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03 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Mental Health | Day 17 | Transformed

Verse

Once when he was eating with them, he told them not to leave Jerusalem. He said, “Wait here to receive the promise from the Father which I told you about. John baptized people with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” When the apostles were all together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, are you now going to give the kingdom back to Israel?” Jesus said to them, “The Father is the only One who has the authority to decide dates and times. These things are not for you to know. But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. You will be my witnesses—in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.”

Acts 1:4-8

Devotional

You will only be the person that God created you to be when you receive the power that He has created for you to have. I can be such an outrageously emotional person that all I can ever do on my own is think about me and the way that I feel. You were not created for expressing your uncontrollable emotions; you were created for fruit, for good works, for the Kingdom of God and for power!

There are two distinct phrases in the scripture that we are reading today that are life altering and will set you into your emotional destiny. “You shall receive power,” is perhaps the most exciting phrase in the entire New Testament. You shall receive power! You don’t have to slug through life with your own strength! You don’t have to be content with emotional sewage and generational baggage! You will never take authority over your emotional hysteria until you receive the power of the Holy Spirit.

“… And you shall be My witnesses,” is the second stirring promise in this well-known verse.  Receiving the power of the Holy Spirit enables you to become who God has created you to be! You need God’s power so that you become a witness of His nature at this time in history. You shall receive power and you shall be!

You will never become all that God intended for you to become until you receive His power. Jesus knew that we would not be able to live an abundant life on planet earth without the power of the Holy Spirit and so He provided that exact power. I find myself praying this prayer sometimes several times a day because I am such a desperate woman

Next Step

Holy Spirit, fill me with Your power! I want all that You have for me, I want Your gifts and Your fruit. I want Your power more than anything else today. If You want me to pray for miracles and for healing, I will do it, so count me in! I want everything that You have for me.  I want patience and self-control in addition to peace and joy and love. I will take every single ounce of power that You are willing to throw my way.

And then what do you do? Well … then you do what all emotionally-charged human beings hate to do because then – you wait.

02 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Mental Health | Day 16 | Transformed

Verse

This makes you very happy, even though now for a short time different kinds of troubles may make you sad.  These troubles come to prove that your faith is pure. This purity of faith is worth more than gold, which can be proved to be pure by fire but will ruin. But the purity of your faith will bring you praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is shown to you. You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You cannot see him now, but you believe in him. So you are filled with a joy that cannot be explained, a joy full of glory.  And you are receiving the goal of your faith—the salvation of your souls. The prophets searched carefully and tried to learn about this salvation. They prophesied about the grace that was coming to you. The Spirit of Christ was in the prophets, telling in advance about the sufferings of Christ and about the glory that would follow those sufferings. The prophets tried to learn about what the Spirit was showing them, when those things would happen, and what the world would be like at that time. It was shown them that their service was not for themselves but for you, when they told about the truths you have now heard. Those who preached the Good News to you told you those things with the help of the Holy Spirit who was sent from heaven—things into which angels desire to look. So prepare your minds for service and have self-control. All your hope should be for the gift of grace that will be yours when Jesus Christ is shown to you.

1 Peter 1:6-13

Devotional

Our lives are not our own, and yet God has given them into our hands. Go back and read that first sentence again: Our lives are not our own, and yet God has given them into our hands. It is one of those holy contradictions that causes us to look resolutely into the face of God with absolute wonder.

It’s true – you are God’s workmanship. You have been created in Christ Jesus for one purpose alone: for the good works that God planned specifically for you before the beginning of time. It is God’s plan that you walk in the life that He has planned and prearranged for your advantage. But, the choice is still up to you. You really can either have it your way or have it God’s way.

Although you belong to God because He created you and He pre-designed an incredible life for you, He has still placed the choice for that miraculous life in your hands. One of the most practical instances of where we choose God or choose self is in our emotional

preferences and habits. You must give up your right to whine and pout and then wholeheartedly embrace the plan of God for your life, which is found in the fruit of the Spirit. You were created for good works and not for the works of the flesh or for the opinions of your emotions.

