Life Hack #1 For Positive Thinking

Always Be Grateful – LifeHack #1
Two Life Hacks That Guarantee Positive Thinking

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. ~ Zig Ziglar

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Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thes 5:18 NLT

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. ~ The Message

It’s not natural to be grateful. We are afflicted with ingratitude.

Being grateful is a choice you have to learn to make during the good and the bad times. You can make it an attitude, a constant state of mind, with discipline.

How?

We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Rom 8:28 Amp

God fits our life situations, good and bad, into the good plan that does not end on earth.

Tests and trials train us in faith.

..through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. Rom 5:2-4

Five Reasons For An Attitude of Gratitude

1. You are a person of great value.
2. You are unconditionally loved.
3. You are forgiven … Guilt free
4. You don’t have to worry, God is in charge.
5. You have a greater purpose in life than you can imagine.

Attitude of Gratitude Makes A Much Better Life
1. Victory over negative emotions. (fear, depression,
lonelieness, celf-centerdness, discouragement,
negativity,

You will be tempted. Switch on the attitude.

2. Better relationships
3. More energy
4. Less illness
5. More physically active
6. More joy
7. Better sleep
8. More enthusiastic
9. Encourages generosity
10. Makes people more important than materialism

Real worship is thankful worship.

How To Have Spiritual Prosperity In All You Do


It’s where you focus and where you obtain wisdom that determines if you are spiritually prosperous or not.

If we speak to the Lord about the Word, the Word will speak to us about the Lord. ~ Warren Wiersbe

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They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1:3 NLT

Water represents:
• Drinking the “Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 10:4)
• Washing in “The Word of God” (Eph 5:26)

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. Ps 1:1

Disconnection from God is a process for Christians that is pushed along by the influence of the world.

Two Choices of Influence:

The world will lead you to judgment.

Follow → Stand → Join

We are to be in the world but not of the world.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Rom 12:2

The Word will lead you to joy. (godly Wisdom)

But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. Ps 1:2

Personal Spiritual Fruit

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Gal 5:22-23

You can only become spiritually rich when you realize you were born into spiritual poverty.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:3

Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven! Matt 5:3 Amplified

Distributing The Fruit to Change The World

• Godly Character
• Active member of God’s local family
• God’s love with skin (kindness, generosity)
• Worshiping God in all areas of life.
• Showing and Telling others the Good News of life change

Royal Farris Life Connection Church Euless, TX
http://www.lifeconnectionchurch.org

How To Conquer Fear


Fear impairs your spiritual hearing.

The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. Matt 13:22

1) Conquer the fear of the moment.

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The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Psalms 27:1

• God is my light.
• God is my rescuer.
• God is my safe place.

2 When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.

2) Conquer the fear of failing God.

7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!
8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
9 Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.

3) Conquer the fear of whatever lies ahead.

Practice staying in God’s presence at all times.

11 Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me.
12 Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence.

Focus on God’s goodness and know He wants what is best for you in the context of the growing of “The Kingdom.”

13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.

It’s easier to be patient if you are confident.

14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Pastor Royal Farris http://www.lifeconnectionchurch.org

Oh God Please Fix Me


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Psalms 51

1 Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.

Because of your great compassion blot out the stain of my sins.

Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. Ps 51

Disconnection from God = Constant state of Anxiety

1) Accept responsibility for being out of God’s will.

For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.

Denial is closing your eyes to your rebellion. It makes it impossible to understand the source of your anxiety.

Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.

For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

You can’t fix yourself. Only God’s grace makes you right.

But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

2) Find your joy in God.

Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice.

Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.

3) Influence others with your God experience.

Butology – I once was but now I am.

13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.

14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.

Praise God with your words, heart, and life.

15 Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.

16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.

You do not want a burnt offering.

17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

18 Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Serve God and others as a result of your love for God. 

19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit— with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.

With Great Emotion We Sang “The Star Spangled Banner”

bannerI know there seems to be a lot of unrest in our country at the moment. Just remember, there always has been. Sometimes it just seems a little more blown up than others. We live in a time where we see and hear much more than we used to and most of the time it is spun in the subjective direction of the person doing the reporting.

I was recently at a rodeo with some friends from England. At the beginning a cowboy on a horse carrying an American flag came out of the gate and circled the arena to “I’m Proud To Be An American” by Lee Greenwood. The flag was blowing in the wind made by the speed of the horse. As the song played the rider went faster and faster. At the end of the song with the audience on their feet cheering, He made a dramatic dirt throwing stop in the middle of the arena.

The flag came to a rest and the crowd cheered like crazy.

With great emotion we sang “The Star Spangled Banner”.

After the rodeo my young English friends said the flag presentation was amazing and emotional. One said, “I have never known anyone who was that proud of their country.”

America is still a great country and as Christians who love God and love people we can help make it even better. We know that love is contagious. As we take the love and the comfort gifted to us by God, we can offer it to others, and if we grow the love we can change the world.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Cor 1:3-4

Dear Christians, When you get mad or upset about the way your world is going, remember, we are citizens of heaven, and while we are here we need to make a difference in the name of Jesus.  If you are not a Christian, as an American, we have much for which to be grateful.

Have a great, safe, and grateful Independence Day weekend.

Life Of Devotion 101 (Video/Notes)

Devotion: zealous, love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.

But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.  Acts 13:22

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I will sing of your love and justice, Lord. I will praise you with songs. Ps 101:1

1) Devotion of the heart.

2 I will be careful to live a blameless life—when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.

• Heart condition more important than actions.
• God’s representative
• A life that glorifies God
• Holiness in private and public life.
• Blameless is not sinless.
2) Devotion of the eyes.

3 I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.
4 I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.

The eyes will seek what the heart loves.
Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere. Ecc 2:10-11
3) Devotion to supportive community.

5 I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride.

6 I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me.

4) Devotion of the will based on Truth.
7 I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence.
8 My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked and free the city of the Lord from their grip.
But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 2 Cor 11:3

Royal Farris … Life Connection Church Euless, TX