Don’t Judge Them Because. . .

Last night, I was considering entertaining some negative thoughts about someone. I don’t even remember who it was. I’m sure it wasn’t you. Then I heard a small voice in my head or heart saying,  “Don’t judge them.” I don’t know how I dared to ask this question, but I asked “Why not?” Before I had barely breathed the two words, I heard, “Because I love them.”

Don’t judge them because He loves them.

Since I felt I had the Lord’s attention, I began to talk to Him about some other people whose ways I do not approve of, presidential candidates and such. I thought surely He would agree with me about some .of these what I might call “shady characters.” However with each one He said the same thing, “Don’t judge them because I love them.” Food for thought.

Wrapping Up the Negativity Fast: 42 Declarations

View More: http://rockfordjordanphotography.pass.us/momsblogWhat a fabulous 37 days it has been! Fabulous? Not always in the high feelings of joy that I thrive on, but fabulous in stretching and growing, becoming stronger, and being transformed. Did any of you face a challenge to your beliefs? I had my moments for sure. And those moments went into hours, then days. Over the last three weeks, I have been on a roller coaster ride from high emotions to low emotions. My beliefs were challenged. It was clear to me that the old comfortable way of thinking did not like the new thoughts coming in to take their place. Great news, I persevered and I am stronger. I hope you persevered as well.

 

I highly encourage you to come up with declarations of your own that will propel you to becoming the person you know God wants you to be.

 

Here’s a list of the declarations I have mentioned in this series. If you like some of my thoughts, feel free to print a copy and carry them with you so you can speak them out loud when you have alone time throughout your day. For now you may want to skim over them and read the “Wrapping It Up”paragraph. Enjoy your adventure.

 

 

From “You Can’t Say That” on Day 3.

I’m successful in everything I do,

I’m happier than I’ve ever been,

Everywhere I go people like me and want to hear what I have to say,

I am a positive influence on everyone I meet,

All my bills are paid on time and I have plenty for everything I need, and

God is blessing me in everything I do?”

From “Good, Acceptable, and Perfect” on Day 4

Everything I put my hand to prospers.

I walk in divine health. I pray for others, and they are healed.

God gives me great ideas.

I am closer to God than I have ever been.

The life of God is flowing through me.

I am a blessing to others.

It’s going to be a great day.

From “Renewing My Mind Today” on Day 5

God is continually showing me ways to walk with Him throughout each day.

God is pleased with me not because of what I do, but because He loves me.

God is showing me more and more truth.

I surrender my life to God daily.

God is opening up exciting opportunities for me.

God continually gives me great ideas.

I have more and more energy every day.

I enjoy every day to the fullest.

God’s peace, joy, and Presence surround me every day.

I am continually aware of the favor and blessings of God every day.

I am happier than I’ve ever been.

I delight in helping others to be happy and prosperous.

From “Precious Promises” on Day 7.

If you abide in me, and My word abides in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7

Whatsoever things you desire, when you pray, believe you receive them, and you shall have them. Mark 11:24

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

From “Four Thoughts to Feast on Today” on Day 8.

There is always a solution.

God gives me great ideas. 

God always answers my prayers.

Everything works  out for my good.

From “Life and Death and What You Can Do About It” on Day 9

Life is in the power of the tongue!

From “9 Favorite Thoughts” on Day 11

There is always a solution.

Great ideas are continually coming to me.

I am successful in everything I do.

I always make good decisions.

I’m happier than I’ve ever been.

I am increasingly able to bless and encourage others.

We walk in the favor and blessing of God every day.

We always have plenty of money.

God wants all of His people to prosper.

Wrapping it up

Choose the words you need or find your own. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the words you need to declare to transform your life into  His perfect will for you.

Even if you have found the Negativity Fast/Positivity Feast for the first time today, I encourage you to jump in with both feet. Your life can only get better by choosing God’s thoughts and words to think and speak! To find out more about the Negativity Feast and for more resources, click here.

