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Day 3: 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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Half of 2016 Updates

The BIG QUESTION is… where is Kayla now after her Fulbright stint?

My shocking response has always been: In the house.

While many expected me to do BIGGER things, I have been staying at home since June, reflecting on the experience and planning the next five years of my life. It’s not that it’s my choice. My entry was late, so most universities no longer have vacant posts. Instead of fretting over the unexpected disadvantage of a late return (I admit I cried every night), I decided to revisit my goals and list down my priorities for 2016. Not only that. I resolved to find joy in the WILDERNESS, believing that there is a lesson that God wants me to learn and that He wants me to experience. In the process, I discovered it to be that of humility, total surrender and faith.  Before I left, God showed me a very powerful verse Genesis 25:13. He promised that although I might not understand, He is working in the background and that He will fulfill His promise. God already sees this coming, I failed…Who am I then to control my own life? I can only surrender then. Also, I realized that no matter how hard the waiting is, there is joy – in my case, the joy of rest, family time and me-time.  Life. Life. Life is Hard but that makes it beautiful too. Knowing that I no longer can control the situation, there is hidden a deep profound joy and hope for what is to come. Build my character first. That’s it. Learn the value of money and family, that’s another. It’s been a tough yet joyful two-month wilderness. When August comes, I’m sure I’m ready to face the next awesome five years of my life because I ensured that I get in touch with my emotions by writing on my journal often and connecting with Jesus and asking for His Will for my life. In the end, I know nothing… I can’t control everything. I can only pray hard, work smart, be happy, and remember the main reason why I am striving: to get to Heaven and bring others there.

I might not have a job but two big positions have been waiting for me. The other one has always been a dream, and I cannot believe at this age I was even qualified for it. Sometimes, I would imagine myself carrying the title. Again, I can only hope and do my best. The interview is underway. In fact, I’ll be facing the heads of this country for that. Scary.

Has 2016 been abundant? Yep. There’s an abundance of friends, experiences and travels.  I can’t wait to set foot in Europe in November and in Indonesia in September *fingers crossed*. While battling the urgency to dive into a job just for the sake of the job, I came across a quote that says, “A short stop in the journey can lead to tremendous discoveries”. True enough, I discovered more and more about myself, more about the needs of my family (I can’t wait to materialize all of them) and more about Jesus.

Have I been so optimistic all this time? H**** no! I cried for the first three weeks, on and off, day in day out. I even felt like I was stuck in a rut and the Fulbright experience was just a waste…the effects of depression you know. But here I am again, optimistic, moving forward.

The next question is… What are your plans for 2016?

I drafter 22 BIG GOALS for 2021. In fact, I write them every morning and every evening before I go to bed. I cannot share them here however because it’s like a sacred agreement between me and God. Now, they’re part of me that I can easily recall them word for word. Listing them helps me prioritize what’s important. Remember, I’m only giving myself five more years left to fulfill all my unfulfilled plans. I want to devote the next 5 years after that for my new family. In fact, I envision myself homeschooling my children and be a hands-on mom and in order for me to do that, I must build a fortune now and build successful businesses. “You can ask your husband for that!” one friend commented. Honey, I cannot just depend on my own husband. We should work for it together. I might be wrong, but that’s how I see marriage.

What have I learned and improved on for the past six months?

Well, I became….

  • self-reliant.
  • optimistic and admirer of life after the many hurdles I surpassed.
  • understanding and empathetic. I see people, situations in a different lens now.
  • patient especially when things aren’t going as planned.
  • humbe. I no longer brag about my accomplishments. I zip my mouth if it does not benefit the others.
  • more loving towards myself. I put myself first this time and give it the respect it needs. My low self-esteem can be traced back to the 1990s and hasn’t left ever since. However, I am doing small things like daily appreciation and celebration for my accomplishments to show my self the love it lacks. Let’s just say, I’m not hard on myself anymore.
  • respectful towards my parents. I serve them now and no longer answer them back.
  • asssertive. I am no longer taken aback by a person’s accomplishments. As long as I know I am right, I will say my points with respect.

