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Suck The Wisdom (and money) Out Of Flash-In-The-Pan Experiences

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How many times have you been through a profound experience only to, a few days later, wonder what the heck happened and what was gained from it?

Let’s say for example, you are in need of finances. You really need to pay your bills that are due in three days, but are running low on cash. You need an additional $1,200 to cover your expenses. All of your efforts to improve your situation have resulted in no possitive momentum. Bare-in-mind that your efforts are based out of your current level of understanding of finances.

As you lay in your bed that night, you decide that worrying is not of God. So you muster up some faith and wing a prayer to heaven asking God for a miracle to have your immediate financial needs met. As you pray, you essentially lay down your need at His feet. You finally go to sleep.

The next day you go to your mail box to grab your mail and there is only one envelope that isn’t obviously junk mail. You open it then and there to find that it is a handwritten note scratched on a piece of notebook paper with a check inside. Of course you look at the check before reading the letter. The check reads:

$1,250.00!!!

After you finish jumping up and down with giddy excitement paired with massive relief, you turn your attention to the paper.

  Hey Cuz,
Thank you for the loan. Sorry for the delay in repaying.
Consider the extra $50 interest.
Love,
Joe Schmoe

You can’t believe it. You totally forgot about this money. You had given it up for dead long ago. Now it has proven to be your miracle.

Quickly, before you get sidetracked, you deposit the money and pay your bills.

You then tell God about a million times, thank you!

What just happened?

Your immediate need was met. It was profound and amazing. God is good. On one hand, your faith has increased and that is a very good thing, but on the other hand your long term situation really hasn’t changed at all. A month from now, you will likely be in the movie Groundhogs Day. You will be praying for another miracle. Is that really the life of a son or daughter of the most high God, hooked up to an unlimited inheritance in Christ?

As wonderful as it is to live paycheck to paycheck, dependent on God, He truly wants more for us.

One of the hardest hitting things the Lord has ever said to me threw me through a loop because it challenged not only my current situation, but also a longstanding limiting mindset that I had about finances.

He said, “Jeremy, slaves live hand-to-mouth, kings have war chests.”

Whoa!

Over the last couple of years we have survived off of the mentality I just mentioned in the story, but during the same time, God has been adamant about teaching me to grow in wisdom in finances and cooperating with Him to better ourselves.

You see, there is an aspect to God’s nature of deeply enjoying taking care of our needs. There is also an aspect to His nature of enjoying releasing to us, wisdom that will open us up to greater understanding, thus enabling us to better steward things like finances. Then He knows that we aren’t just going to plug holes in metaphorical worry dams with miracle funds, but we will have the capability to multiply the resources that He entrusts us with. Then we are no longer living to have our basic needs met, but are looking to help other have theirs met.

The takeaway is this: Some things God does one time and we are not supposed to try and duplicate. However, many of the experiences God gives us come with a substantial wisdom nugget, that if recognized, received and applied, will give you the ability to walk in mastery of that particular area of your life. You can then gift the world with the byproduct and pass on the wisdom to the next generation to build upon.

God has made the wisdom abundantly available. Just receive.

 

 

 

 

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Eavesdrop To Hear About: writing Books, 3 Steps Of Stewarding Revelation, Relating With God And Much More!

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I love having exciting conversations with interesting people who are doing cool things. I recently was invited to chat with a friend named Praying Medic on his podcast. It was both a great honor and a ton of fun.

You are invited to eavesdrop on this fun and exciting conversation between me and Praying Medic. 

In this episode we cover a lot of ground, discussing: hearing God’s voice, how to live from a place of rest, writing books, and much more. The interview went long enough that we recorded a second message which I will post when it is made available.

You can download it here or you can find it on itunes here.

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A Moment With The King

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This morning, I sit. Meditating. My heart rate slows and my breath also. My mind wants to wander. It wants to insight me down a rabbit trail to take me out of the moment. The moment of transformation.

Not gonna happen.

