“As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training,” writes James Allen, “so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ!

You could very well be one thought away from a breakthrough. I think the enemy knows this all too well. Hence, always trying to mess with your mind. So, if you are going to go beyond the limitations that have tried to hold you back for so long, then you don’t need another prophetic word, a hand-out, or some out-of-the-sky break. What you need is transformation by the renewing of your mind and begin to move in the purpose and plan that God has already laid out for you.

Change your thinking and you will change your ways!

Don’t give in to the lies of the enemy. One of the enemy’s objective is to provoke you to think about what is wrong, what you don’t have, what lacks, what others are doing or not doing…don’t give in. Focus on the goodness of the Lord and the powerhouse God has created you to be.

Fast and pray that whatever stinkin’ thinking that has been trying to limit you and keep you from God’s best would be cast out and you would begin to think with the mind of Christ.

Read and meditate on the scriptures below. May they encourage and empower you to think great!

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

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Renewing my mind with you,

Pastor Charles

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Though we do not Fast as a means to diet but as a means for deeper intimacy with God, the Fast nonetheless helps remove toxins from your body.

Consider with me for a moment Mark 11:15-17 (NKJV):

So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ “

Jesus invades the temple with a simple goal, to restore it to its purpose. Though Jesus doesn’t invade your life and force you to Fast, through it, He wants to remove all the toxins that hinder a deeper relationship and a more meaningful life; a life full of purpose. Remember, “Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own.”  (1 Corinthians 6:19, NKJV)

What toxins do you need to rid your mind, body and spirit of? Are there “distractions” that have consumed you? Addictions? Indulgences? Poor thinking? Complacency? Inadequacy? Excuses? Too much “junk” food?

Focus today on praying that God would bring to mind those things that have been occupying “your temple” that don’t belong. Confess them, refuse to allow them to “pollute” you again,and pray that He would restore you to your original purpose. The purpose for which He created you for. However deep rooted some of the toxins may be, He can wash them out. C’mon move bodly. Walk in authority. Pray that He would give you strategies to move forward effectively. You already know that God is and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him  (Hebrews 11:6).

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on (http://www.biblegateway.com/)

Gen 4:6-7, Psalms 51:1-12, Isaiah 64:6-8, Joel 2:12-13, Eph.4:22-24

Cleaning house with you,

Pastor Charles

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You know we are in a tech-savvy society when my Day-1 Fasting article begins with a smart-phone analogy. Hey, if we can’t beat the phone frenzy then we might as well use it in our favor, so here we go.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened the camera on my Iphone (no smart comments from you Android users), in an attempt to take a picture only to look at the screen and everything seems blurry. The first time this happened, a person much more tech-savvy than me said, “tap the screen on the person or thing you want to focus on”. What do you know? I tapped the screen around the face of the person I wanted to take the picture of and just like that, all of the focus when directly to that person. How cool? I really didn’t care if everything else was blurry. What mattered was that my focal point was clear.

Guess what? With so many demands on a day to day basis, our lives can become blurry at times. Truth be told, if we are not careful, we can’t tell the important things from the unimportant or the things with eternal value from the mundane.

As we embark on this 21-day journey of personal discipline and spiritual focus let’s set out eyes, our hearts, our soul on a Key subject. Let’s tap the screens of our lives and allow our spiritual camera to blur everything else out and zoom in with clarity on our life with Christ. May we be able to tune out (not that these other things are not important), the noise, voices and business that clamor for our attention. Don’t focus on your problems, focus on God’s possibilities. Crystal Mcdowell once said, “Instead of thinking about how hard the test is, we can instead focus on asking the Lord to enlarge our understanding.” Allow God to begin to bring clarity to every area of your life during the next 21 days.

Let’s pray that the next 21 days would be days of intentional focus. Days where we purposely tune out the non-essentials (allow the Holy-spirit to reveal what they may be) and focus on hearing the voice of God through fasting, prayer, meditation and the reading of God’s Word.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on (http://www.biblegateway.com/)

Psalms 19:14, Psalms 46:10, Jeremiah 29:13, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 12:1-2

Focusing with you,

Pastor Charles

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