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A Good Thing versus a God Thing

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I wrote this post yesterday on what the world perceives as a good thing versus what God perceives as a good thing and it somehow was totally deleted. Crazy right? My first time ever losing an entire post. Broke my heart. I am going to attempt to write this post again….so here goes. 

Personal Story:
For the longest I thought I had it together. I knew I was a good person who loved God and didn’t hurt anyone. I was not necessarily a Godly or spiritual person, but I was a good person. I thought I knew what it meant to be good, positive, loving and etc. About 2 years ago, I realized that I really didn’t know anything at all. I realized that I was living off of positive quotes and morals given to me by my family. I recognized that every positive quote and cute affirmation didn’t hold a lot of value unless it pointed back to Christ. Don’t get me wrong, they can be catchy and cute, just not as valuable as the Word of God.I had no true thoughts on why God created me. Honestly, I just did what I felt, ignoring anything else. You know the whole follow your heart crap! HA! Yeah, okay. Your heart can be extremely wicked without Christ. Follow Christ and let your heart go. But any who, back to my story. Around 2014, I realized I knew nothing. As a creation of God’s I realize it may be best to talk to my creator. If you have a Bentley wouldn’t you prefer for the Bentley dealership to do your maintenance? After all, they created the vehicle so they should be fully aware of what they created it to do. Right? Right. That’s what I was beginning to learn, God created me with a very specific purpose, so why not go to HIM with all of my needs. Why not present my life back to him? I realized that I was nothing without God. I wanted to share my this because I was that girl. That girl who thought she was so awesome but was clueless to what it meant to truly be a woman of God. This was the beginning of my perspective shift. 

But let’s truly talk about perspective. Changing your perspective to just any ol' perspective or even that of a “positive” perspective can be life changing, but how long does that change actually last? I think that positive affirmations are great but there is nothing like the WORD OF GOD. Hebrews 4:12 reminds us that “the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” That’s deep!!! If the word of God is sharper than ANY double-edged sword, than what better perspective to shift to? Often times it is easy to be attracted to good things that are not based on God’s word, they simply are positive and provide instant gratification to the flesh. It is easy to think that these things are innocent and good, but I would think twice if I were you. If the foundation is not the Word of God then how good can it truly be? We are all trying to accomplish our goals one day at a time but it is impossible to acheive without the proper perspective. Psalm 37:4 reminds us to "delight ourselves in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our hearts." I think it’s imperative that we understand this scripture because quite honestly I didn’t for a while. When you delight yourself in HIM, He renews your mind, which inadvertently changes your desires to line up with HIS.  So pretty much, the more that we seek Christ, the more that our desires shift and God will give us those desires of that NEW heart! With all that is happening around us and in this world we have to make sure that our minds are right. We are to adopt the mind of Christ and not this world, even the so called “positive” movement. If it ain’t Jesus I don’t want it!!!! I am learning daily and my favorite resource is my study Bible. I could go on and on but I have added some links for you below that may be helpful if you are in the process of changing your perspective. XOXO

Having the right tools are so helpful to changing your perspective. 

Lastly, I will leave you with a few good questions to ask yourself when you are trying to determine if something is a good thing or God thing.


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