Praise Secrets – How To Experience Breakththrough

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Praise is like…a tuning fork that adjusts your heart to the melody of heaven, and your song on the earth.

Praise is like…a metronome that helps your heart beat with the rhythm of God’s Kingdom.

Praise is like…a wrecking ball demolishing evil speculations that are raised up against the true nature of God.

Praise is like…a supernatural road grader that goes before you making your crooked places straight and the rough places smooth.

Praise is like…a beautiful diamond studded with brilliant facets that attract the abundant life into your life.

Praise is like…divine oil that lubricates the mechanics of the day.

With praise as one’s default, life changes…and changes…and changes some more.

PRAISE IS A GAME CHANGER THAT USHERS IN LONG DELAYED BREAKTHROUGHS IN YOUR LIFE.

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Are Your Thoughts Destroying Your Happiness?

Just as it is important to realize that nobody can make you mad, it is also important to admit that flowing thoughts don’t control what you think. You do.

When I say, “You do,” I mean you and Holy Spirit, working in a partner-friendship, do; with Him as the Senior Partner. That is why it is essential to acknowledge your connection with Him as a daily-life protocol. The mental pressures of the flesh life are more than you can handle alone. You and Holy Spirit must be in conscious connection for you to succeed in your thought-life.

“Holy Spirit, it is my will that You and I are of the same mind today (or now).”

The Passion Translation says (Philippians 2:5, And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let his mind-set become your motivation.”   (Let the mind-set of Jesus become your motivation).

“Holy Spirit, how would Jesus be thinking about this (or that)?”

Of course, Philippians 4:8 reveals the heart of the Christ-like mind-set.  I will, again, quote the Passion Translation:

So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”

To experience the abundant life in the present, it is essential that we have a protocol for the way we allow ourselves to think.

Remember:  No other person or situation can make you mad, stressed-out, or fearful.  Those are the choices that you  (and I) allow.

I will close this article with a quote from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy,
“If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.”

Independent human reason of the flesh-mind focuses on fear.  It tells us that this or that issue, that generates feelings of fear, anxiety, and anger are rational and reasonable.  But, the only perspective that is reasonable is God’s perspective.  I urge us all to establish the protocol of choosing God’s perspective as our ruling thoughts.  Abundant life follows.

Gary

 

 

 

A Form Of Highest Praise

I was gazing at my favorite painting of Jesus while soft music played in the background.  This posture is what you might call a standard protocol for my morning quiet time.

The words seemed to form in my mind, “It is ultimate praise to me when you function as I made you.  I enjoy that very much!”

Then, a short time later as I was “soaking” in that thought, another impression arose in me, “The seeds of inspiration are mine.  Taking dominion over the seeds is yours.”

Note:  The Lord designed me with the calling of writing.  The same truth can apply to any person’s function in life applied to their talents, desires, and motivations.

Therefore, we give ultimate praise to the Lord when we function as He designed and gifted us.  I am reminded me of a quote by former Olympian runner, Eric Liddel, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast!  When I run, I feel His pleasure.”

Jesus said to me, “The seeds of inspiration are mine.  Taking dominion over the seeds is yours.”  An example of me, as a writer, taking dominion over the seeds would be the finished thought,

“I give you the seeds of inspiration, not the mature plant.  You take dominion over the seeds of inspiration by fashioning and transforming them into thoughts of truth, power, and beauty, that, in turn, breaths life into others.”

This complete thought is a demonstration of what might be called, ‘inspirational partnership.’  I encourage you to develop your relationship with Jesus by opening your mind and heart to those seeds of inspiration that apply to your own life.  It is one of the highest forms of praise and brings joy to both you and Jesus.

Gary

 

 

 

 

Encouraging Journey – Episode 6 – Dealing With Closed Doors

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I have a question for you:

What are you doing with the closed doors in your life?  How are you responding?  If you spend all of your time mourning the doors that are closed, you may well miss the coming door that opens up.

