I know I haven’t posted in awhile – but as I mentioned in a previous post or two – I started taking classes in January. I’m part of a School of Supernatural Ministry here locally, but we are using the curriculum from Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry out in Redding, California. I also said this before too – but if you haven’t checked out this church, what it’s doing, what they teach and preach . . . you need to! Their church is not only changing their city – but their reach is spreading across the globe – to bring healing, deliverance, salvation, love and power to the world!
Bill Johnson – head pastor (as well as other pastors and leaders from that church – Kris Vallotton and Danny Silk especially) has written some incredible books that have been rocking my world! They have opened up my eyes to seeing scripture in new ways, to seeing myself in new ways, to finally understanding more about just WHO I am as well as WHOSE I am! It has been setting me free!
Bethel Church broadcasts many of their services – worship and teaching – on ibethel.tv. You can watch some things for free, and then they also have subscription services – 3 different ones – depending on what you would like/prefer.
Most every day I listen to one of their videos – whether it’s just worship or teaching. I used to put on Joyce Meyer every day in the morning (tv, or sometimes online) as I got ready for the day – now it’s i-bethel. Occasionally I will also put on a webcast from CBN’s Spiritual Gifts Webcast archives at CBN.com. I have also listened to Beth Moore as well (You can hear here at Oneplace.com, or you can watch her on LIFE Today with James and Betty Robinsin here. LOVE that lady!).
By doing this – I am feeding my spirit, healing my soul, and training my mind. I also recently picked up the Bible on CD’s (dramatized version) from the library and have occasionally put those in while getting ready in the morning, doing chores, or driving around. (I need to do that more.) I have found that I look at/hear the scriptures differently when I’m listening to it rather than reading it. It’s opened my eyes to new things!
I do still watch one tv show a week (LOST) – but that’s it (and occasionally a movie . . . but not as much as I used to). Why fill my mind with the ways of this world? Why fill up the empty spaces in my thoughts, heart and emotions with things that don’t satisfy? It just leaves me feeling empty still and like I’ve just wasted part of my life. I don’t want that. I want so much more out of life. I want that abundant life that Jesus said he died to give me! He DIED so I could have it! If He died for it – then it must be something good!! NO – GREAT! It was worth dying for! (I was worth dying for!)
We are what we think about. We think about whatever we have put in our minds – through our eyes, our ears, our experiences . . . so . . . .
What are you “soaking” your mind, spirit and soul in these days? I would challenge and encourage you to take note of what you are putting before your eyes, ears and in your life. Is it bringing life into your mind, heart, emotions and life? What kind of life do you want to have? That abundant life that God has for you? Go after it! But remember – it all starts in our minds – what we think about! (If you struggle with this – with your thought life – I would recommend Joyce Meyer’s book – “Battlefield of the mind”!!)
I posted signs around my house – not only for my kids, but for my benefit. One of them says “What are you soaking in?” and has a picture of a sponge and a brain. Below it is the verse Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brothers, whatever is TRUE, whatever is NOBLE, whatever is RIGHT, whatever is PURE, whatever is LOVELY, whatever is ADMIRABLE – if anything is EXCELLENT or PRAISEWORTHY – think about such things.”
The other quote I have posted is this:
Watch your thoughts – they become your words.
Watch your words – they become your actions.
Watch your actions – they become your habits.
Watch your habits – they become your character.
Watch your character – it becomes your destiny.
What are you soaking in today?
Soak in the deep water from the Lord today! Be refreshed – and renewed with LIFE!!
I’ve added links to many of my favorite “wells” that I currently “drink” from or have in the past. Check the “aqueducts” on the right sidebar!