What To Do With a Blind Spot!

Hassan Boyle's sermon on this subject was
soooo good!  I had never heard anyone preach
on this topic in the way he did.
 
In the last blog, we talked about blind spots
making us go round and round the same mountain.
Today we will talk about how to get rid of
blind spots.
 
 Hassan Boyle's definition of a Blind Spot
 A Blind spot is what everyone else knows about you,
 but you don't know about yourself.
 
Now doesn't that just make you WANT TO KNOW
what your blind spot(s) is?  Surely we don't want
everyone else to know something about us that we
don't know ourselves!!
 
 What to do about a Blind Spot:
1.  Realize that we all have them.
2.  Admit yours when it is revealed to you.
3.  Take responsibility to fix it.
4.  Empower a friend to show it to you.
 
Number 4 may be the hardest to do if you have
a problem with pride.  But, don't let that stop you!!
Some people go through their whole lives not
really understanding that their blind spot is wrecking
their lives and relationships. 
 
Ready to grow up?  Deal with the thing holding you back?
Talk to a friend who loves you, wants what is best for
you and will tell you the truth about you.  Ask them,
"What do you see me do, what attitude, actions, do I have that
are hurting my life and relationships?"  Then, be ready
to face it and fix it! 
 
You will be glad you did!  (And so will everyone around you!)
🙂
 
Hassan Boyle's sermon on this subject was
soooo good!  I had never heard anyone preach
on this topic in the way he did.
 
In the last blog, we talked about blind spots
making us go round and round the same mountain.
Today we will talk about how to get rid of
blind spots.
 
 Hassan Boyle's definition of a Blind Spot
 A Blind spot is what everyone else knows about you,
 but you don't know about yourself.
 
Now doesn't that just make you WANT TO KNOW
what your blind spot(s) is?  Surely we don't want
everyone else to know something about us that we
don't know ourselves!!
 
 What to do about a Blind Spot:
1.  Realize that we all have them.
2.  Admit yours when it is revealed to you.
3.  Take responsibility to fix it.
4.  Empower a friend to show it to you.
 
Number 4 may be the hardest to do if you have
a problem with pride.  But, don't let that stop you!!
Some people go through their whole lives not
really understanding that their blind spot is wrecking
their lives and relationships. 
 
Ready to grow up?  Deal with the thing holding you back?
Talk to a friend who loves you, wants what is best for
you and will tell you the truth about you.  Ask them,
"What do you see me do, what attitude, actions, do I have that
are hurting my life and relationships?"  Then, be ready
to face it and fix it! 
 
You will be glad you did!  (And so will everyone around you!)
🙂
 


Blind Spot

Do you find yourself going around the same
mountain again and again?  Facing the same
problem over and over? There is probably a
lesson to be learned that you haven't learned
yet.
 
And guess what?! You get to keep going around
that mountain til you get it! God doesn't give up
on us when we don't pass the test the first time,
He just gives it again until we finally learn the
lesson and pass the test.
 
Sometimes we just cannot see what we cannot see.
That's when we need a friend.  A TRUE friend, one
who will tell us the truth, even when we may not really
want to hear it.
 
I was lucky to have a friend like that when I was a
baby Christian.  Somehow, even as new believers,
we were lucky enough to hear a teaching on "death
to self".  When facing really hard times, we would
call each other and say, "Okay, here is what is going
on.  Tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to
hear!"
 
Are you brave enough?  Will you find that person who
you loves you enough to tell you the truth that you
can't see yourself?  Your blind spot?  Don't be afraid,
learning the truth about yourself will set you free.


It’s About Time!

Are you spending time everyday with the Lord?
If not, stop everything!  Find time!
 
Time = Love
 
Think about the things you are spending your time doing.
Television?  Facebook?  There's nothing wrong with these
things, but if you think you don't have time to spend with
God, but plenty of time for Facebook and television, it
might be time to rethink this thing!
 
The fast this year had a tremendous effect on me.  I fasted
Facebook and all secular television in the evenings.  What
did I learn?    I learned that without even
realizing what was happening, tv and fb had become time
consumers.  Time consumers that had taken away my time
with the Lord.  The less time spent with Him = a cooling of
affection.
 
Is that what I wanted or what I intended to happen?  NO!
I love the Lord.  It is just a sneaky thing the devil uses these
days to draw God's people away from fellowship with HIM.
 
Prayerfully consider reallocating your time.  Get up earlier.
Spend less time watching tv.  Spend less time (or no time)
on Facebook.  Do whatever it takes to be sure that YOU
have time daily with the Lord.  I guarantee, you will be glad
you did!


When Does Life Get Easier?

