God Will Never Leave You nor Forsake You, But You Have a Responsibility Too.

We read in Matthew19:26 and in Mark 10:27 that ‘with God all things are possible’.

God is the creator of all things and nothing is impossible to God, but there are things that God won’t do.

In nugget #41 of his book An Enemy Called Average, John L. Mason says “it is as important to know what God can’t do as to know what He can do”, and then he lists a number of things.

It might be a personal thing, and with no negative intent towards anybody, talking about Almighty God, I prefer to rather refer to things that God won’t do – because He is righteous – than referring to things God ‘can’t do’.

To see John Mason’s list you will have to read it in the book. What I would prefer to discuss is the fact that there are certain things that God won’t do, seeing that we have been given a responsibility too.

Take Responsibility.

Yes, God cannot lie because in the Kings James Version of Titus 1:1-4, the Bible says “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour”.

God cannot change because He says in Malachi 3:6 (NIV) “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed”.

This is where our responsibility starts. We need to read this scripture in context. Read Malachi 3:6-7 (NIV); I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, “says the Lord Almighty”.

You might say ‘yes but Malachi is in the Old Testament and we are not under the Law of Moses anymore”. That is correct, but it does not take away any responsibility on our part. We need to return to the Lord. When we return to the Lord, and abide in Him, we are no longer under the law, but under grace.

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Romans 6:14 (NIV) says “14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

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(Romans 6:15-16) 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

Reading Malachi 3:7 again, we see that we need to return to God. It is not God who leaves us; it is us who leave God. God cannot (and will not) break His promises and He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). But when we do not abide in Him, we are moving away from His protection.

We cannot live a life of greed and corruption, give in to fear, think we can protect ourselves when we have a healthy bank account, and then blame God if things go wrong.

We also cannot become passive, and think “if it is God’s will He will make me healthy”, or “if it is God’s will, he will get me out of this financial mess”.

The fact that we are saved by grace, and not by our works, does not take away the responsibility that we have. God’s will is made known to us in His Word. We need to pray according to His Word, then speak His Word, and then apply our faith to act in the physical according to what we believe.

Yes, we will miss the point at times, but if we repent and bring it in all honesty before the Lord, He will never leave us nor forsake us.  He will not hold it against us. The price has been paid. We have His forgiveness and we are saved.

Our Responsibility

In Mark 7 Jesus gave an explanation about the fact that it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but rather that what comes out of his mouth. Whatever enters a person from outside, goes to his stomach, not to his heart. He then continued to declare all foods clean (verse 19).

Does that mean that all foods are healthy now? No, if you continue eating junk food there will be consequences. In Leviticus 11 you can read all about clean and unclean (healthy and unhealthy) food. So, does this mean if you eat unclean food, you can’t go to heaven? No, you are saved; it has nothing to do with your salvation. But you cannot say ‘it must be God’s will’ for you to be sickly and you don’t know why, if you continue eating unhealthy foods. There will be consequences here on earth. So you have the responsibility to determine what the quality of your life will be here on earth.

The same goes for when we have sinned. There is no need to start tormenting yourself. The ultimate sacrifice has been made. Repent and sin no more. Rejoice and enjoy life.

When there is only one set of footprints in the sand, it is not because God has left you; it is because He was carrying you.

Don’t Be Passive.

Above HowtownGod created the universe by speaking His Word. The Word became flesh (John 1:1-18). If God doesn’t change, neither does His Word. We have been given dominion over this earth. Dominion is a great responsibility. When you reign over anything, it is pro-active. It is not a guessing game.

God’s will is being made known to us in His Word – the Holy Bible. We are His ambassadors here on earth. We need to speak his Word according to what is written, and then take the appropriate actions that need to be taken in the physical. After that we need to stand in faith. After you have done in the physical what you could do, then leave the rest of the results in the hands of God. But once you have prayed, do not doubt (James 1:6).

An ambassador to a country, speaks with authority. When He speaks, he represents his country and he is speaking on behalf of his country. In order to that, he must be very familiar with what his government is standing for. We are ambassadors for God and His Kingdom here on earth.

