What To Do

What direction do I go?
What choice do I make?
What do I do?

Has your life ever came to a fork in the road? Maybe your road looked more as if it was coming to a dead end. Decisions in life are imminent. Though we know nothing in life is certain except uncertainty, it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with direction and choice.

Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you try, you can’t decide which way is the right way. Whether it’s what degree you want to pursue, career you want to chose or investment you want to decide on, life is full of decisions. Maybe your current decision doesn’t seem as life-altering, but maybe you are just trying to figure out who to talk to, what to spend your free-time on or what to consume.

Decisions shape our life. In our desperation, we long for the right decision and put the pressure on ourselves to make it. We weren’t meant to stand on our own understanding, rather trust and acknowledge God.

Trust in the Lord with all your hear and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Here the scripture lays out the perfect two-step process on what to do, when we don’t know what to do.

1) Trust in the Lord
2) Submit to Him

The next two weeks I will be diving individually into these two subjects and looking at the importance of trusting and submitting to the Lord.

No matter how winding and curving your current paths may be. Choose today to trust and submit, and watch your paths become straight.

The Power Of Thought

Have you ever found yourself feeling overwhelmed and defeated by your thoughts? It can seem like the more we think about that particular problem, the bigger that problem becomes. Problems in life are inevitable, however the way we deal with the problems is entirely up to us.

The more you magnify your problem, the bigger it becomes.
The more you magnify God, the smaller your problem becomes.

Magnify God, not your thoughts.

While I know how hard it is to control your thought process, I also know how hard is to to go through life without God. It is Him, that every good and perfect thing comes from. It is also His presence, where we find fullness of joy. The more our minds our fixed on magnifying and exalting our Lord, the less our minds will have time focusing on the problems we face.

Our brain are constantly working, processing and calculating. We as humans have around 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. Which compels me to ask; how many of those thoughts are fixated on good things?

What thoughts are you running away from? What thoughts are you running to?

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

I can’t be the only one who finds it hard to not think of certain things that are captivating my imagination. So many times we fixate our thoughts around our problems, and in turn, stare at our situations through a magnifying glass. Enhancing and Intensifying the problem, shaping a reality based around our thought process.

God did not design you to live a life of constant angst and worry. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us the devil ‘prowls around like a lion’ and seeks looking for someone to devour. The devil is after your thought pattern. If the devil can get you to develop a negative thought pattern, you will develop a negative outlook on life. The great news is we can devour the devourer. While your thoughts may seem as if they are running wild, you have the authority to take them captive.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5

God Uses Your Dirt

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7

Have you ever looked at your current circumstance and all you could see was arid, barren desolation? Discouraged and hopeless, unable to see any foreseeable life out of your dirt. Let us not forget, life itself came from dirt. God is in the business out taking dirt and making things out of it. I’m here to tell you the very same God who made His favorite creation using dirt can use yours and create incredible things from it!

Ezekiel 37:1-14
What is more desolate than dry bones? Here the Spirit of the Lord shows Ezekial a valley of dry bones and asks him, “Can these bones live?” then proceeds to tell him to speak the bones to life. After he spoke to the bones, they began to hear a noise. The bones came together. Tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them. Then breathe entered them, they came to life and stood on their feet. The scripture refers to them as a vast army.

No matter what you’re going through, if God can take a valley of dry bones and turn it into an army, he can take your dirt and make it life!

God uses what tests you and makes it your testimony.

Defeating Fear

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

To understand how to defeat it, we must first understand the thought. We can all agree it is a necessary tool in our lives that yields us from danger. However, just as a hammer is a useful tool, if you use it in every circumstance it’s going to do harm. You are not meant to live your life in fear.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

If God gives us a spirit of power, love, and self-control, who gives the spirit of fear? If the devil can keep you in fear, you will continue living in defeat.

Matthew 14:22-34 Peter is no stranger to fear. When he began to walk on the water with Jesus, what happened? The Bible says, “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” When Peter saw the wind, he was afraid. If you were to ask me, “how do you defeat fear?” I would answer, “what are you looking at?

When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, fear took over. In our lives when we don’t keep our eyes fixed on Jesus in every circumstance, it can become easy to get afraid and sink.

“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

Choose today to take your eyes off the fear and on to the Father.

Moving Forward

The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger. Job 17:9

Yesterday is the advisory of tomorrow.

In my previous blog, Looking Forward I discuss the importance of looking forward, This week I want to discuss the importance of moving forward. Taking action is an essential component of our future, though it can be extremely difficult.

Have you ever felt like a pack horse so weighed down by your past, you felt incapable of moving forward? God’s desire for us is that we get stronger and stronger but often times we find ourselves doing the exact opposite, getting weaker and weaker. When we allow ourselves to focus and move toward the past, it should come to no surprise it affects our progress. If you’re not moving forward, you are behind.

We can not take the consequences of moving backward lightly. A lot of things we deal with on a day-to-day are a direct result of moving in reverse. Some of the biggest strongholds we face such as depression and anxiety are a lot of times linked to what baggage we are carrying from our past, in turn making it hard to move on.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Isaiah 43:18

Can you imagine trying to get to Antartica by moving north? The same is true when we try to move to the future while motioning the opposite way. While it is ok to learn lessons from your past and remember the incredible things God has done for you, dwelling on the negative of yesterday has zero percent chance of bettering your tomorrow.

Forgetting the former
Embracing the new
Moving forward