17th Day : What should I be thinking?
Hello to all cybernauts!
It is already the 17th Day of the Fast and it has been glorious! Do you know why it has been for me? Because I am reading all your comments and I feel “so close” to you when you participate here on the Blog. And you also keep thinking about the things of God, and there is nothing better! Our faith stays alive, it stops being weak or dominated by our doubts, fears, or insecurities; we become defined! There is a change in our way of being, in our behavior, in our thoughts.
I am going to take advantage of this train thought to speak about the topic of today: “What should I be thinking?”
Yesterday we spoke about having wicked thoughts, and today we will talk about what you should actually be thinking about.
Accompany me in the book of Philippians, chapter 4, verse 8:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
(Philippians 4: 8-9)
I have a lot to say here! Inclusively, when I was reading this verse, it was like I was hearing my mother’s voice speaking to me. She is so beautiful!
In the book of Philippians, we are going to reflect about thoughts. “What should I think?”
First off, I want to bring up a situation that you are living in right now… I was reading some comments on the Blog, I don’t remember the day, but it was awhile ago… And someone said that they were desperate because of their financial life, that she is in this Fast but she doesn’t know what to do, because she has a lot of debt and she thinks about how tomorrow is going to be. When I read this, I felt this tight pressure in my chest; I even went to sleep thinking about it, it was painful! Because I read many comments, I feel like speaking with everyone all at once, but I have to make time to speak with each one, and it doesn’t work quite the way I want it to… But taking advantage of this opportunity, I would like to inform you that whoever is passing through a difficult and delicate situation, and cited the crisis that is happening on a global scale, your thoughts are because of fear. You think of the fear, in what you are experiencing, in the situation, and obviously when we think about problems, sadness takes hold, and this, cybernaut, is not a “friend” of faith. It is the opposite; emotions are the enemy of faith.
How do we have to live in Spirit? In accordance to the verse, to what is true? It is the Word of God! Doubts are liars, because you are doubting what is written in the Word of God, the fear! When I am afraid, I doubt that God will do the things that I cannot do. From a couple of days ago until I now, I have been thinking like this… Because I was living the situation that I was going through, I would always go back to the problem: “Look, this is like this because of this, and this, and that…”; “I don’t have to understand because of this and this and that…” like I was feeding that, and I really was! I was feeding that doubt, that fear, that lie of the devil! The Word of God is the truth, and if I believe in it, then the problem has no power and you are going to be free of this chaos. Like; for example, this lady who was having terrible economic problems, it is making it difficult to think about what she has to do in this Fast. The devil like to take our strength away by showing us problems, and when we look at our problems, then we feel them.
We are going to look at the Word of God, because that is truth! The words of the devil: “But what about the debt?”; “What about the problem that you are living?”. The problem and the debt I will resolve them! And you ask me, “How?” I am going to use my faith! “My God, I want the Lord to inspire me; I am not going to lose sight of my goal, my objective of being One with You! Because if I am living this financial problem and I am not seeing the solution, it is because I am living in the flesh, feeling; I am afraid, I am worried and this cannot happen!” That is not living in faith, and God doesn’t answer my prayers, because this type of prayer He doesn’t listen to… He doesn’t hear your emotions, but He does listen to your faith! I hear Bishop Macedo speaking about this all the time…
Think about things that are truthful. And what is? It is the Word of God, nothing is more true than that. What is your situation? Are you fearful, timid, with traumas… so let’s do the following, what is the right way to think? I am going to whatever problem I am in and I am going to resolve it! It is not hiding the truth, it is assuming: “I am with an economic problem, so how am I going to resolve it?” And you ask me: “My God, I have don everything, I have participated in campaigns, have made proposals, I don’t know what to do?”
My cybernaut friend, if you participated and made a vow with God, you made a sacrifice, then why doubt? What is contaminating your faith? Because when we do everything, there is no insecurity. But when we haven’t done everything, there always exists that doubt: “Was that my very best? I don’t know what to do….” Yes or no? Doubt exists.
Think on the things that are true, on the facts that you have lived and look at the Word of God. “What is my fact? What am I living right now? What is true in my Bible? Who am I being? Fearful, doubtful, full of misgivings? I am going to look at the Word of God! I have presented this, but I want what is written. And that is what I have to think! I am going to think about the Word of God!”
“…whatever is noble…”
If you feed what isn’t noble, you “curse” in your mind, you speak ill and condemn someone. That is not noble. You have to remove those thoughts!
“…whatever is right…”
Look: True, noble, and right! When I make a balance of “who I am” and of the problem, and I think in an intelligent manner, with an intelligent faith, I make a balance and I look at what is true, noble, and right.
What am I doing that is not right? Does what I do reveal respect or does what I do not have truth in it; that makes me forget my trust? What is pure? What do I do that is not lovely? What do I represent, everything that is admirable? Maybe I have the fame of being someone that is sentimental, that cries all the time, where no one can say anything to me; someone that is sensitive. If there is a problem, everyone takes care to not speak with you, because you are known as being someone desperate, loud, having childish fits, or receiving news and you change instantly. You are known for being nervous, timid… I don’t know! Look at the situation that you are living, and compare it with whom you have to be.
I am not telling you to look at your problems and to condemn yourself. A girl came up to me and said, “I don’t have that desire for the Holy Spirit, I am not thirsty for Him.” And I told her, “So you are going to take care of yourself. Listen to the audios of these 21 days, start everything over again and go slowly. Be attentive to who you are being…”
My cybernaut friend, you have to buy your thoughts, that says what is inside your heart. Remember that the heart also has thoughts? So you have to look and see, in accordance to what you think and the way that you react, because your “infamy” has something to do with your relationships.
“…if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
If someone behaves badly, or has a bad testimony, I have guard my life and observe the things that are just. Take advantage of that “bad behavior” and occupy your mind with the following: “I have to take care of this, because she fell because of that… I have to be lovely, because he/she can’t see that, etc.” In other words, I have to look at theses problems or wrongdoings as a way to watch my own behavior.
If it’s something degrading, like a worry… For example, that moment I read that comment, I thought: “My God, how I would like to answer everyone on the blog, that they speak to me and I respond.” Because sometimes writing isn’t enough. I want to speak to express…. Inclusively, I spoke with my husband about jus that. I thought: “God will give proof!” The audios have given proof. Listen well. This audio is giving the answer to many things that you are living.
There is another matter at hand: when you accuse or compare yourself, that means that your thoughts are not right.
” Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
I learned, received, heard and seen, and I have practiced! I cannot just know and just speak about it. I have to practice, to live it! “And the God of peace will be with you…” Do you see? The doubt, the fear, the inconsistency, the insecurity, the timidness, these conflicts and traumas, all of this will turn into “nothing”, because you are learning, receiving, hearing, and seeing what God wants you to do, and you practice it. So, my cybernaut friend, you are going to peace and not insecurity, sadness, and fear inside of you.
Leave your comment below, because I would like to know a little bit more about you. You who never write, participate here today. I want to read what you say!
Until tomorrow, we will be back!