Friday, January 30, 2015

REFRESH YOUR HARD DRIVE - Guest Pastor Jeff Jones

Guest - Pastor Jeff Jones

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:2 NKJV
Don’t you hate it when negative thinking throws in you a funk?
When you think you can’t change, or that your circumstances will never change—that you are stuck in a rut?

That’s such a lie from the enemy. You see God has given us the ability to see some pretty dramatic changes in our lives if we’re willing to trust Him. Did you know that it takes faith to change? It takes faith to change the way you see yourself, change your circumstances, or even point the needle of your life in the right direction.

Thankfully the Bible promises us that with God all things are possible, all things are subject to change if we are willing to do what it takes to change.  I bet you’re already thinking that I’m about to tell you that it all starts in your heart, but you’d be wrong.
Actually real lasting change doesn’t start in the heart; it starts in your head, with your thinking.

There are a lot of things in my heart that I’d like to see change, but that’s not enough. For real change to occur, it’s got to move from our heart to our heads, and then ultimately to our actions. But if we never see ourselves changing, we’ll never change.

That’s where God comes in. He just told us that it’s possible to have our minds renewed to His word, to His promises of what our lives could look like.

I have to admit that one of my favorite passages in all of scripture is found in
Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be light a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season. Whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper. 

It’s such a possibility filled passage. It paints an amazing picture of what’s possible to us if we take God’s promises beyond our hearts and get them into our heads, and think about them day and night.

It’s the same thing that God told Joshua when if needed to change His thinking, and the thinking of the entire population of Israel in Joshua 1:8

This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. Then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Eastern mysticism sees meditation as the emptying of yourself and then allowing random thoughts to come as you recite a certain mantra. But that’s NOT Biblical meditation.
To meditate God’s way is learning to replace thoughts of failure, inadequacies, or whatever negative junk is roaming around that head of yours, and replacing it with thoughts that are aligned with God’s promises. In Joshua’s case, he faced tremendous fear because God told him to mediate on being strong and courageous.

What about you? What promises of God do you need to be mediating, or thinking about day and night? Is it time to resurrect that dream you’ve put on the shelf? What do you need to do to get out of that rut?
It’s time to change your thought life, it’s time to refresh the hard drive of your mind and see yourself in a new light—the light of God’s promises. It’s time for you to fulfill God’s will for your life!

Prayer: "Father, I believe that You have a great plan for my life. I’m choosing now to stop all the negative thinking and start reprogramming my mind to Your promises. Great changes are coming my way as I align my thinking with Yours. In Jesus' Name. Amen." 

 Pastor Jeff Jones

God Has a Great Plan for Your Life



Michelle said...

Thank you!

cairncottage said...

God's Word is so full of promises that give us hope and encouragement. The lies of Satan are so disappointing and bring us down. The battle between the two sometimes can be difficult, but we can be assured that God's Word is always triumphant!! Thanks for sharing at "Tell Me a True Story" Link-up.

caryjo said...

The Biblical promises is what I count on forever and ever. Seeing news, hearing comments on FB or Blog friends, etc., are OK, but the Word is what must be focused, moment-by-moment. Yep! Gotta do it!