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Day 5: Confident in God Bible Reading Challenge

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Confident in God Bible Reading Challenge Day 1


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Changing Your Mind by Pastor Rick

My thoughts control my life. Every single action begins with a thought.

Why do I have to change my mind:

Because my thoughts control my life.

“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
Proverbs 4:23 (TEV)

Because my mind is the battleground of sin. All temptation happens in the mind.

“I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there’s something else deep within me that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin within me.  In my mind I want to be God’s servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin.” Romans 7:22-23 (LB)

Your brain/mind is your greatest asset. The world wants to control your mind. There’s a battle with the way you think. Whatever gets your attention gets you.

Because it is the key to peace and life and happiness.

An unmanaged mind leads to pressure, a managed mind leads to peace.
An unmanaged mind leads to conflict, a managed mind leads to confidence.
An unmanaged mind leads to stress, a managed mind leads to strength, serenity.

“If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 (NLT)

Three Choices to Control Your Thoughts:

A. I must Feed My Mind with the truth.

“People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every WORD OF GOD.”
Matthew 4:4 (NLT)

The bible is our soul food. Throughout the day.

You’ve got to have a great information to have a great decision.  e.g. Oxford Analytica

When: Every day.
“I rise early. . . to cry out for help and to put my hope in your words.” (Psalm 119:147 (NLT)
“Lord, how I love your Word. I think about it all day long.” Psalm 119:97
“Even in the darkest of night, your teachings fill my mind.” Psalm 16:7 (CEV)

B.I must FREE MY MIND from destructive thoughts.

“Those who are dominated by their sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the
Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.” Romans 8:5 (NLT

“Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. [Our weapons] have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish any argument 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 10:3-5

You cannot do your best intentions because you have enemies:

1. My old nature. The flesh. Your nature in you.

“Those who are dominated by their sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the
Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.” Romans 8:5

2.Satan. The devil against you.
He cannot force you, but he can give suggestion. He’s continually planting negative thoughts in your mind. He will use people or television.

Don’t believe everything I think.

3. The World. The world around you.

The lust of sex
The lust of eyes
The lust of wealth

How do you battle these destructive thoughts: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

You have to learn to demolish strongholds in your life. Behind every sin is a lie. Satan is a liar, he’s gonna enslave you.

Take it Captive   – To conquer, to capture
Make it obedient to Christ   – To bring into submission

My thoughts often disobey me, If I need to ponder, my mind wants to wander. When I need to pray, my mind drifts away.
Your mind has to listen to you. Make it listen to you.

How temptation works:  “Temptation comes from the lure of OUR OWN evil desires. These evil desires lead to evil actions, and then the evil actions lead to death.”   James 1: 14-15

1. Desire
2. Doubt – You doubt that God loves you; that God knows best. (Every time you give in to temptation, you’re believing a lie.)
3. Deception – lure, entice, bait
4. Disobedience and Defeat

Attention -> Attitude -> Action = Cycle of Sin

What I flirt with, I fall for.

C. I must FOCUS my Mind

Think about Jesus

“Think about Jesus’ example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him.
So do not get tired and stop trying.” Hebrews 12:3 (NCV)

2 .Think about others – It’s not about you. It’s all about God. It’s only giving your life away to only live.

“Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.” Philippians 2:4 (LB)
“Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24 (NCV)

Think about eternity.

“Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.” Colossians 3:2 (NLT)

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)

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Daily Message from God #9

As I was scrolling the tv, I stopped at a great pastor, a lady by the way, who talked about Abraham’s faith. Through her, I learned about the three covenants in the bible: Abrahamic, Mosaic and New. The Abrahamic law states people earn their salvation through inheritance from Abraham while the Mosaic law stipulates that salvation is gained through sacrifices. To compare the two, we see Abrahamic as unconditional while Mosaic the opposite. Far sublime and loving than the Abrahamic is the New Covenant that salvation after Christ died in the cross becomes open to all, which makes salvation based on position. This means those who believe in Christ are automatically saved. This belief is usually not proclaimed in other churches. Hence, people miss out on the real meaning of Christ’s dying on the cross. Tsk tsk!

God touched me today with His covenant with Abraham. I felt He was talking to me, assuring me all of His promises will come true, as long as I focus on Him, and not on anything else.

