“Empowering the abused woman to recover with God's truth"
This is a weekly devotional, God gave me in 2010, and I believe He wants me to study it again, and I am sharing it with you all. If there ever was a time, that we need to drown out the noise of things around us, is now; we need to listen ONLY to God’s voice – allowing Him to give us the directions, for our lives!
It is a three-part devotional, but instead of posting it every week, I will post them separate, but the same day. I separated it, because I really want it to soak into your spirits. It is important that you grasp this message because it deals with your heart and mind; these things are the core of your existence. If your heart and mind is full of turmoil, so will be everything else in your life. We must allow God’s peace to rule our hearts and minds and to do this, we must drown out the noise of the world and of everything else which keeps us distracted from God. We do this by filling our minds and hearts with the things and Word of God; there is no other way to keep our thoughts pure.
The battle begins in our mind: a thought, a suggestion, a judgment, or a suspicion against someone else, God, or ourselves. Therefore, we must allow God to guard our minds and hearts with the peace Jesus left us in John 14:27. This is what Jesus said in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed, and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled]” (biblegateway.com – Amplified Version).
Paul said in Philippians 4:6-8: 6 “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things [fix your minds on them]” (biblegateway.com – Amplified Bible).
This is how we are going to rest (have peace) in the Lord and not have our hearts and minds troubled or afraid; by thinking on the things in verse 8 of Phil 4.
Another Scripture that will help us drown out the noise, the distractions of the world, and everything that will cause us to lose focus on God is 2 Timothy 2:4: “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier” (biblegateway.com – NKJV).
Therefore, I am asking that you allow the Holy Spirit to ministry to you as you study each part of the devotional. Also, please let the first part minister to you before you move on to part two; then allow part two to minister to you before going on to part three.
Part I is the introduction and will give you the Scriptures to meditate on; these Scriptures will be used in all three parts of the devotional. It also will give you the focus of the complete devotional which is allowing God to rule your heart and mind.
Part II will show you how to keep the thoughts from entering your heart and mind and teach you about the spiritual battle we are in. This part will discuss the Spirit of Discernment and show how important, this precious gift from the Holy Spirit is, in our lives.
Part III will discuss accusing spirits and show the part they play in affecting our thought life. This part will also show how these spirits obtain access to our thought life.
Shalom and have a blessed weekend with the Lord,
Rev. Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks