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What Are You Thinking About? (Devotional)

What you {think} goes to your {heart}. What is in your {heart} you will {speak}. What you {speak} determines your path.


What is your thought life?


Make it obedient to Christ by meditating on and therefore speaking on what is true, The Word of God! Join me starting today to be super intentional about your thought life, making them obedient to Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you take thoughts captive and replace them with the truth of God’s Word. Instead of binge watching netflix, watch a sermon or the bible project. Instead of reading a book that has imaginary characters, read a book that feeds your spirit. Pray for our nation and whoever Holy Spirit leads you to while you take a walk. Instead of spending hours scrolling through social media, feed on what will soothe your soul, God’s Word. Will you join together with me by intentionally taking your thoughts captive and feeding yourself what is honorable, lovely, and praiseworthy?

•Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.
Proverbs 4:23 CSB

•Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
James 3:3‭-‬5 NKJV

•Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

•My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart shall  give understanding.
Psalms 49:3 NKJV

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Impressions From The Holy Spirit-Coronavirus & Everything Else That Breathes Fear

As I see the chaos surround us, my focus shifts to the things above and I am reminded that this cannot end in anything but victory. The coronavirus has everyone running rampant. In my 26 years of life, this is what seems to making everyone go wild. Honestly, I have been one of those people that kept sharing toliet paper memes because I have not been able to understand why people are freaking out.

And then I felt an impression upon my heart from the Holy Spirit to ask him why people are acting like this is it, this is the end. So I did and to my surprise, what he said brought me to tears.

As a believer, I am not in fear but standing in faith. I know that I am protected by God’s angels that are on assignment for me and no plague can touch our home. I am met with peace as my thoughts are fixed on the things above. That we are apart of one big redemption story, God’s plan for humanity. Psalms 91 has became very real and since us going through a miscarriage I have asked God the hard questions, even being mad at God for something he didn’t do and he has never left me. In fact, he has wrapped me with his grace and mercy, leading me closer to his heart.

But as someone who did not always know God, I remember what it was like to feel hopeless and being filled with fear and anxiety of what could happen next. What comes after life? Is this mediocre life here on earth really all there is?

So when there are people who do not know Jesus (maybe that is you) or maybe you do not have a true revelation of who God is, the devil’s agenda is easily tucked away in your racing thoughts that slowly sink into your heart.

God the Father, Abba, is grieved by those who do not know him and that do not have hope right now. He is also grieved by those who do have hope and have not shared the greatest news ever, The Gospel.

All of the fear, chaos, and distraction, has been the same since the very beginning. The devil attacks us with fear to paralyze us from moving forward into what God has for us. He plants seeds of doubt for us to question the goodness of God and then shames us for it later. He is ugly and a cheap shot. But remember, he does not win!

Coronavirus is real and people are really dying, I am not oblivious to this and neither is God. He wants the church to yield to the Holy Spirit, rising up in faith and doing what he has always called the church to do, PRAY, LAY HANDS ON THE SICK, and KEEP AN ETERNAL FOCUS. This can only be done by continually trusting in him and acting in obedience when he calls us to act, dropping all fear of man and acting out of fear and reverence for the one true God.

Going through a time of pain with miscarrying our first child made me aware that pain and fear is blinding to the truth. So if you are in a place of fear or pain, I encourage you to be washed in God’s word and pray in the spirit.

Below are some scriptures to meditate on. They aren’t just words on a screen. This is the living, breathing, and active WORD of GOD. Declare them over yourself and be assured that God is with you.

Scripture To Meditate On:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.

 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
-Psalms 91 NKJV

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;  because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.  Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.  For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. -Romans 8:14-28 NKJV

For God has not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. -2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drinking anything deadly it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. -Mark 16:17-18 NKJV

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, casting you are upon him, for he cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. – 1 Peter 5:6-10 NKJV

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind stayed on you, because he trusts in you. -Isaiah 26:3

Some Other Good Ones:

  • Joshua 1:7-9
  • Ephesians 6
  • Psalms 116:3-11
  • James 1:2-4
  • Luke 21:19
  • Isaiah 43:2
  • 2 Corinthians 1:8-10
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I Should Not Have Said That-Power of Our Words

Show of hands, how many of us have spoke something and immediately regretted what we spoke? Yes, me too. Thank you Lord for your mercy and grace! On the flip side of things, I have also felt Holy Spirit shut my big mouth. If you are wondering how, continue to read! There is one scripture I declare every single day, if not multiple times a day. It is…

“Lord, set up a guard for my mouth;
keep watch at the door of my lips” -Psalm 141:3 CSB

Do not get me wrong, I have made my fair share of mistakes. I think we all have. However, through this simple prayer, Lord put a door over my mouth so I may not speak thoughtlessly. I have felt the Holy Spirit come alive and shut my mouth so I didn’t say anything I would later regret. My pastor once said, “Do I want to eat the fruit of this later?”. As we speak, even as I write, we need to have an awareness that the words we speak are going to produce something. Are we going to choose to speak life or death?

This blog used to be called Speak Life until Holy Spirit led me to change the name to Let Love Be My Motive. When I first came to Jesus I realized how much of an impact words had on me growing up. The family, friends, coworkers, and others that surrounded me spoke things into me that shaped me as a child. Ultimately, many words that were spoken over me shaped many of the decisions that I would make further on in life.

Our words have power, and it is wise for us (with the help of the Holy Spirit) to keep watch over what we are speaking into people. When people do not have a relationship with Jesus, they do not have any sense of identity. If they do, it is usually made up of what others have said about them. There are still things people have spoken to me years ago that I have to refuse accept lie and replace with God’s truth about who I actually am.

It is essential that Holy Spirit lead the way with what we are speaking. We are to edify one another. Even if Holy Spirit is leading you to correct someone, this MUST be done in love. The words we speak have the power to build up or tear down. Let us be diligent to ask Holy Spirit for help and put a door over our mouthes so we may not speak thoughtlessly.

Do you have any scripture that helps you remember to speak life? Comment below!

More Scripture To Chew On:

  • Proverbs 13:3
  • Proverbs 18:21
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • Proverbs 15:1
  • Proverbs 16:24
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Let My Words Reflect You (Devotional)

The more I spend time in communion with God, the more I realize just how powerful the words we speak are and what we do on a daily basis is not meaningless even when it may seem trivial. God, let our lives be an offering of worship to you today and everyday.

•Prayer•

Holy Spirit I thank you for being such a great help, the perfect helper for me.
I pray that you help me work wholeheartedly unto God and not for man and let the words of my mouth edify and impart grace to those who hear. Forgive me for the times I have missed the mark. Let me no longer be a stumbling block to anyone, but let my life be an offering to bring the lost back to you and those who know you even closer.
In Jesus Name,
AMEN!

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A Daddy Who Celebrates (Devotion)

So thankful for Abba who celebrates with us when we do things right! It’s not just a little celebration, “everything in him” celebrates!
Even when we miss the mark we are met with his love, mercy, and grace.
Abba is out biggest encourager, our biggest help, and the only one we can always rely on.
I am so thankful to have Abba.
He fulfills every void with love, trades worry for peace, and nothing can seperate us from his love.
Let the mediation of our hearts and minds be pleasing to you, our strength our redeemer. May we only speak what makes you “celebrate”.

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