This sequence is important though:

  1. You first have to know God’s will (He made it available to us in His Word – the Bible)
  2. You have to speak His Word.
  3. You have to take action according to what you believe.
  4. Have faith in God and do not doubt.

What We Cannot Do

  1. We cannot keep the Law of Moses. We all have sinned. Jesus is the only man who is completely without sin. (Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 9:28)
  2. We cannot earn righteousness or our salvation through our own works. We are saved by Grace. It is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:7-9)

What God Won’t Do.

  1. God will never leave us and He will never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
  2. God will never break His promises because He is faithful (Numbers 23:19; Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Corinthians 1:9).
  3. God made a blood covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:8-10). The fact that Abraham was willing to offer his only son, having faith in God, opened the way for God to give His only son as a sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 13:19-21). Through the sacrifice of Jesus, the devil was defeated and the blessing was restored into the earth. We now have legal right again to speak God’s Word and have dominion over the earth. But because that responsibility has been given to us, as ambassadors of the Kingdom of heaven, God will not overrule what we say in this earth. That is why it is so important to think carefully about what you say (Mark 11:22-26).

The Power of Retreating

We often under-estimate the power of silence. Silence is often even used as a strategy in marketing. When the sales person has done his pitch, he would often just keep silent on purpose. Maybe he’ll ask a question, but after that…….silence.

Without being rude or ‘pushy’, he is actually putting the prospect under pressure. The silence becomes uncomfortable, and the potential customer would rather break the silence, often with a positive response (if the sales person knows what he is doing).

We also refer to the ‘silence before the storm’. During times of war, there would often be a time of such silence that it’s actually scary, and then….the next moment….it’s all chaos.

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That brings us to nugget #40 in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average. It says “retreat to advance”.

Yes, there is another side to silence as well. We often get so caught up in the ‘rat race’ and we don’t allow ourselves enough time for rest and recovery. We think we are on the go and while we have the momentum we should just keep going.

But often we can do better by taking a break. When writing, I would hardly ever publish an article immediately after I’ve written it. Sometimes you work against deadlines and you don’t have an option, but as a rule, I don’t do it. It’s amazing how many changes I would make to an article after leaving it for a day. Yet, when I completed it the day before, it seemed to be in order.

When you need to be focused, silence can be powerful. You might be working on an important project and you need the silence to concentrate.

Taking time to retreat will be the best decision you have made in a long time. By taking a week to just isolate yourself from all the ‘busyness’ around you, you might even be able to finish that project faster as you remove all the distractions around you.

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While you find yourself surrounded with activity, it will often take courage and will power to step away and take some time to retreat. Being ‘busy’, gives you the feeling of being productive, but it is not always the case.

All the activity and noises also often prevents us from hearing from God.

Build up that courage and take some time to retreat. Just allow yourself some space – some quiet time. Retreat and be victorious.

Did You Hear From God, Or Was It Just A Thought?

I think this can often be a challenge for many people. I’ve had that experience so often in my own life. You would be convinced that you are doing the right thing and that you are within the will of God, yet shortly after you’ve made the decision and took action, it feels as if the wheels are coming off.

That brings us to nugget #39 in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average. It says “ideas go away, but direction stays”.

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We often make the mistake of thinking that if your decision was in line with the will of God; everything will just fall into place. Then, when chaos breaks loose, we start tormenting ourselves with feelings of guilt and doubt.

Yes, when our lives are constantly in chaos, we should be taking stock because maybe we did get off course somewhere. But this is where I find John Mason’s nugget absolutely spot-on.

Let’s have a look at the nugget again; “ideas go away, but direction stays”. If something is meant to be and it is God’s will, it is often possible for things to “just fall in place”. But it is also possible for challenges to start appearing shortly afterwards. The test lies in this; does everything fade away? Or is there consistency in the direction?

Ideas Go Away, But Direction Stays.

If it was just an idea, chances are that it will just go away. You will start running out of ideas. Everything will come to a dead end. But if God is involved, there will be direction and consistency.

Remember, facing challenges doesn’t mean that God is not involved. The enemy would love to see you fail and he will challenge you. But when God is involved, you will stay on course.

Have you ever found that it seems as if you get challenged with every challenge you can imagine? Yet, you stay on the same course?

