A few years ago, I started a gratitude jar on New Year’s Day. It was similar to a gratitude journal. I had written one thing I was grateful for each day and penned my experience on a small piece of paper. Then, I dropped it in the jar.
Well, each day whether it was morning or night, I would add something to the jar I was grateful for. I didn’t exactly collect 365 pieces of paper by the end of the year but I did manage to fill up the jar at least three quarters of the way.
On New Year’s Eve, I dumped the jar and all the folded pieces of paper scattered across my bed. I began to read all the things that I did or went through the whole year. I had a flood of emotions of how faithful the Lord has been to me. I acknowledged the richness that life has to offer despite the challenges and difficulties. I even forgot some of the events and activities that took place such as the funny moments as well as the unexpected surprises. it gave me a fresh perspective on how to approach life and how to appreciate every moment given to us.
When you shift your perspective, it can transform your attitude. I’ve learned to appreciate the little things as much as the bigger things in my life. When you change your perspective on how you look at your life, you change your world. As the saying goes, “Gratitude is all about your attitude.”
I’m sure we all have something to be grateful for as we finish off the last quarter of this year. Hold onto your faith and keep trusting the Lord for whatever you need in this season. He is faithful.
The digital age provides a valuable source of information. We can rely on Alexa or Google to answer just about any question we have. We can search for data and statistics to gain additional knowledge on a topic. We can explore the world by the touch of our fingertips but where do we run when we need pressing answers to our most difficult or challenging situations or obstacles that we face? What source do we rely on when we run out of ideas or solutions to our biggest problems?
We often confide in friends or family, teachers or mentors, as well as pastors or spiritual leaders. What happens when they are not accessible or reliable to provide the answers that we need?
Wisdom will guide you down delightful paths. Prov 3:17
The Lord is available twenty-four hours a day. He never sleeps or slumbers. (Psalm 121) He never disappoints. His word is true. He is faithful. No matter what your facing or what the the situation looks like, the Lord is with you and directing you. Call on Him for strength, direction, peace, guidance and provision.
We are living in a world where we must rely and hear the Lord clearly. We must purify our hearts, mind and actions to align with the character of Jesus. We will never be perfect but we are made perfect in weakness.
We can no longer just rely on cute, little churchy phrases like “I’m too blessed to be stressed.” “I’m too anointed to be disappointed.” We can no longer afford to fake the funk in our spiritual or physical life. Our spiritual eyes and ears must be spiritually discerning so we have clarity , understanding, wisdom and revelation in the leading of the Holy Spirit and the works of the Father. Playing church is over!
We should not be followers of men but followers of Christ. Too many people need validation from men but true validation comes from the Lord who formed and shaped you for a purpose.
When we walk in the Spirit, we crucify the flesh. We no longer desire or have an appetite for sinful desires but want to please the Lord. Through fasting and prayer, we crucify the flesh in communion with God for revelation knowledge, wisdom and protection. This spiritual dedication provides strength to overcome adversity and power to war in the spirit.
These are four main points to focus on in a spiritual battle.
1. Put on our spiritual armor on daily.
Wherefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and having all to do but stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all taking on the shield of faith, wherewith you will bear,e to quench the fiery darts of the wicked. And take on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Eph 6:13-20
2. Walk in the fruits of the spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
3. Meditate on good not evil report.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Phil 4:8
4. Speak life over your loved ones, your circumstances, your health, finances, relationships, work or business, and every other area that you can think of.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Prov 18:21
When we allow the Holy Spirit to intercede on our behalf in prayer, He will make intercession for the perfect will of the Father for our life.
If you are a born again believer and baptized in the Holy Ghost, you’re fully equip to fight on the battleground.
We are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us. Rom 8:37
Additional Bible Scriptures
1 Thess 5:19
Quench not the Spirit.
1 Thess 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast to which is good.
1 Thess 5:22
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us , who walk after not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God for it is not subject to the law of God. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, be so that the Spirit dwells in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And,if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Romans 8:4-10
Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities for we know not what we should pray a we ought but the Spirit itself make the intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. And he that searchers the hearts knoweth what the mind (heart) of the Spirit, because he make the intercession for the saints (church) according to the will of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are called according to His purpose.
For your stubborn hearts and contrite mind, you will be rewarded for your wickedness and evil. For the Lord is great and mighty to be praised upon the land. He will not look back or turn back his hand. It is upon you with fear and trembling. You shall run but find no escape.
For you trusted in chariots. You trusted in gold and silver that does not save flesh nor spirit. The wood will be burned to nothing. Ashes shall be upon the land. Billows of smoke.
Cry to your gods. Cry out and let them save you. For the sword is upon the land, thus says the Lord.
Behold, I will send on them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like rotten figs that cannot be eaten, they are so bad.
And I will pursue them with the sword, with famine, and pestilence, and I will deliver them to trouble among all kingdoms of the earth – to be a curse, an astonishment, a hissing, and a reproach among all nations where I have driven them.
Because they have not heeded my words, says the Lord, which I sent to them by my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; neither would you heed, says the Lord. Jer 29:17-19
Sept 10 2021
Again, the word came to me saying, Son of man, speak to the children of the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman.
If when he sees the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heard the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
He heard the sound of the trumpet,, and took not warning his blood shall be upon him, but he that takes warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.
When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die, if thou do not speak to warn the wicked from his way that wicked man shall die in his iniquity but his blood will i require at thine hand.
Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered his soul.
Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live.
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked: but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Ezk 33:1-6 and 33:8-11