“Your behavior is a reflection of what you believe.” ~ Pastor Dwayne Freeman
Let me start by saying this: if every Sunday you leave church without even one word to pull on for the rest of the week I’m telling you that you’re in the wrong church! I don’t care whose auntie, momma, or grandma was baptized there in 1932! If your life isn’t impacted by being connected then it’s time to GO! Every Sunday I feel recharged and it lasts well beyond the pews. I carry it with me into my week. Some lessons resonate more with me than others but it’s never a waste when I attend church. Yes, the pastor definitely has a major part on what you get while sitting in the service. However, what you do with that word after you leave is 100% completely up to YOU.
There were so many good points that I’d love to share in hopes that it sparks a fire in you to make even the slightest change in how you think, how you act, and what you believe.
“Your words create your thoughts. Your thoughts create your actions. Your actions create behaviors. And your behaviors create your lifestyle.” ~ Pastor Dwayne Freeman
This week I’m examining this quote in great detail as it relates to my life at this moment. What am I saying about the situations of my life? How many negative thoughts come to my mind and how often do I cast them down? What actions do I take on a regular basis that have formed habits/behaviors? What does my lifestyle represent and is it in line with what I say I believe?
These are real questions! We get so bogged down with life and keeping up with all the “stuff” we have going on. We have many things to attend to over the course of our day and rarely do we take enough time to evaluate who we are without the influence of what other people say we are. Too often our thoughts hold us back in life. Many times the way we see ourselves is the way we think other people see us. When your words are off, your thinking is off and everything you do creates an environment that is so far from what God has in store for you.
“Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it. But his fellow scouts said, We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are.
So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.
There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”
The scouts forgot God’s power to help them naturally found the situation impossible, as happens in the lives of many of us. But God is what makes the difference between cowards and Calebs.
As you continue this week, make a conscious effort to shut out the noise and all the distractions. Get in the presence of God and ask Him to align your thoughts with His. Ask for Him to help you to value what he values, hate what he hates, and love how he loves. Remember this, God’s thoughts won’t make you fear but bring peace and clarity. Everything you desire begins with what you have on the inside of you. Invest in that!