The Voice You Believe Will Determine The Future You Experience

thGod has given us the ability to choose the dialogue we believe and respond to. 

Winning the war of words inside your mind means learning to defy your inner critic.  Charles Spurgeon warns, “Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.”  The internal chatter, those lies that we carry inside ourselves and believe, keep us from accurately and actively hearing God’s voice.

Our most immediate problem isn’t the devil on our shoulders but a deeper reality about the condition of our hearts and minds.  Eighty percent of our thoughts are not only devoid of any power to help us but actively work against us.  Those thoughts are filled with incoherent, repetitious speech.   They are incessant and compulsive in nature, filling our minds with wearisome talkativeness. These thoughts inundate us, they are designed to wear us out until we don’t want to try or until we have no idea what to do or how to answer our growing list of doubts and deficiencies.  Most people go through life thinking God never speaks to them when in fact He’s always speaking.  To everyone.  Always directing.  Sometimes warning.  Sometimes affirming.  But we hear so little of what He says because our consciousness of His voice is obscured by our mental static.

At its worst this static prevents us from becoming what we could be.  It leaves deeds that could have been accomplished lying undone.  It is the Enemy’s (Satan) goal to lure us into accepting his lies and limitations at face value.  Insecurity is a powerful source.  When we allow the static of our thoughts to produce insecurity we allow insecurity to override God’s purpose in our lives, implying that God did not get it quite right.th-2

 

Here is the thing…..  The voice you believe will determine the future you experience.  God has not chosen us blindly.  He has chosen you while totally knowing even the worst parts of you, then you no longer have to live up to anything. Insecurity cloaks itself in the guise of comparison.  Nothing can kill contentment and feed insecurity like comparison.  Remember: every weakness you know about yourself, God knows in greater detail than you could ever imagine.  He knows the defect as well as what causes the defect.

 

th-1Before you were born-before any of your defects were apparent you-they were absolutely apparent to God.  That did not stop Him from calling your name and setting you apart.  He placed you on the earth at certain time for a purpose, His purpose.    Because in Christ, who you are matters infinitely more than anything you can or cannot do.  God has created you, has given His Son for you, has sent His Spirit to live inside you.  He restores broken people and gives strength to the weak.  You are now empowered though your identity in Him and His strength in you.  This is the antidote to insecurity.

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God has given us the ability to choose the dialogue we believe and respond to.  Winning the war or words inside your mind means learning to defy your inner critic.  The voice you believe will determine the future you experience.

What is the static inside or your mind telling you?

(Source credit: Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick)

Dear Stress let’s break up

 

Strengthening our spiritual self will aid in producing strength, wisdom, knowledge and judgement needed in relation to stress and anxiety.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Stress and anxiety are at the center of so many of our lives these days. The combination of a fast-paced competitive society, our own internal struggles and fears, and the challenges presented by the economy, our families, our jobs, and day-to-day life leaves us feeling overwhelmed and on edge.

Anxiety is a reaction to stress.  Whether in good times or bad, most people say that stress interferes at least moderately with their lives. Chronic stress can affect your health, causing symptoms from headaches, high blood pressure, and chest pain to heart palpitations, skin rashes, and loss of sleep.

In the fast-paced culture we live in it can be easy to become discouraged.  Take heart there is HOPE!   God tells us that we should call onHim in our times of trouble.  Not only does He promise He hears us but he promises to answer us.  What do you do when you are in trouble? Do you worry? Do you complain? Do you take it out on others?  

Or do you pray? Psalm 120 shows us the best way. When in trouble, pray.  And the reason why is simple and yet at the same time so remarkable. God hears you when you pray. That’s what the psalmist says in verse 1: “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.”  That is astonishing. When you pray, the God who created all things, the God who is bigger than the universe, hears you. He pays attention to you. He hears your every word. Never take that for granted. God hears you when you pray.  Through Christ’s death and resurrection we are assured of salvation-our ultimate HOPE. Our founded HOPE.  Our Eternal Hope.

THERE IS HOPE

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Strengthening our Spiritual self is essential when working to strengthen ones physical, emotional and mental healing. Strengthening our Spiritual self will aid in producing the strength, wisdom, knowledge and judgment needed in relation to stress and anxiety challenges.

We better manage our stress when we distinguish what we can control and what we can’t.  We all have a normal stress zone in which we function quite well.  Everyone’s zone is different.  Each of us has learned to cope within our normal stress zone.  When factors happen that push outside of our normal stress zone that’s when anxiety can happen. When this happens we need tools to feel more in control to our body’s response to stress.   “For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power and self-discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7

Where do we start our journey of  “breaking up” with stress and anxiety?  First, we tend to our Spiritual needs.  We take time to pray and meditate, we spend time in His word, and we reach out to fellow Christians for love and support.   We make it a priority to have a physical health check-up and tend to our emotional and mental health.  In addition we make sure that we make time for self-care, set healthy boundaries and make time to do things that bring relaxation. Today is your day to start your journey to a life that is less stressful and more peace filled.

Blessings my friends,

Terri