In any conflict or challenge, instead of the problem controlling you, you are allowed to change. Instead of being reactionary, you have been given the “fulcrum” which is the option of deciding where you will place your trust. This is the key that will transform your life, for when you keep God’s perspective you always win. Once you truly believe how good God is, you are only compatible with heaven and the resources of His Kingdom.
Divine design watches over us, and understanding protects us. The degree of our understanding is dependent on how much we truly believe that God is good. A demonstration of God’s power through a miracle won’t necessarily change our character, but believing His goodness opens our heart to receive His nurturing compassion through any of life’s challenges.
What are you most aware of? If we live each day acutely tuned in and aware of the outward circumstances, we will lose our ability to be thankful. As soon as something goes wrong, we will question. However, if we maintain an awareness of God’s goodness, we enter our heavenly existence by noticing Him and being thankful. This doesn’t erase the past, but neutralizes the effects of the past and turns the curse into a blessing.
The one thing that characterizes us to be like God, created in His image, is the freedom of choice. We get to change the quality of our life by making great decisions. We can’t allow circumstances, or intellectual evaluations or need to drive our decisions, but rather experiencing God’s peace. If we are blaming God or disappointed with him in any way, it reveals that we don’t truly trust Him to be who He said He is. You can only trust someone who you know loves you and won’t hurt you.
God does not take His own name in vain. In other words, because His name Jehovah Shalom means “The God of all Peace”, He can’t say “I am the God of peace but I am sending you a storm”. As Jehovah Jireh the Provider, He can’t say, “I am the God of provision, but I am allowing you to live with less and not enough.” God is always good, and He doesn’t change, but people’s experience with Him changes. In this episode, we take a close look at our belief systems.
When something in life goes wrong, your stability is determined by the beliefs of your heart. Your reaction is an indicator of whether you truly believe that God is good. Knowing God and having the mindset and foundation that you never lose. You always win. You are victorious. There is no battle you will lose. These heart beliefs establish your readiness of mind to have a “first reaction” based on the true nature and character of God.
The stability and strategy in ancient warfare are to maintain footing. In a believer’s life, the readiness of mind is being prepared and established in the gospel of peace… that is our footing! A winner is determined within the first 5-30 seconds of a fight because the one who hesitates will likely lose. Our instant reaction in any situation determines the likely outcome. Knowing your dignity and worth develops your readiness of mind.
Spiritual warfare could be better defined as “thoughts and emotions” warfare because our authority over our mind and imagination is where the fight for righteousness, peace, and joy is won. Each garment of the armor of God is an internal decision that we make. As our feet are “shod with the readiness of mind” it gives us “footing” to be prepared for any earthly circumstance that attempts to derail us.
The quality of your life is determined by the degree to which your heart embraces righteousness. God’s righteousness is encoded in creation. Righteousness is a spiritual eternal reality which can never be intellectually explained but is realized when we are at one with God. We are called to surrender to everything that is harmony with the identity and name of God. The result is you are calm whenever there is a storm. You are full of worth even when you fail.
Our logical minds seek to apply “cause and effect” to our faith journey in attempts to make things happen. Harmonizing with God is a “heart journey” that involves surrendering to everything that represents His nature and character. Force is a false substitute for authority. Instead of force (the intensity in which you do something), we can rest in God knowing our authority.
The only source of good seeds are the words that Jesus said. It’s surprising to think about what we believe because we have heard it our whole life. In this episode, Jim challenges us to take a close look at our beliefs and align them to the word of God, making sure they are in agreement with what Jesus said and what he accomplished through his life, death, and resurrection. The pathway to a quality of life is the pathway of righteousness.
Good seed is the Word that will keep you in harmony with God and aligns with Jesus’ teaching. If we aren’t following everything that Jesus taught, and choosing our own opinion to “leave that out, it’s kind of offensive to my lifestyle” we won’t have righteousness, peace, and joy. We might be Christians, but it reveals that we have chosen not to be in harmony with God.
We can’t create the world we want until we understand the law of the seed. The world system deceives us into thinking that more and more knowledge will get us what we want, but the truth is we will reap what we sow, and understanding the law of the seed will give us harmony with others, harmony with God and harmony with the world.
Living in the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth simply means we have access to all the resources that have been provided by what Jesus did for us. As we have harmony with God, we access health, wealth, peace and joy. Jesus teaches us how to abide in this realm by making choices from faith and intention which are complementary opposites. We don’t grow because we understand, but rather we understand because we trust God.
The silent killer of a believer’s life is indecision. The illusion is: I feel safe because I’m not making decisions. If your life isn’t working, it’s because you are being driven by life’s circumstances. Life is always moving and happening, and it is either getting better or worse moment by moment. If you don’t know what to do, do what you DO know to do. Every decision you make is driven by a belief.
Whenever obligation is our driving force, we are acting out of a feeling of lack. Obligation can offer some relief, but will never bring true joy. When we switch our reason for doing something, opting for reasons of love and wisdom and peace, suddenly new motivation energizes our responsibilities! In this episode, we are encouraged to stop living from the places of “I should, I ought to, and I need to” and choose to make the choice of “wanting to” and establishing the reason why!
In the garden of Eden, man had the power to turn a world of paradise into a world of chaos with one simple feeling: lack. Whenever we feel lack and accept it as real, our heart will begin to recognize and notice every hint of it, and actually block the blessings and promises of the Kingdom of Heaven. Co-dependency can grip us as soon as we starting feeling like “I’m not who God says I am”. This episode discusses the difference between an aggressive co-dependent and a passive co-dependent and the power we have within our mind and thoughts to agree with heaven.
The polar opposite of personal responsibility is co-dependency, that is, depending on someone else to do what only you can do yourself. Typical language of one who is co-dependent says: “Everyone around me needs to change”, “I don’t want character, I want a miracle”. The remedy is connecting with the love of God, so we will no longer use people to meet our need, but rather know and receive all the promises and attributes freely given to us by God.
Learning to listen to God is a lifelong journey that develops as you continually hear and obey. Those who truly believe will keep seeking! People who lose hope have simply stopped envisioning “as it should be”. If you are not pursuing the manifestation of God’s promises in your life, it is simply evidence that the truth you’re hearing means nothing. You are the only one that has authority over your world and over yourself, and this episode inspires you to embrace that personal responsibility!
If we want to live heaven on earth, we have to make choices and take a close look at the fruit of our lives. If things aren’t going as they should, there could be a lot of reasons. Either we are not sowing the right seed, or we keep sowing bad seeds that are choking out the good. Join Bob, Audrey, and Jim as they talk openly about their own lives and places where they have made mistakes. If we are open, teachable and repentant, even when we fail, God will recover and redeem our lives, bringing us back to the place of opportunity.