“Get wisdom; develop good judgment” (Proverbs 4:5 NLT).
The distraction of pleasure. It’s okay to have fun and feel comfort, but if that’s the primary focus of your life, you will never fulfill your destiny.
The distraction of profits. You can’t serve both God and money. Making a profit shouldn’t be the primary focus of your life.
The distraction of possessions. Judging your success by how much stuff you own will keep you concerned about keeping things and maintaining things.
If you are going to fulfill the mission God has given you, you must dare to be different from others. Stay focused on the most important thing: your relationship with Jesus Christ.
I SPEAK TO YOU from deepest heaven. You hear Me in the depths of your being. Deep calls unto deep. You are blessed to hear Me so directly. Never take this privilege for granted. The best response is a heart overflowing with gratitude. I am training you to cultivate a thankful mind-set. This is like building your house on a firm rock, where life’s storms cannot shake you . As you learn these lessons, you are to teach them to others. I will open up the way before you, one step at a time.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
PSALM 42 : 7 (NKJV)
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
PSALM 95 : 1 – 2
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the
rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had
its foundation on the rock.”
MATTHEW 7 : 24 – 25
Eliminate Negative Self-Talk
Long before psychology came around, God said your thoughts determine your feelings and your feelings determine your actions. If you want to change your life, you’ve got to control the way you think.
You’re constantly talking to yourself — all the time. Your mind is talking to you! You’re talking to yourself right now. Research indicates that most people speak at a rate of 150 to 200 words per minute, but the mind can listen to about 500-600 words a minute. That’s why you can listen to me and plan today’s dinner at the same time.
In fact, our internal dialogue – the conversation we have with ourselves – is at a rate of 1,300 words per minute. How? Because our mind sees in pictures, and you can see a thought in a nano-second!
The problem is a lot of us are like Job, who says, “Everything I say seems to condemn me.” (Job 9:20 GN) He’s saying, in effect, “Everything I say puts me down.” If you are typical to the human race, you are your own worst critic.
How do you eliminate negative self-talk so you can become a more confident person?
The Bible teaches the principle of replacement: “Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right Think about all you can thank God for and be glad about.” (Philippians 4:8 TLB)
In other words, don’t think about all those weaknesses in your life. Focus on who God wants you want to be and on what God wants to do in your life.