Monday, July 18, 2011

Turn Your Red Lights to Green!

Make a Start

So many good Christians are bogged down on their journey through life. Nothing seems to move or change for the better.
In reality, what seems impossible today can become possible for you tomorrow. If you keep thinking the same thoughts, you will keep getting the same results. To get new results therefore, you need to change your habitual thinking patterns. Turn your red lights to green!
It is not that hard to do. It will take a daily determination to place new thoughts into your mind. You have to do it, no one can do it for you. In time, and sometimes even quickly, your new way of thinking will produce new results. Jesus was always encouraging His disciples to think possible. In fact all the promises of God that are written in the Bible, are there to encourage you to think and expect a better life inner life. If you start dwelling on those promises instead of the difficult circumstances that we all will encounter, the quality of your life will improve.

Romans 12:2 (Amplified Bible)
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

Thoughts are like seeds

I have spoken before of the fact that thoughts are like seeds that are planted into the soil of your mind as you think them. If you spend time thinking on them every day, it is as though you are watering them with the love and attention they need to grow and produce a harvest. Think red light thoughts and your life, business, health and finances will stop moving ahead.

Say Out Loud

To help you in the process, I have posted a video on YouTube. It will be the first in a series aimed at helping you to transform your thinking. Is called, "Say Out Loud - 1. Deuteronomy 28" 
The promises God made to Israel in the old testament and to believers in the new are all available to you personally today. I have started rewriting those promises as affirmations. 

Turning Red Lights to Green

Single focused thoughts will carry you over seemingly impossible terrain. I say seemingly impossible because to Jesus’ way of thinking there is no difference in walking on land or on water. It only seemed different to Peter based on what he was conditioned to think. The important issue is not the problems along the way but that by faith we can make the "impossible" happen.

Reach beyond what you have experienced in the past and realize that God's promises to you are within reach. Think that you already have it, that you are already there. As you confess this God brings it about, making the spiritual truth of His promise, a physical reality.
Transformation comes by single thought saturation. Saturate your brain with single thoughts based on promises in the Word. Think them continuously and repeatedly over regular periods of time.

1. Focus your thoughts on the promise, not the problem.
2. Meditate on the promise constantly.
3. Believe it.
4. Say it out aloud!
5. Picture the end result in your mind.
6. Keep praising God until the promise manifests!

These actions will transform your thinking that will in turn lift you through the blockages and stoppages along  They are the green lights that will keep you moving down God's highway on your life's journey. 

Say that green thought!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

10. Counting it all Joy!

One of the great secrets of a victorious Christian life is revealed by this scripture;
James 1:2 (NKJ)
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
God does not distinguish between the nature or the severity of the trial. His instruction is clear, consider it all as joy! 
How illogical and impossible it may seem when you are faced with a life or death situation, great financial loss or extreme danger. And yet if God says it, it must be possible and we are to force ourselves to do it if we want to see the victory.
God’s ways are not our ways the Bible reads but fortunately in this case, God gives us a clue to help us.

Nehemiah 8:10
“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Ah now we understand, the joy of the Lord somehow strengthens us against the attack and even enables us to overcome it and emerge victorious! When great difficulties arise we may also rest assured that the trial will pass.
Psalm 30:5
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Just do it!
Replacing the stress with a stream of heartfelt joy is difficult indeed. Your carnal mind will refuse to do it. It can only be done with your spiritual resources, that is, with the power of faith and the help of the Holy Spirit. You will have to sacrifice the carnal comfort of whining, crying and of blaming God, to just do what He tells you to do. The infamous marketing phrase, “Just do it”, can find no better application that to the instructions of the Bible. We can however rest assured that the trail will only endure for a while.
In the parable Jesus tells in Mark chapter 4, He explains that the trial comes from the Devil and not from God. The trial or test comes to steal a promise of God i.e. the word of God from our hearts. The enemy pressures us through circumstances to say that the promise of healing, of protection, of deliverance, of provision and prosperity is not true. Hang in there my friend, start praising God with joy and you will see the passing of the trial and you stepping into victory!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

9. You, the Overcomer!

One of the most powerful truths and experiences available to the believer is that of being assured of victory over every obstacle. You may lose a battle now and then but you can win the war!

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”

The Amplified Bible here reads here that Jesus has overcome the world and deprived it of the power to harm you and conquered it for you! Nothing can be clearer. No matter how bad the situation looks, you can emerge victorious!

Only believe.
There are a few very simple conditions. First, you must believe that this is God’s word to you and to everyone else. Believing that God is true to His word is simply called “faith”. Your faith in God is the substance of your ultimate victory over every situation.
1 John 5:4
“For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.”

The battle belongs to the Lord.
Your faith or belief is what accomplishes God's victory on your behalf. The battle to win is not your job. Yes. the battle belongs to the Lord.

2 Chronicles 20:17 (NLT)
“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.”

The idea and appearance that you are the underdog and are going to lose in the situation that confronts you is nothing but a deception from Satan. If you buy into it by agreeing with the appearance of defeat, you will lose. Never ever admit defeat, only victory! You don’t have to know just how God will do it, and he does not have to inform you of His methods. That means if you rely on you having to understand it, you will not make it.

1 John 4:4
“Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them because He who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.”

God will do it for you. I fact, He has already done it for you. Apart from believing God, start praising Him for His victory on your behalf in every situation.

The size of the problem does not matter!
The size and nature of the problem confronting you does not determine the outcome, your simple trust in God’s willingness and ability does.

Mark 16:18 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.”

You don’t need a lot of faith, only very little. In fact what you already have is more than enough!

Matthew 17:20
“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Revelation 3:21
“He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside My Father on His throne.”