Day 15- Motivation

It’s Day 15 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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Working on our mental and spiritual health is a conscious decision. Our level of motivation for this commitment can quickly become a serious concern. The Enemy will attempt to distract us and deplete our motivation, and our flesh (our natural condition) is not always ready and willing to cooperate.

When we feel our motivation dipping, it is important to re-evaluate why we must continually care for our mental and spiritual health. When we are mentally and spiritually healthy, we maximize our life’s potential. It allows us to walk in alignment with the Father and the Kingdom of Heaven and enables us to experience increased blessing and prosperity.

It is also vital to draw closer to the Lord when we are concerned about our motivation. God always wants to help us, and He will encourage us to stay on the right path- His path.

Scriptures for Today’s Post

1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)- Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Matthew 19:26 (ESV)- But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)- But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your wisdom and your guidance. I know that you are always near to me, and I choose to actively trust in you. I pray that my motivation to improve my mental and spiritual health will strengthen each day instead of diminishing, and I speak against any forces that would attempt to hinder my progress.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN

Day 14- Thinking and Acting in Love

It’s Day 14 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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Yesterday’s post was about the Fruits of the Spirit. Today, I will be focusing on one of these fruits in particular- Love.

Love is a vital element in our lives and in our mental and spiritual health. God loved us so much that He sent Jesus- His only Son- to suffer and die on the cross so that we could be redeemed. The relationship that we enjoy with our Heavenly Father today began with love and continues in love.

Acting and thinking in love in our daily lives is incredibly important for our mental and spiritual health. It pushes back against the darkness and fills us with light. It will help us to keep our emotions under control, and it will also bless all of those around us.

Let us choose to walk in love going forward!

Scripture Verses for Today’s Post

John 3:16 (ESV)- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 4:8 (ESV)- Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 Corinthians 16:14 (ESV)- Let all that you do be done in love.

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Your love for me is beyond measure, and I am forever thankful. I know you will be with me everywhere I go, and I know that you will provide me with the strength that I will need to walk in love each day. I decree and declare that no matter what I face, I will be able to respond in love. Darkness will never have victory in my life!

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN

Day 13- The Fruits of the Spirit

It’s Day 13 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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Most of my posts up to this point have discussed the elements that can be detrimental to our mental and spiritual health. Today, I want to talk about the Fruits of the Spirit. When we live our lives exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit, we actively walk in the power of the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Fruits of the Spirit (according to Galatians 5:22-23 ESV) are as follows:

♦~♦ Love ♦~♦

♦~♦ Joy ♦~♦

♦~♦ Peace ♦~♦

♦~♦ Patience ♦~♦

♦~♦ Kindness ♦~♦

♦~♦ Goodness ♦~♦

♦~♦ Faithfulness ♦~♦

♦~♦ Gentleness ♦~♦

♦~♦ Self-Control ♦~♦

Making the conscious decision to walk in each of these attitudes daily will be an incredible boost for our mental and spiritual health. I cannot promise that it will be easy, only that it will help us to lead our best lives and will improve our relationship with the Lord and with others.

Scriptures for Today’s Post

1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)- Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

1 Thessalonians 4:4 (ESV)- That each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,

2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)- For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your great love for me. I pray that I will have the strength and wisdom to live my life in alignment with your will. I desire to honor your commands, Lord, and I decree and declare that I will operate in the Fruits of the Spirit even when it proves difficult. Father, every day is a new day, and I pray that each day I will grow closer and closer to you.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN

Day 12- Anxiety and Depression

It’s Day 12 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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Today, I want to focus on two forces that can significantly impact our mental and spiritual health- anxiety and depression. These forces can be incredibly powerful, and I have a heart for those who are struggling with them.

Depression and anxiety are quite complex, and they can influence the way we perceive everything around us. There are varying degrees of depression and anxiety-but they are detrimental (mentally, physically, and spiritually) at any level.

To protect ourselves against these forces or to help us rid ourselves of them- we need to look to God. Anxiety and depression are forces of the Kingdom of Darkness, and we can defeat them by actively walking in the power of the Kingdom of Heaven. Praying, reading the Bible, making positive confessions, breaking negative word curses, and actively thinking in positive ways can all help us to defeat the forces of depression and anxiety.

These two forces do not have to be a part of who we are. They are an affliction- and they can be defeated.