Next Step

The good works that Christ planned for you before you were even born are so much more than reading a devotional book or listening to worship music. The good works that God had in mind when He thought of you were so glorious that He declared across the ages that you were His very own masterpiece. God has had His eye on you since the beginning of time to do something so extraordinary through your life that even the angels would stand back in wonder and long to do what you were created to do!

01 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

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01 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Mental Health | Day 15 | Transformed

Verse

In the past you were spiritually dead because of your sins and the things you did against God. Yes, in the past you lived the way the world lives, following the ruler of the evil powers that are above the earth. That same spirit is now working in those who refuse to obey God. In the past all of us lived like them, trying to please our sinful selves and doing all the things our bodies and minds wanted. We should have suffered God’s anger because we were sinful by nature. We were the same as all other people. But God’s mercy is great, and he loved us very much. Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God’s grace. And he raised us up with Christ and gave us a seat with him in the heavens. He did this for those in Christ Jesus so that for all future time he could show the very great riches of his grace by being kind to us in Christ Jesus. I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. It was not the result of your own efforts, so you cannot brag about it. God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.

Ephesians 2:1-10

Devotional

It’s an incredible truth: You were strategically placed here, at this time in history, by God for His plans and purposes. He needed someone just like you to love the unlovable – to bring joy to a dark, cold world – to reveal peace in confusing conversations and situations – and to be kind at times when our culture is desolately cruel. God, the Creator of the Universe, needed someone just like you to be constantly optimistic in the face of frustrating circumstances – to hope when there was no reason for hope – and to show patience to obstinate and ornery people. Because God needed you, He created you to reveal His heart.

The problem is, as His very own children, we have acquired too many genetic characteristics of the world and have forsaken the lavishly bestowed attributes of God, our loving Father. The problem is, we would rather have it our way than His way. The problem is, we would rather emote a selfish perspective on a situation than to exhibit delightful and delicious fruit.

Next Step

We were created by God to reveal His heart during this singular moment in all of recorded time. We were created to do His good works but instead, we have decided to morph into an emotional counterfeit of who He intended for us to be. God created us because there was a lack of “Godness” on earth, and so He sent you and He sent me. God will only reveal Himself through us to the extent that we allow Him to fill every corner of our hearts and lives. The magnificent and heart-stopping truth is that you can have as much of God as you could possibly want! The question has never changed from the Garden of Eden until today, how much of Him do you want?

31 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 14 | Transformed

Verse

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his great power.

Ephesians 6:10

Devotional

Have you ever watched a workout video? Have you noticed how the trainer is always pushing you, encouraging you and motivating you to keep going? I sometimes wish they would be quiet but there is a point to what they are doing. They are helping us to become strong, distracting us from the pain and desire to quit.

Next Step

How will you be strong in the Lord?

1) Ask for help in keeping your Physical goals you set

2) Focus on the positive people in your life and God.

3) Get a coach – Find someone to be accountable to. Someone who will be there when you want to quit and who will encourage you to keep going.

4) Keep the faith. Sometimes you just need to tune out the noise of the world and focus on your goals & your fitness.

30 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 13 | Transformed

Verse

You have become weak, so make yourselves strong again. Keep on the right path, so the weak will not stumble but rather be strengthened.

Hebrews 12:12-13

Devotional

It’s easy to become weak. Sitting around all day just watching TV and eating whatever will have an impact with little effort. However did you know it’s also easy to become strong?  It’s all about taking that first step, staying on the path.

It’s the same with your faith. Quiet time with God, reading your bible, its all part of the path you need to be on to get back to a stronger faith.

Next Step

How are you building your faith? How are you becoming strong again? If you don’t have a plan you will continue to daily veer off course. Take some time to pray about a plan and follow through with it.

29 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 12 | Transformed

Verse

In the same way, faith by itself—that does nothing—is dead.

James 2:17

Devotional

We’ve talked about having a blueprint, establishing a plan of attack for excuses, deciding and committing to our health and fitness blueprint and dealing with outside negative influencers. Now it’s time to talk about action!

We’ve been building a fitness foundation all week. But talking about building a house and actually breaking ground are two different things. Just like faith without action is dead, so is a fitness plan.

