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What does it mean “to be established” in God?  Established means to make firm, stable, secure, settled, be fixed upon, steadfast.  When you are established in God, negative circumstances will no longer immobilize you.  Where there was once confusion, now there is confidence.  Fear is replaced by faith.   The Apostle Paul encourages us in Colossians 2:7 to,

“Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.” (AMP)

Notice this verse and all the action phrases in it;  deeply planted, being continually built, becoming increasingly more, abounding in and overflowing in.  These are “doing” words.  We are instructed to be doers of the Word (James 1:22).  In order to be established in God we will have to be actively doing what the Bible tells us.  We have to:

~ Reject doubt and embrace belief.  Unbelief hinders you from receiving solutions to your problem.

God tells us that if we adhere to, trust in, and rely on Him we will enter His rest. (Hebrews 3:19) Doubt will cut us off from His blessings. The opposite of belief is doubt. The enemy loves to put doubt in our minds. If the devil can keep us doubting ourselves, doubting if it’s God’s voice we hear, doubting our inner knowing, then the devil is doing his job and he’s winning. I’m tired of letting the devil win in my life.  I’ve allowed that to happen for way too many years. It’s time to reject doubt and put our confidence in God.

~ Obey and live righteously.  The result of obedience is righteousness.  “In righteousness you shall be established…” (Isaiah 54:14)  To be established in God we have to be obedient which in turn makes us right with God.  In my pastor’s sermon yesterday he asked the congregation, “Are you right with God?”  For the first time in a long time I felt comfortable saying yes, I am right with God.

~ Look at the direction of your life.  Are you thinking of the consequences of each decision?  Do you act before you think?  Proverbs 4:26 tells us, “Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established”.  Sometimes we get caught in a difficult situation because we didn’t think first and made a decision too quickly.  Remember, today’s decisions will determine your tomorrow.

~ Be grounded in your faith.  We need to be grounded in the basic doctrines of God’s Word.  Know your Bible, know the Truth, and follow what you have been taught.

The result of being established in God is security and stability.  Oh, how I wanted to be stable and secure!  The way I had lived my life in the past was like standing on shaky ground.  Have you ever been in a fun house at your county fair?  Do you remember walking on a floor that kept moving under your feet, shifting up, down and sideways?  You would have to hold onto the railing to stabilize yourself in order to walk across it?  When I was using, that’s what my life felt like every day, every hour, every minute.  Except I didn’t use the railings to secure myself.  I would just try and make it across the moving floor all by myself.  I failed every time.  It wasn’t until I grabbed ahold of the railing, my Lord Jesus Christ, was I able to make it across that shaky floor.

I longed for stability and a sense of security, yet I wasn’t willing to give up my destructive lifestyle.  Why it took me so long to finally give it up just baffles me.  But I don’t keep my mind on that.  I can’t.  If I do, I get stuck in it and it’s not a good place to be.  I wasted so many years trying to figure out the “why”.  Forget it.  It’s of no use.  I had to ask for forgiveness and I had to forgive myself and not look back.  How can I move forward if I’m always looking back?  I can’t, so I keep my eyes on Jesus, His Truth, and doing the next right thing with a hope that I can be a positive influence in someone’s life. 

No more shaky ground.  My feet are planted and rooted in Him.  I am nowhere near where I want to be but I keep moving forward, believing in Him and His ways, rejecting doubt and being established in God.  It’s a good place to be!

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“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3 (KJV)

Everything we do and everything we say starts with a thought.  Our emotions and feelings are generated from an initial thought in our mind.  It is estimated that in the course of just one day we have up to 70,000 thoughts.  We have more electrical impulses in our brain generated in one day than by all the telephones in the world.  I’ve read that the energy used by the brain is enough to light a 25 watt bulb.  Isn’t that incredible?  This fact takes on a whole new meaning when we say a “a little light went off in my head”, doesn’t it? 

With the thousands of  thoughts in one day and all the energy generated from our mind, as Christians, don’t we have a responsibility to keep a sound mind and pay attention to what we are fixing our thoughts on?  I don’t think we as believers can be a positive influence to the un-saved if we don’t take control of our thought life.  I like the Amplified Bible Translation of Proverbs 16:3,

“Roll your works upon the Lord  [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and]  so shall your plans be established and succeed.”

I started studying God’s Word in depth two years ago.  I struggled for understanding in those early months.  I came to realize that my thoughts and my actions were not lining up together.  I would think one way but act another.   There must be a balance—an alignment of His will with my thought life.  Otherwise, change doesn’t happen!  The result of being “out of alignment” will be confusion and frustration.  God’s Word does not produce confusion, it produces peace.  So obviously I wasn’t doing something right. 

How do we align our thoughts with His?

~~ We need to have a working knowledge of His Word.  We have to read, meditate and study the Word of God.  Knowledge is good but we must also put into practice what His Word tell us.

~~ We have to commit our daily life and all we do unto God. By committing the things we do and say to the Lord, we will find peace and joy! Colossians 3:23 tells us to work as if we are working for the Lord, as if God is our boss, not man.

~~ We have to make God first in our thought life.  I’ve made it a habit that when I open my eyes in the morning I say “Good Morning Father”.  I want Him to be my very first thought of the day. 

~~ We must pray without ceasing and be thankful in everything (1 Thess. 5:17, 18).  The Apostle Paul tells us we are to pray continually and be thankful in everything.  Having a grateful heart reminds us of how blessed we are.  Praying keeps us with an active connection with our Heavenly Father.

Obviously, we will never be able to think like God, but we can develop a Christ-like mindset.  All believers should be working toward having a mind like Christ.  After all, doesn’t the word “Christian” mean “Christ-like”?  God’s Word tells us that His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8).  That means He is above our thinking.  And so He should be.  He IS God after all.   I’m talking about aligning our thoughts with His.  It’s a mindset.  It takes practice.  It is only then that we will see changes in our life.  By keeping our thoughts and actions in alignment with our Holy Father, we find the peace we’ve been searching for and we experience what true joy really is.

 


A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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