Everything in me lives and longs for what I am about to experience. That is, the realization of everything that is true about me and God…US…

I have experienced the fullness of the present moment of oneness with God many times. However, it is my constant abiding place that I often attempt to mentally vacate.

But my heart ALWAYS pulls me back. He always pulls me back, and it’s about to happen again. I can feel it.

I close my eyes and in the spirit I grab my heart and my mind and helplessly, like a child, I hand them over to God.

“Take them.” I tell Him with a confident desperation.

Then it happened. He happened. We happened.

My previously wandering  mind is quickly locked into extreme focus, clearing the channel for the Infinite, Eternal, Divine life within me to flood my consciousness.

My heart is suddenly drowned with peace. My Mind becomes still and aware that it is floating in wholeness. Joy and hope rise to the surface.

My location is the same, but I instantly have a different vantage point. My perspective in now outside of what my physical senses perceive. The never ending oneness has been realized and I become renewed with no effort on my own part other than giving up.

This is rest realized. This is my healthy obsession.

I only talk about what God has made a reality for me. Anything else is but a theory.

Entering, and living from, God’s rest is literally my source of everything. It is not rhetoric or propagandize. It is not an escape mechanism or slight of hand trick.

Knowing God and being able to be sucked into the awareness of my connection to His heart within me, and being enthralled and enamored in Him is EVERYTHING.

Every moment is a moment with the King; but every moment is not a realized moment with the King. 

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Wanna Influence God?

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Have you ever wondered how to influence God? Or perhaps if it’s ok to try to influence Him? Would you even dare approach the omnipotent deity that wields sovereignty with an iron fist and a hard heart?

Or is He really not like that at all?

I’m here to tell you that having influence with God is  entirely possible. But like any other Divine relational dealing, there is an artful approach and tact that should be considered. That is because relating with God in such a way is not at all a science, and is absolutely an art. An art that plays-out best through love.

I’m going to use an example from my own personal life that depicts the ways of God. I will do so, because I learned it from Him and it has become sort of a “core value” of mine.

There are people that know me and know that I am an extremely reasonable person–in that if you are cool with me, and come at me in a manner that is also reasonable, as an appeal rather than a demand–you can pretty much get me to do anything.

I’m a big softy.

I will do things that I normally wouldn’t do. I will even change my mind for a relational cause.

I will never violate my true nature or be something I’m not, but for the sake of cooperation with another person I will gladly bend, given the right circumstances.

On the flip-side, if you come at me aggressively, with demands and a line drawn in the sand, I will probably just chuckle and notify you that I am not interested in playing such games.

However, if you are willing to re-think your approach and return a second time with a more diplomatic heart, I would gladly take a look at your proposed agenda.

If you are somebody who only approaches me when you have an agenda, that tells me very clearly that I am a means to your end, and that you are not interested in knowing or relating with me as a person or with my heart.

We can still be in relationship, but this is not an ideal channel for love to flow.

I believe with all of my heart that God loves to be influenced. Not because He is flippant or unsure of Himself. Not because He is insecure and needs help, but because when somebody is so confident in themselves, in their inheritance in Him, in their right to freely access Him, that they regularly engage Him at a heart level and they can confidently say to God,

“God do that.”

And He will smile and say, “Good idea” and gladly do it.

I am not saying that God will not act on account of less than ideal interaction, because after all, God is grace.

I am saying that the key to it all is to walk in depth of love with God and interact with Him through love.

 

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What Mr. Miyagi Would Have You Know About Rest

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Don’t you just love how the wisest of teachers seem to have a zen-like approach to leading their pupils into becoming masters of their craft?

They have tested and proven methods of imparting the greatest timeless secrets of mastery. The pupil almost gives themselves over to the guidance of the wise teacher and unquestioning obedience is standard practice.

This kind of approach doesn’t go over to well in modern western Christianity, but there is some great value juice to be sucked out of this example fruit.

Remember Mr. Miyagi in the movie Karate Kid? Of course you do! Everyone loves Mr. Miyagi!

His approach to guiding his student, Danielson, was great. Here’s why.