There are only three more days of the official Negativity Fast, but for me, it is only the beginning.

I declare blessings over you and your family as you step out into new adventures with God’s perfect plan for your life!

 

9 Favorite Thoughts

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We are approaching the halfway mark for our 40 Day Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast sponsored by Steve and Wendy Backlund with Igniting Hope Ministries. Those who have registered with them are receiving daily encouraging emails and those on level 2 also get a short video message every day and a PDF verson of the book Igniting Faith in 40 Days. It is not too late to join us!

My purpose in blogging during this fast is to encourage readers, friends and family to take some simple thoughts and implant them in our minds intentionally. We will be amazed at how God will change our lives as He reveals truth to us and changes our beliefs according to Romans 12:2, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. . .”

During the fast, our goal is to “target negative beliefs based on lies and replace them with positive beliefs based on biblical truth.” These old negative beliefs that have been growing for years, producing fruit we didn’t want in our lives are being uprooted. New seeds are being planted in freshly tilled soil. During these next days, they will be watered and fertilized. Already I can see, in my mind’s eye, seedlings having pushed through the ground on their way to becoming healthy plants producing a harvest of good fruit.

Here are 9 favorite thoughts that I have planted in my mind during this fast. As they are watered and fertilized by thinking and speaking them throughout the day, they are becoming my new beliefs deeply rooted, producing the results that “prove that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” according to Romans 12:2. Most of these are inspired by the Backlunds. Feel free to take any of these as your own.

There is always a solution.

Great ideas are continually coming to me.

I am successful in everything I do.

I always make good decisions.

I’m happier than I’ve ever been.

I am increasingly able to bless and encourage others.

We walk in the favor and blessing of God every day.

We always have plenty of money.

God wants all of His people to prosper.

None of these thoughts could actually be true without God. Everyone of them is based on scripture. “Every good and perfect gift” is from God, and He makes everything possible and makes life the adventure that it is!

Renewing your mind is simply choosing thoughts that promote the new belief. Speak out the truth often enough until hope and joy rise up from your heart. This is when you will know that your mind has been renewed.

God is so good to have made this wonderful truth available to us! He created us for a purpose. Satan’s plan all along has been to deceive us into living in bondage when God’s plan was always for freedom. What an exciting adventure it is to please God by renewing our mind so that we can live the life He planned for us all along.

Please note the favorite thoughts I chose are to replace my own personal bad beliefs that I unknowingly and unintentionally allowed to take root in my subconscious mind. As we all grow, God will reveal other wrong beliefs that we can overcome through the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. I hope you will feel free to share your experience in the comments, and let’s lift each other up in prayer as truth is revealed to us! Blessings to you!

Sharon

One Thought for Today

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Our thoughts are the bricks by which our beliefs are built.

Our beliefs are the foundation on which our whole life stands.

What will you think today?

This thought is Part 11, Day 10 of the Series “Giving Up Negativity for Lent.”

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Life and Death and What You Can Do About It

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Proverbs 18:21 says,

 “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.”

Today, in Steve Backlund’s message, he expresses profoundly,

“The greater truth is that life is in the power of the tongue.”

Let’s just think about that.

Life is in the power of the tongue.

That’s my “featured thought” for today. As we meditate on those words, we’re going to understand it and believe it. It’s the belief that God is after! It’s our responsibility and delight to choose that thought over contrary negative thoughts that beg us to focus on what appears to be a dead hopeless reality. Truth is what God says, and He says,

“Life is in the power of the tongue.”

If God says

“Life is in the power of the tongue,”

then,

Life is in the power of the tongue!

Let’s speak life into every situation today.

Can you get a picture of  timelapse photography where a seedling becomes a bud and then each petal opens up until the beautiful flower is unfolded. That is the way your situations can change today. As you speak life into what appears to be a problem or an unresolved issue, it will change into something beautiful.

