Thursday, May 1, 2014

Blessing is Best

There's more to being "carnally minded" than thinking about sex all the time.  The flesh and its ways paint broad brush strokes on the canvas of life, and today I'm sharing my thoughts about... well, thoughts.

Ever struggle with thoughts of pride, guilt, condemnation, resentment, greed, self-righteousness, or envy?  Who hasn't?  Ever run angry scenarios through your head so many times that, when you actually encounter the object of those imaginary dramas, you can't even be civil to him/her because you've raged at them in your mind?

Unbelievable, isn't it...?  Nevertheless, such entanglements oscillate torturously and continually within the grim existence of the "carnally minded".

Lately, though, Holy Spirit has touched my heart to resolve to pray a blessing over any and every person who negatively comes to mind, rather than allowing carnal thoughts, opinions, imaginations, and desires to control my attitudes and speech.  I think that's a great idea!

Not only does it tick the devil off (a huge plus, IMO), but it sows blessing into my life to sincerely speak prayers of blessing and God's mercy, etc. onto anyone, let alone the unlovable (or those I've ignorantly perceived as such).  Assuredly, it will do the same for you.  Aligning ourselves with God's heart to bless and not curse breaks up the hard ground of pride, offense, and unforgiveness in us and allows further infusion of God's supernatural obedience and humility into our lives. Blessing reaps blessings and - with God - every blessing comes with a blessing.  Sounds just like Him, doesn't it?

Turn your back on "carnal" mindsets, for they reap ungodliness and death.  Ask God to put His Guard over the door to your tongue; then open your heart to the "life and peace" that comes with pleasing Daddy as you earnestly declare blessings over those who have hurt you, and those you have hurt.  Do this every time they come to mind.  Bless and curse not, as scripture says, and you shall have sure reward from our Father Who is in Heaven.  Amen.

God bless you.

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)