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I’ve Got A New Attitude

New Thoughts begin as we meditate on Truth, over and over. Brain Science teaches that it takes 21 days of thinking about a concept before it reaches the bud state in our mind. An additional 42 days of thinking about this truth helps it grow and blossom.

All that thinking is referred to in the Bible as “meditating.”

 

The Ultimate Truth

God’s Word is the ultimate Truth.  The Word is God’s Thoughts.

John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

 

Personalizing John 1:4-5

  • In Him (the Word) Is Life
  • This Life Is The Light of Me
  • The Light Shines In The Darkness
  • And The Darkness Cannot Stop It (the Word)

 

As you begin to meditate on this Truth – “God Loves You”

Nothing can prevent that Truth from growing in your mind and changing your life.

 

“I’ve Got A New Attitude”

 

Music Notes Gold Rhythum

To enhance the memory process, I like to sing this as a little song, adding my own tune and rhythm, moving my body to the beat.  You’d be surprised how this little song will come back to you when you need it most, and help get your thinking back on the right path.

 

Brain Science information from Dr. Caroline Leaf, Neuroscientist

Photo by Lana H. Jackson

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Starting Point and Foundation (part 2)

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In Part 1 we talked about “Knowing in your knower” that God Loves You.  Knowing it deep inside, in your gut, in your heart – a “knowing” so deep that no life circumstance or no other voice can shake that knowledge. In Part 1 we also touched on who could benefit from the “knowing” and how to get the “knowing” on the inside of you.  Soon we will begin the 21-Day God Loves You Challenge and start the processes of embedding God’s Love in our “knower.”

Today, we will explore –

Benefits of “Knowing in Your Knower”

Some of the benefits are –

  • To Be Strengthened in Your Heart, or Inner Man, “Knower”  (see Part 1)
  • To Be Rooted and Grounded in God’s Love For You
  • To Know the Width and Length and Depth and Height of God’s Love For You
  • To Know the Love of Christ by Experience, Beyond Head Knowledge

 

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man;

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the width, and length, and depth, and height; —
To know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory…   Ephesians 3:16-21 NKJV

 

The Greek word for “strengthened” is  krataioo
Meaning – To empower, that is, (passively) increase in vigor: – be strengthened, be (wax) strong.

Please note the word “passively” in this definition. This means that God does the work of embedding His Love within us, all we have to do is meditate on that truth. (See Part 1)

The Greek word for “rooted” is  rhizoō,
Meaning to root (figuratively become stable)

The Greek word for “grounded” is  themelioō
It means – to lay the foundation

The Greek word for “Love” in this passage in Ephesians is  agapē
One of the meanings is  – a love feast

 

Tree Rooted Grounded and By Living Waters 2

 

With the 21-Day God Loves You Challenge, we will lay the foundation for implanting God’s Love into our “Knower.”

As we lay that foundation, we will be digging the roots of our thinking into the Truth of God’s Love for Us. With ever increasing growth of those roots, we will become more stable in the knowledge of His Love – solid and unshakable, like a tree with deeply embedded roots.

 

 

Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.   Jeremiah 17:7-8 KJV

 

Hebrew meanings for “careful” – be anxious, afraid, take thought.   Meaning – a tree with deep roots shall not be afraid when difficulty comes.

Hebrew meanings for “cease” – to withdraw (literally and figuratively), to go back.  Meaning – a tree with deep roots shall not go back into old ways or fears.

Let me pause here for a word of encouragement – Becoming a tree with deeply embedded roots in God’s Love for You is a process.  It takes time.  If (and when) you (we) slip back into old ways or old fears, don’t be discouraged.  Stand up, chin high and keep moving forward.  “God’s Love is patient and kind.”  (1 Corinthians 13:4 AMP)

Now, back to definitions from Jeremiah 17:7-8

Some of the Hebrew meanings of “green” – new, prosperous, flourishing.

Yielding” is a combination of Hebrew words meaning –

  • from out of in many senses
  • to do or make
  • accomplish
  • advance
  • become
  • have the charge of
  • fly
  • govern
  • journey
  • be warrior

 

Trusting in God is like being a tree planted by the waters, putting down deep roots and spreading our branches, not being afraid or withdrawing, but flourishing.

Flourishing in all sense of the word –

  • Confidence in who you are
  • Courage to undertake new adventures
  • Accomplishment in good thinking, good relationships, and in good work
  • Abundant Life

I’m eager to experience a deeper knowing in my heart of the Love God has for me.  How about you?

Remember (from above) the Greek word for Love in Ephesians –  agapē
Meaning – a love feast. Basking in a Love Feast from God.  I’m eager for that.

 

Before we begin the 21-Day God Loves You Challenge, may I suggest that we pray for ourselves the scripture prayer that the apostle Paul prayed for the believers in the Ephesian church (Ephesians 3:16-20 as listed above).  I’m writing this with personalized pronouns for the benefit of each of us.

One key to embedding the Love of God into your heart is personalizing the Word of God for yourself.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I ask that you grant me, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in my inner man,

that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith, that I, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height —

to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that I may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask or think, according to the power that works in me, I thank you, God.  Amen

 

Don’t hesitate to pray this scripture for yourself multiple times throughout the 21-Day God Loves You Challenge and throughout your lifetime.

I invite you to click on the black “Follow” tab near the bottom of your screen to be sure you are notified of each post so you can join the 21-Day God Loves You Challenge.

