Transformed Thoughts

Image result for isaiah 55:8-9

Transformed Thoughts
Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God’s thoughts and ways are not our ways. I have found this scripture to be so true in my own life. If I neglect the Word and refuse to hide it in my heart, my attitude becomes very negative, and thus, my thoughts are not the true, honest, just, and pure thoughts mentioned in Philippians 4:8. And because my heart is negatively affected, what comes out of my mouth is often less than godly. (Luke 6:45)
However, when I take the time to be in the Lord’s presence, whether it be through praying or reading and meditating upon His Word, I find my thoughts are transformed into His thoughts. I hate to admit this, but it’s the honest truth. I started cussing when I was in third grade, and I’m now in my fifties. Though I’ve been saved for over thirty years, cussing is a nasty habit that has remained a struggle for me. Yet I have noticed a huge change when I remain faithful in reading the Word – I am transformed from one who frequently cusses to one who sees things through the filter of the Word of God. It changes my entire outlook, my heart, and thus, my words. Things that used to set me off lose their power when I’m daily living in the power of His Spirit within me.
I have noticed that when I’m spending quality time in the Word, really digesting it, the nightly news doesn’t cause me to become depressed. Rather, I see it through the lens of scripture. I turn to the Lord and pray when I see something distressing, such as the cruel death of two teenagers in a county near me. When I see wickedness abounding, it saddens me, but at the same time, I know that this must happen before our Lord returns. Knowing that, I can rejoice that His coming is even nearer.
When we spend that quality and quantity time with the Lord, we will find it easier to hear His voice speaking to us in the midst of the busy daily grind, in the middle of our trials, and above the noise which tries to drown out the gentle sound of His voice.
Most everyone I speak with these days believes we are in the last days. If that is true, why would we not want to spend time with our gracious Lord, who alone can prepare us for what may come our way?
© 2017, Stacy R. Miller

Advertisements

Repentance

So many churches do not preach a gospel of repentance these days.  Rather, they preach a social gospel that is weak and doesn’t meet the deep needs of our souls.  I found a series that is very refreshing because it DOES preach that old-time gospel of repentance.  Pastor Brian Hughes does an outstanding job of preaching this biblically based message.

Repentance

A House Built on Sand

Image result for house built on sand

 

A House Built on Sand
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine regarding why someone would want to build a house on sand. There are three common reasons. The first is that it can be cheaper, so it doesn’t end up costing you as much. Secondly, the comfort – for sand is softer than a building on a rock. Thirdly, sand is conforming.
We’ve had many discussions about how the church will become more worldly as we get nearer to the Lord’s return. As we pondered the house built on sand and how the apostasy is already taking place, we realized that a lot of people choose to build their spiritual house on the “sand” because it doesn’t cost them as much. Many don’t want a gospel that may require them to lay down their lives.
Many prefer the comfort of a social gospel, rather than the true gospel because it makes it more comfortable because you don’t have to take a strong, biblical stand on anything, and it doesn’t seem as offensive as unadulterated truth. It’s just built on love. Everything is about love. Leave truth at the door because it may invade your comfort zone.
Many people prefer their house of sand because that house will conform to THEIR body, rather than having to conform to the image of Christ. That house of sand puts their wants first, rather than requiring one to take up their cross daily and truly follow Jesus.
My friend pointed out that those who build a house on sand have some really nasty things to deal with. The winds come along, blowing the sand into the house, causing it to settle, and eventually causing it to crack. This analogy also fits a spiritual house built on sand. When the winds of life begin to fiercely blow, that house of sand will begin to crack because there is no firm foundation built upon Jesus Christ. A spiritual house of sand won’t help you in times of fierce trials and times of persecution. In fact, a house of sand can be a bit like quicksand – sucking you down into it until it sucks the spiritual life right out of you.
What kind of spiritual house are you building?
© 2017, Stacy R. Miller

Spiritually Comatose

Image result for spiritually comatose

Spiritually Comatose
Brushing your teeth, showering, getting dressed, making the bed – These are all things we do automatically, without giving it much thought.
If we aren’t careful, we can do the same thing in our spiritual lives. We can fall into the habit of reading the Word, paying our tithe, going to church and Sunday school – all without absorbing any of it. We do it automatically because it has become a habit.
The result is we become spiritually comatose. Though our body is very much alive, our spirit is completely dead on the inside. It’s a slow process, done little by little, but one day, we realize we just feel dead inside.
The cure is to stay hydrated by drinking from the Living Water.
Colossians 3:23 tells us that whatever we do, it should be done heartily, as to the Lord. This implies that it isn’t something done automatically – it is a choice of our will to do it heartily.
Psalm 16:11 tells us that in His presence there is fullness of joy and His path is a path of LIFE. So clearly, the Lord desires more for us than to fall into a state of being spiritually comatose.
Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us we are to love the Lord with ALL our heart, soul, and strength. It requires using all of our mind and emotions to do this. By doing so, we won’t fall into that dangerous and sad state of being.
© 2017, Stacy R Miller

Apostasy / Falling Away

30 MANIFESTATIONS OF PRIDE

This is a very insightful article and excellent for our own self-reflection.

Ministry in Words

Dear Friends,

The strange thing about pride is that it is often a character flaw we see so easily in others, and yet seem so blind to in ourselves. To admit that we’re wrong is to admit a lowering of ourselves and our own “self-esteem”. We don’t even see that what is driving this quick reaction is pride itself!

A good friend of mine gave me this list not too long ago,  and I found it to be especially thought-provoking. Pray over it, meditate on it, and consider each with an honest look inside the heart. It’s amazing how many ways pride shows itself.

Manifestations of Pride by Stuart Scott (from “The Exemplary Husband”)

1.   Complaining against or passing judgment on God

A proud person in a difficult situation thinks, “Look what God has done to me after all I have done for Him” (Numbers 14:1-4,9-11; Romans 9:20).

  1. A…

View original post 1,220 more words

The Lord’s Prayer

I promise you that you’ve never heard a sermon like this one on The Lord’s Prayer!  Fabulous teaching!

Previous Older Entries