MATTHEW 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
PROVERBS 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
What did you learn about yourself last week? What did you spend most of your spare time doing?
What kind of things did you spend your money on? What did you think about? Was it food? TV?
A hobby? What is your secret love? God wants to be first in your life. He wants you to have
good, enjoyable things but He wants you to think on Him and put Him at the top of your
to do list. He wants your heart! How much time did you spend with God last
week? Be honest! Was it enough? Were you happy with your reactions to the stresses of life
last week? Go back and read last weeks
devotion. Then think back and remember how you handled some of the situations. Is there
anything you'd like to change about the events of last week. Write these things in your
journal. These are the things you will be working on the next few weeks. This week we are
going to be working on our thoughts. Proverb 3:7 says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so
is he:", so we will be working on how we think!
What was uppermost in your thoughts last week? Your thoughts is the place Satan will invade
most often and when you least expect it. He knows what your weakness is. He is just waiting
to put thoughts of these weaknesses in your mind. For example, if your weakness is food,
he will put thoughts of your favorite food in your mind when you are not hungry but maybe
feeling low, feeling angry or sorry for yourself. He does the same thing to someone whose
weakness is alcohol, physical abuse, narcotics, nicotine, too much TV, shopping and even
sleeping too much. When you are at your lowest point is when you will think about going
back to these habits that you wish you could break. That is when you are most vulnerable
and when Satan is most likely to tempt you. So what do you do? Recognize when you are
headed for a low. Just like a diabetic needs an insulin shot when their sugar hits a low,
we need a shot from a Higher Power when we hit an emotional low. Without that
shot we are more apt to turn to something detrimental and then "hate ourselves
in the morning". So this week you are going to change your thinking! You are going to think
"I can do this" You are going to recognize when an emotional low is coming on
and be prepared to think your way through it. Your motto this week is going to
be I CAN DO THIS! "I can get through this without eating, without going
shopping, without turning to any other substance." God will help you, you only need to ask Him!
He is always there.
Write down all your successes as well as your failures. Don't let the failures stop you from
trying again. Instead, learn from them! Next time, do better. Memorize this poem:
I THINK I CAN!
Print it out and carry it with you
YOU CAN DO THIS! I KNOW YOU CAN!
MIND, BODY AND SOUL EXERCISES
MIND: Make a list of all the difficult people you have to deal with on a regular basis.
Go back and write what you feel makes them difficult. Next, choose one
(only one for now!) that you would like to change. Now, instead of changing them,
(for you know they are not going to change!) I want you to change the way you
think about them. This week you are not going to let them push your buttons.
You are going to realize you can't change them but you can stop trying to change
them. As long as they are not physically abusing you, let them be them and tell yourself,
"That has nothing to do with me!" By changing your thinking, by changing your re
action to them, you take away their power to upset you. They are no longer a stressor in your
SPIRIT: In order to change your thinking, you must spend more time
alone with God this week. When you feel yourself getting stressed out, take time to ask Him
to help you think the right thoughts! If the person you chose to change your attitude about is
causing you a lot of stress, ask Him to help you change the way you are reacting to them.
If He can change hearts, you know He can change thoughts!
BODY: Did you pay attention to the types of things you were putting into
your body last week? This week, I want you to stop eating, drinking or doing one thing that you know is
harming your body! It may be something as simple as too much caffeine, too much sugar or even just biting your nails. What
ever it is try to stop! If you feel you can't completely stop, then cut back! This is a self-improvement
program ... any improvement you make is a step in the right direction!
May God bless you as you look to Him for guidance this week.
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