Let us Examine our Hearts.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.”
Ephesians 4:31 NLT
“But now you also put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.
Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.”
Colossians 3:8, 19 NASB
“that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,”
Ephesians 4:22 NASB
“Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,” 1 Peter 2:1 NASB
“Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”
For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the LORD your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, so that you may fear the LORD your God forever.” Joshua 4:6-7, 23-24 NASB
Journaling is a way to reflect on God’s Faithfulness.
All of my journals are priceless keepsakes and much more like memorial stones that last forever.
I get to look back to where I was and see how God has transformed my life over the course of time.
He is good all the time.
His Word renews my mind every day, strengthens my heart in moments of distress and has transformed my life over the past decade alone!
Did you know journaling has a lot of benefits?
Allow me to share with you some of the benefits today.
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- An opportunity to discover things about yourself,
- An opportunity to reflect on our lives in the midst of busyness,
- An opportunity to reflect on God’s Truth,
- An opportunity to align our lives to His precepts,
- An opportunity to discover unconfessed sin(s),
- An opportunity to discover negative emotion(s) including anger, bitterness, jealousy or envy, hurts, and disappointment,
- An opportunity to count today’s blessings,
- An opportunity to guard our hearts from negative emotion(s) including unforgiveness and hatred,
- An opportunity to submit our petitions to the Lord,
- An opportunity to pray for others,
- An opportunity to write down your key points from the Pastor’s sermon,
- An opportunity to reflect back and apply what was learned at a conference or bible study,
- An opportunity to write Scriptures and explore different Bible versions to grow deeper in our walk with the Lord,
- An opportunity to write God’s Word to memorize and hide His Truth in our hearts eternally,
- An opportunity to establish and maintain an on-going dialogue with our Creator,
- An opportunity to listen attentively when taking notes in the additional lined pages of the journal,
- An opportunity to appreciate how faithful God is in our everyday lives,
- An opportunity to gain insights and fresh perspective on a given challenge,
- An opportunity to reflect on learned lessons,
- An opportunity to seek for God’s wisdom and direction,
- An opportunity to witness God’s answers to prayers
- An opportunity to take notes from your favorite commentaries.
Note, there is no right or wrong way to journal, I would encourage for you to do it. You will grow closer to God and His Word will guard your heart. Everyday stressful or challenging circumstances can lead to worries, anxieties or distress. If we take the time to cast our cares onto the Lord, He will give us rest and peace as soon as we rely on Him for comfort.
Rise Up & Journal today!
“I consider your prophecies to be my greatest treasure, and I memorize them and write them on my heart to keep me from committing sin’s treason against you.”
Psalms 119:11 TPT
The devil is the father of lies and is quite crafty! He plants doubt in my mind when I’m vulnerable or in distress. John 8:44 describes the devil as a ‘murderer’ who never believed in your truth. I refuse to be his victim in his next crime scene. Help me get ready for everyday battle, Father. Let the enemy’s wicked schemes melt away once and for all!
The heart is deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9) and cannot be fully trusted when there are confusion and mixed emotions. Help me not trust my emotions completely so I do not overreact, and make hasty decisions in the midst of controversies or in the midst of persecution or never-ending temptations. I refuse to be taken into captivity or fall back on Satan’s trap or fall into empty deceit of human traditions (Colossians 2:8).
Help me stand strong in Faith. Help me listen to your whispers of revelation. Help me guard my tender heart. So, no bitterness, unforgiveness or hatred take root deep in my heart.
Jesus, you are my everyday sunrise and sunset, the beginning and the end. You are Peace.
Courtesy of: Aleksandr Ledogorov @ Splasher
Your Word is a priceless jewel in my treasure chest. Your Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). Renew my mind at sunrise!
When I hide Truth in my heart’s treasure box, it is effortless to combat Satan’s tactics. Your living truth, sharper than any double-edged sword, makes an impact on one’s life.
Help me focus on every Word you’ve carved in my mind, heart, and soul,
in Jesus’ name, I pray.