Daniel, a scrawny, intimidated little guy was new in town and quickly became a bully magnet. Unable to do much by way of thwarting his aggressors, Daniel, by chance became connected with Mr. Miyagi, an old man well versed in the ways of butt kicking.

Daniel was able to convince Mr. Miyagi to take him on as a protege, in order to be trained so that he could face his nemesis in a karate tournament.

But little did Daniel know, his training would look much different than he had envisioned.

Instead of learning how to punch, kick and block, Danielson (Renamed by Mr. Miyagi) was given chores.

He was told to paint a fence with a brush in each hand, and a particular from of stroke–upwards and downwards. He was also tasked with waxing his teacher’s classic car, also using a specific method of hand movement in one-at-a-time circular hand motions.

Come on, you know “Wax on, wax off!”

Danielson became jaded and frustrated that he was not being taught the way he had assumed he should be taught. Little did he know, a foundation was being built.

It wasn’t until it all came to a head as the movie was drawn to conclusion that Daniel would finally get his chance to take on his rival and claim his retribution. This time, in the ring (actually, it was a mat.)

The bout began by Danielson taking a severe beating yet again from his bully. He was facing another hopeless defeat. As he mustered one final burst of energy to lift himself off the mat, Danielson had a flash back to his training with Mr. Miyagi.

Bruised and battered, he stood tall he reverted to the positions that he was taught to take over and again while working and training with his mentor.  What seemed to be pointless and mundane exercises that doubled as slave labor suddenly, when put into practice in context, became the exact moves that would serve as the defeating blows to his enemy.

With a swift blow to his opponent, Danielson became victorious.

He even got the girl.

Now, let’s put this story in context.

This is what Mr. Miyagi would have you know about rest:

I have a lot of people ask me about hearing God, walking in healing, things like that. What God has shown me about walking in the power of supernatural “stuff’ is backwards. Much like Mr. Miyagi, my response is basic and seems like a trick, but it is not.

The truth is, that learning the art of practicing rest is where is I discovered all of my butt kicking powers.

Rest is where I discovered the voice of God, began to see visions, tapped into healing power, all of it!!!

So, how then do you discover rest, Jeremy? Well I’m so glad you asked, because that is the correct question. It is a question that I am asked a lot!

Because I am lazy and dislike doing the same thing over and over, I wrote a book to answer the question once and for all.

Even better, I have made it available for $0.99!

Click HERE and download.

Go get it. I made it really short and easy to read. After all, something as simple as rest should not be over complicated. If it helps you, I’d love to hear from you.

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Implementing Microscopic Change For Mega-Impact Results

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It is amazing how seemingly microscopic adjustments can have such drastic results on your life. I just implemented a little tweak to my weight training and got immediate and dramatic results–increasing my strength by at least 10 pounds.

I’ve been weight training for many years and have a pretty good sense for what I am doing.

At least I thought so.

But apparently I still have a lot to learn…and tweak. I’ll explain in a sec…

The other day while training (it was back day) at the gym, I was listening to a podcast and the man being interviewed was an expert in power lifting. While I do not train like a power lifter, I figured perhaps there were still some things I could learn from this expert in his practice (yes, weight training is a PRACTICE) at the very least, I could be entertained.

Then came the big secret! I halfway listened to the podcast while I got my swoll on–that is until I had my mind blown by the simplest little detail that I had been overlooking for so long. (my ego was also put in check 😉

In the midst of a list of simple tips and tricks to increase strength, the man suggested, among other things, squeezing the weight in your hands as hard as possible while pushing or pulling.

What!?!

That’s it!?!

Yes!!!!!!

That. Is. It!

That is the magical secret that I discovered and  implemented and am still benefiting from. Here’s how it worked.

The ironic thing is that as I was listening, I has weight in my hand and was not squeezing very hard as I pulled the weight. Instead I was doing as I often do–creating a sort of hook with my fingertips and pulling with the hook.

I followed the suggestion and I tried changing up my grip as the guy suggested. I held the handle closer into my palm and clinched my fist nearly as hard as I could while pulling the weight.

