Day 11 | Time For a Trade-In
PASTOR MARC EIDAHL | BISMARCK CAMPUS PASTOR
Welcome to day 11 of the 21 Day Fast! You are now more than half-way there! Keep up the great work!
As you begin the last half of the fast, I want to challenge you with what I believe will be some critical keys for your success this year! Before I do, you need to settle in your heart what I just said - God wants you to succeed this year! In fact, He really has no other plans than for you to succeed and be victorious....bottom line! What stands in the way between God's great plans and what you experience? The answer will perhaps surprise you - it's your mind!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:6-7.
Have you ever read this verse and thought, “How is it even possible to be anxious for NOTHING?” If you're like me, you battle thoughts and circumstances almost every day that cause a little anxiousness. But when we experience emotions like anxiety, fear, and sadness, we are not experiencing emotions that are part of the Kingdom of God. It is a telltale sign that we are not in faith and we are not trusting God in that moment.
We've all been there and all of us experience this. So here are some key points to keep in mind to become more confident in God and victorious in our heart:
1) You are redeemed! You are saved....I mean really, really saved! Jesus has restored you completely to a right relationship with the Father. You are a child of God Himself, and as such, nothing can harm you apart from God's permission. And if God permits it, He'll help you overcome it!
2) Don't measure yourself by external measures. It's easy to look at your life and become overwhelmed with the hows and the whys. Your value isn't based on the opinions of others, what you have, or even what your own head speaks to you. Victory and success are not achieved by changing our outward circumstances. If you desire a victorious life, you must define yourself in light of God's truth from the inside out. When your heart changes, external changes will follow. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding,” Proverbs 3:5.
3) When you experience emotions that are not from God such as fear and anxiety, take time to recall all of the times God has been faithful to you in the past. Release your fears to God and choose by faith to trust Him again. “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God,” Psalm 42:11.
4) Ask God to help you identity any negative thought patterns that you are tempted to go back to. Then pray and fill your heart and mind with Scripture until your mind is renewed in these areas. Then these negative thought patterns will be replaced with expectations that are infused with faith and trust! “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting,” Psalm 139:23-24.
So join me in trading in old negative thoughts for new Godly thoughts! Yes it takes a little work. You may need to pull out a journal and write out some of your negative thoughts and then find Scripture that corrects them. But if you will do this consistently, you will be blessed.
Pastor Marc P. Eidahl