Most of the discontent in our lives comes from us wanting
what we want and being unhappy if we can't have it.  Sounds
kind of selfish and guess what?! It is!
 
Death to Self is not a very popular subject, but one that is
necessary if we are to mature into the steady, mature
people God wants us to be.
 
When we come so close to God that our desires reflect
His desires, peace will come.  For most of us, that is a long
battle and a hard one.  The flesh doesn't die easily.
 
Spend some time and contemplate the root of your discontentment,
the arguments with those you love.  What is at the bottom of it all?
Is it that you want things the WAY YOU WANT THEM?  Now?!
Do you think you know best and everyone needs to line up with
what you think?
 
If  you find that to be the case, welcome to the human race!
We are all pretty much that way until we bring our flesh under.
 
Go to God.  Go to His Word.  Find out what He says about the
situation and then line your thoughts and actions up with what
He says. "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the
desires of your heart."  It doesn't say fight til you get what you
want!  Manipulate others til they do what you want! Be miserable
til you get what YOU want!  Nope!  You won't find any of that in'
the Word.
 
God loves us and wants what is best for us. "In all things give
thanks for this is the will of God concerning you."  We can't see
things from God's perspective.  He is in control and He truly
does know what is best and will work all things for your good.
Trust him,  let go of your own demands for what you think you
must have to be happy.
 
Let each situation make you better, not bitter.  Let God mold you
into the person He created you to be.  And remember, all things
work together for good for those who love God and are called
according to HIs purpose.  And that is YOU!


Practical Application/Disciplining Your Thoughts

We have talked a lot about the battle of the mind.
All actions start with a thought.  Think about what you are
thinking about.
 
Now let's get very real.  Let's do this!
 
Spend a little time and come up with THE most tormenting
thought you have.  The one that pops into your mind continually
robbing your peace.
 
I will use as an example your health.  You could be having symptoms
of a disease or you could be afraid you are going to get a disease be
cause someone in your family has it. Whatever the case, it is robbing
you of your peace.  How do you combat it?
 
First, identify the thought.  Be aware EVERY TIME it comes into
your mind. 
 
Then find a scripture that is the exact opposite of that threatening
thought.  Concerning your health "By His stripes I am healed."
Is a short, easy one to remember.  (Feel free to look up as many
scriptures concerning healing as you need and find the one YOU
love! Then use that)
 
Now, EVERY TIME that threatening thought pops into your mind,
immediately replace it with your scripture saying what GOD says.
Do this EVERY TIME.
 
At first, you may have to say your replacement thought every few
minutes, then maybe once an hour, then a few times a day until
you get victory, but you WILL get the victory
 
.Are you willing to fight for your peace of mind?
  Are you willing to fight to have al lJesus died to give you?
You must be willing to discipline your mind. Start somewhere!
Start with the one thought you have identified. Don't stop, EVER.
This is a process and you will be amazed at what happens as
you put forth the effort to discipline your thinking to line up
with what GOD says about any and every situation!


“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7

From Streams in the Desert
 
Have you prayed and prayed and waited and waited, and still there
is no manifestation?
 
Are you tired of seeing nothing move?  Are you just at the point of
giving it all up?  Perhaps you have not waited in the right way?  This
would take you out of the right place--the place where He can meet
you.
 
"With patience wait" (Romans 8:25). Patience takes away worry.  He
said He would come, and His promise is equal to His presence.  Patience
takes away your weeping. Why feel sad and despondent? He knows
your need better than you do, and His purpose in waiting is to bring
more glory out of it all.  Patience takes away self-works.  The work He
desires is that you "believe" (John 6:29), and when you believe, you may
then know that all is well.  Patience takes away all want.  Your desire
for the thing you wish is perhaps stronger than your desire for the will
of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.
 
Patience takes away all weakening.  Instead of having the delaying time,
a time of letting go, know that God is getting a larger supply ready and must
get you ready too.  Patience takes away all wobbling.  "Make me stand upon
my standing" (Daniel 8:18, margin).  God's foundations are steady; and when
His patience is within, we are steady while we wait.  Patience gives worship.
A praiseful patience sometimes "long suffering with joyfulness" (Col. 1:11) is
the best part of it all.  "Let (all these phases of) patience have her perfect
work" (James 1:4) while you wait, and you will find great enrichment.
 
