Thoughts & Prayers Part 1

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After every trauma, after every tragedy, the politician comes forth with a statement that is supposed to be comforting but rings hollow when spoken by lying lips.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with you”, what thoughts? What prayers? If we really are operating in the gift of compassion, then we must know what is needful for our thought life, for our thoughts will actually control our prayer life.

The challenge then is to train our mind to think that which will actually bring us into a place where our thoughts will be spoken into our prayers that actually bring God’s will or God’s results.

Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. King James Version (KJV) We must think on these things, notice that when God thinks of you, He thinks thoughts that are going to give you a great life. When you face those circumstances that will help shape who you will become, know that most often, if they are adverse, they do not come from God.  His thoughts bring peace, He has no desire to bring something evil to, or, upon you.  Look at the same verse from the Amplified Version: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Amplified Bible (AMP) No, God’s thoughts for you are always good.

Notice the word “toward”  it means aimed at you. God’s thoughts are targeted at you. He never misses. His good thoughts, His plans, His devices, His inventions are going to hit their target and that is you. Therefore, expcet the good and not the evil.

If, God’s thoughts are good, then we must have been given the same thought pattern at the new birth, for we are created in His likeness. Our minds too can think thoughts that good and not evil. 2 Timothy 1:7 King For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. James Version (KJV) If, you’re thinking like God, and do what he thinks, then you need to know,  He has targeted you to do His thoughts, therefore, He must equip you for the battle of the mind, He has given you what you need to win it. There is power in your mind, fear is defeated, your mind is sound, your thoughts produce the Love of God.

The enemy will try to bring thoughts that are not in line with what God says, He will try to defeat you by sowing thoughts of doubt and failure in your mind. He will send you whispering liars who will tell you “it will never work” or, “you can’t do that” or, “you’re out of your mind.” Just say thanks, yes, I am out of my mind because I have the mind of Christ. Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. King James Version (KJV) When we receive His thoughts then it’s His mind and our way of doing things changes, for the better, even though others may not see as so at the moment. When the whispering liars come, pay no heed to them, cast down their words, do not accept them and continue on with what God has spoken into your mind. 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; King James Version (KJV)

Your thought life is not your battlefield, you defeat the enemy simply by speaking Gods Word into your mind all day long, and soon, you begin to think the God kind of thoughts. 1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. King James Version (KJV) Solomon choose God’s way and he did well for himself. Solomon mind was filled with God’s thoughts, he was the wisest man ever to live, God’s wisdom brought him all he became.  He thought God’s thoughts and so live a God kind of life. Right thinking allows God to make evident all the good things He has for our life.

You may not think highly about yourself, and, that is wrong,  for The Most High thinks very highly regarding you. Psalm 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. King James Version (KJV) You must stay steadfast in your thought life, when doubt shows it ugliness (and it will) just stick with what you know to be so, what the Word of God has shown you, do not be double mind. Two minds are not better than one when both minds are in you. One mind, the mind of Christ is all you need and require. Keep the faith, ask what you will but ask in faith and God will reward that faith with the answer to your need, just do not waver. James 1:6-8  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. King James Version (KJV)

Focus, that’s what you need to do, focus on God, His Word and His promises, He will see you through. Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. King James Version (KJV) How are you going to prove that “prefect”will? Ask yourself, is this what God would be thinking toward me? The qualification of the “prefect” will is found right there in the verse, all you need do is ask, is this good? Is this acceptable?  Ask yourself, is this what God is, because what God is, we are.  1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. King James Version (KJV) In this world, not in some sweet bye and bye, but here, now, in this world. How is He, sick, in pain, broke, homeless, penniless, broken hearted, of course not, He has defeated all those and He rules the universe, and the scripture says that as He is so are we in this world.

Once you have captured the thoughts of the Lord, meditate upon them, constantly, for in those thoughts are the gifts of freedom you are seeking.  Meditate on the thoughts of God and speak only that, do not allow words that are contrary to the thoughts proceed from your mouth, speak the Word, the Word is always what God thinks. Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. King James Version (KJV)  So what’s an acceptable thought, a thought that gives pleasure, delight, or favour to God, it possesses goodwill, has acceptance to all that are concerned, it is the will” in it we have the assurance of God’s favour. If you want to see success, then think like Christ, why not, you have His mind. 1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. King James Version (KJV)

By staying focused on the Word of God you will create that new spirit within, a renewed mind, a mind that controls the tongue to speak only what is according to the Word.  You can be just like Joshua, Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. King James Version (KJV)

Why are God’s thoughts better, just because He is God? Let see Him and why we should want His thoughts,

He is, Omniscient, God knows everything and His knowledge is complete.

He is, Omnipotent, God is able to bring to pass everything that He chooses.

He is, Omnipresent, God’s omnipresence speaks to the fact that He is present in all places at all times.

He is, Immutable, By nature, God is absolutely unchanging, therefore completely trustworthy.

He is, Holy, therefore pure, the purity of His thoughts are why we desire them.

He is, Righteous, God’s holiness is manifested in His righteousness.

He is our, Sovereign, God’s sovereignty is how He rules His creation. This is what makes Him free to do what He knows is best for us

He is, Love, His love defines for us His mercy, grace and loving-kindness.

He is, Merciful , God’s mercy has been defined as God not giving us what we deserve, but rather, giving us what He deserves..

So this is God, we can know that what He thinks toward us will be found within, who He is. By thinking God’s thoughts and following God’s way, you will find only blessing, and those are thoughts you will want to extend when you are speaking to one who is hurting and needs your true thoughts and prayers.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. 3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8 The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 9 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. 10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. 11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: 14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. King James Version (KJV) Living the blessed life will always see it you think the blessed thoughts.

The Blessed always have thoughts in line with the Word of God, you in agreement with God, therefore your thoughts are of HOPE,  an acronym for hope.

Harmony

Optimism

Prospect

Expectancy

Harmony: to be in accord or in agreement with

Matthew 18:18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. King James Version (KJV) Well, you could say if two of you are in harmony, together, touching  anything, it shall be done unto you. If two of you have hope, together, it will be done unto you.  When one is in complete agreement with the Word, hope becomes the action by which faith works.  We know that the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart harmonize together to fulfill and bring the substance of which your faith is believing for. Together, you and God can do anything, and, believe it or not, that’s is what God wants, you and He make a winning team. Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. King James Version (KJV)

You were saved how?  By believing in your heart and by confessing with your mouth.  The two got together and made a harmony, and, that harmony was sung to God, with I’m saved, I’m saved, I’m saved. Thank you Lord Jesus for healing me.  Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me. Thank you Lord Jesus for redeeming me.  I am saved.  They harmonized together.  They formed an agreement.

The prayer of agreement gets its power from people harmonizing together, agreeing that God’s word will create a desired answer.  What is the desired answer.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for.  That’s the desired answer, the thing hoped, the thing hoped or is the thought that was placed there in your spirit. That’s harmony.

OPTIMISM:  This doctrine is, that everything is ordered for the best. In other words, it’s a tendency to look on the bright side. Why see death and destruction, see the life and the liberty. Why see the failure when you can see the victory. Why see  the loss when you can see the success. That’s optimism, when everything looks its worse, you go to God’s word, he says “you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.”  When everything is piling up on top of you, you go to God’s word,  it says “my God shall supply all my needs according to his riches and glory by  Christ Jesus.”  That’s optimism.  It’s part of hope,  a hopeful person is an optimistic person.  They’re always looking at, and for the best.  Sometimes they need to go to the Word of God and satisfy themselves of what the best is, when they get in the Word of God  they find out something like this:

Colossians 1:15-19 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth visible and invisible whether they be thrones or dominions of principalities or powers.  All things were created by him and for him and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. He is the head of the body of the church who was the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have pre-eminence for please the father that in him should all fulness dwell.  King James Version (KJV)

Who is the best?  The best is Christ Jesus. Christ is the best. You can’t get any better, you become what you believe you are.  You can’t convince an optimist of anything less than that.  Someone who receives a healing will not go back into sickness.  Someone who experiences God’s kind of prosperity will not go back into lack. Someone who gains financial benefits will not go back into poverty. Here I am , here I stay, I go beyond.  I’m an optimist

PROSPECT:  A future probability based on present indications.

Sounds like a good guess. Right.  A future probability based on present indications.  You must understand when you begin to believe God, when you’ve planted your seed, your not going to see a plant (snap) right away. It’s going to take a little while for that plant to grow. Right.  It’s probable that some time in the near future, I’m going to get a plant, its a future probability based on present indications.   In God, we not only have the hope and the probability, it becomes a fact, it does happen.

What are some of the present indications that our future is looking better and better all the time.

  1. a) Satan has already been overthrown. He’s a defeated foe. So the prospect of him defeating us, are very poor, in Christ Jesus. We let him defeat us if we don’t use that authority that we know we have,then the prospects are good for him. Use that authority; stand up; and in the Name of Jesus command him to go. What happens?  He must go. Satan has been overthrown.
  2. b) Sickness and disease has no hold on us now. So the future probability of that is we are going to stay healthy.
  3. c) We are seated on the right hand of Jesus on high, therefore, we can boldly into the throne room of grace.

So what’s the future probability of that.  It’s probable that God is going to listen, the future probability of God hearing us is very good, why, because we know who we are in Christ.  We have no need for worry or fear; they were defeated by Christ and everything  that is named in heaven and on earth must bow at the name of Jesus. Now that’s a present indicator of what’s going to happen in the future. When we speak against the enemy, in the Name of Jesus, worry and fear have to go. So as worry and fear go, what has to go along with them … doubt… and if doubt goes, then my faith can work.  So the future looks bright.

  1. e) We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

That’s an indicator of what the future is looking like.  Now we can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us, how?  Its comes out of the heart. That’s where we planted the seed,it’s going to grow. We’re going to reap a harvest of what we’ve planted in here.  The future looks good.

  1. f) Every earthly and spiritually blessing is ours because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

We can say: “that As He is, so am I in this world. 1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. King James Version (KJV )  As he is so are we in this world. So how is Christ Jesus is right now; not as he was hanging on the cross or in hell , but as he is, now,  a king, a priest, a son, victorious. He defeated the cross. He defeated hell.  AS HE IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD. WE ARE OVERCOMERS, NOW.

So our future does look bright, stay with hope.

EXPECTANCY: Is to look forward to as a certainty.

Every working person that on a certain day they’re getting paid. It’s a certainty. I’ve done my job, payday is today. We expect that check. That’s what expectancy is. It’s going to happen. Now you don’t have that check for two weeks,  you don’t have it in our pocket right now, but we are already thinking on how your are going to spend it, you are already thinking of what bills you have to pay with it, or where you are going to use to go on vacation with. It’s a certainty. You will have it.  There’s no doubt that you will not  get that check, in fact, even if you were laid off or fired today, you know that check is a certainty, because they have to give you a severance pay and or vacation pay. So it is a certainty, it is yours.  Nothing and nobody can take it away from you. The same thing applies with the word of God. It’s a certainty, when you apply it, do the things that you know to do with the word , it’s a certainty. It is going to happen, there are no and’s, if’s or buts, it’s a certainty.

When I lay hands on someone and expect them to get healed. What happens?  They get healed. But do you know what the greater thing is, when they go to God first and expect God to heal them and He does, that’s greater.  They can get healed by their faith, time and again Jesus said, “it’s your faith that made you whole”  they were absolutely certain that Christ would do what they had asked,  that’s the expectation that you have to develop inside yourself.  You become absolutely certain that regardless of the situation the word of God will rule, the word of God will succeed, and it’s a certainty that it is done.

There is no situation in your life; none, zero, zilch; there isn’t a situation that you can face without one of the promices of God working for you.  When you have that kind of hope; when you harmonize; when you are optimistic; when you have the prospects that things are looking good and that you expect it to be a certainty, you’ll have the answer.  That’s what hope is. That’s why hope allows faith to become its substance You use that kind of hope.  Wishful thinking will get you nowhere, the God kind of faith will.

So your thoughts are filled with hope, faith, they’re infused by the Word and they display the power of God.  Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. King James Version (KJV)

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