It worked! It really worked! That one seemingly minuscule tweak had a major impact on my training and my strength has gone through the roof!

Catch this!

A lot of times, we seek monumental shifts in our lives and think that if we don’t make huge adjustments, that real change will never occur. While that is sometimes the case, more often than not, the truth is that regular, small tweaks are what combine to become the monumental changes. These little tweaks compound in ways that we hardly notice until they explode into large results.

Take just a second and think about your own life. What are some small changes that you could make in your life, and your thinking, and your belief system, that could have a huge impact in your life?

Here are a few suggestions. (But there are many more!)

1. Choosing to be mindful of the things you think about: When you are mindful of your thoughts you have mastery over them. That is the way God would have us life. After all, He gave us His authority, as well as, full access to His mind.

2. Do not accusing yourself: Just don’t do it! Don’t go there! You know who you are and what God says about you. Therefore, jump to #3.

3. Encouraging yourself: If necessary, constantly remind yourself of your oneness with God. Encourage yourself regularly by reminding yourself who you are. You will soon find yourself being a great encourager of others.

Don’t get overwhelmed by the big picture. Stay focused, stay positive and make small tweaks as needed and watch the results simply happen.

Peace and love!

 

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4 Question Filter That Tells You Whether Or Not To Share That Story

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I think I’ve found a gaping hole in the market so to speak. In fact, I know I have and I think I should share it with you.

Sometimes–more like, most of the times–when everyone seems to be zigging, it’s a good thing to start zagging.

So how are people zigging? Let’s take a look.

Right now there is a rush to be known, heard and recognized. The lust of notoriety is fueled by a seemingly endless appetite for entertainment and an almost non-existent barrier of entry to release content makes it possible.

With this modern phenomena comes a flood of great stories called “testimonies”, which help inspire droves of other people. Testimonies are fantastic in many ways, but sometimes we seem to forget that the there can be a downside.

We seem to forget that on the other side of the story is a person. A person with feelings. Becoming caught in the vigor and excitement of hearing or seeing something amazing, we can rush to share what could very well be an encounter that is better left confidential.

There seems, to me, to be a generally blatant disregard for the confidentiality of people’s private lives.

The other day I posted the following statement: “The body of Christ desperately needs to relearn the lost art of confidentiality and to operate in the discernment of when to utilize it.”

I am a person who has both shared thrilling testimonies, which have helped many people see what was possible, and kept particular encounters to myself.

These days, God is having me do much more of the latter. He is doing so in me personally for a couple of reasons.

  1. He is increasingly putting me in the lives of people who have a high need and value for confidentiality.
  2. He is teaching me that He also has a high value for keeping some things between me and Him.

Where are you? Is God having you do one more than the other or is it a both/and? Do you not know? If not, it is something to consider.

If you are not sure or would like to further develop the art of determining whether or not to share that story—no worries—I’ve got ya covered.

Here are 4 questions to ask yourself that will help give you a filter when deciding whether or not to share a story about your interaction with another person.

1. What are your motives? Do a little internal evaluation real quick. Be honest with yourself and if you truly are driven by the leading of God to share the story, do it! If you ask yourself this question and the answer is “yes”, proceed to question 2. If “no”, abort.

2. How will sharing the story or information effect your relationship? Some stories are not worth telling because by doing so, you would negatively alter the course of the relationship between you and the other person. Helping other people is great, but at the potential cost of damaging a relationship or hindering a potential relationship…not worth it. Let’s move on.

3. Que Bono? If you make it past questions 1 and 2 and still are considering sharing the story, ask your self “Que Bono?” or who benefits. Usually just asking yourself the question and putting yourself in context of being aware of the other person’s interest, you will find that you already know the answer of whether or not to share. In the ideal situation, it is not one person or the other who benefits. It is both you and them are blessed, as well as, the people who get to hear the story. There should be no losers; only winners.

4. Will it in any way dishonor another person? By sharing the story of your interaction with another person, even if their name is removed, would they in any way be dishonored? If so, you know the answer.

