Renew Your Mind: Everything is a Possibility
Prayer helps us become aware of God’s provisions and protections in our life.
Let’s begin each day with prayer and intentionally look for God’s provision (resources) and protection (strength) throughout the day!
Graham Cooke Audio Study:
What is the one phrase, scripture or statement where God is speaking directly into your life or current circumstances? How can you use this to grow your faith?
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? This week’s study is challenging us to think brilliantly, to think as though everything is a possibility.
Graham Cooke shares that we are men and women of substance, growing into our place. Our truest identity is not found in magazines, self-help books, careers, spouses, or our status. Our truest identity is found in Christ alone. We are sons and daughters of the living God.
- Full of laughter
- Full of goodness
- Love a Good Fight
- and we will contend for our promises
“Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”
We can represent the best of heaven here on earth, now. We are imperfect people surrounded by imperfect people, some with very bad intentions, but we have the advantage. We are a part of a people group birthed into majesty (royalty) and sovereignty (power and authority).
We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to move in a direction opposite of our culture.
Meditation #1: Walking in our Blessings
What blessings does Jesus promise to us in His sermon on the mount (The Beatitudes)? How are we declaring these truths in our life? Can we get to a place where we rejoice in persecution because we confidently trust in God’s promise that our reward is great in heaven?
“Seeing the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and when He sat down, His disciples came to Him.And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called son of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
We can walk in the power of “instead”. Using God’s word we can turn every negative into a positive. Instead of mourning, I will be filled with comfort. Instead of division, I will be a peacemaker. There is so much power when we live in the “instead” and moving in the opposite direction of what the culture tells us we should do. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to move in a new way.
Meditation #2: Reframing our Perspective
What if our what if’s were not negative? How might we reframe our problems into possibilities? How might we begin to see obstacles, not as challenges that prevent our success, but as stepping stones that prepare us for our blessings? How does this change our perspective? How does this “brilliant thinking” empower us to walk in God’s goodness and see problems as possibilities? How do we walk in the promises of God when we cannot see the path?
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength”
“for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7
The path ahead may be unknown to us, but it is known to God. We can walk in faith, without seeing or knowing the path because we put our trust in God. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in faith – path unseen.
Meditation #3: Boldly Approaching the Throne of Grace
When we are confident, we hold our head a little higher, speak a little bolder, and smile a little larger. It is almost as though we grow a little taller. There is something so appealing about a person that exudes confidence.
Confidence: the state of feeling certain about the truth of something
How confident are you when you pray? How does it make you feel to know that Jesus is interceding for YOU? How can we align our hearts and prayers with the heart and prayers of Jesus? Will this help us to begin to align our thoughts and see problems as possibilities of God’s goodness in our life?
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidencedraw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to confidently approach the throne of Grace. I am praying that our eyes are open to all of the possibilities in our life.
I am so thankful you are here and a part of this study.