I am a firm believer in having a positive outlook on myself. What we
believe about ourselves and how we see our self image has a direct
reflection on our life's path. We cannot see ourselves as discouraged,
defeated and downtrodden and expect to live an overcoming, fulfilled and
victorious life. The way we see ourselves and the way we expect to live
must go hand in hand. We have to believe what God says about us and see
ourselves as more than conquerors through Christ. We are to recognize
that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness and by His
stripes we are healed. The Lord overcame the world for us and wishes for
us to walk in His victory. Be encouraged to have a new outlook on your
life. See your blessings, your promises and your dreams again and allow
the Lord to lead your life onto the path that He has prepared. (Romans 8:31-39)
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to have a renewed
outlook on your life. See yourself as above only and never beneath,
lending and never borrowing, and always being the head and never the tail.
THE BEAUTY WAY
I guess I'm likely to put anything in my body!
I love spicy foods and Mexican foods in particular. I've “treated” friends
to my favorite homemade spicy dishes. A typical reaction to a dish bathed
in my hot sauce goes like this: they smile and enthusiastically try a
bite; their eyes open far too wide and they begin to sweat profusely and
reach for the water to put out the flames in their stomachs; then, when
voice and reason return, they nod and politely say, “Tasty.” They often
don't come back.
One person commented, “I've heard of people who preach hellfire, but you're
the only one I know who hands out samples.”
Well, maybe it's not quite that bad, but I'm likely to eat most any kind
of food. And though I exercise regularly, my body is starting to tell me
to be more selective in my diet. I like the woman who stepped off the scale
and was asked by her husband what the verdict was. “According to the height
table,” she replied, “I should be about six inches taller.”
But more important than the food we put into our bodies are thoughts we
put into our minds. Thoughts of bitterness like, “I hate her!” Thoughts of
despair like, “I'll never be happy again.” Thoughts of fear like, “I could
never do that!” And thoughts of worry, thoughts of greed and thoughts of
self-loathing. A constant diet of these killer thoughts will destroy us
long before cholesterol.
The Navajo people have an expression for this. They traditionally believe
that how they fill their minds will shape their lives. So they want to
fill their minds only with that which is good, harmonious and edifying.
They speak of “Thinking in the Beauty Way” -- ridding their minds of all
that is destructive and filling them with that which is good and peaceful.
The Beauty Way is the way of love and contentment, peace and kindness,
patience and courage.
What are you putting into your mind? James Lane Allen has said, “You are
today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where
your thoughts take you.” Fill your mind with life-affirming thoughts and
tomorrow will find you further along the Beauty Way.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 30:10-12 “Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be Thou my
helper. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: Thou hast put off
my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may
sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks
unto Thee for ever.”
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Colossians 3:15-16 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the
which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your
hearts to the Lord.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: GOD'S PROMISE
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Today's Selected Testimony: MY TESTIMONY OF GRACE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry