No Bad Days

You are the prophet of your own life. Say it: I AM the prophet of my own life. As a prophet, your words carry weight. Those who understand this are careful about what they say.

There’s no such thing as a ‘useless’ word. Your words will always return to you with a corresponding manifestation. Say it: My words will always return to me with a corresponding manifestation.

Knowing this, Jesus declared, “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). What seems idle in our eyes isn’t so in the vibrational or spiritual ream. Therefore, we all must reap the fruit of our words. The “day of judgment’ isn’t some future date far removed from now. No. We’re dealing with the consequences of our words right now, right here.

You’re not having a bad day because the day is bad. You’re having a bad day because you’re saying and thinking the day is bad. You can’t have a bad day, but you can create a bad day with your thoughts, words, and feelings. There are no bad days.

A day is just that, a day. It’s not the job of Tuesday or Friday to make you feel great. How you feel is your job, not the day’s. Understand, feeling is a choice.

Regardless of prevailing circumstances, you can choose to feel wonderful or choose to feel miserable. Neither hormones, the weather, your kids, your boss, nor the black cat can make you have a bad day. The day is what you make of it. You make the day. The day does not make you.

You are the boss of your feelings. Say it: I AM the boss of my feelings. As Rev. Frederick Eikerenkoetter used to say, “tell your feelings how to feel.”

Every day you wake up, understand that you’re the creator and prophet of your day. Don’t just hope for a good day. Create the kind of day you want. Be intentional about it.

As you get up from bed, take a few moments to speak, feel, and think positively about the day. With feelings of gratitude and with your eyes closed, you can say, for example:

 “I bless and sanctify this day. I call this day good. I feel grateful for this day. I feel wonderful. I am having a wonderful day today. I welcome [open your arms wide], accept and embrace all the blessings of love, joy, happiness, health, prosperity, and money that God has for me this day. It is so.”

You may not control what happens in the day, but you can always control how you feel about what happens.

Say good things about your day, no matter what. Use your prophetic power to steer your life in the direction you want. The more good you speak, the more good you’ll draw to you.

No more “I’m having a bad day.” Say, rather, “Goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.”

Love & Light

Stephen

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2 Keys to Activating the New You

Many great products require activation to be fully functional. As a child of God, you are a new man, a new creature. The old creature is dead and buried with Christ, for good. Learn to activate the new man, the new you.

Being born again is an essential first step. But that’s not enough. To grow and experience the positive benefits of your new nature, you need to ‘activate’ it and connect with it as your only true self. If you’re going to fulfill your divine mandate, it’s important to be in sync with the new you. 

In this post, I’m going to share with you two simple ways to activate the new you. 

a. Consciously identify with Christ.

You are Christ, and Christ is you. When the Father looks at you, He sees Christ. You and Christ are one (1 Corinthians 6:17). Believe and confess it. Don’t be shy about it.  Be fearless and intentional about identifying with Christ.

Whatever qualities you see in Christ, embrace them as yours too

Everything Christ has, you have too (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7). Whatever He can do, you can do too (Matthew 17:20). Everything He is, you are too (John 14:20; 1 John 4:17). Where He is, you are too (Ephesians 2:6). Be unapologetic about it.

There’s no better way to activate the new you than to accept that you and Christ are one.

You don’t need to announce to everyone your conviction about these things. If you do, you run the risk of well-meaning people (relatives, friends, ‘religious’ people) talking you out of what you know to be true. They might think you’re insane or arrogant. They’ll tell you to “slow down,” “take it easy,” “be humble” and so forth. Comments like that, while appearing ‘pious,’ will dampen your fervor.

Avoid doubters at all cost, if you can. Love them, but keep them out of your inner circle. Learn from Jesus; He did the same thing. 

b. Visualize (see yourself) the way the Bible (especially the new covenant) describes you.

It’s hard to become what you can’t imagine yourself being and doing. Learn to use your imaginative faculties to your advantage. Your imagination is a powerful tool given to help you connect with things that aren’t visible yet. 

The better you can use your imagination to connect with what the Bible says about you, the greater the degree you’ll experience those things.

Take a few moments each day to picture yourself being, doing and having what the Bible says about you. If this is new to you, take it one step at a time. Pick one truth, focus on it, think about it, and picture yourself being that person. The duration is up to you. It could be anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on your comfort level.

Let’s try an example.

The Bible says you are light. This is one of many things you and Christ have in common. Christ (God) is light; so are you (John 8:12; Matthew 5:14; Ephesians 5:8). When you look in the mirror, you don’t look anything close to light. Don’t worry. That’s a physical mirror.  It can’t tell you how you look within (in your born-again spirit).

But there’s another mirror: the Word of God. This mirror shows you what you look like in the spirit. It says you are light. 

Now think of light, any light you want: moon light, sun light, star light, lamp light, etc. It’s the nature of light to shine and be bright. Now picture yourself from head to toe. See your whole body (every organ and every cell) filled with light and glowing. Ease into it slowly. Little by little, see yourself shining brighter and brighter.

When you look around, all you see is light. You look pure and bright, inside and outside. This is what God says you are. It’s the truth, the only truth. Now accept this as the real you: just like Jesus, a shining light, angelic light, pure and wonderful to behold. Whenever you feel ready to ‘exit,’ gently and slowly bring the (imagination/meditation) process to an end. And give thanks for being made light.

You get the idea.

The Holy Spirit will guide you and lead you to deeper levels of what it means to be light. As you practice this on a regular basis, you (and others) will begin to notice a stronger divine presence about you and you’ll act more like a child of light. You’ll just do what light does: shine.

Remember: You are as Christ is. Fearlessly identify with Him. And picture yourself being, doing and having what God says about you. 

Confess the following:

I am as Christ is. I am light. God is light; so am I. I see myself shining. Wherever I go, I shine to the glory of the Father. I am wonderful to behold. I am thankful that I am a shining light. Amen.

Ogoe

Winning from Above (Pt 3)

Daily Devotion | Day 307

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2, NKJV).

In our previous messages we looked at our blessings in the heavenly places. We also covered the fact that God has made us sit with Christ in the heavenly places. You need a heavenly vision to succeed in your earthly mission. Today, we will conclude the series by looking at how to maintain a heavenly perspective during our time on earth. To do this, we will examine what Paul says in today’s opening Scripture from his Letter to the Colossians.

In the passage, notice that Paul is pointing us above – to the heavenly places. If we have been raised with Christ, he says, we should seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Recall from yesterday that Christ is not seated alone. We’re seated with Him. If you’re seeking something, it means that thing is important to you. As Jesus Himself stated, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Because we and Jesus are joined by an eternal covenant, He is our treasure. It makes sense, therefore, to seek His face and keep our gaze on Him.

Next, Paul tells us how to go about seeking the things above. “Set your minds on things above,” he says. Where your mind goes, your life goes. When you focus your mind on something, it affects you one way or the other. Seeking the things above involves the exercise of the mind. This means we need to tune our mind to heavenly things. If you want to view a particular television program, you switch to the appropriate channel. A similar principle applies in our Christian walk. Whether you win or lose begins with your mind. Therefore, it matters where you turn your mind.

The Scriptures contain a revelation of heavenly things intended for our meditation. When you meditate, it means you’re setting your mind on something. The Scriptures act like a mirror. They show you images of God’s glory. When you meditate, you’re looking intently in that mirror. And as you do so, you’re changed into that same glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18). Isaiah says, “You [God] keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you” (26:3, ESV). You win by setting your mind on the right things. And there’s nothing better to focus on than Jesus. When you focus your mind on the wrong things, your life will go in the wrong direction. 

To sum up: In Christ, God has made you a winner. To remain a winner, God wants you to tune your mind to things above, where Christ is, where your victory is. Nourish your mind with the right thoughts. Keep your mind above and win from above. And may the blessing of the Lord remain upon you. Amen.

For further studyPsalm 121:1-8 and Matthew 5:1-16

Turning Your Bed Time into Worship Time

Daily Devotion|Day 266

“My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches” (Psalm 63:5-6, KJV).

