New Perspectives Through A New Lens
Eyes are newly opened with a fresh perspective and a new level of being. Choose words that reveal your expectations and anticipations--positive affirmations. Express confidence in God's control over everything and work towards letting go of your control issues; stop manipulating others.
Try: write short prayers/affirmations expressing your confidence in God even if you don't feel it to be so; it builds faith.
View your circumstances through a fresh pair of lenses, so to speak. What is the worst that has already happened? A new approach to God can change the outcome of a multitude of issues, so take responsibility and stop spreading misery.
How do we know when God is speaking. Most of us are filled with confusion concerning this. An encounter with His presence makes you different, it is more distinct than anything else you hear and/or perceive, it's more intuitive.
Discovering the voice of God is a divine mystery because it is supernatural through the Holy Spirit. There is no formula or scientific data to which you can confirm or discern it, but His voice is 100% accurate.
Practice the discernment. God allows our errors to be our teacher in hearing Him correctly. Challenge your anticipation to hear from Him. Get into your quiet time. Open your heart to the leading of the Spirit to teach you the way. It will break through many barriers, (Discerning The Voice of God/Priscilla Shirer, 2006)
Everything pertaining to this earthly realm is subject to change, there is no relationship that is permanent. We depend on people too much at times and the roles he/she plays in our lives. Discover a new purpose and direction in life.
King David experienced numerous losses throughout his life, one being the death of his child (Samuel 12:16-23); use this as an example when experiencing loss. David did not receive the outcome he wanted, he forced himself to accept what he did not want to hear. In life, we will get knocked down one way or another, It's up to YOU whether to stay down or fight; embrace your new beginnings.
(Kenneth Hagin Ministries/The Word of Faith/January 2015).
Spiritual Maturity & Marriage
Marriage is a part of God's plan. Maturing is expressed in the handling of our freedom in Christ. We can choose a path other than sin and we are free to escape the consequences of our sin because of Jesus Christ.
Maturity in a Christian marriage assumes commitment, communication, and Christ as the foundation of this unique relationship. Marriage continues to disentegrate in culture and maturing in a Christian marital relationship is different from those who are non-Christians; it is different in function, but not in structure and the tension lies in who we are and what God has called us to be.
Maturity finds more satisfaction in giving than receiving. Christian stewardship is not just a matter of managing money, it's in managing everything that comes in our path: time, talents, and resources. Painful experiences in our lives serve as our instructors and can be useful, for nothing is wasted (Experiencing God's Pleasure, David McKechnie, 1989).
We were created to create. It is not reserved for the elite, and it is a form of worship to use our God-given talents (Mike Cosper).
God is in the smallest of details, all of them, all the time whereas we look for Him in the large shiny objects. Being creative helps one to hold their attention span and it can be very helpful to those with ADD/ADHD.
The power of gratitude provides that you give thanks, even when you don't feel like it. When you deliberately and willfully thank God for what you have versus focusing on what you don't have, your emotions change dramatically.
Tip: keep a gratitude journal
Happy Thankful Day 24-7
The book of Genesis tells the first two parts of the larger Torah story:
The first is God's covenant with Noah, humanity and all living things (Genesis 9:1-17). The second is God's covenant with Abraham and with his descendants by which God selects a particular line of humanity for a particular role within it (Genesis 15; 17). The third is God's covenant with Israel itself, the descendants of Jacob's twelve sons at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19; 24; 31) where the great body of instructions that would define Israel as a community were collected and recorded, (Covenant Bible Study: Participant Guide, 2014)
The Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being King over Israel"...(1Samuel 16:1-7).
Watch out for what you had in mind-"the idea" of the thing; "the shiny object," it springs forth disappointments that comes from you and not the shortcomings of others; the Lord looks at the heart.
You have a big heart when you:
The Torah, "Instruction"
The christian and jewish communities consider the first five books of the bible as a separate portion of scripture; christians call these books the "Pentateuch," or "five books." The jewish community calls them the "Torah," which the common English Bible translates as "Instruction."
Beginning with the King James Version, Torah was often translated as "the law." By calling these books the Torah, our attention is focused on the great covenant God made with the Israelites at Mount Sinai~described in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
The aim of the Torah is to answer the question, "who are we?" Torah explains the unique character of the people of Israel and of God's relationship to the people; also, their role in the larger world. Torah explains the nature of humanity in all of its cultural diversity, it also explains God's relationship with Israel more broadly.
The Torah story is structured around crucial, community-shaping events. It begins with the creation of the natural world and the human role within it, followed by the first age of history in which the human community fell into violence and perished in the great flood (Gen 1-8), (Covenant Bible Study-Creating The Covenant: Participant Guide (2014)).