Hold steady when the fires burn,
When inner lessons come to learn,
And from this path there seems no turn--
"Let patience have her perfect work."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Psalm 127:3

Take time to really enjoy your children.
 They will only be little once. Look them
 in the eye when they talk to you. Be interested
 in their little stories and new discoveries.
 More than anything you can give them, they want
 your time, your undivided attention. They need 
that to know they are important to you. Right now,
 you give them their feeling of self worth. They 
will grow up so fast and unless you build the
 relationship NOW, the time will come that they
 will find others who will pay attention to them, 
who will hear them and they won't care whether you
 have time for them or not. Do it now! Build that 
relationship while you are the center of their
 little world. Let them know, show them how important
 they are to you. Not with things, but with your 
investment of loving, caring time with them. It's not
 the toy they really want, watch the commercials, they 
are having fun with the toy with their parents and friends.
 They will have fun without expensive toys if you are 
playing with them. TIME spells love to children. And 
if they aren't getting what they need in terms of time
 and attention, they will act out in order to get it.
 To a child negative attention is better than no attention
 at all .


It’s Up to You!

It isn't what others say about you and it isn't what the devil
says about you that determines your destiny.  It is what you
say about you!
 
When any negative thought comes into your mind, immediately
replace it with the Word of God.  This takes self discipline.
 
Again, it is time to think about what you are thinking about. First,
Identify the negative thoughts that are rolling around in your
brain.  Then, if you don't already have a scripture memorized that
applies to that subject, look up what God has to say about it.
 Replace the negative thought with God's Word.
 
Worry is considering the problem. Faith is considering the promise.
The first step is becoming aware of what you are spending your
time thinking about.  If you are just letting yourself think negative
thoughts all day, you  are probably depressed and negative. 
 
What I am suggesting takes effort and self discipline.  Is it worth it?
Yes! "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he, so does he become."
Every action starts with a thought. Get your thoughts lined up with
the Word of God and watch your choices and life begin to line up
with God's destiny for your life.


Faith

"The land which I do give them, even the children of Israel." (Joshua 1:2)
 
God here speaks in the immediate present.  It is not something He is going
to do, but something He does do, this moment. So faith ever speaks.  So
God ever gives.  So He is meeting you today, in the present moment.  This is
the test of faith.  So long as you are waiting for a thing, hoping for it, looking
for it, you are not believing.  It may be hope, it may be earnest desire, but it
is not faith; for "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
not seen."  The command in regard to believing prayer is the present tense.
"When you pray, believe that you receive the things that you desire, and you
shall have them."  Have we come to that moment?  Have we met God in His
everlasting NOW?
 
True faith counts on God, and believes it before it sees.  Naturally, we want
some evidence that our petition if granted before we believe; but when we
walk by faith we need no other evidence than God's Word. He has spoken,
and according to our faith it shall be done to us.  We shall see because we have
believed, and this faith sustains us in the most trying places, when everything
around us seems to contradict God's Word.
 
The Psalmist says, " I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness
of the Lord in the land of living." (Psa. 27:13).  He did not see as yet the Lord's
answer to his prayers, but he believed to see; and this kept him from fainting.
 
If we have the faith that believes to see, it will keep us from growing discouraged.
We shall "laugh at impossibilities,"  we shall watch with delight to see how God
is going to open up a path through the Red Sea when there is no human way out
of our difficulty. It is just in such places of severe testing that our faith grows and
strengthens.
 
Have you been waiting upon God, dear, troubled one, during long nights and
weary days, and have feared that you were forgotten?  Nay, lift up your head,
and begin to praise Him even now for the deliverance which is on its way to you.
 


“Let us sing Hallelujah by anticipation” C.H. Spurgeon

I found this quote this morning and loved it!! We have heard
it so many ways. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy
comes in the morning." "Our light affliction is but for a moment."
Let us praise God right in the middle of the trial, the test,
knowing that the answer is on the way.
 
Dear one, are you going through a trial?  A testing?  Be of
good cheer, This too shall pass.  God's timing is not our timing,
but He is always on time.  And when He fixes things, He makes
it look so easy!
 
"All things work together for good for those who love the Lord
and are called according to His purpose."  That is YOU.  So
just hang in there!  God is working whether you can see it or
not. He is behind the scenes, working all things together and
SUDDENLY, you will see the answer and the pieces will all fit.
Trust Him.



5 Responses to “Blog”

  1. Clara says:

    Great and inspiring devotionals!

  2. Bobbe Lee says:

    I love this Thank You Jesus & Thank You COPT!!

  3. Bobbie Lee says:

    I have read all that u have sent Gail u r doing an AWESOME JOB FOR THE LORD! I love reading the blogs & devotional!!! Thank you so MUCH!!

  4. Bobbie Lee says:

    Thank You COTP!!

  5. Cindy Puebla says:

    Love reading ALL the great things you are posting. GOD is Amazing… so Loving and caring. Thanks Gail

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