5 Directives that can reshape your life

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We live life in a body. We have a soul (mind, will & emotions), and we are a spirit (God breathed His life, or Spirit into us).  My focus is on the will.  The will is the area perhaps least talked about, but just like the mind and emotions, it has much to do with how our lives and relationships operate.  What I will to do, or not to do, can carry me away as a captive, or propel me into wonderful places. God himself will not take my will from me.  He is the one who gave it to me to start with.  Therefore, it is my choice how to direct it.

Directive: A statement, or declaration, that provides direction for an action to be taken.

If my soul is being lead by the Spirit of God, then my mind, will, and emotions align with one another.

  • My Mind — I can have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5).
  • My Will —  By the Word of God I can know His will for me and can agree, or not agree with it!
  • My Emotions — The emotions will then follow the rejoicing, or the rebelling of my mind and will.

With this in mind, there are five directives that I personally choose (or will) to do.  Each of these brings unique benefits to my life.

1.)  I Will to ………. Love!  Love God and love others (1 John 4:8-17).  For those who do not love me, I will love them anyway!  Love never fails (1 Corinthians 15)!  I can and will count on love.

2.)  I Will to ……….. Be a giver, full of generosity and gracious at every opportunity.  John 3:16 says, “For God so Loved the world, that He GAVE …… Giving is simply Godly!

3.)  I Will to ……… Listen closely and learn.  Listen to God.  “My sheep know my voice,”  John 10:14, 27.  I will listen to the voice of God and be taught by men with wisdom.  I will not cease to learn good things.

4.)  I Will to ……….. Be joyful and live a happy, fruitful life, because I am blessed! I am a friend of God (James 2:23, John 15:15).  I am blessed going in and coming out.  I am going over and not under.  I am blessed and not cursed.  I am redeemed, bought with a price, and a child of God (Romans 8:14).  I have every reason to walk in Joy and Fruitfulness!

5.)  I Will to ……….. Speak only what is good and what I desire in my life.  I will not allow my words to be filled with anything but blessings, faith, goodness, joy, peace, and love.  I will speak the word of God, and He will empower His words coming from my mouth.  I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:15).  I am His Ambassador in this earth.  “As he is, so are we, in this world,” 1 John 4:17.

Direct your will, just as you direct your mind and your emotions. You are given a soul to rule over.  Designed directives will help you transform your life.

Integrity (So “Old School” no one knows what it is)

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“Integrity” is missing in our society today. The lack of integrity is one of the key reasons we have lost our direction. If you have no true North, an absolute, on your moral compass, then you have no way of knowing where you are,so you simply move through life aimlessly lost!  The Word of God and the Holy Spirit were given to show us the way and give us the opportunity to walk in the right direction! May I suggest the path of integrity that is written about in the Bible. Integrity does lead to many great attributes and experiences in life.

~ fred hughes ~

A True Voice

Very few things that I have learned over the years have been more profound than understanding the value of a clear truthful voice.  Growing up I was blessed with a dad and grandad that provided a true voice for me to follow.  I understand that not everyone has that advantage in life.  As I grew and developed into manhood, I noticed that there were voices that were not true and voices that were worthy of listening to.
Identifying a true voice is only possible if you know what a true voice sounds like.  A voice that is deceiving sounds very close to a true voice, in fact, that is exactly what makes the lie believable! It is amazing how deceiving, deception can be!  Ha, Ha! But you know the truth is often distorted in subtle ways or a half truth is presented.
Every leader with an unclear voice is a poor leader because it is difficult to understand if it is a true voice and, therefore, difficult to follow. I believe a true voice is a great gift to have in your life.  More importantly being a true voice to those whom you have influence may be even greater!
I personally tune my ears to the Word of God because I believe it is true and full of truth that has the power to set men free. Not all truth sets you free.  It is the truth that comes from God.  The truth that you believe and act upon is the truth that has the ability to set you free.  John 8:36 “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!” In your spheres of influence, be a true voice! This one thing will make you a better husband or wife; father or mother; leader or manager; friend or citizen. Blessings!

Fred Hughes, CEO, Decision Ministries Int. ~ www.decision1.org

Fred Hughes, M.Photog. , Owner ~ www.byfredhughes.com

 

Life

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Life is not just something we do!  Life is actually a person… Jesus said “I am the truth and the life…  LIFE!  Jesus also said “I give you life and life more abundant”  What is this LIFE?  Life with my wife or husband, kids, friends, people I work with, all very important and all valuable parts of my life.  People have life… we can lay it down if the cause is worthy. We can through it away, waste it away or invest it in something or someone.  Paul said, “It is not my life that I live, but it is Christ who lives in me.”  We can allow Christ to live in and through us. What a wonderful way to live life!  It is the only way that we can achieve the life and life more abundant.  Christ in you, the hope of Glory!   Life in Christ brings His Glory into the Earth.  Life, it is special. Life is in you.  Only believe!  The days we live, we call life! That is a sad summation of a person’s existence on Earth.  Life is rather the creative and cumulative revelations of Life Himself manifesting in and through you!  Interestingly we are also called vessels and we are made to be able to carry this wonderful life and share it with others.

Do not try to do life, rather live it in Christ, allowing Him to shine through you!

Fred Hughes, M. Photog. ; CEO Decision Ministries Int.

 

Original Posting of this article was September 2, 2015