Jesus’ friend, Lazarus had been dead for four days. He had been embalmed and wrapped in grave clothes. When Jesus said, “Lazarus, come forth,” life came back into him, and God was glorified.

What is the best thing that could happen today for each of your loved ones? Think about that. Speak life over each one of them. Simply say, “I speak the life of God over _______today.” You can name any and everything that your heart is concerned about today.

Unspeakable joy will bubble up in your life today!

If you want to, sign up for the Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast by clicking here. You’ll get inspiring emails and a short youtube message every day. It’s free, and there are other resources available! Learn more about it here.

Have an incredible day thinking right! Your life is being transformed into God’s best for you! Just think about what that looks like!

Sharon

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Four Thoughts to Feast On Today

 

 

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If you don’t do anything else during this negativity fast, I recommend that you spend some time thinking these four thoughts. They are four of my favorites! They were inspired by the teachings of Steve and Wendy Backlund, but after spending over 30 days with a thought, you get to call it your own.

I encourage you to let each one roll over and over in your mind until it becomes a deeply held belief. As you believe, you will see astounding changes in your life and circumstances. Think and speak these four thoughts at every opportunity and see how marvelous your days become! Don’t let anyone talk you out of the blessings God wants to give you. Hold tightly to the assurance that He wants to make you a blessing to others.

 

There is always a solution.

 

God gives me great ideas. (You can say whatever kind of ideas you need. God gives me great ideas for losing weight or building relationships.)

 

God always answers my prayers.

 

Everything is going to work out for my good.

I know if you make these thoughts a part of you, you will see amazing results right away. Let me know!

Have an incredible day!

 

 

Precious Promises

View More: http://rockfordjordanphotography.pass.us/momsblogWhereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4

He has given us precious promises that open the door to His divine nature. We are invited in to take part in Who He is. This is even more wonderful when we realize that these precious promises also allow us to escape the negative effects of the corruption that is in the world. We can live above the world partaking of all that God has to offer: love, joy, peace, a sound mind, health, prosperity. We can experience His Divine Presence, no matter what is going on in the world around us.

We access all of this through renewing our mind to the “precious promises.”

Here are 3 of my favorites:

If you abide in me, and My word abides in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7

Whatsoever things you desire, when you pray, believe you receive them, and you shall have them. Mark 11:24

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Our mind is renewed to these precious promises when we saturate our minds with them. It is best done through repetition several times throughout the day. As we saturate our mind with these promises, they come alive for us and produce His divine nature in us. What could be more exciting than that!

Do you have a favorite promise? Feel free to share.

As we continue the Negativity Fast & Positivity Feast, continue to flood your mind each day with God’s thoughts. You can pray this simple prayer:

Dear God, please flood my mind with your thoughts today. In Jesus name, Amen.

Enjoy your day partaking of His divine nature.

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Believing Lies, Recognizing Truth

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We are where we are in life right now because of our beliefs.

  1.  It is possible that we are believing lies in some or all areas of our lives. This has kept us from fulfilling the perfect will of God in our lives.
  2.  A lie is defined as anything contrary to what God says or believes about us.
  3. We can ask God to show us the lies we have been believing.
  4. We can ask God to show us what we should believe about any given circumstance.
  5. We can tell our minds what to believe.  Examples: “Sharon, you are successful. Sharon, you are a woman of faith and prayer. Sharon, God can use you to bless others.” And after your mind gets used to the idea (gets renewed) you will believe it!

Two tests that we can use to determine if a belief is God’s truth for us:

  • Does it bring hope?
  • Is it something God would say to you?  Would He tell you that you are a failure? Would He tell you that you will never get out of this mess? Would He tell you it is too late for your dreams to come true? With this test we can easily identify lies we have been believing.

Steve Backlund, the sponsor of our Negativity Fast & Positivity Feast, says, “Let’s just laugh at that.” Whenever we hear a thought that is contrary to what God would say to us, then, “Let’s just laugh at that.” You know it’s not a truth from God if it doesn’t give you hope.

