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Power Thoughts Devotional
365 Daily Inspirations for Winning the Battle of the Mind
By Joyce Meyer, Jodi Carlisle
Hachette AudioCopyright © 2013 Joyce Meyer Jodi Carlisle
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Mind, Mouth, Moods, and Attitudes
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
LUKE 10:19 KJV
This is typically how your mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes are connected: When you have a negative circumstance, you have a negative thought. Then you say a negative thing about the circumstance, and then your mood begins to sink. Next you get a bad attitude, and you end up with more negative circumstances than you started with.
But you can break this cycle in your life. Did you know that? Luke 10:19 says we have power to "tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy" (KJV). To tread means "to walk all over, to take steps, to take action, to resist." You have the power to do these things. When you have a problem, nothing negative will fix it. Keep your mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes positive, and watch God work miracles on your behalf.
Power Thought: In Christ, I have power over negative thinking.
Cast Your Care
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
1 PETER 5:7
You can pray about everything and worry about nothing. When you worry, it says you think you can solve your own problems better than God can. But you were not built to handle problems in your own strength. You were created by God to be dependent upon Him; so bring Him your challenges in life and allow Him to help you with them.
Can you imagine your life without worry? Why not start today to live a worry- free life? Ask the Lord to show you every time you are taking on care instead of casting it off. When He makes you aware of it, be willing to immediately cast it on Him—you will enjoy life so much more. After a period of time, you will actually find it difficult to worry! It just won't suit you any longer.
Power Thought: I can cast my care on God because He cares for me.
I Am and I Can
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
ROMANS 8:28 KJV
You need to have an "I am" and an "I can" attitude. Fill your thoughts and your words with these confessions daily, and then you will bring more joy into your life! I am a new creation in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).
I can live in perfect peace (see Isaiah 26:3).
I am slow to speak, quick to hear, and slow to anger (see James 1:19).
I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me (see Philippians 4:13).
I am more than a conqueror in Christ (see Romans 8:37).
I can have the mind of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 2:16).
I am dead to sin and alive to righteousness (see Romans 6:11).
I can overcome evil with good (see Romans 12:21).
Power Thought: All efforts to train my mind and my mouth to think and speak more like God work together to achieve God's purpose for my life.
It Is Time for Change
For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
When what you are doing doesn't give you joy anymore, that is a strong indication God is finished with whatever He was working through you to do. When you start to think, I'm laboring with this now. It doesn't minister to me anymore, don't complain, blame, or continue until you end up burned-out. Have the boldness and courage to say, "I did things a certain way for a long time, but I believe God is leading me to do something else."
Life is easy and full of joy when you depend on God and His leading. Pray for God to lead you to where He wants you to be—even if that means embracing change.
Power Thought: I am not afraid of change because it leads me to new beginnings.
Bridle Your Tongue
For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.
According to this Scripture, the one thing proving our level of spiritual maturity isn't how religious we are—whether we can quote Scripture, or the good works we do—it is the words from our mouths.
James 1:26 says, "If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person's religious service is worthless (futile, barren)" (emphasis added).
No matter how religious you think you are, the true test proving your spirituality is whether you bridle your tongue or not. Bridle means "to restrain or control." If we aren't controlling our tongues, we are not operating in the level of maturity God wants us to have.
Power Thought: I am able to control the words I speak by God's grace.
Attitude Is Everything
He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.
1 CORINTHIANS 10:13
Some of the challenges we face in life may be very difficult ones, but God never allows more to come upon us than we can bear. In fact, with every temptation, He always provides a way out. The Scripture above not only says He provides a way out, but it also says He gives us the strength to bear up under trials with patience. That means we can go through them with a good attitude! Maintaining a good attitude in the midst of something unpleasant is the key to victory, and it enables us to enjoy the journey.
Power Thought: I can maintain a good attitude during trials, knowing that God provides my way out.
The Joy of the Lord
Be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
Joy is closely connected to our expectations (what we think and believe). In other words, the more you expect good things to happen to you, the more joy you will have. What are you expecting right now? If you're expecting nothing, that is probably what you will get.
Don't look to the world to form your hopes, dreams, and expectations, because even if you get them, they won't be fulfilling. Look to God, Who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond anything you could possibly imagine (see Ephesians 3:20).
Expect Him to do great things in your life, not because you deserve it, but because He is good!
Power Thought: I am expecting God to do amazingly good things in my life.
Step Out in Faith
And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus.
When Peter got out of the boat, his action proved that he had faith in God's word when he heard Jesus say, "Come." Is God asking you to do something and you're waiting to feel safe? If so, that isn't faith. In order to do or have greater things, we are usually required to let go of what we have and head into the unknown.
God told Abraham to leave his country, his home, and his relatives and go to a land that He would show him how to get to after he started the journey. Abraham had to leave, not knowing where he was going; now that is faith!
As you take steps of faith to be obedient to God, you will experience His faithfulness, and your faith will become strong. Don't let fear stop you because God will never leave you or forsake you.
Power Thought: I am not afraid to take a step of faith.
The Touch of God
I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their God].
God has made us sensitive to His touch and wants to lead us to do things that are good for us, like spending time with Him, but He doesn't want us to turn our devotional time into a law—like believing we have to pray for fifteen minutes, read the Word for twenty minutes, and confess the Word for ten minutes each day in order to please Him.
