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When You Live in a Man-made World

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” – Acts 17:24,25 Yesterday, I expanded on the first of my seven Biblical world-changer thoughts to keep your mind healthy, which is: Focus on the spiritual world behind the material world. I stated that the greatest power comes from the spiritual world! I used to think that our lack of belief today was due to science, the modern-age university, and all of our discoveries. That’s hogwash. I believe that our lack of belief today is caused by our indoor environment.  So when you live in a “man-made world,” you begin to believe that the world was made by man

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The Greatest Power

“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” – 2 Corinthians 3:16,17 I shared yesterday that I compiled seven Biblical world-changer thoughts you can incorporate to keep your mind healthy, and the first one is to focus on the spiritual world behind the material world. The greatest power comes from the spiritual world! We live in a universe where either everything is exactly as it seems, or there is more than meets the eye. In my opinion, the world around us contains a lot more than what meets the eye. Often, we don’t give much thought to what we see right in front of us. One night I was sitting on my porch drinking coffee. There was a spider and normally it would be unpleasant and unnerving, but I

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Focus on the Spiritual World

“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” – John 6:63 Your mind is like a garden that needs constant care. Paying attention to your thoughts and tending to your mind reaps rewards. Good soil not only produces quality crops but it also produces big weeds, so you must pay attention to your thoughts. Keeping your mind healthy is essential, and that’s why I put together seven Biblical world-changer thoughts. You can keep your mind healthy by incorporating just one of these seven thoughts. The first thought is to focus on the spiritual world behind the material world. Our world is spiritual, but it has material results. The discovery of this was made by many philosophers who weren’t religious. During ancient days, hundreds of years before Christianity, philosophers would gather and discuss their grand ideas

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The Blessing of Your Birthright

“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” – Galatians 3:29 When you became a Christian, you received a birthright. As a child of God, born again into His family, you were made an heir of not just a few blessings, but of a double portion. When Jesus went to the cross, He paid the ultimate price so that you could enjoy a heaping helping of the fullness of His Kingdom here on earth. In the Old Testament, the word for birthright was bekorah, and in the Hebrew culture, it belonged to the oldest son in each family.  This birthright was the most valuable thing a person could have, even more than wealth or worldly treasure, because its holder was entitled to three exclusive privileges. First, he was the leader of the family, and as such, he had the right to determine

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Forgo Instant Gratification

“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:14 In order to experience the fullest measure of blessing, you have to guard your inheritance by walking a narrow road. In other words, the only way to reap the full reward of being His child is to become more like Him, and that requires you to go against culture. There is no greater threat to our birthright today than instant gratification. We live in a society that is unlike any other in history. If we’re hungry, we don’t even have to put on socks to get our food. Beyond pizza delivery and Chinese takeout, we have a slew of options right at our fingertips through services like Uber Eats and DoorDash.  Then there’s digital entertainment. Only 15 years ago, if we wanted to see a movie, we had

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One Thought in the Right Direction

“Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.” – James 3:4 I worked on boats for many years, and gone are the days when captains used a big steering wheel to steer the boat. Today, most people use a little box called an autopilot. It has a destination on it, and a degree that indicates what direction you’re sailing in. To change the boat’s direction, you turn the little control knob on the autopilot in the direction you want. I noticed that if I turned the knob one degree, I would hardly notice the boat changing direction. However, after a couple of hours, you realize that you are miles away from where you would have been had you not shifted your direction by one degree. Similar to

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The Mind Is a Sponge

“For, ’Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 2:16 Here’s a thought for the day: The mind is like a dry new sponge. This is the nature of the mind. Once you drop your new sponge in a bucket of muddy water and pull it out; what’s inside? Water that is muddy, dirty, bacteria-laden, and gross. The sponge can be very difficult to clean again, especially if it is mud from Oklahoma, where I grew up. It stains and is red in color. Suppose you drop a brand new sponge into a swimming pool full of Evian water and then pull it out. What do you get? A sponge filled with delicious, drinkable water straight from the French Alps! What do I mean by the mind being a sponge? It’s important for your mind

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With All Your Mind

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” – Deuteronomy 6:5,6 I want to continue sharing the fact that adapting to a new thinking pattern and mindset is challenging — but possible! Multiple Bible passages emphasize the importance of loving the Lord with all your mind. We are instructed in the above scripture to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” The Hebrew word for strength is “me’od.” “Me’od” means very or very much and is often translated as strength. The word very is used to enhance the impact of any word it is associated with. For example, when God created the world He said it was good, but when He created man, He said it was very

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A New Kind of Pattern

“Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.” – 2 Peter 3:1 Yesterday I shared that you can be a living sacrifice by releasing the pattern of the world. We must adapt to God’s instructions to shift into a different mode of thinking, and another way of seeing through a new lens. Allow me to stress this once more: The sacrifices that we make translate into a new kind of pattern that will be beneficial for us to adopt. It’s a new way of thinking that will renew our minds in a positive way. The sacrifice that is made does not bring death, but it brings life! It is a new beginning — a new life that you give to yourself and those around you.  In order to think new thoughts, we have to

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A Living Sacrifice

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” – Romans 12:1,2 There is a famous quote by Norman Vincent Peale that I want to refer to today. He said: “Change your thoughts, change your world.” This is true 100% of the time, and it’s the title of one of my books. It is something I’ve seen over and over again in life, and throughout the Scriptures. One of the places we see this is Romans Chapter 12, a favorite of mine, where Paul explains this to the Roman church in what he writes to them. It begins when Paul says “…I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of

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