How to Come Out of Your Cocoon

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Change comes about only through our willingness to give up old paradigms and replace them with new ones. This is a heart issue.

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We resist change because change means death, and we fear death in all of its forms. Especially when it means death to the ego or the self.

Jesus said we must die in order to live (Mathew 16:25). This means we must die to old ways of thinking and replace them with God’s ways of thinking. Only in this way can we be truly transformed.

Only in this way can we truly live.
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How to Unlock the Treasures in Your Heart

Three Keys to Success

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Why do you need to unlock your heart? Because, if you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart, all that you need for a rich, satisfying, and fulfilling life is in there. 

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These three keys will unlock the treasures in your heart:

 1) Reading the Bible.
 2) Meditating on what you read.
 3) Applying what you read to your life.

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1) Read the Bible.
2) Meditate on what you read.

3) Apply what you read to your life. 

 

 

 

Use these three keys to unlock the success that is already in your heart, waiting for you to release it.

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How to Get What You Need

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Are you trying to get something from God by using your mind? If so, it won’t work. Why? Because faith is not a mental function. Faith is a heart function.Faith - Text on Red Puzzles with White Background and Selective Focus.

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Your heart is the seat of your identity. Who you are is determined by what is in your heart. This is the reason it is so important to guard your heart. Your heart is the control center of your life. It is in your heart that the kind of life you lead begins and is generated.  

Faith and your heart are intimately connected. Faith is the currency which your heart uses to create your life. The more you exercise your faith, the better life you will have. If there is lack in some part of your life, it is that you are not applying your faith to that part of your life.

There are two kinds of faith: natural faith and supernatural faith. Everyone has natural faith. If you are born again, you have supernatural faith. Natural faith will get you natural things. Supernatural faith will get you supernatural things. Natural faith makes sense. Supernatural faith does not make sense because it has nothing to do with the senses.

To get what you need, you must use supernatural faith not your senses. To get supernatural faith, you must connect to Jesus. 

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Are Your Dreams Talking to You?

Why It’s Important to Pay Attention to Your Dreams

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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If you’re like most people, you occasionally dream while asleep.  Maybe you dream frequently. Whichever the case, do you ascribe your dreams only to last night’s pizza? Or do you consider that your dreams may be far more than that?

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Dreams are the language of the heart. The dreams we dream at night are usually God’s way of speaking to us. While God can speak to us in many ways, He often uses dreams because our minds are at rest and not distracted while we sleep.

Throughout the Bible, we find example after example of God speaking to people through their dreams. When a dream occurs during sleep, it is called, simply, a dream. When a dream occurs during waking hours, it is called a vision or a trance (Numbers 24:4).

Here are a few instances of Biblical dreams or visions in which God spoke to people:

  • In a vision God gave the Abrahamic Covenant to Abram.
  • In a dream God foretold of the way Joseph of the many-colored coat would help his family during a time of great famine. 
  • In a dream God spoke to Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, to take Mary and the Christ Child to Egypt to escape King Herod’s wrath.
  • In a vision, God gave the Apostle John the entire Book of Revelation. 

Many other examples of dreams and visions occur in the Bible. But God also speaks to His people today in dreams and visions. So, it is vitally important that you pay attention to your dreams.

I keep a notebook by my bedside to record my dreams upon awakening. If you don’t write down your dreams, you will most likely forget them. Note the date of your dream, the time you awaken, the feelings you are feeling, and the color of your dream. Was it in full color, black and white, or muted. Note also the people in your dream and their names.

The symbols in your dreams will reflect what is going on in your heart, for dreams are the language of the heart. If you do not understand the meaning of your dream, ask Holy Spirit to reveal it to you. He may do so right away or over time. Continue to pray until you know what your dream means.

Dreams are given to us by God to encourage us, comfort us, warn us, and advise us. So pay close attention to your dreams. Like the people in the Bible, you may just avoid a serious mistake or prevent a serious problem by paying close attention to your dreams.

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In my newest work of fiction, SURRENDER TO LOVE, young widow and life coach, Dr. Teresa Lopez Gonzalez learns that only the love of God can drive out fear. PicMonkeyFINAL061815416pm

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Are You Terrorized by Terror?

How to Protect Your Heart from Terrorism

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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It’s in the air. This monstrous beast called terrorism. We sense it all around us. We feel it in our bones. We watch it every night on the evening news.

If we let it, it will paralyze us emotionally, psychologically, and physically.

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And that’s precisely its goal.

The purpose of terrorism is to instill terror in the hearts of men. Whether it succeeds or not is up to us.

Terror is a form of control. But it is only outward control. Terror can never control your heart unless you allow it to do so. 

There is a place in you called the “inner sanctum”.  According to the Oxford Dictionary, the term derives its name from the same phrase which refers to “the most sacred place in a temple or church.”  In the human being, the inner sanctum is a place that no one can touch. It is the place where you and God meet and which no one else can penetrate without your permission.

The inner sanctum is your heart.

Outside forces can destroy your body without your permission, but no force in the universe can destroy your inner sanctum or heart without your permission.

Jesus said it best: “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body ;
they cannot touch your soul.” ~ Matthew 10:28

Terror is the opposite of love. Terror is a form of fear, and God has said this: “There is no fear in love” (I John 4:18). In other words, when love reigns in the heart, terror cannot overtake the heart.

Terror can overpower physically, but terror will never overpower love because terror is inferior to love.  Love is the greatest power of all. Terror and terrorism will one day fail, but love will never fail (I Corinthians 13:8).

Let, therefore, the love of Jesus Christ rule in your heart. When you do, there will be no room for terror.
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In my newest work of fiction, SURRENDER TO LOVE, young widow and life coach, Dr. Teresa LopezPicMonkeyFINAL061815416pm Gonzalez, regrets that she did not have more time with her dead husband. Join her as she struggles to overcome regret and move into the future God has ordained for her.

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