Just as you think it is impossible to push through, you are able to take another step, no matter how small it might be. You might even think of giving up and you try something totally different, but that doesn’t work at all and eventually, somehow, you find yourself back working at the same thing you thought is not working for you.

This might be a good time to have a look at Proverbs 19:21 (NIV), that says “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”. And in Psalm 32:8 (NIV) the Lord gives us this promise; “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you”.

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The Lord is gentle, and He will never force you to do anything. As a matter of fact, He will allow you to do whatever it is you want to do. You might even be successful to a certain degree, but as long as you do it in your own power, you will have to put in a lot of effort and toiling. In spite of all the effort, it might still come to nothing, or it may start costing you in the form of your health, family life or some other area. Psalm 127:1-2 (NIV) says “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat — for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves”.

Yet, when you are fulfilling your real purpose, and God is working with you, directing you every step of the way, you will be excited about getting started in the morning. You might be busier than ever before, but it wouldn’t feel like work.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t have to face any challenges, but you will be able to overcome them all (John 16:33). You will stay on course and live life with a purpose.

Guaranteed Success.

We are often scared to find out what it is that God wants us to do. People tend to think that what God wants us to do, can’t be fun. Or what if I’m not able to do what He expects of me?

Believe me, it’s got nothing to do with your ability, it is about your availability. Stop relying on your own abilities and trust God to get the job done. He is much more capable than us.

Do you want to have fun? Allow God to take control and you’ll have more fun than you can dream of. And the best of all, the fun won’t stop, because God’s fun won’t harm you, it will actually make you stronger.

The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do. – Orison Swett Marden

Have you given the reigns over to God? Or are you still holding on for dear life, staying in control of your own life? Tell me about it, I will love to hear from you.

6 Reasons Why You Should Pay Attention to What You Say

We are quick to complain about the chaos the world is in. Everybody is talking about the corruption, the fact that you can trust nobody anymore, the crime, the violence, the lying, the cheating and how rude people are.

We blame politicians and corrupt businessmen, and we even go to the extent to ask why God allows all this. But have you ever paid Don't Say That jar, collecting coins for bad wordsattention to your words? Yes, the words you speak every day have a far greater effect than what you might realize.

Nugget #37 in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average is about “ten truisms that aren’t true”. A few weeks ago I’ve discussed 20 attributes of a leader and I repeated them as they are in his book. I mentioned that there is not much to discuss about facts, as they are what they are.

Today I want to stay with the norm which I have followed from the beginning of this series though. John Mason is highlighting ten specific truisms, but you will have to read about those in his book.

As I have done every week so far, I will refer to his nugget, but then do a discussion which is completely my own opinion. So for today’s discussion I will choose other sayings and focus on those. These are things we tend to say before we think about what we are saying.

Words Have Power.

Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. Yet, we still don’t pay attention to what we say.

What I fail to understand (and I hear this often) is when people say “I love working with John. We can have a huge argument about work and I can even swear at him, but it’s only business. An hour later we can have coffee together and there are no hard feelings”.

What am I missing here? What you are saying is that you can treat me like a piece of dirt the one moment, and the very next moment I must be your buddy. That’s like expecting of me to have some kind of ‘switch’ somewhere that I just flip over depending on your mood or opinion. When you want to be rude to me, I must just accept it and when you want to be buddies again the next moment; I should be grateful and smile.

Forgive me, but I fail to understand the logic in that reasoning. I do not say that we should always agree about everything. But then we can have a civilized conversation, showing mutual respect until we can come to some form of an agreement. There is no need to insult one another. As an example; how could you tell someone to his face that he is plain stupid and that he doesn’t know what he is doing; and an hour later you want to have a friendly conversation over a cup of coffee and expect that same person to act as though he thinks you respect his intelligence?

And then we wonder why so many people battle today with low self-esteem. Why do people battle with an identity crisis? At the same time people can’t understand why no-one takes them seriously. Yet, they would tell someone they don’t want anything to do with them, but tomorrow morning they sit down and have coffee together as if nothing has happened.

According to Matthew 5:37 and James 5:12 we shouldn’t need to make promises or oaths to convince somebody when we say something. What we say should be so trustworthy that we simply need to say “yes” or “no”.

