We all experience challenges in our life and the Bible is the perfect resources as our scriptures for encouragement.
Fill our hearts, renewing our minds and speaking the Word of God stirs with us faith, the promises of God, strength by the power of the Holy Spirit and so much more!
In fact, this is what Hebrews 4:12 says,
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Filling Our Hearts
Our hearts are a very sensitive place where we hide God’s Word.
Out of our hearts also flows everything we are whether good or evil. It’s essential then that we protect our hearts.
How do we protect our hearts?
We protect our hearts by being mindful of what we choose to allow our eyes to see and our ears to hear.
Everything around us can affect us, so guarding and protecting your heart from what could penetrate it is of highest priority.
In Proverbs 4:23 in The Passion Translation it says,
So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.
The Word is also something we can hide in our heart.
Our loving Father allows us the choice of what we fill our hearts with and we can either choose to pursue the Lord and His ways or the ways of this world.
For your heart will always pursue what you value as your treasure. Matthew 6:21 TPT
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 NKJV
Transforming Your Mind
Renewing our minds is a process of setting or fixing our mind and thinking on things that are from God. As we do this, we start to become who God says we can be.
We are to also be the salt and the light of the world by thinking differently, acting differently and speaking different. By having scriptures for encouragement, we can constantly examine if we’re staying true to the Word.
If we’re no different than the world then we’ve conformed and lost our flavour.
The environments around us can change us if we’re not perceptive and watchful of what’s going on around us. What we allow in our minds can conform us to this world and the way it operates.
Transformation is a continual process and not something that happens overnight.
Romans 12:2 TPT says,
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.
Speaking the Word
We need to intentionally meditate on the Word so that that is what comes out of our mouth.
Joshua 1:8 NKJV says,
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
To meditate means to: moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot and speak (source).
We are to literally utter, mutter and speak the Word of God.
It’s not to just speak words either for the sake of saying them. It’s that we’re to say these words to hear them, and when we hear them it’s affecting our heart and the way we think.
Just as food is fuel and nourishment to our bodies, the Word of God fuels our spirit and the way we think allowing our words to change.
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Anchored in Jesus,