For this week’s Faithfull Friday post I thought I would share 5 things that I have been encouraged by this week.
1. Currently Reading
Victorious Emotions by Wendy Backlund. I cannot say enough about this book. I have been wrestling with some of the same emotions, negative thought patterns, and self hate that was characteristic of my 2017 prior to being healed from depression. This book is helping me to see that the emotions connected to these negative strongholds are far stronger than the emotions connected to positive, peaceful, hope-filled thoughts and experiences.
So how do you combat this? Obviously, read this book! The main theme is that we can take these thoughts captive (in obedience to Christ 2 Cor 10:5) and replace them with right beliefs about who we are in Christ. But also check out number 2 below for some of the scriptures I’m currently studying on righteousness, new creation, fullness of joy, hope, and peace.
Imma do a full review after I complete the exercises for 30 days. I’m so excited to report that I’m already finding myself able to recognize unhealthy thought patterns and replace them with truth. This in turn has influenced the atmosphere in my home and brought purpose, joy and laughter to my heart in areas where it has been lacking.
2. Currently Studying
Okayyyy so I don’t know about you but there was like this heavy dose of “Jesus Loves Me” as a kid. As I grew up/into adulthood it turned into “God loves you even though you’re never gonna be enough and He will drop the hammer on you if you do not do things right.” Also the classic, “God doesn’t want you to be happy, he wants you to be holy.”
The thing is the more I just read the Word, apart from doctrinal structures or specific theological frameworks the more the Spirit has revealed the truth to me (John 16:13). Christians should be joyful, hopeful, peaceful people. Like the most joyful, hopeful, and peaceful people. (John 15:11, Romans 15:13, 1 John 1:4, Romans 5:5)
We do this by learning our identity as righteous and a new creation. (1 John 4:17, Romans 5:17, Ephesians 4:23-24, Galatians 3:20)
God is showing me that He gets a lot more glory when His kids shine. So lets be happy and holy, because that is who we are!
Read the verses I’ve referenced friends!
3. Currently Watching
This message by Wendy Backlund was a gooood one. If you need to learn more about your identity as a new creation? Or want to get in on some of what I’m talking about above but can’t snag the book right now? Take the time to watch this.
4. Currently Listening To
You know I love a good beat! This song is my current fav!
5. Currently Following
My instagram friend @derrickeday has been killing it lately with his social content. You should go check it out!
I’m also loving the account @thegoodquote lately. Obviously not every quote aligns with my truth but I’m finding it to be really inspiring. If people can turn their day around with just a great quote, how much more power do I possess to do that with the power that raised Christ from the dead residing in me?! (Romans 8:11) Blows my mind!