The words we read and speak are the words that form our thoughts; what forms our thoughts sinks its way deep into our hearts. It is our choice whether we become women of negativity, criticism, joy or love.
It’s so easy to think the worst of others while we neglect to hold ourselves to the same standard. Another example of how Satan wishes to destroy our thought life!
The principle applies to worrying versus trusting, building a healthy image of our husbands and children by dwelling on their positive traits, thinking rightly about our role in our home–there is no end to the “life or death” we hold in our thoughts.
Try Him and see!