Think Differently, Live Differently

Today is another day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Why? Because when God gave us His one and only beloved begotten Son, Jesus Christ, such wonderful expression of love made a way for us to come to close to Him so much so that He graced us to be IN HIM and Him IN US. What can be more closer than this divine intimacy that we with with Him? In response to His great love, we love Him. We love because He first loved us and our love for Him is articulated and demonstrated in our obedience to His leading.

“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14L23 NIV)

Today I had fun with my virtual fellowship friends. We were on the subject of choosing what to meditate on and learning how to do it. It was about how to control the doorway to our minds. You see, when our minds are filled with good thoughts that come in from our gateways, from our eyes and ears that are geared towards being fed by the good news, the reservoir of our hearts will be flooded with hope, joy, peace and love.

Our lives will reflect what is abundant in our hearts, thus, His Word says, “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) So, what are we thinking the very moment we open our eyes in the morning and into the rest of the day? Are we going to rent out our minds to the negativity of what is happening around us? Or are we going to meditate on the good news that He Who is IN US is greater than he that is in this world, and put a sign on our foreheads, “OCCUPIED!” when bad news come?

And so, we started sharing what we first heard in the morning that made an impact in our lives and caused us to give thanks, praise and worship the Lord. Hmmmm, I went first. I shared that the first thing that caught my attention was the chirping of the birds while I was still in bed. It always fills my heart with joy every time. I never heard them not even once with a “worry” sound. They are always joyful and playful. Then, I got reminded of how valuable I am before the very eyes of our Heavenly Father and that reminder so warmed my heart at the onset of the day.

“Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they?” (Matthew 6:26 TPT)

My other friend became excited that in such simplicity we can be joyful. She said, “I heard the dog barking when I woke up. Hmmm … maybe he was hungry or he must have seen a stranger passing by.” She is being thankful that she has some food to feed her dog at the same time thankful for the alertness of her dog that is warning her that someone was within the vicinity.

The next thing was that she heard the whistling kettle made a sound in their kitchen. She was thankful that a good coffee is coming her way.

See, sometimes we make things complicated. No wonder Jesus said, let the children come to Me! To acknowledge Him in the simplest way and be greatly satisfied is what makes Him glorified. We cannot live our lives compartmentalized. We are to live with the awareness that He is with us ALWAYS, walking with us every step of the way in the presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us. How can we ever live separately from Him? How can we stop His everlasting love from being shown strong to us?

“Who could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations, dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love …” (Romans 8:35 TPT)

Another friend shared her testimony of answered prayer. She and her family were praying for one of their daughters to come home from another city. Due to this pandemic, to travel is challenging nowadays, yet she saw it as such a wonderful blessing that her daughter arrived this morning. Praise God. She also mentioned that financially, they only have enough, but because of God’s grace, they are still able to share their blessings with others.

Oh how it changes our perspective when the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to see the limitless power and provision of our Heavenly Father.

“Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm has already been lavished upon us as a love gift from our wonderful heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus—all because He sees us wrapped into Christ. This is why we celebrate Him with all our hearts!” (Ephesians 1:3)

The term “spiritual blessing” does not only refer to non-visible and intangible blessings like peace and joy. It is not that God’s promise of every spiritual blessing excludes the tangible blessing of health, prosperity or a healthy relationship. No! In the original Greek text, it is “pneumatikos”, which in this context means having properties and characteristics belonging to the Spirit of God.

We are the temples of the Holy Spirit. He lives inside of us and He graces our lives to be influenced by Who He is inside of us. It is He Who reveals to us the things that has been freely given and when it is unveiled, it causes our faith to explore. When He reveals to us that by the stripes of Jesus Christ that He bore on His body, they were redemptive payment to all the sickness and diseases known to us, thus, healing is made available for us to partake. That is a tangible blessing.

The promises of God in His Word are YES and AMEN! “Not one promise from God is empty of power, for nothing is impossible with God!” (Luke 1:37 TPT) And when Jesus came as the Word made flesh means that His Word that are spirit and life can be tangibly experienced. Jesus walked on earth with the visible and tangible blessings of healing, of provision, of wisdom and of power and authority. And the Word says, “as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17)

Towards the end of the day, I became occupied. But the best thing was that I had the opportunity of doing the things that I needed to do with praise and worship music in the background that caused me to have praise breaks every now and then. It redirected my thoughts into the awareness of His presence, caught my attention and influenced my affection towards Him where my heart was open to receive His wisdom and strength flowing in and through me and graced me to finish the day in the fullness of joy.

Today was indeed a beautiful day! Thank You, Jesus.

“At each and every sunrise we will be thanking You
for Your kindness and Your love.
As the sun sets and all through the night,
we will keep proclaiming, “You are so faithful!”” (Psalm 92:2 TPT)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me with Your everlasting love. How wonderful it is to think that Your love never fails, never gives up and never runs out on me. Thank You, Jesus for Your great love for me that You endured everything that You needed to endure for the JOY that was set before You, seeing me held in the palm of His hand, belonging to Him and embraced in the loving arms of the Father. Thank You, Holy Spirit for taking off the scales from my eyes that I may SEE beyond the obvious that I may speak in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in my heart to the Lord. Amen!

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