When we hear a thought that gives us hope, encourages us and agrees with God’s word, we can say, “Let’s just think about that.” We will have two kinds of thoughts vying for our attention today: Negative thoughts and positive thoughts. Let’s choose the ones we want to think about and laugh at the other ones.

Our thoughts are the bricks by which our beliefs are built. Our beliefs are the foundation on which our whole life stands.

 

If you are just now joining us, you may want to start at the beginning of the series, “You Can Change Your Life in 40 Days.” The titles are listed in the sidebar.

Have a terrific day! God loves you so much!

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Renewing My Mind Today

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I  want my life to change for the better so I am changing what I think. I am renewing my mind.

These are the things I want:

To please God.

For our family to continue to increase financially.

To experience His Presence in greater magnitude.

To be healthy and full of energy.

For God to use me to help and encourage others.

For all of my relationships to be strengthened so that I can bring out the best in others and make their lives better.

So I renew my mind with these thoughts:

God is continually showing me ways to walk with Him throughout each day.

God is pleased with me not because of what I do, but because He loves me.

He is showing me more and more truth.

I surrender my life to God daily.

He is opening up exciting opportunities for me.

He’s giving me great ideas.

I have more and more energy every day.

I enjoy every day to the fullest.

God’s peace, joy, and Presence surround me every day.

I am continually aware of the favor and blessings of God every day.

I am happier than I’ve ever been.

I delight in helping others to be happy and prosperous.

As we continue the Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast, continue to capture negative thoughts. Don’t accept them any more. Why don’t you borrow one or two of my thoughts above and choose to think them today? As we habitually think the right thoughts, they become beliefs, and they will be mirrored in our lives. Get excited! We are being transformed by the renewing of our minds.

Please feel free to share some of your favorite thoughts! Have a wonderful day! God is with you!

Good, Acceptable, and Perfect

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Good, Acceptable, and Perfect” is part 5 in the series, “You Can Change Your Life in 40 Days.”

Our thoughts are the bricks by which our beliefs are built. Our beliefs are the foundation on which our whole life stands.

 

Change your thoughts, and you change your life.

If I had but one prayer to be answered tonight, I would pray that all of my family and friends would know the truth above and walk in it fully as God leads them. I pray that they would truly know that He has good planned for their lives. In fact He is incredibly able to take all of our mistakes, shortcomings, faults, even our sins and use them for our good.

After all, when the world was without form and void, He created it and gave it life.

If you look at the life of Joseph, everything that happened to him turned out for his good. Even the pride and bragging which put him in a pit was the catalyst that took him to Egypt to later become the savior of his family.

In order to change our life from what it is now to what it can be, God asks us one thing: To renew our mind.

Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or ]shifting shadow. James 1:17 NASB

There is no question that God wants good for us.

There is no question that we have a part to play in what we receive in our lives. When we renew our mind to His good and acceptable and perfect will, our life changes. We put ourselves in position for all of the forces of heaven to bring these good things into our lives. Our beliefs makes the difference in what we receive. It is a law as reliable as the law of gravity. It works for everyone all of the time.

I want to see what God will do with all of the people I know as we renew our minds and let Him turn everything for our good. Can you picture the very best things happening to you and your family today?

The world needs more good, and the world needs to see God changing lives.

We have a part to play. Let’s do it. Let’s think the thoughts that will build the beliefs we want to have so that God can fulfill His perfect will in our lives.

Let’s not stand in His way!

Choose thoughts that will build the life you know He wants for you.

Everything I put my hand to prospers.

I walk in divine health. I pray for others, and they are healed.

God gives me great ideas.

I am closer to God than I have ever been.

The life of God is flowing through me.

I am a blessing to others.

It’s going to be a good day.

As we continue our negativity fast and our positivity feast, be aware of negative thoughts that come to you. Acknowledge that they are negative and let them go on their way. When positive thoughts come, embrace them. Repeat them. Build your belief that good things happen to you.

Have a great day!

Sharon

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