When Abraham asked God for a proof of His promise, God asked Abraham to prepare for a blood covenant which was the greatest, most legal, sacred form of promise during their time. That night, however, Abraham fell asleep and woke up to a burning oven, encircling the carcasses and blood of sacrificial animals. It only showed that God doesn’t want the covenant to be broken, so He ensured that He did it all by Himself. Amazing right? It was never broken, and has continued to pour over all believers up to this age! If Abraham was awake and did the compact with God, the promise would have ended when Abraham died because the covenant would have become null and void.

It’s amazing! Amazing!

In one sentence: Believe in God’s promises and focus only on Him!

Sending God’s love,

Kayla

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Daily Message for God #8

Dear Jesus,

No matter what we do, we can never control our lives and we can never be fully prepared. You reminded us that the only way to be fully equipped for the future is to bring You along with us, to establish a relationship with You because it’s the only thing that doesn’t fade. I entrust the future to You, whatever it is.

I realized the importance of ensuring my retirement and health coverage, especially my Philhealth contributions. That’ll be my first target. We need financial literacy and discipline to prepare for the future.

Love you so much,

Your Kimkim

 

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Daily Message for God #7

Dear Jesus,

After three days in the hospital with mama, finally new uplifting words came from one of the hiring Managers from Australia.

“I am very very impressed with all your answers.”

Of course, I threw my eye smile again because most of my employers in the past said it’s very calming and assuring. True enough, I saw the three of them nodding and smiling.

You proved me again today that I can impress not only Americans and Filipinos but ahem…Australian linguists.

You showed me You were with me today. I didn’t know where those words came from; they simply flowed that I only notice the three of them smiling gently, looking dazzled.

Imagine, they are linguists and I’m just an ordinary girl with an imperfect grammar.

Who else could have done that but You?

Thank you Jesus for the successful meeting.

Time to have another one tomorrow with the director.

I know You are always with me.

I love You,

Your Kimkim

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Daily Message for God #6

Dear Jesus,

Today, I studied Acute Childhood Experiences. I learned that most of the physical and mental illnesses people experience as an adult are caused by Childhood trauma. Kids can also pick up on parents’ emotional states, so parents need to be calm once with their children. To do that, they can try meditation and forgiveness. To sum up all my learning from the past few days, I listed six commands for easy memorization: Total Dependence on God, Entrusting the Future to the Lord, Improving relationships/networking, Being Humble, Defining who I really am/Personal branding and most of all Working Smart. Saying these every day reinforces the message.

For my passage studies, I found that Isaiah 22 talks about the removal of Shebna from his post because of erecting his own image. Isaiah 24 speaks of the end of the world. In my own study, I feel that what’s being prophesied is happening now. It was said that Assyrians and Egyptians will bow down before the Lord before the end of the world. Isaiah 25 continues to reprimand against idolatry and pride which the Lord greatly abhors. And Isaiah 26 reminds believers to recognize God as the fountain of success and skills. Without God, we are nothing. All in all, the verses remind me and the believers to be humble, to depend on God, trust in Him in all things, and most of all to work smart.

