Monday, May 23, 2016

The Yes In Us

All God’s promises are stamped with the
Yes of Jesus. In Him...God’s Yes and 
our Yes together. God puts His Yes within us.
 2Cor 1:20
When we look face-on into a promise of God,
our only option must be to add our Yes. 
He put His Yes within us. It must come out.

The world we live in says that
No is the more realistic option.
Everyday, the negativity around us
makes it hard to focus on Yes.
So God tells us to think about things
that are good, pure, honorable, lovely.

This protects the Yes within us and
keeps us in integrity, or wholeness. 
When I am off somewhere,
it's because a murmuring No 
is fighting with an unwavering Yes.

He says Yes to this moment, to hope, 
peace, strength, healing, provision.
To His love revealed in Christ. To grace.
Is that what I'm thinking?
We must guard our thoughts with all we got.
They are roadblocks between us and Yes.

Yes is a "road" word,
not exclusive to sacred spaces,
but for every now moment we are in.
That little word can be hard to hear
when focusing on tomorrow. 
But when we're present NOW,
we can more clearly hear the Yes within.

Our thoughts on the good. 
Our focus on the present.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Speaking to the Superpowers

"My circumstances cannot preach to me 
who God is." ~daily conversation, me to myself

Day after day circumstances try to preach.
My mind is always on the pulpit pointing out
all the challenges going on around me.
The conclusion is usually something 
about not being able to trust my God.

Like bionic superpowers,
my thoughts never take a second off;
"Here's what we think, how we feel,
what makes us mad, sad, and afraid."
They are up and running. All. Day. Long.

In the garden, Adam and Eve only knew good.
That's how God described everything.
When they ate off the tree of knowledge,
they were introduced to evil.
The word for evil, Ra’, doesn't just mean bad.
It carries the sense of misery, grief and sorrow.

God didn't want us exposed to all that,
but those consequences are permanent.
So we’re warned about our thoughts.
Ephesians 4:23 tells us clearly:
"If there is anything good...
think about these things."
God always intended us to know good.

If we sit under the tree of Ra', we can
get consumed with sorrow and misery.
But the Tree of Life gives us knowledge of
the pure, the lovely, the excellent, the good,
and we are to fix our thoughts here.
"Then the peace of God will be with you."
Our circumstances will never lead to
His peace. But thoughts fixed on His
goodness lead us there every time.

We must be the ones who say,
"Here is what we think today."
End of story.