As soon as we view things as laws and rules, the joy is drained out of them and they are turned into works of the flesh. Let God lead you in your time spent with Him, and you will never get bored. The Holy Spirit is creative, and He will help you keep your time with God fresh and exciting.
Before we accepted Christ, we were too hard-hearted to be led by the Spirit, but God has given us new hearts, and we can follow His guidance.
Power Thought: I am obedient to the touch of God that is guiding and directing my life.
Determine Your Priorities
You shall have no other gods before or besides Me.
The best way to determine if God is first in your life is to slow down and ask yourself some simple questions: What do I think about the most? What do I pray and talk about the most? What do I do with my time?
You see, we always make time for what we really want to do—no matter how busy we are. If you want to spend time with God, then you are going to make Him a priority.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where your priorities are out of line. Then allow His conviction to motivate you to seek a deeper relationship with God. It is God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Who will give you the ability to adjust your lifestyle and bring it in line with the Word (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23 NLT). If you truly want Him to, He will enable you to put God first in your thoughts, conversations, and actions. You may need to make some changes in your schedule, but they will be ones that will produce good results.
Power Thought: God is number one in my life.
The Breastplate of Integrity
Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God.
Integrity is vitally important to our walk with God. People with integrity take responsibility for their actions. They keep their commitments instead of making excuses for not keeping them. They do what they tell people they are going to do, and, if for some reason they absolutely cannot, then they contact the person, give an explanation (not an excuse), and ask to be released from the commitment. We expect God to keep His promises, and He expects us to keep ours.
If people truly understood what the word integrity means, we would hopefully have more people in the world with good character, trying to keep their integrity. Since God has given us the "breastplate of integrity," we know we are to do battle against the enemy of deceit. Let us all choose to do right and trust God to honor our decisions.
Power Thought: I am committed to living a life of integrity; I always keep my word.
Abiding in the Word
If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
Most Christians know the importance of reading the Bible, but many do not understand the importance of abiding (living and remaining, holding fast and continuing) in the Word and allowing the Word to abide in them.
When we diligently study the Word and keep Scripture verses in our hearts, we have instant access to them whenever we need them, and Jesus promised we can ask for whatever we need in prayer and receive it.
Abiding in the Word and allowing the Word to abide in us makes us true disciples of Jesus (see John 8:31). It gives us more power in our prayer lives, and having power in prayer gives us power over the enemy.
Power Thought: The power of God is available to me when I abide in God's Word.
Show No Mercy
And when the Lord your God gives them over to you and you smite them, then you must utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them, or show mercy to them.
Negative thoughts and words are our enemies because they hinder us from being the people we want to be. When enemies are trying to destroy you—even when it is through your own negative thoughts and words—you cannot show them mercy; you have to resist them in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In Deuteronomy 7:1–2, God was leading the Israelites to possess the land He had promised them, just as He is leading us into the good life He has promised us. There were many enemy nations coming against them, just as the devil is against us. God told the Israelites to "utterly destroy" the ungodly enemy nations and to "make no covenant with them, or show mercy to them," and we must do the same thing with the ungodly thoughts, words, and actions we have that are stealing our destinies. Be firm, steadfast, and resist the devil at his onset (see 1 Peter 5:8–9).
Power Thought: I show no mercy to those things that try to steal the quality of life Jesus has for me.
For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness—in conformity to God's will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God].
Just as we need natural disciplines in our lives, such as the discipline to work, disciplines concerning appetites, finances, and so on, we also need spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, Bible study, and confessing God's Word out loud.
As we discipline ourselves to do these things, they will become habits. Then we will see good results just as we see good results from any other discipline applied over a period of time. Discipline doesn't produce immediate joy, but it is an investment that will pay great dividends in due time. Discipline is wisdom because a wise person always does now what he or she will be satisfied with later on in life.
Power Thought: I discipline myself in all areas of life because it is wise to do so.
Pray and Say God's Word
Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God.
We must accept the fact that fear is a human emotion—we all experience it to some degree, but we also know we can live boldly and courageously because God has told us He is always with us. And because of that, we can choose to not live according to the fear we feel.
God taught me to use what I call the "power twins" to help me defeat the spirit of fear. They are "I pray" and "I say." When I feel fear, I begin to pray and ask for God's help, then I say, "I will not fear!" Use these power twins as soon as you feel fearful about anything, and you will be able to keep fear from controlling you. We can learn to manage the emotion of fear and not let it manage us.
Power Thought: I will not live in fear.
We know that we have passed over out of death into Life by the fact that we love the brethren (our fellow Christians). He who does not love abides (remains, is held and kept continually) in [spiritual] death.
1 JOHN 3:14
From start to finish, in all kinds of ways, God's Word encourages and challenges us to love other people; it is the example Jesus set for us throughout His life and ministry on Earth.
If you truly desire to love others the way God loves you, you must first purpose to fill your mind with kind, loving, unselfish, and generous thoughts. Take a few minutes each morning and ask God to show you what you can do for somebody else that day. You can even choose a specific person. Focus on loving others, and you'll have a life full of love and happiness and be a great encourager to others.
Power Thought: My life is worth living because I live to love others.
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