The study notes in the Life Application Bible (KJV) for James 5:12 say the following: “A person with a reputation for exaggeration or lying often can’t get anyone to believe him on his word alone. Christians should never become like that. Always be honest so that others will believe your simple yes or no. By avoiding lies, half-truths and omissions of the truth, you will become known as a trustworthy person.

This does not mean that you need to become a “sour grape” and you are never allowed to joke with someone. But when you are known for your “yes” meaning “yes” and your “no” meaning “no”, people will take you serious when you say something. That also means that when you have a difference of opinion with someone else about some business or work matter, you are not going to say something without thinking. You do not have to get involved in a screaming session or an argument. You can voice your opinion, and that settles it. Both parties can still respect one another for their opinions, and that cup of coffee afterwards can be enjoyed by both parties.

Six Examples of What We Say Without Thinking:

  1. “If it was me I would have punched him” or sometimes people really get into it and it becomes “If I was there I would have shot him” or “If that happens to me I’ll shoot him”.
    • No you wouldn’t. Firstly, you weren’t there, how can you say for a fact what you would have done?
    • Secondly, nine times out ten, people who are quick to make these kind of statements, respond totally to the opposite when they do find themselves in that situation.
    • Thirdly, it’s not as simple as just drawing a firearm and shooting someone. Have you ever thought about the consequences? Do you even know what it feels like to point a firearm at someone?
  2. “Everything in life comes at a price”.
    • No, if you work hard and you achieve success, that work was an investment. I wouldn’t exactly call that a price. (Unless you didn’t maintain the balance and you lost your family in the process. That is paying a price.)
  3. “It’s either win or lose”.
    • I have recently heard a nice one to replace that statement with: “It’s either win or learn”.
  4. We often hear parents calling their children stupid. “Why did you do that, are your stupid?”……Or they take some task away from the child while making the comment “I’ll rather do it myself, you’ll never be able to do it”.
    • These remarks are causing so much damage. That child eventually starts believing that he / she is useless and can’t do anything right.
  5. “That will never work”.
    • You can only say that once you have stopped trying.
  6. “This is just my luck”, or “I always have bad luck”, or “with my luck I’ll always end up with a problem which can’t be solved”.
    • That’s because you have decided before-hand that you cannot solve the problem. Your mind responds to what you are saying continually, so you start believing what you are saying. By this time, it doesn’t matter what problem ends up on your desk, it will look difficult to you, because that is what you expect. You’ve already made up your mind about how bad it’s going to be. It’s got nothing to do with ‘luck’. Once again, it’s not about what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us.

There are many more of these, but maybe it’s time to start paying more attention to what we say.

Earlier this month there was a discussion on the Believers Voice of Victory Broadcast between Kenneth Copeland and Keith Moore. The discussion was on the topic of how God can clearly be seen. But during this discussion Keith Moore also mentioned some great examples of how our words have an influence on our thinking. He also illustrates an excellent example of how it affects our children through the way we respond to them and what we say to them.

There is one other saying that we also often use, and while we might think it’s just an expression, this one holds more truth than what you may think. We would sometimes refer to someone by saying that person “is sharp with the tongue”, or “wow, she has a sharp tongue”. That is normally referring to someone who seems to be good at saying something hurtful (often sarcastically), and those words really penetrate and hurts deeply.

This alone should already be ample proof of the power of the tongue and of the effect of the words you speak.

Create By Speaking

Have you ever had the experience of being in a room where everybody is relaxed and just having a good time? Until one other individual enters the room. This person is really stressed out and angry. He starts barking out orders and is rude to everybody in the room. Have you ever experienced that? To the extent where you use the expression “the whole atmosphere in the room changed. The atmosphere got so thick and tense that you could feel it”.

For that same reason, why don’t we start creating a pleasant atmosphere wordswherever we go? Create an atmosphere that everybody wants to be in. We can do that by paying attention to what we say and how we say it.

What is your experience with words? Do you think before you speak, or do you sometimes find yourself thinking that you shouldn’t have said that? Are people taking you serious when you speak? Have you ever realized the effect that your words have on how you feel? Have you ever been hurt by someone else’s words?