I hope this helps and I hope that you thrive in walking the line of keeping things confidential and blessing others with great stories to help stretch them in their own development.

Always keep in mind, there is no replacing a good friend who you can trust with confidential information. In today’s world these kinds of relationships seem to be harder to come by.

If you practice and get good at doing this, you will find that people will be drawn to you and want to be your friend.

 

 

 

 

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6 Simple Ways To Be Relationally Cool With God

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Have you ever wondered how to be cool with God? I have. It is so refreshing that He has made tapping into, and cultivating, a thriving and vibrant relationship with Him so simple, but we often forget…

It’s so simple, in fact, that it takes a smart person to screw it up. We say that we want to be friends with God, but we often don’t treat Him as though He is one. But give yourself a break! Seriously.

In just a sec I’ll tell you a few keys, in easy to understand jargon, that I wish someone would have spelled out for me.

I fully believe that most people don’t intentionally not interact with God in a way that is relationally healthy, they just don’t know how.

I mean, think about it, if we humans often have such a hard time relating with each other, then of course learning how to be cool with God may also take a little thoughtfulness.

The good thing is that you can grow in relational skills with both God and other people at the same time.

It is almost hilarious how easy and simple He has made fellowship with Him to be. We as humans just love to over-complicate things. That’s why I provide these few simple keys to utilize, because I learned simplicity the hard way.

Remember, God is a person.

He has actual, current thoughts, feelings, opinions, perspectives and emotions

Look, I get it. Sometimes it’s hard to be aware of this. I have many conversations with folks who struggle with being engaged and present with a spouse who can actually be easily and tangibly recognized. It is even more difficult when you are relating with what can appear to be Divine invisibility. Ha!

But, here’s the thing: like any other relationship that is important to us, it is paramount that the other person is not a duty to us, and that we learn to engage them with our full attention.

Some may accuse you of “working”, but you know that you are not working, you are driven by love.

Here are some examples of keys to healthy interaction, and remember, this has nothing to do with working or striving and has everything to do with being cool with God, because after all, He is ALWAYS cool with us.

 

Check this out:

 

1. Care about what He has to say

Seriously! This sounds obvious, but it is easy, especially in relationships where there is comfortability, to have things go in one ear and straight out the other. Relational laziness.

You can have an obligatory conversation with another person with the other person being very aware that you do not care what they have to say. They will not be impressed, nor should they be impressed by this lackluster dutiful attempt. You may as well not have even attempted it because no real relational connection was made.

God is not impressed with these sorts of dutiful interactions. He is interested in caring about what you have to say and you also caring about what He has to say.

 

2. Enjoy being with Him

Who wants to be with someone that has no interest in being them? NO ONE!

Fortunately God is awesome. Really, really awesome and He doesn’t hold it against us.

Any other human being would take such behavior as rejection and quickly abort the friendship in search of more compatible pairings. It is so freeing to realize that God is always fully present, even if we aren’t.

He is secure enough in Himself to not turn off His heart to you because of feelings of rejection. That is an enjoyable fact that draws us into further depth of engagement with Him.

 

3. When He is talking, be attentive and actually listen, don’t just hear

We are all guilty of half way listening when talking with another person.

You strike up a convo with your spouse or friend, only walk away or pull out your phone as soon as they start talking. It makes no sense, but it happens all the time. Same occurs with God. People often ask God something and the get frustrated that He doesn’t answer. My first question when I hear this is, “Did you listen for an answer”

…Crickets…

God doesn’t have a talking problem, people have a listening problem.

 

4. Find out what He is interested in, not just what you are interested in

No one likes the friend who is only interested in themselves and wants to dominate every interaction with their own agenda vomited carelessly into the relational area.

In fact, that is hardly a friend.

Surely there are times when one friend has needs that require attention and need to take preference, but aside from exceptions like that, relationship should be a mutually beneficial flow and exchange of thoughts, feelings, perspectives, insights.

