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Reflections: Make a Habit of Expressing Gratitude

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Reflections: Make a Habit of Expressing Gratitude

He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:23 NIV84) 

We live in a world where gratitude is a rare commodity. Most people spend their time asserting their rights or demanding more and more for doing less and less. 

The focus of the KingdomNomic thinker is sharply different. The KingdomNomic thinker works to be an effective instrument of God. The focus is on making an impact for the advancement of the kingdom of God, not on asserting personal rights and ambitions.

This passage from Psalm 50 tells us we honor God when we express gratefulness. Not only does a grateful heart honor God, but it prepares the way for God to move in the life of the believer. When we express gratitude to God, we are also expressing faith in him and in his provision for us. This causes God, subject to his sovereign will, to prepare the way for his saving actions in our everyday life.

To express gratitude properly, our attitude must be right toward God, other people, ourselves, possessions, and the world. Expressing gratitude constructively means that we continually adjust our attitude in an affirmative way – one that is pleasing to God and others.

Today, ask yourself:
Am I a grateful person? Do I continually express my gratitude to both God and other people?

Make it your goal to develop a pattern of expressing gratitude. It takes about six weeks to form a habit. Every day for the next six weeks, intentionally express your gratitude in a tangible way to both God and to another person. 

@KingdomNomics Applied Devotional (Day 11)

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John 16:13

Day 11                       

Respond to the Spirit’s Promptings

The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into the full truth. (John 16:13, CEV)

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)

After we ask Jesus Christ to come into our lives, it is not long before we realize that we cannot live for him in our own strength.  The flesh, or the natural man, is weak.  We need to be enlightened and empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, which he gives to us at the time of our conversion––a conversion from a life of sin to a life with Jesus Christ.

From that moment on, God works continually inside of us to work out his will for our lives and to engage us in his plans for the world.  Jesus tells us we can do nothing of eternal significance apart from him.  And if we want Christ to be doing his work through us, it must be done by the power of the Holy Spirit.

As we practice setting our minds on what the Spirit desires, soak our hearts in the Word of God, and then sow to the Spirit, we reap eternal benefits as he imparts his life into our mortal bodies.  His life will sweep away the tendencies to be anxious, depressed, or fearful as we focus our hearts and minds on Jesus Christ and trust in the power of his Word.  We will find ourselves prompted to go in a certain direction, to make a certain decision, to respond to a certain individual.

It works the same as with any form of nutrition: You must eat daily, but eating the right foods begins to bring you a residual health. You are stronger and healthier. As we feed on the Word of God, we also become stronger and healthier spiritually, and the Spirit’s influence in our lives becomes greater. The result is a greater dependence on the Holy Spirit for strength and direction.

Heart Deposit:
Ask God to give you a willing heart and mind to put into action what you are prompted to do by his Holy Spirit.

KingdomNomics depends
on the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Related Verses:
“He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.”  Romans 8:4 (NLT)

“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’”  Galatians 4:6

“’My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.’”  John 4:34

Related Resources:
Click here to read “Walking in the Spirit”

@KingdomNomics Applied Devotional (Day 10)

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Galatians 6:8

Day 10                       

Flow with the Spirit

“Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:8)

As we look to God for direction, it is critical that we soak our hearts and minds in the Word of God and that, out of that discipline, comes a sowing to the Spirit.  When we are consistent in practicing soaking and sowing, the result will be a flowing of the Spirit in and through our lives.  In Romans 8:11, it is made clear that the Spirit of Christ imparts his life to our mortal bodies.

As we sow to the Spirit, we reap eternal benefits from the Spirit.  In response to this I say, “Flow, Spirit, flow!”  I want my heart and my life to overflow with his presence and power so that I can be a more effective instrument for him in this world! This is one of the primary ways that kingdom attitudes begin to grow within us. Crisis by crisis, worry by worry, relationship by relationship, the Spirit of God, speaking to us through his Word and his personal guidance, transforms us into the people he has always intended for us to be.

A genuine “spiritual reaction” takes place when we soak our hearts and minds in the Scriptures and let the Spirit flow freely through us. Life, health, power, and hope surge through us like medicine from heaven itself. The life-giving power of God flows through those who pray.

So we soak in the Word, we sow—reciting our verses, and the Spirit flows. Soon, we’ll need to repeat this process. Our hearts and minds are like a sponge–they need to be filled over and over, and we can’t let them become dry and brittle. It’s an on-going process. And the more we soak, sow and flow, the more we will find that our attitudes are changing in a remarkable way.

Heart Deposit:
Consistently practice soaking, sowing, and flowing.  As this discipline becomes a part of your life, in what ways do you see your worldview, behavior, and witness in this world changing?  Record, in some way, what you are learning and the ways you see God working in you and through you.

KingdomNomics is fueled
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Related Verses:
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”  Psalm 143:10

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”  Galatians 5:16

Related Resources:
Click here to read “Be Filled with the Holy Spirit”

@KingdomNomics Applied Devotional (Day 9)

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Psalm 45:1

Day 9                       

Sow to the Spirit

“My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.” (Psalm 45:1)

If we desire to reap eternal benefits and experience a full life from the Spirit in our mortal bodies, we must “sow” to the Spirit.  We do that by focusing our attention on Christ and by reciting his words back to him, for he is our King.  The author of this verse had dipped his mind into the depths of Scripture and he “recited” his verses before the king; reciting means he had committed them to memory.