Scriptures for Today’s Post

1 Peter 5:7 (ESV)- Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Matthew 6:34 (ESV)- Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Joshua 1:9 (ESV)- Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for another day in which I have the opportunity to experience your boundless love and mercy. I decree and declare that anxiety and depression are not a part of who I am, and I cast them to the feet of Jesus. I pray that peace and joy will take their place, and I break the power of any negative word curses that have been spoken over me. Thank you, Lord, for your goodness and faithfulness. I am your humble servant, and I honor as one of your beloved children.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN

Day 11- A Day of Review

It’s Day 11 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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Today, I encourage you to look over the past 10 posts of this series. I have presented a fair amount of information in the past few days, and I believe that it would be beneficial to devote today’s time to reviewing what has been said and the scriptures that have been listed.

I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who has read even one of my posts in this series. I hope you have found truth and encouragement.

I will end today’s post with a poem (as is my typical style of writing for this blog).

Every journey has its start

The journey God calls us to

Will begin in the heart

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Though the path ahead

Will twist and turn

We will continue to grow

And continue to learn

♦~♦

We will continue to trust

And continue to hope

We will continue to rest

And continue to love

♦~♦

We will follow the light

That leads the way

And we will find ourselves stronger

Each day

Day 10- Lies About Creation

It’s Day 10 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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Now that we have discussed lies about ourselves, lies about others, and lies about God, we have come to the final category- lies about creation.

There are certain lies that we may come to believe about creation that will have a significant impact on our lives as Christians and on our mental and spiritual health. Dispelling the lies and replacing them with the truth will help us see the world around us clearly, and it will destroy a means by which the Enemy might try to influence us. Below are a few of the lies that we may believe about creation and the truths that can replace them.

Lie: Some animals are demonic.

                Truth: Some animals are used in cultic and demonic curses and spells and in witchcraft, but even then, it is often the qualities of the animal rather than the animal itself. Even if there is a particular animal often tied to the demonic kingdom- that does not mean the animal is, in itself, demonic. It is important that we break the power of any curses spoken over particular animals, but we need not fear or label any animal as “evil”. God created all things, and He said that they were good. We must not give credit to any of the Enemy’s corruptive works.

Lie: We have no influence over natural events.

                Truth: When Jesus died on the cross and rose again, we received our salvation, but we also received power and authority. We can operate in the power and authority that Jesus had when He was on earth. This means that we can, in fact, influence our natural surroundings- weather, mountains, water, fire, and more.

Lie: Natural disasters are a sign of God’s anger.

                Truth: God’s wrath and anger were poured out on Jesus. Natural disasters are now tools of the Enemy.

This post is the fourth and final post on the specific topic of lies. All lies can lead to serious consequences, and we must be diligent to dispel any lies that we believe and replace them with God’s truth.

Scriptures for Today’s Post

Genesis 1:21 (ESV)- So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Mark 4:39 (ESV)- And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Isaiah 4:6 (ESV)- There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

You are great, and mighty, and you are worthy of all praise! I pray, Lord, please reveal to me the lies that I believe about creation and help me to replace those lies with your truth. I desire to have a clear knowledge and understanding of all that you have made. I decree and declare that my mental and spiritual health continues to improve each day, and I stand in expectation for abundant revelation and blessing.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN

Day 9- Lies About God

It’s Day 9 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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In the two previous posts, I discussed both the lies that we may believe about ourselves and the lies that we may believe about others. Today, I will discuss the lies that we may believe about God.

Knowing the truth about God is a vital part of our lives as Christians. We must not allow lies of our flesh and lies of the enemy to deceive us. A few of the lies we may believe about God and the truths that can replace them are listed below.

Lie: God is distant.

                Truth: God is always near to us. He is even within our very hearts.

Lie: God allows bad things to happen to us to teach us a lesson.

                Truth: All of our punishment was poured out on Jesus when He was on the cross. It is the Enemy that comes against us, but God will use all evil that we encounter and turn it for our good.

Lie: God is angry or disappointed in me.

                Truth: Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, God sees us clothed in Jesus’ righteousness. He has no anger or resentment for us- only love, mercy, and grace.

It is incredibly important for us to have a proper understanding of who God is. Dispelling any lies that we may believe about God is a vital first step.

Scriptures for Today’s Post

1 John 4:8 (ESV)- Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:16 (ESV)- So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)- Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I pray that you will reveal who you are to me in greater and greater measure each day. Lord, help me to dispel the lies that I have believed about you and replace them with the truth. I desire to rid my mind of darkness and any influences of the Enemy. I decree and declare that my mind is filled with light and truth! Thank you, Father, for all that you’ve done in my life, all that you are doing, and all that you will do.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN

Day 8- Identifying Lies About Others

It’s Day 8 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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Yesterday, I discussed some of the lies that we can believe about ourselves. Today, I will be discussing the lies that we can believe about others. Any and all lies that we believe can be detrimental to our mental and spiritual health, and they can also lead to the natural and spiritual consequences that I have previously discussed. There are certain lies that we can believe about others that we need to dispel and replace with truth. Below is a list of some of these lies that we may hold.