 

5. Make note of His tendencies (ways) and interact accordingly

If you are aware of these tendencies and are relationally aware, you will notice and easily be able to interact accordingly.

Being the awesome God that He is, He likes to meet you in those, but sometimes stretches you outside of those.

In interacting with God, you will begin to recognize patterns. These patterns are not formulas, but you will find that He has created you and wired you to communicate and relate in ways that are unique.

 

6. Always give Him the benefit of the doubt

A reasonable person who has a dear friend, who appears to have done something offensive, will always give the friend the benefit of the doubt.

They will defend the friend in their mind first, before accusing them.

This is because they know the friend well and trust their motives and intentions. Being cool with God is the same way.

Don’t rush to judgment and make assumptions and acquisitions of Him. Just because something doesn’t appear to be logical to you doesn’t mean that what is going on isn’t about to rock your world for the better.

It may just look different than you thought. After all, He is always good and always has your best interest in mind.

 

God is always going to love you, even if you treat Him like dirt.

But why in the world would you want to do that?!?

Why not grow in depth of relationship by practicing very practical relational ninja approaches like this so that you can clear the communication channels and freely interact God.

Give it a shot and have a blast doing it. It’ll change your world!

 

P.S. The keys equally apply to relating to your friendships and significant other, so practice them often and watch as the depth and quality of your relationships thrive! 😉

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You + God = Closed Circuit

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I have heard lots of great definitions of religion. I’ve heard it described as a hamster wheel where people run faster and faster, going nowhere and exhausting themselves in striving to gain something they already possess, or the busy bee trying to find nectar while unknowingly sitting on the prized flower.

I’ve heard it described as trying to accomplish what God has already done.  There are many other variations of the same idea related to striving to accomplish, through self-effort, what has already been accomplished through Jesus.

His death, burial, and resurrection were yours, too. He has eternally united Himself with you.

He has established a new and better covenant, a new agreement with men through the blood of Christ. Through this covenant, He has plopped you into the receiver role.  He LOVES you!   You are now given, as a gift, the things of God, as an endless inheritance.

Simply believing Christ is the Son of God. The Messiah!—is what actualizes the connection. You are eternally and inseparably united with God. You are made one with Him! By faith, you realize that you are already at rest with Him.

That said, think of your connectivity with God as an electric circuit. Picture a room. Next to the door, there is a light switch. On the ceiling, there is a light bulb. Running between the switch and the bulb are wires that connect the two. The wires allow electrical current to flow. This is an electrical circuit.

The light switch is flipped up and down to open and close the circuit, controlling the flow of electricity.

When the switched is flipped up, the circuit is closed, creating a complete connection, allowing electricity to flow uninhibited through the wires, from the energy source to the light bulb, the endpoint of the circuit. The light bulb is illuminated.

When the switch is flipped down, the circuit is opened, the perfect connection is broken. The electricity can no longer flow and the light bulb has no access to the power source. No more connection. The light goes dark.

Thinking of you and God being an electrical circuit:

Closed is good—it means connection. Perfect flow.

Open is not good—it means no connection. Broken flow.

Some will tell you that by your actions and behaviors, there are things that you can do that will change God. If you do enough correctly, He may flip the switch up, close the circuit and complete the connection. He may not, though, or he may flip it down and reopen it if you misbehave.  You are left constantly wondering what it will take to close the connection, and keep it closed. You are left to wonder how many hoops you have to jump through in order to get God to move on your behalf.

Some say that, you have to act holy and righteous.

No! No! No! Understand this truth: Jesus closed the circuit once and for all and became the connector (past tense). This means, even when you don’t feel connected, the circuit is still as closed as ever.

He is the holy and righteous one, and you took on His life.

Your connection is set, sealed and unbreakable. It is both eternally factual and fully real in the temporal.

He really is that good, and so are you.

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The How-to of Mind Renewal

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What can you do if you find yourself feeling distant and isolated from God?

If you find yourself ensnared in a lie that says you are not complete in Christ, that He is not one with you and in you, a lie that leaves you feeling worried, afraid, alone, or not trusting God, what should you do?