Let’s talk about it in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Your Problem Is Your Promotion

When listening to people you sometimes can’t help to think that life is one big burden to them. They are always facing some major problem. Yet, when we look at this week’s nugget, I think those people who are always facing some problem, should consider themselves to be blessed.

This week’s nugget from John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average is nugget #32 and it says “your problem is yourDSCN9417_2 promotion”.

You Problem Is Your Promotion.

In a working environment we sometimes find this the other way around. It is as if the promotion is the problem for many people. It ends up in gossiping, back-stabbing and all kinds of negativity. They start competing to obtain attention from their superiors, and end up burning themselves out and suffering from negative stress. Yet, they walk around complaining to everybody about how hard and unfair life is.

All this is causing negative stress, while creating a problem which doesn’t even need to exist. All you have to do is to find a real problem and solve it. But so often people would try and find every possible way to avoid the real problems.

As John Mason so accurately states in his book; David’s brothers didn’t do anything about the problem, because they feared the problem and thought it was too big to hit. David on the other hand looked at the problem and thought it was too big to miss.

It is the way you look at the problem that makes all the difference. But face your problem. In the end you’ll either be better or you’ll be worse as a result of the problem. Yes, I’m not saying you will be successful in solving every single problem, but by getting involved in problem solving will definitely improve your experience.

If you want to increase you success rate, double your failure rate. – Thomas Watson, Sr.

No obstacle will ever leave you the way it found you. – John L Mason.

Every obstacle has a limited lifespan. Many of the problems you worried about last year, you can’t even remember today.

In times of adversity you don’t have an obstacle to deal with, you have a choice to make. – John L. Mason.

Don’t Fear.

When facing your problems, don’t fear. Take stock of the situation. Decide what the worst that can happen is. Then start searching for the most logical solutions. Then, as John Mason says; “in the midst of unbelievable circumstances, believe”.

Companies are looking for people with initiative. They are looking for problem solvers. Your problem is your promotion.

Are you turning your problems into opportunities? Why don’t you tell me how you do it. I would love to hear from you.

Never Surrender Your Dream to Noisy Negatives

There is a time and a season for everything, and when it’s time for you to work on making your dream a reality; you shouldn’t allow any negativity from anybody to stop you.

Talk about timing. As I am writing this post, I find myself only a few days away from launching yourmindrenewed.com, and big was my amazement when I found what the topic for this week’s nugget will be. Nugget #31 in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average says “never surrender your dream to noisy negatives”.

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I’m currently also working on an article about various Christian’s and how they live successful lives by applying biblical principles in their lives. What amazes me is that just about every time when I used Google to find more information about someone, you would find someone criticizing these people as well.

One will be to outspoken, the other one to liberal, one is to rich and the next one tries to keep everybody poor in order tofile6251297827365 stay humble. These are not the exact comments I found, but they are pretty close.

Discussing this with friends a little later, a very interesting point came up. The statement was made that isn’t that maybe a sign that these people are being successful. Whenever someone becomes successful, people are very quick to start commenting on whatever that person does or say.

Yes, when people claim to be preaching from the Bible, we need to very careful. Our responsibility is made very clear in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22. It tells us to listen what these people say, but then to test it by comparing it with what God says in the Bible, and to hold on to what is good. If; (1) I find what the person says is confirmed in the Bible, and (2) the person has been living according to what he preaches for many years and he/she is living proof of that too, I suppose I have good reason to pay attention.

These are just examples I’ve used in the Christian community (especially amongst preachers). The same goes for people in any occupation. Business people must often hear that they must be lying and cheating in order to be so successful. I’m not saying that’s never the case, but we can’t make the assumption that a person must be dishonest just because he is successful in business. Athletes get tested for substance abuse as soon as they start performing above average. These practices (testing for drug abuse) are good and necessary, but people shouldn’t start making such remarks without having proof. All that is needed, is for you to voice your opinion, and within minutes the story has two or three little tails added to it and it is now spread around as fact.

Be Bold and Live Your Dream

Don’t allow the noise of negatives to rob you of your dream. Be bold, take charge and live your dream.

The only sure way to fend off criticism is to do nothing and be nothing – John L. Mason

When people start talking and there is no substance to it, the Bible has the following to say about it; “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.”