Lie: I cannot trust anyone.

                Truth: We can trust the Lord to guide us towards beneficial interactions with others and help us to navigate any difficult situations.

Lie: No one is as capable or responsible as I am.

                Truth: No one is perfect. Only by continually working with the Lord we can draw closer to being the best that we can be.

Lie: Everyone else is better than I am.

                Truth: We were all made in God’s image, and we each have our own individual God-given skills and talents. We cannot continually compare ourselves to others because we are each unique.

Lie: Some people just can’t be saved.

                Truth: We are called to spread the gospel to all people. Only God knows who will ultimately be saved. We must operate under the assumption that everyone has the capacity to be saved.

Scripture Verses for Today’s Post

Romans 15:1 (ESV)- We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Matthew 5:16 (ESV)- In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

1 Peter 3:8 (ESV)- Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your grace and your mercy which are new each morning. I consecrate myself to you, and I am honored to do as you would have me do. I pray that you will help me to dispel the lies that I believe- particularly the lies that I believe about others. Lord, please help me to replace these lies with the truth. I decree and declare that my mental and spiritual health will improve each day and that I will continue to grow closer and closer to you, Lord.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN

Day 7- Identifying the Lies About Ourselves

It’s Day 7 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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In order to maintain our mental and spiritual health, we need to meditate on the truth. To do that, we need to make sure to identify and dispel any lies that we are holding on to. There are many different kinds of lies that we can keep in our minds, such as lies about ourselves, lies about others, lies about God, and lies about creation. Today, we will start with the lies that we may believe about ourselves. Below is a list of some of these lies that we need to dispel and the truths that we can replace them with.

Lie: I am unworthy of God’s love.

                Truth: God’s love for me is unconditional and immeasurable.

Lie: I don’t need God’s help.

                Truth: If I work on my own, I will fall short. When I partner with the Lord, I am sure to succeed.

Lie: I am not strong enough.

                Truth: God will give us the strength that we need. We just have to ask for it and declare it.

Lie: I am not smart enough.

                Truth: God will give us the wisdom that we need. We just have to ask for it and declare it.

Lie: I am not beautiful/handsome.

                Truth: We are all made in the image of God. God sees us as His wonderful creation. We need to pray that we will see ourselves as God sees us- redeemed, forgiven, and beautiful.

Scriptures for Today’s Post

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)- For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Romans 8:1 (ESV)- There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your grace, your kindness, and your mercy. You are the One True God, and you are worthy of all honor and praise. I pray that you would reveal to me any lies that I am believing about myself and that you will help me to dispel those lies and replace them with truth. I decree and declare that I will walk in greater light every day.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN

Day 6- Natural and Spiritual Consequences

It’s Day 6 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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I believe that the best way to address today’s topic is directly -If we do not actively seek to maintain our mental and spiritual health- we will likely face consequences.

In the natural realm, when we operate with mental and/or spiritual instability, we will face many risks. These risks include isolating ourselves from the world and negatively impacting our relationships and careers. Our mental and spiritual health is not only important in our faith- it is a means by which we can live our best lives and help others to live their best lives.

The spiritual realm also holds risks for those who operate with mental and/or spiritual instability. The Enemy will try to use us to complete his evil desires if we do not guard our mental and spiritual health. He will use negative thoughts and emotions to influence us and to help him steal, kill, and destroy. When I say this, there are many levels of meaning to it. The Devil certainly supports actual stealing, killing, and destroying, but he also supports actions such as the stealing of innocence, the act of killing someone’s dream, and/or the destruction of someone’s joy.

Building a strong relationship with the Lord, praying, reading the Word, and making positive confessions are all great ways to improve upon our mental and spiritual health. Doing so will help us to avoid the risks that are associated with mental and spiritual instability.

Scripture Verses for Today’s Post

James 4:7 (ESV)- Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 1:12 (ESV)- Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Colossians 3:9-10 (ESV)- Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Your ways are higher and your Will is greater than any that I could ever know. I am honored to serve you and to praise your holy Name. I pray for continuing guidance for how to improve upon my mental and spiritual health. I pray that I will clearly hear the voice of of the Holy Spirit and that I will have the wisdom and strength to act upon the instructions that I receive. I decree and declare that each day will be an opportunity to experience an even greater measure of your presence, your power, and your grace.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN