Upgrade your thinking today.

Open yourself up to His radiant presence  letting His light permeate your thinking today. When His spirit is controlling our mind, we are filled with life and peace.

Let Him upgrade your thinking today.
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.

Read on as Sarah Young directs our thought life.

Romans 8:6

Devotionals Daily In His Image, Under His Control by Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

Let Me control your mind.

The mind is the most restless, unruly part of mankind. Long after you have learned the discipline of holding your tongue, your thoughts defy your will and set themselves up against Me. Man is the pinnacle of My creation, and the human mind is wondrously complex. I risked all by granting you freedom to think for yourself. This is godlike privilege, forever setting you apart from animals and robots. I made you in My image, precariously close to deity.

Though My blood has fully redeemed you, your mind is the last bastion of rebellion.

Open yourself to My radiant Presence, letting My Light permeate your thinking. When My Spirit is controlling your mind, you are filled with Life and Peace.

Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:26-27

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. – Romans 8:6

Excerpted with permission from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, copyright Thomas Nelson.

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Prayer:

Lord, control our minds. Help us to think Your thoughts, to follow Your way as we are transformed from the inside out. Let us be controlled by the Spirit so we cann know true life and peace.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

Decisions require the right information and Truth.

All around us are angels and Godly men and women full of heavenly wisdom from the Word of God to guide us. They’ve struggled and were tempted in the same ways we have, and they’ve paved the way of Wisdom and Truth. They are trophies of God’s faithfulness as they’ve peserved and overcome.

Take time to notice who God has placed in your path to encourage you, guide and direct you. The best of leaders are open to being teachable. They lay down their prideful need to be right and depend upon themselves and their own wisdom, and they trust the team God has placed in their midst.

Read on as Rick Warren encourages our hearts in Truth, as we live today directed by God and the mentors He’s placed in our life to help us make Godly decisions.

Jan 12, 2015

Get the Best Information to Live Your Best Life

by Rick Warren

“People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4 NLT)

If you want to have a healthy mind, you must feed your mind with truth.

We all know the importance of nutrition. Good food and good calories make you stronger and healthier and give you more energy. Bad calories and junk food harm your body. The same is true in your thought life. You must feed your mind not with junk or poison but with truth.

One time I had the privilege of lecturing at Oxford University, and while I was there, I was invited to go to a meeting of Oxford Analytica. This is a group you’ve never heard of that has enormous influence in the world. Every day at about 6 a.m. the leading scholars of Oxford gather in a room to get reports from all around the world of what’s happened in the last 24 hours, from crop prices rising in China to more unrest in the Middle East. Then they make the decision about what needs to be said about it. By 11 a.m. a report has been given to groups that pay big bucks for this information like the CIA and major corporations.

Oxford Analytica is founded on the idea that the best leaders make the best decision when they have the best information. Even if you are a good leader, if you don’t have the best information, you’re going to make a bad decision.

You need the best information to live the best life that God wants you to live. That information is right there in the Word of God.

The Bible says in Matthew 4:4, “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (NLT).

God wants you to have the best information so that you can make the best decisions and receive God’s best for your life. You do that by feeding on the Word of God throughout your day.

This devotional © 2015 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Grief is necessary to becoming emotionally spiritually healthy.

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Jan 9, 2015

The Truth About Shadows
by Rick Warren

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 (ESV)

One of the common sources of stress is loss. You can lose your job, your health, your money, your reputation, or a loved one.

When people go through loss, there are always two common reactions. One is fear, and the other is grief. Grief is good. Grief is the way we get through the transitions of life. In fact, if you don’t grieve, you get stuck! Grief will not kill you if you let it out.

On the other hand, fear is a bad thing. Not once in the Bible does it say, “Grieve not,” “Sorrow not,” “Weep not,” or “Cry not.” What it does say is “Fear not.” And it says that 365 times! Because grief doesn’t paralyze; fear does.

David says in Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (ESV).

Shepherds always carried a rod and a staff to protect their sheep. David knew that, in the same way, God has the tools to protect him, and he trusted him, even in the darkest valleys.

Some of you are going through the valley of the shadow right now — maybe the valley of the shadow of death. It may be the valley of the shadow of debt. It may be the valley of the shadow of conflict. It may be the valley of the shadow of depression. It may be the valley of the shadow of discouragement.

Shadows are scary. Remember how you used to be afraid of shadows when you were lying in bed as a kid? I’ve learned a few things about shadows.

First, shadows can’t hurt you.

Second, shadows are always bigger than the source.

And — here’s the good news — wherever there’s a shadow, there has to be a light. You can’t have a shadow without light. So the key when you’re going through the valley of the shadow is to turn your back on the shadow and look at the light. Because as long as you keep your eyes on the light — Jesus, the light of the world — the shadow won’t scare you.

That’s how you go through the valley of the shadow of death. That’s how you lower your stress. You trust God in the dark valleys, just like David, who prayed, “When I am ready to give up, he knows what I should do” (Psalm 142:3a TEV).

Prayer: Lord help us today to accept the losses that impact our lives in this fallen and imperfect world. Help us in the midst of our grief and pain to not loose sight of your love for us and your goodness.

Help us to have hope as you direct our way through the pain and confusion loss and grief often bring. Whether we are grieving the loss of a friend or significant relationship, loss of vision or dream, a child, our health, home, a job, a marriage, career, our identity, a pet, or our freedom. Regardless of the type of loss, may we feel your love and comfort through this dark night of the soul time so we won’t feel so alone and fearful.

Give us courage to trust you and grace to endure as we hang on to the hope and future you have for us.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

Talk It Over

What are the shadows you’ve recently been facing? Why are they so daunting to you?
How can memorizing Scripture help you face the fears in your life?

This devotional © 2015 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.