Kuya Jesus, my God. You heard our pleas. Jesus, you came to the world, expecting nothing for yourself. You washed our sins, and continued to forgive all of us. You served as a libation for our sinfulness. You are the source of all wisdom, truth and understanding. Without You, we are nothing. With You, all things are possible. With Your help, we can be successful. Jesus, you hold the future in your hands. You are already in the future as you’ve stated in Isaiah. All else are fleeting, so why even bother worrying. All these are temporary. We can only do our best in this world and worship You, our own goal. Jesus, I realized that all of my relatives are not even practicing Christians. Is this Your task for me? How? Show me the way. Jesus, I really want to be contacted by World Vision. Jesus, if they would contact me tomorrow, then being a missionary is what You want me to be. I’m ready for whatever task it may be. After all, our life is fleeting. Our concerns are but a dot to Your concerns. Jesus, You are my hope, Lord, God! You are my savior, best friend, guide, coach, trainer. You are my sole purpose. You are my boyfriend. You are the gift to this world. Without You Lord, I fail. Unless You raise me up, I will labor in pain to attain my dreams. Unless You will it, I will fail. Jesus, all my dreams I lift up to You. Do as you wish with my life. As I said, all my dreams – the ones I write- are a reminder of what I want to be, but I accept that what You want for me is far grander, far better – if it is to build character-, so I am willing to trade. I love you, Jesus! I love you so much! Thank you for reminding us the value of money, hard work, family and relationships! Help me build on my network of positive friends, take care of my body which I’m doing now. Teach us humility each day. All this is vanity. I know. I learned it the hard way even if it’s already written in Your work. I thank you for this day! I love you, Jesus! I love you. I want You to fill my mind with You. I want You. I crave for You. I yearn for Your message and whispers. I remember our days together, those moments when people still find my quirkiness cute and my audacity and productivity inspiring, those times when I had to wake up early to practice and practice and prepare for everything, those moments when You would send gifts unexpectedly, those times when I didn’t have to fear for I didn’t care what others think because I want to please only You, those moments when I did something foolish and instead of berating me, you would hug me tight and tell me “it’s okay”. I miss the moment when You showed clearly your presence in my life and told me, “You will always have the greatest friend”, those times when I prayed alone during recess times in the chapel because eating could not even satiate my hunger for You. I miss those moments, Jesus. And yes, I miss going to church daily, coming back home to watch EWTN’s Angel Force or listen to a sermon from random pastors and priests, asking for your permission for all that I do.

Where did that child go? Where did that bold 13-year-old go? Jesus, my greatest desire is to think of pleasing You alone. Tsaka ya, I remember You told me, “I no longer want to give You tangible gifts for You are a big girl now. I want to build Your character.” People judge me, spat ill words against me, but You know my heart – You know my inner thoughts, the reason for all actions. It’s You who comforted me in those dire depressing moments. It’s only You who trusted in my heart. You even promised that there’s nothing I can do that will make You love me less. I even remember the letter You gave through my sister. I want You to know that You are my secret weapon, my coach, my trainer, my guide. I love You, Kuya Jesus. I love You with all my heart. I want to see You. Even if the world will strip everything off me – from awards to finances- I am content for I still have You. I love you, Jesus! I love you! Good night!

 Always,

Your Kimkim

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Daily Message from God # 4

Dear Jesus,

Today, the message of networking, of being proactive continued to be highlighted in my readings and in my thoughts. I realized that no matter how much you achieved, people will still view those who dress impeccably to be smarter. Although You look at the heart, I feel that it’s Your way of motivating me. Hihihihi. Of course, I’m not going to cop out. If that’s how life is played, let me join the game. And I promise myself to reach that authentic self.

Also, the blog I read today bolstered what I previously read in Ferrazzi’s Never Eat Alone book where he stated we must create our personal brand. According to the blog, in order to project a personal brand, we must have our own voice, own style of dressing that resonates with our mission and the people we want to attract, our network, our mannerism (so cussing is out), our word, our habits and our consistency. So far, I can confidently say I have all except for the style part. I haven’t define my own style yet, but I know that I am more of a natural-classic one. I also feel that an accessory with bible passages will make me unique and will reflect more of my priorities. Before the end of the year, it’s a promise to define and project that into the world, and to weed out unnecessary wardrobe items that do not resonate with who I am. Three points: Focus, Hard work and Personal Branding.

Thank you Jesus!

I love You always,

Your Kimkim

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Daily Reminders from God #1

Dear Jesus,

I learned that what’s missing in my life now is my grit and hard work. I depended too much on my past accomplishments that I no longer work hard enough. Also, I distend myself to various skills and tasks. I realized that I cannot be everywhere, so I need to focus on public speaking and research. That’s it. Focus on my books, research and improve on my grammar and vocabulary (a lot!).  In order to get ahead, I must work smart and pray hard; look at You for guidance. Yep, astrology and tarots have played mind games with me in the past, but it’s never too late to ditch them altogether and live by faith. They haven’t helped raise an ounce of my esteem; they only pulled me down. In fact,  I am 100% sure, it’s the devil’s way of veering me away from the promise. I still believe, God. I will work hard.

I love You Jesus!

Always,

Your Kimkim

 

 

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