What You Think On Matters

What You Think On. Sandra Hersey Ministries

We have all heard that we are what we eat and though this is true concerning our health, as importantly, we are what we think on! Proverbs 23:7 tells us plainly, “For as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.”

One of the most important things we do is to think. And our thinking happens without our even willing it to. Our thinking can be profitable or futile. We are, or at least we should be, masters of our thoughts. We can think on the good or we can think on the bad; the choice is ours. But we cannot think both good and bad thoughts simultaneously anymore than we can travel east and west at the same time. We have to choose carefully what to think. According to Philippians 4:8 we are to have our thoughts on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy!

It’s true that thinking on the good in your current storm does take work. In fact it has been said, “To think truth regardless of appearance is laborious and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work a person has to perform.” But the key is – it can be done!

2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us how to get our thoughts where they are to be by casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Simply, we check every thought against what God’s Word says. There is power that comes from focus. If you can just put your thoughts on what God wants us to think on and give your mind to God in such a way that He can use it, it will be amazing what He will do! You will have to endure some storms in life and some disappointments along the way, but even storms and disappointments have the power to change your life, if you can make sure your thinking is right in the process!

There was a poem written about two men who were in prison. Two of the most important lines of that poem go like this:

Two men looked out from prison bars,
One saw the mud, the other saw the stars.

As a man thinks in his heart so is he. You can live with the mud of wrong thinking in your situation or can look differently at your situation and see the “stars”! Focus on what God promises in his Word instead of what is warring around you!

{Need more help on getting your thoughts lined up with God’s Word, Minister Hersey’s book, “Help! I’m Alone With My Mind; A Guide To Having Victory Over Your Thoughts” can help you do that!}

How Do You Talk To Yourself?

42-16586763How do you talk to yourself?

Do you use the words “can’t”, “won’t”, “don’t need to”, “why try?”  Many people do.

Do you find that what you say to yourself turns out to be true? Why is this?

You see your brain is like a computer that you feed each day. It
doesn’t always know what’s real or not unless you tell it.

Example: If someone you love has hurt you, you may tell yourself that all people who love you will probably hurt you too.

Your brain just files this information for reference, its data, little zeroes and ones and no column that asks “true or not true?” Now your brain thinks, based on what you told it, that everyone you’ll ever love will hurt you.

How do you think you will respond the next time you get hurt?

Right!!

Now, what if we instead told our brain:

“Okay this person ripped my heart out – but that’s only one person.
I’m lovable and have many loving people in my life who are not out to hurt me. I know that the right people are coming into my life all the time. If someone hurts me, I will forgive them and bless them on their way.”

Words can be empowering.

I can
I love to
I want to
I will
I must
I am
We can reach a new level of living, if we feed ourselves empowering words and practice saying them until they become a habit.

I know first hand that it takes time.

And I also know that it’s worth it.

Use Empowering Words When You Talk to Yourself
{Whether you are speaking out loud or silently}

Try it for a week.

Catch yourself saying, “I can’t”, when you don’t really mean it and instead try, “I can”, and see how you think and feel about yourself.

Remember, the words you use to empower yourself will have a lasting effect, only if you practice them and they become a habit {an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed
until it has become almost involuntary}.

They say it takes at least 28 days to develop a habit. After a week, you will see that it becomes easier. It’s a mindset and you can control your thoughts. Be proactive and not reactive – give yourself some good words.

{From Motivating Moments}

Is this biblical you ask? They Word of God says,As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7. What you think about yourself and how  you talk about yourself is exactly who you will become – think about it! God made you wonderfully and fearfully {Psalm 139:14}! You deserve to talk about yourself as God would talk about you, and He would only talk good things about you! He made you because He loves you!

You Have The Ability!

influence“Whether or not we realize it each of us has within us the ability to set some kind of example for people. Knowing this would you rather be the one known for being the one who encouraged others, or the one who inadvertently discouraged those around you?”- Josh Hinds

As I read this I was excited by it! It really has made me sit and think about how I behave and how it affects others around me.

I have met people who have no idea they are making an impact on others. Hey, I used to be one of them years ago. I had no idea I had a plan and a purpose in my life. I was just me; no one special, or so I thought!

That may seem hard to understand if you are a person who already knows who you are and what your purpose is, but for those who do not know this already, I am telling you right here today – you DO have a plan and a purpose for your life! And each and every one of us already has the ability set in us to make SOME KIND of impact on someone!

With that said, my question to you today is what are you doing right now that is impacting someone else?

Maybe you have a business and it serves a purpose. {All businesses serve a purpose for someone}

Maybe you are a stay at home mom {or dad} and your impact is taking care of your home and family.