Bed time should not always mean sleep time. Bed time should not mean television time or game time. You can turn bed time into worship time. Your bed is a special place. It is the place of rest and quietness. In a sense, bed time is sacred time. Quality bed time can enhance the overall quality of your life. Today, let’s talk about how you can use your bed time to greater advantage; specifically, how you can turn bed time into worship time. The Psalmist tells us how.

The Psalms are a great place to draw inspiration for simple, deep and authentic worship. In today’s passage, the Psalmist is speaking to God. He says, “I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.” Meditation is worship. You are at your best when you are quietYou are at your best when you are contemplating God. When you remember someone, it means the person is important to you. When the Psalmist says he remembers God upon his bed, he isn’t talking about fleeting thoughts. He is referring to a loving remembrance.

 Love triggers remembrance. You remember those you love. If you love God, it is natural to remember Him often, especially in your quiet moments. Moreover, remembrance triggers meditation. When you remember someone, you have the choice of ignoring the thought or holding it in your mind for as long as you can. This is especially true of those you love dearly. You will know how much you love God by how often you remember Him – how often He is present in your thoughts. The Psalmist used his bed time as occasions for worship. He did this by remembering God on his bed and meditating on Him in the night hours – when all was quiet.

Bed time worship of God produced results for the Psalmist. He says, “my soul shall be satisfied with marrow and fatness.” This means when he remembered God and meditated on Him, it nourished his soul as one is nourished by rich food. Next, the Psalmist says, “my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips.” When you worship God in remembrance and meditation, it excites your soul. The result is, joy and praise flow from your lips. This is devotion. This is worship.

Your soul is satisfied when you turn your mind to your Maker. Don’t starve your soul. Nourish it. Turn some of your bed time into worship time.

BlessingMay the peace of God guard your heart and mind. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Psalm 63:1-11

Why A Christian Should Meditate

Daily Devotional: Day 221

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3, NKJV).

Today’s Scripture reading is one of the richest passages in the writings of Paul. Writing to Christians in Colossae, he reminds them of their new creation status in Christ. Whoever is a new creation has died with Christ and is risen with Him. Being risen with Christ is a powerful reality. It literally means that the resurrection power at work in Christ is at work in you, too.

Based on this truth, Paul draws out practical implications for the believer. If you are risen with Christ, then henceforth you need to adjust your life accordingly. Especially, you need to turn your affections toward heaven where the risen Lord is seated.

Wherever Christ is, there your life is. Your life, Paul says, is hidden with Christ in God. This means there is only one way to find your life: by finding Christ. Do you see where this is going? It’s deep stuff, but the Holy Spirit will help you to grasp it. To find Christ, you need to shift your attention toward Him and maintain your focus on Him. Here is where meditation is vital.

Meditation directs your heart and mind to Jesus. To meditate, you need an object of focus. In this case, that object of focus is Christ. Therefore, Paul urges us to shift our mind from earthly desires (mainly lusts of the world which draw us away from God) and set it on things above, where Christ is seated in power. You, dear Christian, are from above; hence your desires must be oriented above. 

 Where your life is, there your attention needs to be.

Jesus Himself laid out an important principle in the Gospels, “For where your treasure isthere your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). In this instance, Jesus is your treasure, and your life is hidden with Him. If you truly believe this, then you will set you heart on Him – through meditation.

Meditating means to dwell thoughtfully – in a relaxed manner – on a subject matter, a message, a person or an event, in quietness. In meditation, you take a calm, yet hard look at the state of your life and your relationship with God and everything around you.

Meditation is a form of prayer which mostly involves ponderinginternalizingquestioning and listening. You can meditate on any number of things. One thing you can do is focus on a particular passage, story, event or personality in the Bible as the Spirit leads you. Be open minded and relaxed. No need to stress yourself or be rigid.

Lack of meditation leads to spiritual stagnation.

But when you meditate, the Spirit of God will move you, open your eyes and lead you to discover the riches of Christ. This discovery will change you. Rightly does the Psalmist declare, “I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99). Additionally, meditation will help you to discover more about yourself. The more you understand Christ, the more you will understand yourself. Conversely, the less you understand Christ, the less you will understand yourself

Start meditating today. Find Christ, find your life. Amen. 

For further study: Joshua 1:1-9