 

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Footnote – The definitions of the words of scripture are sometimes listed in Hebrew and other times listed in Greek because – The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew.  The New Testament was originally written in Greek.

Scripture References –

  • NKJV = New King James Version      
  • AMP = Amplified Version     
  • KJV = King James Version  (spreadeth changed to spreads, cometh changed to comes)

 

Graphic – “Tree Rooted in God’s Love”  by Lana H. Jackson

Photo – “Tree By The Waters”  by Lana H. Jackson

 

 

 

 

Starting Point and Foundation (part 1)

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The starting point and the foundation for a “Relationship” with God is “knowing in your knower” that God Loves You.

Your “knower” is your gut.  Deep.  Way down inside.  So deeply embedded that nothing can change this unshakable knowledge.  No daily circumstances, no tragedy, no disagreement with another person, no rejection from another person, no name calling, no one can convince you that God doesn’t love you fully and completely.

Other names for “knower” would be “inner man” or “heart.”

Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it spring the issues of life.                Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

The Hebrew word for heart is  labe
Some of the meanings are – The feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything, understanding, wisdom.

Who Could Benefit From Knowing God in the “Knower”?

Whether we are new to a relationship with God or have been a Christian for many years, there are indication markers that we might not “know in our knower” that God loves us.

  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Addictions
  • Persistent or Underlying Anger
  • Perfectionism – To Earn Approval From Others and Self
  • Demanding Perfectionism From Others
  • Criticism of Others and Self
  • Bitterness
  • Unforgiveness of Self and Others
  • Drivenness to Perform to Earn Self and Others Approval
  • Habitual Bad Choices
  • The List Goes On

How Does One Get This Knowledge of God’s Love Inside His/Her “Knower”?

 

My son, attend to my words; incline your ear unto my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart.
For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.
Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it spring the issues of life.  Proverbs 4:20-23 NKJV

The best way to get the knowledge of God’s Love into our “knower” is to meditate on this truth over and over and over. One truth at a time, until we build a physical thought into our brain.

 

Thoughts in the brain resemble trees.  It takes a minimum of 21 days, 5-7 minutes per day to build a new stable thought into the brain.  It takes another 42 days of meditation on that thought for it to grow branches.  The more healthy thought trees with branches we have in our brains, the better our quality of life.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth; but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  Joshua 1:8 NKJV

The Hebrew word for meditate is haw-gaw’
To murmur, to ponder: – imagine, mutter, roar, study, talk, utter.

Meditate

  • Say it
  • Chew on it
  • Think about it
  • Say it
  • Read it
  • Write it
  • Say it

21-Day God Loves You Challenge

Soon we will embark on a “21-Day God Loves You Challenge.”  I have done this and it definitely makes a difference in the way one thinks and feels about self, God, others and life. I won’t try to tell you I have it “all” together.  “I’m not where I want to be; but thank God, I’m not where I used to be.”

I suppose that is what makes the journey with God so adventurous and rewarding. There is always a new challenge to undertake, an obstacle to overcome, a mountain to climb, a change to embrace, mourning tears to shed, happy dances to perform and celebrating songs to vocalize. Life is not dull, and aren’t glad for that.  With God’s Love on the Inside of us, life is a whole lot easier and much more enjoyable.

We will go through this together, day by day.  I want to build an even greater knowledge that God Loves Me Unconditionally in my “knower.” The delight of this journey is that along the way, God reveals precious nuggets of truth and love, specially designed to each individual heart. Your nuggets will, no doubt, differ from mine, thus reinforcing how God speaks to each of us particular to our relationship with Him. I invite you to come along on the journey.  Are you up for it?

 

Photo – free image from Pixabay.com

Brain Science information from Dr. Caroline Leaf, Neuroscientist, Best Selling Author, Bible Teacher, and Star on her TBN Television Program, “Switch On Your Brain”

“I’m not where I want to be, but thank God, I’m not where I used to be.” – Joyce Meyer, New York Times Best Selling Author and Bible Teacher

 

 

“How” Do You Live Abundant Life?

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When Jesus said, “I Am the Way”   (John 14:6)

He answered the Question – “How” does one “Live” Abundant Life

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9)

Living Through Christ — Hidden In Christ  (Psalm 91)

Abundant Life – Through Jesus –>   Salvation –

Hebrew meanings of Salvation –

  • Deliverance
  • Safety
  • Preservation
  • Healing
  • Soundness  (Spirit, Soul, and Body)

Psalm 91:1-4

He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler

Psalm 32:7

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. 

Hebrew meaning of “compass me about” – To revolve, surround or border

God loved us so much, he sent His only son, Jesus, so that we could live through Him. Living our day to day life through Jesus, is “How” we live Abundant Life.

  • He Delivers Us Daily
  • He Protects Us Daily
  • He Preserves Us Daily
  • He Heals Us Daily  (Mind, Will, Emotions, Body)
  • He Leads Us Into Soundness (Spirit, Soul and Body) Daily

Walking with God is a process, a daily process.  Sometimes we don’t see the progress and get discouraged.  Don’t.  God’s Word is True.  He said He would deliver, protect, preserve, heal and make us sound.  He will.  As we continue to abide (dwell, homestead) with God, by talking to Him, listening to Him through His written Word and His still soft voice in our spirit, God will bring the process to pass.  Deliverance, Safety, Preservation, and Healing is the process that brings Soundness

Deliverance, Safety, Preservation, Healing  –>  Soundness

That sounds like my kind of  “Abundant Life.”

Graphic  – “In the circle of God’s protection” by Lana H. Jackson