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Sunday’s Monday


        I’m going to start by asking you to expend a little energy in looking back at the times when you didn’t get what you wanted or things failed to go as planned. I can promise you it may not be as many times as you think, provided you look honestly. Why would it seem to be more? Each incident you feel you didn’t will flood your brain waves with negativity, which is a huge tool for Satan. Negative disrupts the neurons in the brain enabling the process of manipulation because our receptors are now vulnerable. Allow me to help you with my reasoning behind the question which may help you navigate my intent. We humans, not unlike other animals, are born with an innate ability to not give up until we have secured that which we want even if it may be bad for us. Over the years some old sayings were penned to describe what we’ll use to obtain that which we desire, by hook or crook or whatever means necessary. We will all too often go to ridiculous extremes just to satisfy our desire to obtain something that we have convinced ourselves that we can’t live without. Sometimes we will even act against God’s will when He says no to what we’ve prayed for and we get it anyway. Only to become angry when things never work as we envisioned. 1 John 2:16 (NLT), for the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but are from this world.


      If you haven’t arrived at the answer yet, allow me to simplify the instructions. We first must understand what causes us to want what we desire, to which there is always a very simple answer. It merely takes a thought to give birth to a desire, want, or craving and it is through our entertaining the pleasure to fill our desire that we nurse the thought until it becomes our reality. I recently read this quote about thought, “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” – Lao Tzu.  Another quote that hit home with me is, “A single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” ― Henry David Thoreau. The reason this hit home with me is that it takes more than one time, the danger is not in the single thought, it is when we choose to dwell on it. Please pay attention to this one! “We are addicted to our thoughts. “We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking” ~ Santosh Kalwar. "I think and think and think. I've thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer. Surely, one of these hit home and you can see the title is the answer!


      Basically, in a nutshell, we are who we think we are because that is what we think, and until we change our thinking, that’s who we’ll be! It took Joe Dillard years to drive this inside of me deep enough to grow root. Our mind will always remain a desert if we fail to do what is necessary to turn it into an oasis through the right Godly thinking which can then send living water to our hearts to bring new life! The answer is found in Galatians 6:7 (NLT), Don’t be misled you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. God gave us life, and I want a good crop of right thinking for a harvest of abundant peace, love, and grace. I desire to bring a smile of joy and pleasure to my savior's face as I serve His people.


      Father: I pray that we will catch the wisdom within these quotes and use it daily. “The most powerful thought is a prayerful thought. When I'm praying for you, I am praying for my own peace of mind. I can only have for myself what I am willing to wish for you.” ~ Marianne Williamson. Lord Jesus, May we walk as you did with our goal to finish well, may we live in your presence, walk in your strength, and not be dismayed in this moment of our journey. For we know that people will only see in us what we see in ourselves. Lord, “help our want to,” to live as we believe we are who you say we are because we know you are who you say you are. Father, please stop us from making ruts in our minds and know who we are, in you! Amen





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