If you “only” operate by sight, you will never truly see what God can do…
If you “only” operate by sight, you will never truly see what God can do…
Thoughts have incredible power. Praying, affirmations, mantras all have the same effect. They focus our minds on positive energy, and like attracts like.
Happiness attracts Happiness. Sadness attracts sadness.
Choose wisely today.
The conversations of young people intrigue, bewilder and sometimes confused me. “You’ll have to watch this video it’s so funny, you will enjoy it.”
It’s usually a cat or dog doing something weird and on one occasion it was a squirrel on water skis.
Usually the children are bent over laughing, and I’m left holding onto the phone with a smirk on my face at how little amuses the innocent.
One day last week I opened the local paper, and there was a story about a video that had 1 million views, the man in the video was power hosing an old white patio chair.
I read on expecting an animal to knock the hose out of his hand or for someone to play a prank on him but nothing. That was it. A video of a man power hosing a dirty old chair.
The story concluded with the fact that people find satisfaction watching something been cleaned and coming up as new.
It reminded me of my favourite job growing up on the farm at home. The satisfaction I got from power hosing the street in front of our house from all the gravel and dirt carried in by the cars and machinery.
Dirt on a tarmac surface or a patio seat is easy to see but what about the mess on the inside of our lives.
How much more satisfying is it to know that the metaphorical dirt of our lives can be washed clean by our creator who’s laws we have broken.
The bible teaches that when a person realises what they are like on the inside and come to Jesus for forgiveness, he has promised, as far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
The thief on the cross beside Jesus realised this; he knew that he deserved to be there but Jesus the son of God did not, and in full realisation of this he said, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
In that instant, his sin was washed away forever.
What satisfaction there is in knowing that God will cleanse your spirit when you ask for forgiveness with the intention of never repeating the same mistakes.
There was a pastor in Texas who carried the burden of a secret sin he had committed many years before. He had repented but still had no sense of God’s forgiveness.
In his church was a woman who claimed to have visions in which she spoke with Christ and he with her. The priest, however, was sceptical. To test her he said, “The next time you speak with Christ, I want you to ask him what sin your pastor committed while he was in seminary.” The woman agreed.
A few days later the priest asked, “Well, did Christ visit you in your dreams?”
“Yes he did”, she replied.
“And did you ask him what sin I committed in seminary?”
“Well, what did he say?”
“He said, ‘I don’t remember.’”
Try for one day to keep track of every time you pick up your phone. With some research showing that we pick up and put down our phones 150 times a day, just logging it may become a challenge.
Now, I’m not asking you actually to take a note, but for one day try to do a mental one. You will quickly get a sense of how much time you are focused on activities and how much time you are being distracted.
So why am I talking about this today?
Well, as the saying goes, ‘replace a negative with a positive.’ So if you have negative habits replace them with positive ones.
Of course, some people will say I need my phone for my job, etc. that’s not negative. But even I go to my phone to check for an important email and find myself replying to a text message or scrolling through Facebook.
Sometimes forgetting all about the reason I picked the phone up in the first place.
What I started to do is, I have a 30-second lock on my phone so when I set it down it locks within 30 seconds. And to unlock it I have to put in a password.
Now, I changed this password to the word ‘prayer.’
So every time I open my phone I am reminded to say the short prayer. “Jesus I surrender to your will.” When I started to do this, I was instantly connected to God more each day.
If you’re going through hurt, worry or doubt it can help you detach from it, even if it’s only for a brief moment.
When we get into a state of worry, doubt or anxiety we can lose ourselves for days, weeks, or even months as we are completely absorbed by what is going on in our lives.
It could be a serious situation, and I don’t want to make light of that, it could be something within your family or with a friend or in your community.
But if we lose ourselves in these events and let worry doubt or fear consume our spirits, our faith can weaken as we can question everything.
Certain events can even test our faith, pulling us down, separating us from God.
We can go through a period where we even give up on Him.
If you find yourself lost in this place, it’s important not to beat yourself up about it. We all have to deal with a certain situation in the best way we know how.
If you tend to use your phone a lot, screens can be locked; screen savers can be put in place, helping us to keep focused on the only thing that matters. Our creator.
You can change your passwords to meaningful positive, motivating words or phrases that help you throughout the day. Each day you are regularly programming your mind with faith.
Just for that split second when you pick up your phone, it can break a negative thought cycle that you may be going through, by connecting you to God. Adding peace to your day
And, when we are more connected, we are more relaxed, we are more centred, we are more at peace.
Whenever you read scripture, prayers or motivational literature, it calms you, and you realise that everything is going to work out.
When you are in the peaceful calm state which prayer brings, you can think level-headedly. You no longer feel from a place of worry, doubt, stress, depression or anxiety, but from a place of faith.
You are coming from a grounded, centred place, and when you come from that place you can see, no matter what is going on in your life, from a new perspective, a fresh perspective, a view you can mirror to the past.
And, in the past, everything worked out, so you know it will work out this time as well.
I wish your self, family and friends a beautiful weekend and may God bless you all, in a 1000 ways.
Thank you for reading
Rev J Martin
Growing up my grandmother used to say, “you have the grace of God with you.” For the longest time I did not know what this meant. As I have got older and wiser I realize that she meant I had a faith filled view of life. I always talked with optimism, and believed that all would work out.
Personally, I never looked at this as a gift, thinking everyone was the same, but dealing with people I quickly became aware that a faith filled view was a very rare quality.
An outlook of faith can change so much, you notice simple little things that connect you to nature. The feeling you get when you walk outside on a cold January day all wrapped up and are thankful for the coat that is on your back. You feel Gods power as you look out at the rising sun.
Just for that moment all stresses worries fade away because you feel His creative force flowing through you and in the world.
There is not a passing day goes by that I am not grateful for this connection to God, but I also believe this connection can be felt by everyone. There is great power to be gained from connecting with nature, and in the reading of faith filled words. Both of them make us realize that there is a power in this world much greater than ourselves.
To often we can let worry and doubt dominate our thought life; we become disconnected from God. The feeling comes over us that we must do everything on our own strength.
This is a lonely place to be, your faith can weaken, your defenses can break down leading to illness and pain.
Each day you must spend time focused on God, focused on faith, focused on gratitude. Take a walk into nature and you will feel Gods power and grace all around you. But you must be present
You invest hours at work, on the internet, watching your favorite dramas. So, its about time you started to invest time in you. If you are waiting for others to motivate or inspire you; you will be waiting a long time. People are to busy dealing with there own lives.
My new book, God’s Grace Is On The Way, is a reminder that there is good in your future. No matter how your life is now, brighter days lie ahead. It’s a faith builder that will help you connect with your inner desires and dreams.
I believe 2018 will be a great year for you, its time you believed that too.
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