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

♦~♦

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

Day 5-When in Darkness

It’s Day 5 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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Yesterday, I discussed the impact that external situations and circumstances can have on one’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Today, I would like to discuss negative situations and circumstances specifically.

In life, we will always experience negative situations. They are practically unavoidable.

However, even though we will experience negative situations and circumstances, that does not mean that we have to be negatively impacted by them or that we have to react negatively. When in darkness- we must be the light.

To be the light in a dark situation- we must carefully choose to think and act in a positive and responsible manner regardless of what is going on around us. This will bring about the best results for ourselves and for others.

Tomorrow, I will discuss potential spiritual and natural consequences for giving in to the negative influences of bad situations and circumstances.

Scriptures for Today’s Post

Romans 8:28 (ESV)- And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Philippians 4:11-12 (ESV)- Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I know that I will face many different situations throughout my life. I pray for wisdom and revelation for every situation and for the strength to think and act in accordance to your will. I pray that I will clearly hear the Holy Spirit’s guidance. My life is in your hands, Lord, and I choose to trust in you.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN

Day 3- Origins

Its Day 3 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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Today, I would like to discuss the origin of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. There are three possible origins- the Spirit, our flesh, and the Enemy.

Good and positive thoughts and feelings often come from our flesh or from the Spirit. It can be difficult to think and feel positively in the world that we live in, but when we do, we are often operating out of our natural inclination or in connection with the Spirit. The Lord wants our thoughts and feelings to be centered around things that are good, and we can maintain that mental state if we choose to listen to the Spirit and reject thoughts and feelings that do not align with the Lord’s will.

Negative thoughts and feelings often come from our flesh or from the Enemy. These are the destructive, depressing, melancholy thoughts and emotions that produce nothing but ill-will and frustration. If we choose to give in to them, we give power to the Enemy and open a door for him to come into our lives and cause chaos.

Knowing the origin of our thoughts and feelings is vital. We do not think or feel in isolation. The spiritual realm is very real and impacts each of our lives. We must actively work to keep our flesh under control, pray in support of influence from the Holy Spirit, and pray against any influence of the Enemy.

Scriptures for Today’s Post

1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)- Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

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

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the Spirit which you have sent to guide me and help me. I pray that I will be sensitive to the Spirit’s guiding and quick to reject any influence of the Enemy. I also pray for strength to control my flesh and its will. Align my thoughts with yours Lord, and align my heart with yours. Today is going to be a blessed day, and I stand in expectation for prosperity and wisdom in every area of my life.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN

Day 2- Balance in the Mind

It’s Day 2 of the 21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series!

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Yesterday, I covered the topic of working through feelings and emotions and not allowing them to interrupt our lives. Today, I want to discuss the mental balance that we should strive to achieve.

To live the lives that God wants for us, we need to work to find the right balance in our minds. There are both spiritual and natural elements to creating a healthy mental balance. Investing in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, praying consistently, and confessing positively over our minds and circumstances are vital elements. Additionally, we should surround ourselves with people who will encourage us and help us to grow. It is also important to incorporate positive thinking, physical exercise, balanced nutrition, and stress management into our lifestyles. Our mental state is impacted by many factors, and it takes diligent care to maintain a strong and healthy mental environment.

Each of the elements that I have mentioned are essential to maintaining a healthy mental balance because they will limit the negative, emphasize the positive, and facilitate strong mental-functioning.

Scriptures for Today’s Post

Romans 12:2 (ESV)- Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Philippians 4:8 (ESV)- Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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,

I come before you today, and I pray for a renewal of my mind. I pray that my thoughts will align with your thoughts and that my desires will align with your desires. I break any negative word curses that have been spoken over me or that I have spoken over myself regarding my thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I pray for supernatural strength and guidance as I work to maintain my mental environment and its proper balance. I speak blessings and health to my heart and my mind, and I consecrate myself to you Lord.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray,

AMEN

21-Day Mental and Spiritual Health Series

Visit my blog daily for 21 days as I present my first series! Each day I will post information on the topic of mental and spiritual health. There will be a teaching portion followed by relevant scripture verses, and each post will end with a prayer that will be created specifically for that day’s topic.

I strongly encourage you to post thoughts and comments throughout the series! I would love the chance to talk with you about the information that I will be covering.