I was recently visiting a man in the hospital.  There was a lot of renovation taking place in the building.  After the visit, as I was making my way back to the exit to the parking garage, my attention was fixed on what I thought was the only exit.  It was freezing, and windy outside and I didn’t want to spend much time in the frigid conditions.  Staring at the door that had been blocked, I was upset.  Why would the renovation crew block the exit that led directly to the protected parking lot tunnel?!

Suddenly I realized that if I stopped obsessing over the blocked exit, and shifted my attention a few feet to the right, there was actually another exit door…and it was not blocked.  Happily (and feeling a little foolish for my bad frame of mind) I made it to my car all inside the tunnel and out of the freezing wind.

Where is your attention right now?  On the closed door, or on the belief that God is fully capable of opening another door…an even better door.

Don’t be angry over what you may actually be loosing.  Instead, choose to hope in what God will be providing!

Gary

Encouraging Journey – Episode 5 – “The Mystery of Encouragement”

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Motivational speaker, Les Brown, is quoted as saying, “When life knocks you down, try to land on your back.  Because if you can look up, you can get up.”

The New International Version of Hebrews 3:13  instructs us to encourage each other daily.  Not just once in awhile, or when we feel like it; but every day.  In other words, make it your life-style to be one who encourages others.  Speak to each other in ways that refreshes, or re-strengthens.  This is something anyone can do, and it’s vital ministry.  There’s plenty of discouragement out there.  Be an atmosphere changer…just with the kind of words you broadcast.

You might be thinking, “What if I’m discouraged, myself?  How can I give what I don’t have?  Good questions.  The answer would fall under the category of taking steps of faith.   One description of faith is, ‘Believing a kite can fly even when there’s no wind’…or give encouragement when you, yourself, are discouraged.

And so, feel like it or not, we learn to speak simple words that carry the power of encouragement to others; whether you think the person deserves it or not; whether they seem to receive it or not.

Then you’ll discover something mysterious beginning to happen.  Your own feeling of discouragement begins giving way to a fresh breath of strength within yourself.

Discover, for yourself, the power of encouraging others.

Encouraging Journey – Episode 4 – Prayer: “When You Don’t Know What To Say”

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I read a post on Instagram recently that caught my attention.  It said, “Dear God, I don’t know what to say to you, right now, with words.  So, could you please listen to the feelings of my heart, instead.”

Romans 8:25-26 (NIV), “If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, (while we are waiting) but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

If you are of a Pentecostal persuasion, you will assume that I’m going say that this is referring to praying in tongues.  Now, I’m not denying that interpretation.  I believe in praying in tongues.  However, there’s more to be understood.

Up until the 1700’s, prayer was also a matter of heart communication and not just the product of a rational construction of words.  The prayer took the form of heart feelings that were focused, with minimal words, toward God.  Sometimes the pray-er would see and feel the “as if completed” answer as their heart feelings poured out before the Lord.

When Paul was speaking to the Romans, he indicated that the Holy Spirit would partner with the person using – what he called – deep groans, or sighs.  Those are words describing the heart language of emotion.

When you don’t know what to say with words, let the feelings of your heart talk to God.  Don’t put so much confidence in the right words.  Let the deep feelings and visions of your heart articulate your request.

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Encouraging Journey – Episode 3 – “Where Are You Looking”

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Are there shadows in you life right now?

Somebody said, “As we turn our faces to the sun, the shadows fall behind us.”

The same reality is found in the Bible in Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

Have you ever misplaced your car keys?  One day I had an important appointment, and couldn’t find the keys to my car.  In the grip of frustration I said to my wife, “I have to get going and I can’t find my keys!”  As she’s asked me before, “Where have you looked?”  She then made a suggestion…and there they were.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.  It’s also looking in the same places for you lost car keys expecting them to suddenly re-appear.

Like the car keys, if you need to find encouragement today, my friend, let me ask you, “Where are you looking for it?”  As the song says, “Looking for love in all the wrong places.”  Are you looking for encouragement in all the wrong places?

We find fresh courage…of the real, lasting kind…when we turn our inner eyes away from, and make ourselves stop rehearsing the weight we feel, and instead fix our attention on Jesus the one who authors and completes our confidence.

Be encouraged on your journey, today, by letting Jesus saturate your vision.

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