LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH 29:11
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
10 THOUGHTS THAT GOD QUICKENS IN OUR SPIRIT WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH CHALLENGES.
1.Thoughts of patience - He quickens His thought of patience , when He is working behind the scenes on that particular issue we re passing through .He encourages us with this thought , not to fret , but to be patient and trust Him. Book of proverb says it better like this in chapter 3 :9(NIV)"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;"
2.Thoughts of peace -Most times , He quickens this thought of peace .1.when He has something good coming for us . Job 22:21"Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you." " 2. When He is still fine-tunning our character in preparation for our next test . psalm 105:19 (NLT)"Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph's character."
3.Thoughts of Favor - He quickens this thought in our spirit , by reminding us of past favour's ,people He has favored and causes us to desire to be favored . At such time , a blank cheque is presented , it is now left for you to "specifically" ask what kind of favor you desire ? Phil 4:6 (Amp)"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."
4.Thoughts of goodness -Can come in different ways . I illustrate it with this example - He brings to our mind at times , material things we desire , by showing us pictures of them , at that point is up to you to receive it with joy or despise the picture , because of your present circumstances. But know this one key , it is the lord showing you His goodness .Matt 12:35"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."
5.Thoughts of mercy - Especially when we are offended towards someone , He quickens the thought of mercy in our heart and again is left for us to take the step to show mercy or choose not to.But here is the key - Mercy will open the kind of door (opportunity) that normally it would take fervent prayers to open. Roms 9:16(Amp)" So then [God’s gift] is not a question of human will and human effort, but of God’s mercy. [It depends not on one’s own willingness nor on his strenuous exertion as in running a race, but on God’s having mercy on him.]"
6. Thoughts of riches - He brings this thoughts often , when He desires to bless us in ways above our imagination. Now , this one works on the principle of sowing for a harvest. He creates that desire in you to be rich and then He lays it in your heart to sow . Sometimes a sacrificial seed , depending on your financial desire .2 Cor 9:10 (NIV)"Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness."
7.Thoughts of joy -your harvest of joy will not come unless you remain joyful in the midst of your storms . Whenever He quickens the thoughts of joy , you need to quickly grab and activate it in your inner man . Why? You never can tell how close you are to your breakthrough when He quickens it . Isa 64:5(AKJV)"You meet him that rejoices and works righteousness, those that remember you in your ways: behold, you are wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved."
8.Thoughts of hope - Is a battle , i tell you .I have seen my spirit , almost fall into a state of deep depression , that it was like standing in front of a pit, looking down into a very deep hole , but my hope in Jesus , was like an anchor, that wouldn't allow my spirit fall into the pit of depression. I discovered , as long as you hope is in Him , you can't sink , no matter how hard the devil tries . His Spirit in us , is what sustains us in Him. Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,".
9.Thoughts of marriage - For my single brothers/sisters He quickens this thought in our spirit , just to remind us , it is on the way . you might not see any sign of it , but man is a spirit being , that operates from the inside outside not from the outside inside . so when He quickens the thoughts of marriage in your spirit , forget how long you have been waiting , it is on the way , grab it , pray with it and thank Him with joyful expectation . Lam 3:25 (Amp)"The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word]."
10.Thoughts of Children - For the barren , you will never miss it , if you truly love children , He will give you the opportunity to carry other peoples children , make you to feel and desire it in your spirit .Why? He works with your desire not your wants . He quickens it in your spirit to build your faith and to trust Him that surely you will carry your own children . Psalm 37:4-5(Amp)"Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass."
"When you verbalize a thought , you give it the right to come to pass"
PRAYER : Father align my thoughts with your thoughts in Jesus name , Amen.
You will testify in Jesus name , Amen.