Jesus refers to the Word of God as being seed.  When we “recite our verses” to our King, we are sowing that seed in the field of our soul and our spirit.  As we practice this sowing to the Spirit, he causes the seed of God’s Word to be implanted in our hearts, and then to gestate and grow.  This wonderful process brings us new life, enlightenment, strength, wisdom, and peace, all of which will impact our lives in a mighty way.  I’ve enjoyed this dynamic experience countless times.  We come to the Word of God anxious, and he gives us peace.  We come with anger toward someone, and he gives us love and patience.  We come dry, and he fills us to bursting with the refreshment of his goodness.  It’s a daily renewal.

Sowing to the Spirit is the best antidote or cure for depression, anxiety, and worry.  One of the works of the Word of God is to act as a cleanser.  It can rid our bodies of toxins, and replace them with the life and peace of God.  The mind and heart saturated with the Word of God becomes “armored” against the wiles of Satan.  God’s Word strengthens us and empowers us to fulfill the purposes that he has chosen to perform through us.

Heart Deposit:
Set aside time every day to soak your heart and mind in the Word of God.  As you do, sow to the Spirit by reciting the words you are meditating on back to your King.

KingdomNomics takes possession
of Bible truths
through meditation.

Related Verses:
“Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.”  Psalm 119:111

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17

Related Resources:
Click here to read “Scripture Memorization”

@KingdomNomics Applied Devotional (Day 8)

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Day 8                       

Soak in God’s Word

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.” (Jeremiah 15:16)

Jeremiah 15:16

Paul tells us that Christ is living in us.  The power of God is actually in us!  It strengthens us for living his way.  It helps us to minister to people as we focus our minds on what he desires.  It flows into our bodies as we allow the Holy Spirit to control our minds.  This power works to transform us from being “getters” into being givers.

In order for the Holy Spirit to control us, we need to soak our minds in the Word of God.  There is no substitute for this, no shortcut.  We need to immerse ourselves in the Word of God until it is engraved on our hearts.  We are told in our verse for today that Jeremiah “ate” God’s Word.  That means he digested it!  He meditated on it, assimilated it into his innermost being, and delighted in the taste of it.

The Spirit’s control is a result of delighting in God’s Word and allowing the richness and power of it to sink into our very being.  God’s Word can fill us with power and enlightenment, giving us a taste of heaven.  The message for us here is to make sure that we are taking the time to actually “soak” our hearts in the richness of God’s Word.  This takes intentionality, but it is more than worth it!

Soak your heart in God’s Word every day and you willexperience the truth of Christ, the power of God, and understanding that will help you know what that means for you in your everyday life.

Heart Deposit:
In what ways are you discovering the delight of God’s Word? In what ways are you focusing your mind on God’s truth?  As you soak your heart in God’s Word, what truth is God impressing upon your heart about your every day decisions?

KingdomNomics delights
in the Word of God.

Related Verses:
“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.”  Psalm 119:97-104

Related Resources:
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@KingdomNomics Applied Devotional (Day 7)

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1 Peter 2:2

Day 7                       

Desire God’s Word

“Like newborn babes, crave pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow up in your salvation.” (1 Peter 2:2)

When we are hungry, our bodies crave physical food.  So also each one of us has a spirit that craves to be fed and nourished with spiritual food.  Jesus said that the words he spoke to us would nourish us. His words are spirit and life!  In order to grow spiritually, we need to soak our hearts in those words as we desire the “pure spiritual milk” of the Word of God.  Jesus also said that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled, and that we should labor for the food that leads to eternal benefits.

We know that a baby has to drink the milk if it is going to be useful in helping him to grow.  So a Bible on the shelf does us little good unless we move its contents, first into our heads, and then into our hearts.

If you want to grow in your Christian life, you must develop not only a strong desire to spend time in the Word of God, but the discipline to do it as well.  As you spend time with God in his Word, seeking him and implementing his instructions into your life, you will find that your ideas of how to use your time, talent, and treasure will be moved into directions of significance.

Heart Deposit:
Ask God to give you a desire to spend time in his Word every day.  Keep a record of what you are learning and how you see God directing you.

KingdomNomics is
scripture driven.

Related Verses:
“I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.”  Psalm 119:16

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”  John 17:17

Related Resources:
Click here to read the Bible online
Click here to download the Bible
Click here to listen to audio Bible

 

KingdomNomics Applied Devotional (Day 6) @kingdomnomics

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Day 6                       

Renew Your Mind

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Romans 12:2

If we have any hope of expecting to see God operating in our lives, we must make a determination as to which audience, God or man, we are trying to please. The world seeks to gain our attention and allegiance by directing our steps away from God. In order to be pleasing to God, we need to separate from the world through the transformation of our ideas and thoughts. To be transformed by the power of his Word will enable us to break away from the crowd.

This means we must experience a change in how we think and act, how we perceive the world around us, and how we spend our time. The goals in life that we are pursuing must be in line with God’s will. If we truly desire to please God, we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds. This can only come about by exposure to the Word of God, allowing it to penetrate our innermost beings.

We constantly and consistently must be evaluating our motives and goals to make sure our objective is to please God, not man. The old way of living and doing things has passed. It is no longer us who live, but Christ lives in us. God has created us, in Christ Jesus, to do new works that he has planned for us!

Heart Deposit:
In what ways are you currently trying to please God? In what ways are you trapped by trying to please man? Ask God to give you new desires and direction in order to pursue the things that he desires for you!

KingdomNomics focuses
on God’s will.

Related Verses:
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  2 Corinthians 3:18

Related Resources:
Click here to read “Renewing Your Mind”