Maybe you are a college student and you influence your circle of friends.

Whatever you do and where ever you are in your life right now; You are influencing someone whether you know it or not!

If you are doubting you have a plan and purpose to your life, Jeremiah 29: 11 reminds us “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God has a plan and a purpose for you, and it is a good plan. Seek Him today if you do not know what His plans for you are. He wants you to know! Then go about your day knowing you are influencing someone!

Worship With Gladness

god-do-it-again-coverPsalm 100:2  “Worship the Lord with gladness.”

How do we worship the Lord with gladness?

Gladness according to the Webster Dictionary means: “characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances.” So we are to worship the Lord by showing cheerfulness, joy or pleasure. And we are to worship the Lord with looks or utterances; our speaking out.

Our Father in Heaven wants us to worship Him by being glad, being joyful, and speaking out the gladness we have for Him and for what we has given to us in our lives; what He has so graciously given us. If we were to look at Deuteronomy 28: 47 it tells us that because the Israelites did not serve the LORD their God with joy and a glad heart for all God had done, curses were to fall upon them. Our Father wants us to worship Him and thank Him for all He has done for us!

We are to think on, and list all those things we are grateful for; every little thing. I challenge you today to use this whole day to thank on the goodness that your Father has given you. As you move throughout your day, stop and thank Him. Choose to shut off the radio on your commute. Choose to take time in your lunch hour or break to think on those things. From the smallest to the biggest, use this day to worship Him with gladness!

How To Trust God When Your World Is Falling Apart

How to trust God when your world is falling apart. Sandra Hersey Ministries “It is a poor faith which can only trust God when friends are true, the body full of health, and the business profitable; but that is true faith which holds by the Lord’s faithfulness when friends are gone, when the body is sick, when spirits are depressed, and the light of our Father’s countenance is hidden.” These words spoken by Charles Spurgeon are true, yet they sting. It is easy to ask God to do for us and bless us. We certainly do not like to think we have poor faith; at least I do not.

I know walking in times of trouble are hard and it is easy to fall into the “Why me God, and where are you God?!” moments. If it makes you feel any better our Lord and Savior Jesus, in his agony on the cross chose to quote Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” When in fact He could have quoted the 23rd Psalm, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

Yet my friend, our promise from God is not freedom from pain, but companionship from our Lord and Savior; “Lo, I am with you always to the close of the age!” When our world falls apart, the great good news is we are not alone; Jesus IS with us!

I once heard a sermon that was prompted by a great skyscraper about to rise up into the heavens. The preacher continued to say over and over in his sermon, “the higher you want to rise the deeper you have to dig your foundation.” So if you want a 50-story skyscraper that’s one thing; but if you want to soar 100 stories, then the foundation has to be deeper, much much deeper.

It’s the same with our faith – the higher we want our faith to be, the deeper we must dig our foundation of faith. But how? Through His Word and prayer! Two very simple things, yet we do not always do it.

According to the Bible, the power of prayer is the power of God who hears and answers our prayer. We must remember in the tough times:

~ God Almighty can do all things; there is nothing impossible for Him {Luke 1:37}.

~ God Almighty hears the prayers of His children. He commands us to pray, and He promises to listen when we do. “In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” {Psalm 18:6}.

~ God Almighty answers prayer. “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me” {Psalm 17:6}. “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles” {Psalm 34:17}.

~ God Almighty invites His people to pray to Him. Prayer to God should be made persistently {Luke 18:1}, with thanksgiving {Philippians 4:6}, in faith {Mark 11:23}, within the will of God {Matthew 6:10}, for the glory of God {John 14:13-14}, and from a heart trusting in God {Proverbs 3:5-6}.

When your world is falling apart, after you stop weeping, dig deep; make those foundations deeper, stronger, and unshakable through prayer and His Word. Trust God and wait for Him to move; because He will! Getting knocked down is not the worst thing that can happen to you; refusing to trust God and not getting back up is!

Becoming A Person Of Unwavering Faith

faithAs Christians we must be a people of unwavering faith – faith that is not compromised by what we see in this world, but a faith that trusts completely and totally what God says in His Word! The mother of Moses was such a person.

We are not told much about this woman; but her story is important because it shows how God respects and honors people of unwavering faith!

Hebrews 11:23, “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”

To protect Moses from Pharaoh’s command that every male Hebrew child be killed, Moses mother, Jochebed placed Moses in an ark of safety and sent him down the Nile river. After Pharaoh’s daughter discovered the baby Jochebed became his nurse. The writer of Hebrews places Jochebed in the Lord’s “Hall of Fame” gallery as a “Hero of the Faith!”