First of all, stop beating yourself up! Seriously! Chill out! The negative, accusing and condemning self-talk has got to go. No more agreeing with and empowering your demise.

Give yourself a break; stop agreeing with the devil and start agreeing with God. Stop telling yourself you are guilty for not spending enough time with God. Stop telling yourself that you are a horrible person for making a silly mistake. Stop condemning yourself for falling back into an old incident or pattern of sin.

Then you can move forward.

Then you reset!

You reset by renewing your mind.

Renewing the mind is essentially hitting the reset button.  You flush the mental toilet to remove the junk mindsets that accuse and lie to you, all that smelly stuff that is attempting to bump you out of the realization and possession of your true home—complete wholeness in Christ and perfect unity with Him.

Through His empowering grace, this is a resetting of every faculty of yourself to simply be conscious of His present fullness in you.  This is your new reality.

It is new because, as the Scripture says, His mercies are new every morning!

It is effortless, because He already accomplished the work and empowers you to cooperate in the immediate here and now.

All that is required of you is making a conscious decision to agree. This cooperation is founded in and rests in and is fueled by the force of God’s abundant, empowering grace.

Anything other than the profoundly simple fact of Christ in you, the hope of glory—of perfect unity with Him with zero possibility of separation—must get the flush.

Fear?  He is your protector and sustainer—flush.

Lack?  He has infinite resources and delights in giving you access—flush.

Worry?  He is your peace, hope and joy—flush.

Separation?  There is no such thing—flush.

Sickness?  He is your healing—flush.

Reset to rest in the fact that it is finished.

Those things are not a part of you! They are mindsets trying to trick you to allow them to attach themselves to you and become a part of your identity.

Impossible! Don’t stand for it!

Here’s how you accomplish the reset:

You don’t!

He already did!

You align with that reality by making a conscious decision to be aware of and trust in the fact that He has already defeated anything you are up against.

Anything you need, He has made provision for.

As you focus on His fullness in us, He lifts your hand, pulls the handle, and flushes.

He takes your hand and hits the reset button.

Reset to this mindset of truth and grace, regularly and watch everything change.

When I am feeling anxious, fighting stress or fear, or am unable to rest or find the peace of Christ, I sit still and get quiet. I close my eyes and picture the true reality of me in perfect harmony and oneness with God, and detach the lying mindsets from me.

Oftentimes, as soon as I try to reset and get quiet, I find quiet hard to come by. This is because the noise of whatever lie, deception, or distraction is vying for my attention at the moment can surge forward and become very overwhelming and loud.

At this point, rather than trying to fight the deception directly, I ask the Holy Spirit to identify the deception, lie, or deceit I have knowingly or unknowingly embraced.

There is a thought process that desires to lead me out of rest, to live contrary to my identity in Christ. These thoughts tend to sneak into my consciousness, hiding behind surges of emotions or legitimate questions or the comments and actions of others.  Before I know it then, this lie—that I am unworthy, that God’s forgiveness is not complete, that maybe God doesn’t know my circumstances, or any one of a thousand other concocted fables—has unknowingly led me down the road toward unbelief and deception.

I somehow forget that it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.

Therefore, I humble myself and invite Him to shine His light on and through my soul in order to reveal any garbage hidden there.

When I am deceived, I have no idea what I need. But, as soon as I submit to Him, to the awareness of His favor, and invite Him to do a chiropractic adjustment of my mind and emotions, everything changes.

Identifying the problem is a big deal, and only He can do it for you. Not only does He identify the problem, but He is also the only one who can cleanse that particular area by washing it with truth.

He either illuminates my heart and mind with a truth that immediately zaps the lie which is causing the chaos, or He bombards me with so much of His glory that chaos couldn’t stand a chance. Chaos, doubts and lies are drowned out and swept away in His goodness and love.

Renewing the mind is a fun, freeing, and intimately interactive event that—while it may look similar time and time again—is far a formula. It is taught and led by Holy Spirit.

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