I believe that is not only a good way to determine whose advice you can follow, but it also gives you peace of mind when people start talking about you. The truth shall last forever, but the lie shall be short-lived.

Hebrews 13:6 says “So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”[b]

Besides, when people start talking about you, it means that people are paying attention to what you do and say. And believe me, most of the time it is the jealous and uninformed people who are critical and eager to voice their opinions.

It is wise to listen to good advice, but pay no attention to negative criticism. Psalm 37:3-4 says “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”.

So never surrender you dream to noisy negatives. Keep your head up high and make your dream come true.

Are you still procrastinating out of fear for criticism? If so, I hope this post has motivated you to take action. Tell me about it in the comments section below. 

Can We Really Live a Life of Peace and Tranquility?

This is a question on the lips of many people around the world. And many people have lost hope of ever enjoying any peace or tranquility in this life. “Not in this life” many would say.  Not in a world full of violence, hate and envy. But that is exactly what I am talking about – the here and now – and it is possible.

Psalm 23:5 (NIV) says “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me Peacebeside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a]I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows”.

That means here and now, in this life. You won’t have any enemies when you are in heaven.

In John 14:27 (NIV), Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”. Then in Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) it says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.

Yet, nothing will happen automatically. We have our part to play. We must make a decision. Who will have the final say in your life? Who has final authority? Colossians 3:15 (NIV) says “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” That little word “let”, indicates that we need to make the decision for the peace of Christ to rule in our lives. God is not forcing himself on anyone. You have to make the decision.

By giving the Word of God final authority in your life, also means that you need to trust His Word. If God says that He will protect you (Psalm 91), you should resist the devil, by refusing to fear (John14:27) and refuse being anxious about your future (Philippians 4:6).

There is one more crucial ingredient that you need to experience total freedom and peace in your life, and that is to forgive. Living in un-forgiveness will steal your peace from you and it will even rob you from your health. And through un-forgiveness, you are robbing yourself from getting your prayers answered. Many people love to quote Mark 11:23-24 about having faith and you will have what you say. But it is important to read the rest of that scripture too. Verse 25-26 (KJV) goes on to say “25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses”.

We cannot manipulate God by thinking that we can just “name it and claim it”. God always knows what’s best, and we also have responsibilities that goes beyond ourselves.

You might think it is impossible to forgive that person after what he/she has done to you. What you think and what you feel is not important, and that is actually good news. If you want to forgive based on how you feel, that means you want to do it in your own power and it becomes impossible. But if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13; Colossians 3:17).

A Chip on the Shoulder Weighs a Ton

This brings us to the nugget for this week. In John L. Mason’s Book An Enemy Called Average, nugget #30 says “a chip on the shoulder weighs a ton”.

The weight of un-forgiveness is a terrible weight to carry and will only drag you down. “But no one knows what that person did to me!” yet, as John Mason says in his book; “That may be true, but the question is do you know what un-forgiveness will do to you?”

What really matters is what happens in us not to us – John Mason.

Un-forgiveness leads to great bitterness and that is a deadly misuse of the creative flow from above. Great amounts of mental energy and brain power are used up in pondering over a negative situation and plotting how to “get even”.

“That’s easy to say, but you don’t know my situation”, you might say. Yes, maybe I don’t know your situation, but I do know what it’s like. People who know me personally will know what I am talking about, and I also have to fight the temptation of un-forgiveness. But by the grace of God, I have learned to forgive and I refuse to meditate on what happened. When those thoughts come, I take them captive and make them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Peace and Tranquility is Within Your Reach

Yes, we do live in a world full of violence and hate. The question is; how do you perceive all this in your own mind. The good news is that you can learn how to respond to things by taking control of your mind.

In Matthew 24 Jesus gave a description of the end times to His disciples, and he told them not to be troubled as these things must come.

What we are facing today is the results of mankind, but God is not caught by surprise, and He is still in control.

How do you perceive what is happening around you? Are you able to remain positive about your future? Tell me about your expectations in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

On 12 October 2015 I am launching a new site – yourmindrenewed.com – where I will discuss the impact of your thinking and the effect it has on your life. Join me on this exciting journey and tell me about your experiences and how you deal with your thought life.