 

Also, I started…

  • doing my daily online journals with self-checks, celebrations, prayers, etc.
  • my own project in youtube (reading bible verses and posing reflection questions)
  • my OraTOR book which I will publish in December and give as a gift to myself.
  • reading the bible according to book instead of according to Church readings. In this way, I don’t lose the entire message of the book. I finished Proverbs, Sirach, Wisdom, Song of Songs and Job.
  • listing my 22 goals every morning and every night to take them to heart.
  • saying “JUST DO YOUR PART” every morning and every night to feel the urgency of the five years.
  • writing summaries and application notes in my BOOK notebook to ensure that I remember what I read, the quotes and what I learned from what I read and the actions I need to take after reading them. In fact, most of the changes in my routines are products of the suggestions in the self-help books I’ve read from Ziglar, Maxwell, Warren, Baker, Stanley and Ruiz. I so miss Barnes & Noble. Reading without a change in behavior is not true learning. At least when I remember to do the best I can with what I have with whatever situation I am in, I will remember Maxwell’s Intentional Living. When I say, “Just do it/do your part”, I will remember Ruiz’s “Five Agreements. When I list my 22 goals, Ziglar’s The Power of Goal Setting will come to mind. Whenever I ABSGG (Address Past Issues, Break Bad Habits, Set High Standards, Go Save and Go to God) and respect the five-year retreat, Stanley is recalled. Whenever I pray and memorize verses (tons of them), I will remember Warren and Baker. Applications make me remember authors best. Plus, I can review some of their key points.

 

Most are self-transformation and not the acquiring of material wealth. Although that’s part of the plan, I am more determined to develop myself.

Sending smiles and hugs,

Kayla

 

 

 

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Photo Journal #354: April 28, 2015 (Tuesday)/Good News!!!

Family’s last day in Davao and Business Meeting with Ate Juliet and the new partner, Jeric.  Finally, the e-mail about my placement has arrived. Thank you, Jesus!!! And I found at I’m assigned at Skyline College! Weeeee!!!

 

  

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Photo Journal #340: April 14, 2015 (Tuesday)/ Greg’s Blog

I haven’t walked around the neighborhood for such a long time (2 months) Happy and fulfilled today for starting all over again. My trick now is to start small and to not speed things up, also to diversify. After exercising and praying, I proceeded to typing Greg’s (a deathrow inmate) website contents. His personal information reminded me how lucky I am to do what I want to do, and to experience simple things like seeing the refractive light of water which I don’t conceive as important but which those from prison long to see for years. Typing all of his goals, dreams, hobbies was draining because of Greg’s penmanship but it was a surreal experience.  

     

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Photo Journal #339: April 13, 2015 (Monday)/Stressed

  Yeah, a chocolate bar this big simply meant that I was stressed again. After wallowing in low self-esteem and baseless beliefs I imposed upon my self like I’m not going to succeed, or I  am a failure, I stopped and processed these negative thoughts and did all my best to answer rationally why I have them. Guess what- they were really baseless. The feelings I associated with them came from those emotions in elementary and high school that were all over and done with. It’s a good practice to stop and ask if what we’re saying to ourselves is valid. And I’m proud to remind myself of that today. Another significant finding was that it’s the feeling of being underestimated or that thawing low self-esteem which caused my overeating today: pizza, lasagna and coke. At least I’ve discovered that. One good counter habit I decided to try every time that feeling creeps in is to pray. I notice that whenever I listened to K-Love and talked to God, it also subsided. Thanks for all these, Jesus. 

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Photo Journal #330: April 04, 2015 (Saturday)/ Easter Vigil

Date with Jaky at Jollibee to Easter Vigil at Banga. Today, God whispered, “Leave old thought patterns behind and start a new life. What your thoughts are is what you will be.” Thank you, Jesus. 

     

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Photo Journal #318: March 23, 2015 (Monday)

Walked with Bong for an hour today. I wasn’t able to stick to my planned meals but I still thank God for keeping me through the day. In fact, I was half way through my revisions. I won’t forget this day: a day full of revisions yet a day filled with faith and love. Thank you, Jesus. And oh, last night, I prayed that cockroaches will stay away from my bed- to my surprise, they did.

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