Tag: sound mind

Waiting for something in high expectations is one of the most difficult moments in ones life when you feel so tired, drained and helpless.   It gets to the point when you keep asking “when God when?”,  “When would you hear my cry? Is it today, tomorrow, next year or five years from now?”

We are living in a world where the society does not understand the essence of waiting on God.  Everything is processed swiftly and speedily, think about it….  You place your food is the microwave in less than two minutes it is warm enough, the internet is more than hundred times faster than ten years ago, the computers processors processes data faster than before, transactions are processed speedily online to the extent that you don’t need a human being any more to speak to over the counter.

The question is have you waited so long on God for the manifestation of His promises and it seems like its taking ages to come to pass?  I must confess that I have waited so long.  But I know my wait is not in vain.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

I have been waiting on the Lord for the secret petition of my heart for over nine years and it seems like my waiting would never end.  I have decided to change my attitude to waiting on the Lord, I have decided to wait in joy, peace and a sound settled mind knowing in all awareness that the Lord almighty is seriously on my case and He will not rest until the manifestation of His promises comes to pass.

My strength is renewed moment by moment, day in day out, spending time in His presence studying His Word, I cling to Him for trust, wisdom and direction so I will not grow weary, loose focus or faint on the journey ahead.  I might have waited so long but I know that my wait would surely reap rewards of harvest.

Yes I have waited so long, yes I am still waiting but no I not tired of waiting because my wait is not in vain.  Our God is a perfect God and when He starts something He would surely finish it.  The end of a thing is better than its beginning Ecclesiastes 7:8a.  He is the Alpha and Omega, He is a just and righteous God.  He has a perfect package that is being processed waiting for you.  He has not forgotten you because He knows your name.  It might have been so long and you are the point of loosing hope.  You might have waited so long and persevering in waiting on God as I am, don’t give up.  He has a better plan and purpose and allow Him to work through you so that His works would be perfect for your life to be a testimony and His name to be glorified

 

My declaration for you today is where you have sown in tears, pains and sadness, you shall reap in joy, peace and the fullness of all that He has in store for you.  The time of favour is now , not tomorrow but now.  The kairos time of breakthrough is now and I decree that you shall not miss it and you shall embrace it.  It is time to change your attitude from bitterness and anger to longsuffering and peace, from despair to high hopes and faithfulness in Jesus Name.

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Have you ever waited on the God for a long period of time and did you receive your breakthrough or answered prayers? Could it be that you are still waiting on the Lord for the manifestation of His promises if so what is your attitude to waiting on Him?  Your comments would be an encouragement and inspiration to strengthen them they keep persevering 

There is so much to think and worry about that leads to excessive processing of information for the best quickest solution.  You think about how you are going to pay your bills, monthly mortgage payments, put food on the table, pay  the children school fees or even yours.  As the day passes by pay the worries escalates,your mind continues to process, analyse till it reaches a point of total confusion and mental depression.  The mind is the battlefield to overcoming every trials and tribulation that the enemy throws at you.

My thoughts during my youth were thoughts of rejection, unforgiveness, bitterness, sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, pains, hurts and so on that lead to depression.  I allowed my past to control my future and would not let go of the past.  I did not have a strong relationship with the Lord and did not know where to start.  My mind was full of confusion, frustration and was close to mental breakdown.

Until I encountered Him in whole new dimension that changed my life for the best.  I began to hunger and thirst for the spiritual food and cleansed my mind through the precious blood of Jesus from every toxic thoughts that oppressed and depressed me.

My thoughts pattern changed from negative to positive, despair to hope, sadness to joy, confusion to sound mind, fear to faith and pains to perfect healing in Christ Jesus.  For as he thinks in his heart, so is he Proverbs 23:7a.  What are you thinking of that God can’t handle?  It all starts with the mind, the mind is the battlefield.

It is time to take control of your mindset not giving the devil an inch of space any more.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2   It is a process that requires change, change in the way you think, act and react.  This is a spiritual warfare not of the flesh therefore do not set your mind on the physical but the spiritual, meditating on the Word day and night , eat, drink and sleep the Word until it becomes a part of you (Romans 8, Joshua 1:8, 2 Corinthians 5:7).

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

The Word of God is a powerful weapon used to destroy every stronghold, cast down every thoughts that are not in alignment with what the Word says over your life or any circumstance that you facing, bringing them down under submission to the obedience of Christ.  It is time to confess His Word over your life, marriage, that situation that never seems to go away. When you confess with your mouth believe with your heart and so shall it be according to His promises (Romans 10:10, Job 22:28)

Would you start now to make a change?  Change your thought patterns, let the Holy Spirit lead you, fill your heart till it overflows and gradually you shall see your life transformed for the best.  Don’t you give up, do not let circumstances or the challenging storms of life frustrate you to the point of hopelessness and helplessness.  It all starts with the mind, the mind is the battlefield.  Take that big step of faith and trust God to see you through it all.

  

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Be still

By Ngozi Ngadi

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In this day and age when people are so busy with work, family and friends, busy with life in general.  It is so hard to take time out to spend in His presence, time for reflection, time to just pause and think about His love.  Divert all focus from ‘all about me’ to ‘all about You Jesus’.  Your mind becomes so juggled up with different thoughts, plans and pursuits, you are emotionally distressed, disheartened and life’s challenges are weighing you down that you become so overburdened with the day to day life problems or issues.  In the midst of it all, the Lord is saying BE STILL, just two words BE STILL.  Is it possible to be still in the midst of all the confusion surrounding you?  Can your mind, will and emotions take a break away from the issues of life?  For a season can you take a step back without worrying and processing the next move forward?

 Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God Psalm 46:10a  amp 

Be still and acknowledge that He is God, He is your refuge and strength, and very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).  When that difficult challenge tries to swallow and crush you, do not be moved, do not fear for the Lord your God is with you.  He has never left you nor forsaken  you.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  References will be made to the song Still (I will be still) by Juanita Bynum throughout this post: When the ocean rise and thunders roar, I will soar with you above the storm. Father you are king over the flood.  What’s that problem that you feel God can’t handle? What’s the situation that is giving you sleepless nights? Why do you keep trying to figure it out and in the process depression and confusion creeps in?  Have you constantly been on the move without waiting on God?

It is time to be still, come to a place of stillness and quietness, a place of rest and intimacy with the Lord.  No more running around trying to figure it out in order to know the whys, what and all the answers to every questions.  The process of excessive analysis results to psychological paralysis (my term for depression, mental instability).  The Lord desires, He longs for you to stop for one moment, the moment could be short or long.  At this position of being still, He wants you to keep your eyes fixed on Him not on the situation.  Speak to your soul to find rest, Juanita Bynum sings: Find rest my soul in Christ alone.  Know His power in quietness and trust.  Enter into a place of rest with the Lord, because in the place of rest is where restoration, healing and soundness of mind occurs (Psalm 23:2-3, Psalm 147:3, 2 Timothy 1:7).

Being in a place of stillness and quietness and acknowledge that He is God can be difficult sometimes if you do not have an intimate knowledge of who He is (Christ Identity) and who you are in Him (Christ Image).  When you come to a realisation of who Christ is through the power of the Holy Spirit and a reflection of who you are in Him then you will know within your heart that He is God over all your troubles.  My Journey so far has brought me to a place of stillness and finding complete rest in Him.  What a journey it has been, would I say I am fully there? But one thing I know is the more I hunger and thirst for His presence, love and to discover more of Him the more I keep wanting and longing for more.  If you have never been still to discover who God is and who are you in Christ Jesus, now is the time before it is too late.  Below are five strategies I have used to find peace and the soundness of mind in His presence.  It does not matter how dark my surrounding is, stormy and windy my challenges are, I will soar high above them and in the midst of darkness His light always shines.

Here are five ways  to Be still in the presence of God, to know that He is God and permit Him to work it out

  1. Time Out:   Intentionally dedicating a specific period of time, could be an hour or more depending on your engagements on regular basis to seek His face and dwell in His presence is  a way to build an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father.  Take time out to be still in an environment of quietness and peacefulness.  Usually when I am home and want to take time out to receive from Him, I switch off all the phones, gadgets and TV to avoid any distractions.  Then I enter into a place of rest, peacefulness, clearing my mind off every clutters of thoughts that would hinder me from receiving His fullness of love, grace and peace. My time could be spent speaking to my Father, studying the word, listening to Christian music and hearing what He has to say over any situation that seems to be a burden, receiving instructions or guidance on the journey.
  2. Retreat: Going away from your noisy, busy environment that keeps you on your feet always is another way.  Find a Christian retreat, if your Church organises one endeavour to attend, this is always a period of  secluding yourself from the outside world and being in a place of intimacy with the Lord.  Usually retreats could last for two to three or more days and could be held individually as spirit lead or corporately (by Churches, Ministries or Organisations).  This is a time of refreshment, revival and restoration of the spirit, body and soul.  This is a time of discharging  every spiritual toxins and recharging your batteries.
  3. Stop and Pause: When you face challenges, during fierce storms of your life there is a tendency to take charge of situations, work it out independently without consulting God and for the fear of the unknown to grip you to the extent of loosing faith in God.   The Lord wants you to stop and pause, do not move or take any action, for this too shall pass, the storm is only for a season, it is not permanent.  Let God take control, hand the battle over to the Lord and let God be God.  When you pause (remain still) in the midst of it all, He speaks in a still small voice, listen to His words and act on it.   It takes the fruit of the spirit to remain in a position of waiting on the Lord, trusting Him at His words and perseverance.
  4. Renew your mind: You cant be at a place of rest and stillness if you mind is filled up with negatives, deadly thoughts or cluttered with every deceptive, depressive, downhearted thoughts.  Ask the Holy Spirit through the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses and purifies to clear all those junks, clutters that has hindered you from receiving the fullness of His love and grace.   
  5. Relax: Your spirit, body and soul needs to be at ease and in a peaceful restful position because it is impossible to be still if you are emotionally, mentally and spiritually tensed.  Chill out in the presence of the Lord and remain in His joy, peacefulness and soundness of mind.   I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! John 15:11 NLT

 

I pray that the Lord would bring you to a place of stillness, peacefulness, rest and soundness of mind.  He would reaffirm His words to you, over and over again until it is solidly rooted in your heart.  Lord, in the midst of the fierce storm, teach them how to soar with YOU above the storm and understand who You are on a deeper level of intimacy .  I pray that their mind would be renewed, their spirit, body and soul will be rejuvenated through the power of the Holy Spirit and by His grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  In Jesus name I pray Amen.

 

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Video Credit: You Tube – Juanita Bynum – Still (I will be still)

 

 

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