I welcome you to another time with God, an opportunity to hear His Word again. I am sure you are still basking in the blessings of the last teaching. I pray that nothing will be able to stop your destiny from being fulfilled as God has ordained it.
Last time, I taught on the secrets of how to carry and comport yourself with elegance, without any pretense or ingenuity which will enhance your worth and acceptance, bringing you fulfillment in life.
Today, I will be bringing to you more of these secrets:
Your thought is a vital aspect of your life you need to guard jealously. Your thinking defines your living! Be aware that success as well as failure, start in the mind. Whether we like it or not, we are products of our thoughts, The Bible says: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23: 7). Your thoughts form the basis of your speech. It affects the way you act, determines your motives for dressing the way you do and sets a pace for how you walk (your bearing). It is, therefore, vital to the issue of comportment and self-packaging.
In order to properly manage the thoughts of your heart, your need to do the following:
Study the Word: What is the place of the Word in your thought life? There is an adage in the computer world that says, “Garbage in, garbage out.” As long as you are investing the Word of God into your mind, that is what will govern your thoughts and ultimately determine your destiny (Colossians 3: 16). If you begin to think healthy thoughts, you will live a healthy life.
Philippians 4: 8 outlines what you must think about: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. When you discipline yourself to think only what the Word of God permits, your thoughts will be pleasing to God, and you know that those who please God don’t depreciate but appreciate!
Meditate on the Word: Meditation is the art of pondering on what you are studying, until it begins to make sense to you. You think on the Word until you practically know what to do to go forward. The Word of God is designed to profit you, but it cannot do so until you give it the desired attention. God’s Word says: All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable… (2 Timothy3: 16). But for the profiting to be your own 1 Timothy 4: 15 says: Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
Guard your mind: Your mind is your own; what goes on in it is what you allow. The devil will bring negative thoughts into your mind, but you either allow it or rebuke it. In other words, you are the architect of your own destiny; the sooner you accept responsibility the better for you. Don’t say, “I don’t have a choice.” You do! Remember that you make your choice and your choice makes you! Choose positive destiny-molding thoughts over ordinary sinful thoughts, and you are on your way up. I see you get there (Proverbs 4: 23).
Joy is another secret that we are examining here. Talking about the essence of joy, the Bible says: The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men (Joel 1:12). Everything dries up when joy is missing. But, when you are joyful, you bounce around as if there is a spring underneath your feet. A merry heart provokes an attitude that makes you irresistible. You cannot be joyful without reflecting it in your comportment.
Joy in your heart, has a way of causing you to blossom and bloom. It refreshes you and makes you attractive. You are ever full of smiles. Your shoulders are never allowed to hang down. The joy of the Lord on your inside becomes infectious. People just want to be around you, because there is an assurance that all their own sorrows will be drowned by the joy you carry. Your youth is renewed.
Don’t ever allow your moods to determine how you walk; rather, let your discovery in God’s Word do. Be joyful and maintain it. As far as God is concerned, no matter the situation, you are a creature of great value. God is mindful of you, so walk tall! Lift up your head and straighten your shoulders! Let your walk reflect strength, health, honour, dignity and a sense of purpose. As you do, you are surely going to make a difference!
“How do I maintain joy?” You may ask. The following guidelines will surely be of tremendous help:
1. You can maintain joy by a life of total gratitude to God. Be grateful to God, in and for all things. Understand that He cannot mismanage your life; He is working everything together for your good. Be grateful to God daily. Avoid complaining and murmuring (I Corinthians 10:10). It drains your joyful disposition.
2. Keep company with joyful people. Don’t waste your time by hanging out with negative people. This is because joy is contagious! Remember, birds of the same feather, flock together! Stick with a circle of enthusiastic and optimistic friends. This will help you maintain joy.
3. Fight depression because it dries the bones. It ultimately affects your comportment and gives a negative impression about your person.
It is only with joy that you can release the great deposits within you, for the Bible says: Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:3).
It is a continuous flow that cannot be stopped. Now, in Jesus’ name, I come against everything that saps you and drains your joy, I curse it and release the flow of joy into your life henceforth. Receive it in Jesus’ name! Amen.
In conclusion, how you comport yourself will determine how far you go in the race of life. Your packaging will always affect your product; so refuse to live your life carelessly! As you put these words to practice, I see God promote you, in Jesus’ name.
The ability to think right is a product of grace, and grace is only available to the redeemed of the Lord. To become a child of God, you must first accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you want to receive Him right now, please pray this prayer of faith with me: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. I believe You died for my sins and rose on the third day. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You Lord for saving me!”
Congratulations, you are now born-again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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