We see the quiet strength that comes from unwavering faith unfold in her life! We see her faith unfold as a mother: defying Pharaoh’s command, unafraid of the king’s power, trusting God to protect her baby, placing the child in a basket on the Nile River – knowing that He that is in her, is greater than he that is in the world! Jochebed loved God; and that love gave her strength to walk by faith in what seemed like an impossible situation!

Charles Spurgeon once said, “Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He that obeys God trusts God; and he that trusts God obeys God. He that is without faith is without works: and, he that is without works is without faith.”

It is hard to trust what you cannot see, but that my friend is what trust is all about. The definition of trust is “a person on whom or thing on which one relies.” When we cannot see what is ahead we must come to rely on God, and by relying on Him we can give our situation to Him and allow Him to work it out! Trust is not going back over and over again worrying and fretting over the situation. If you are missing peace then you are not trusting God! Trust is a calm in the midst of a raging storm; knowing He is faithful to take care of what we give to Him. God wants you to live by the knowledge that He loves you and will help you, not living by head knowledge. Head knowledge is walking by sight, and anytime we are walking by sight we are out of faith.

One of my favorite scriptures is James 1:4, “But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing!”

I do not want any defects in my faith and I for one do not want to be lacking in anything, so as James says as you let the work be done first, then you will be lacking nothing!

The more you trust Jesus and keep your eyes focused on Him, the more your faith will grow! Then you will be at a place just as Moses’ mom was, a mother trusting God as she placed her newborn baby into a basket to float him down a river! Now that is trust for sure! When we trust, it brings life to our faith and rest to our situation!

Today Is Awesome Because God Is

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I know you just read the headline “Today is Awesome Because God Is” but your day may not feel as if it is awesome or you may not even realize God has this day in His hands.

Why is God awesome?

Because He is creator and sustainer or your life. Psalm 33:6-9 NKJV “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.”

Did you get that? GOD created. If there ever was a big bang, GOD caused it! We must remember that life from nothing came from God and if He did nothing more than that alone; that makes Him awesome! But not only did He create, but it works because He sustains it!

In Hebrews 1:3 NCV talking about Jesus, the Hebrew writer proclaims in “The Son reflects the glory of God and shows exactly what God is like. He holds everything together with his powerful word. When the Son made people clean from their sins, he sat down at the right side of God, the Great One in heaven.”

Let all who say that there is no God understand that they could not have the air they breathe, or the gravity that holds themselves to this world, or even the ability to think, if it were not for the power of God’s glory!!

Not only is He Creator and Sustainor, but He KNOWS THE END FROM THE BEGINNING!

God is never surprised! (Isaiah 48:12 NCV) “People of Jacob, listen to me. People of Israel, I have called you to be my people. I am God; I am the beginning and the end.”

God IS the beginning and the end. (Isaiah 46:9-10 NCV) “Remember what happened long ago. Remember that I am God, and there is no other God. I am God, and there is no one like me. From the beginning I told you what would happen in the end. A long time ago I told you things that have not yet happened. When I plan something, it happens. What I want to do, I will do.”

God is awesome because He has provided salvation for man!

(John 3:16 NCV) “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.”

(John 1:11-12 NCV) “He came to the world that was his own, but his own people did not accept him. But to all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God.”

(John 10:10 NCV) “A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life–life in all its fullness.”

(Mark 16:15-16 NCV) “Jesus said to his followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved, but anyone who does not believe will be punished.”

So what does knowing the “awesomeness” of God do for you?  Knowing that God is awesome takes the pressure off of you. Eternity does not hinge on your performance. God’s glory is not dependant upon you! Yes, we must be vessels of glory for Him, but He is not dependant upon it. When we begin to understand the power and majesty of our God and that He is the potter, we are the clay, We begin to realize:

How little we need to do.
How much we need to yield.
How much we need to trust.
How much we need to humbly obey.

Knowing God is awesome and that you trust Him, leads you to trust, that even when you blow it, He is there to bend down and pick up the broken pieces and heal you and the situation!

(Deuteronomy 33:26-27 NIV) “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, ’Destroy him!’”

THERE IS NONE LIKE THE GOD OF JESHURUN!

You can trust the fact that today IS awesome because God IS awesome. Trust Him to lead you, take care of you and love you like you’ve never been loved before.
(Romans 8:37-39 NCV) “But in all these things we have full victory through God who showed his love for us. Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Notice it says in ALL things, no matter what your “thing” is it is included in the ALL things! In ALL things you have FULL victory through God! That alone makes today awesome because God IS awesome!