How will you take action? Setting your alarm earlier? Asking a friend who workouts regularly to hold you accountable. Signing up for a race. Scheduling workouts on your calendar.  Walking instead of driving to run errands. Every little thing you to do to incorporate fitness into your life will pay off over time.

Next Step

Take action and remain faithful day in, day out to see them happen.  Yes, you will have days where fitness took a backseat, but get right back up again and stay hungry for change.

28 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 11 | Transformed

Verse

God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.

Ephesians 2:10 (NCV)

Devotional

It’s always good to be prepared. Kind of like the Boy Scouts! When you embark on a fitness journey be prepared for the outside negative influencers to rain on your parade. If you are a believer, then you might already experienced this. There will always be people who will try to derail your love for Jesus and your goal to be fit & healthy.

Next Step

How will you remain strong and committed?

1) Remain strong in Christ. Start each day with asking him to help you- be it to swim laps, run 5 miles or respond in love to the people who want you give up.

2) Listen to God, not the naysayers. Jesus has truth for you to hear and believe.

3) Stay the course. There is a reason why life is sometimes referred to as a battle because it is. Everyday we need to keep the faith. When a workout is tough, a run that was supposed to be easy and yet was difficult or when outside people speak negative words to us about your new way of life. Remember your goals and stay the course

4) Keep the faith. Sometimes you just need to tune out the noise of the world and focus on your goals & your fitness.

Decide. Commit. Keep the faith!

27 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 10 | Transformed

Verse

Depend on the LORD; trust him, and he will take care of you.

Psalm 37:5

Devotional

Sometimes just deciding to do something is half the battle. Getting healthy or keeping fit is a daily work in progress. It’s not something we can do one time and then forget about it. Kind of like our faith. It is a daily undertaking. Constantly seeking to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Deciding to live a fit and health life isn’t easy. From sugar addiction to being lazy with our health, things will always try to prevent us from reaching our goals. Being committed to your health + fitness blueprint will bring results. And who doesn’t like results?!

The way you get results is to decide to be committed to the task at hand. Want to get stronger? That means hitting the gym and lifting or other strength building exercises like pushups, pull-ups, yoga, and running hills. Maybe your goal is to just start a workout routine, which may involve seeking a personal trainer. Whatever your goal, the key is to stay committed to it.

Many people give up when they don’t see immediate results. Results aren’t made in the microwave, they are made with time and because we are human we don’t like that fact. We want things to happen on our time, not God’s. Perhaps our personal fitness journey is to remind us that God’s work takes time.

Next Step

Decide on a fitness regimen- be realistic! And then commit to it. Set a goal and write it down and share it with someone, an accountability partner, who will help you stay focused.

26 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 9 | Transformed

Verse

Don’t depend on your own wisdom. Respect the LORD and refuse to do wrong. Then your body will be healthy, and your bones will be strong.

Proverbs 3:7-8

Devotional

How’s your health blueprint coming along? Do you have a vision of where you are heading?  Seek Jesus for what your health goals should be.

One of the things that happens whenever we embark on a challenge, is excuses. I wish it weren’t so, but we are human after all. From the common excuses (the dog ate my running shoes, it’s too cold/hot) to the not-so-common (I have to lead small group tonight). Be prepared for excuses.

Just as living for Jesus requires sacrifice, so does living a healthy life (for Jesus). Excuses will happen, so let’s be prepared for them!

Next Step

Here are some easy things to help fight off excuses.

#1) Workout first thing in the morning. Let’s admit it – once 9 a.m. rolls around the rest of you day is spoken for. Meetings are added, emergencies come up, and kids get sick.  Personally, working out first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. I pray when I run or ride as I watch the sunrise. It’s a beautiful thing.

#2) Get up earlier in the morning. Sometimes those 10 minutes can add hours later to your day!

#3) Workout with a friend. If you know you are meeting with Suzie at 6 a.m. for a run, you’ll be less likely to sleep in. Accountability is key.

#4) Schedule workouts. You schedule conference calls and work meetings, schedule workouts!

#5) Make lunchtime productive. Go for a walk- and bring a co-worker or friend with you!

Have a plan for excuses!