Thursday, September 28, 2023

Christ-Centered State of Mind, Kingdom-Grounded Way of Life - September 28, 2023


Morning by Morning, September 28 - Christ-Centered State of Mind, Kingdom-Grounded Way of Life


Good morning, Lord Jesus. I lift up my eyes to the hills and open up my heart to Your Spirit--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of God. (Psalm 121:1). ...


“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).


When I “set my mind on things above,” I’m not ignoring things here below. Here below, there are still struggles to face, bills to pay, challenges to encounter, circumstances to endure, as well as joys to celebrate, vision to pursue, and calling and purpose to fulfill. But I go through all these things here below with my eyes on You, with my heart lifted to You, with my trust and confidence in You.


It’s a Christ-centered state of mind. It’s a Kingdom of God-grounded way of life. It’s a way of living into Your Word of both command and promise: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).


As I speak these Words and pray these Verses, I’m struck by the active tense of the verbs--“Set your mind” and “Seek first the Kingdom.” These action words call for active faith and active obedience. These words require me to make a choice, not passively lay back and wait on You to do something for me You’ve commanded me to do in Your Word, empowered by Your Spirit.


So by the power of Your grace, empowered by Your Spirit, I begin my day making this choice. I actively, deliberately, intentionally “set (my) mind on things above. I “seek first the Kingdom of God.” I take these moments of my morning to give You my full and undivided attention. Seeking Your face, listing for Your voice, following the leading of Your Spirit.


Then “all these things will be added to (me).” Then all the steps of my day will ordered by You. Then all the challenges I face and encounters I overcome and joys I celebrate will all be with Your Presence because I’m looking to You and carrying You in my heart throughout the moments of my day.


Even if I get off course or pulled out of focus and started setting my mind too much on the things that are below instead of above, I’ll be so much more sensitive to Your correction and Your re-direction, as You lead me back on course and renew my focus, reminding me to keep looking to You, to keep lifting up my eyes to You, to keep opening up my heart to You.


So now right now, while You have my attention--and in the moments of my day when I’ll need to return my attention to You--I willingly, deliberately, intentionally, consciously choose to embrace with active obedience and faith this Christ-centered state of mind and Kingdom-grounded way of life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today. In the love of Jesus, Tommy Hays

My friend, may you be empowered by God's grace and Spirit to set your mind on things above, starting your day and living out the moments of your day with a Christ-centered state of mind and Kingdom-grounded way of life, in Jesus' name. God bless you, my friend! And you have a great day!

Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries

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Messiah Ministries Events

Every Tuesday Night at 6PM

Teaching our 9 Month Equipping Course on Tuesday Nights at 6PM at The Bridge Church, Fredericksburg, Texas based on my books Free to Be Like Jesus! and First the Spirit.

Part of the Bridge Church Discipleship Plan.

October 1 - I was filling in to preach for Pastor Jimmy Pruitt at the Bridge Church Sunday Morning, but he will be there to preach after all. Praying for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit as he proclaims a fresh word burning like fire in his bones to share!

October 4

New Wine Worship on the First Wednesday. 6PM Our first Messiah Ministries' gathering at Gateway Gathering on Luckenbach Road just East of Fredericksburg, Texas. All are welcome!

Not a church but a monthly gathering of hearts hungry to drink deeply from the well of the Spirit of God. Join us on the 1st Wednesday of Every Month for this new local ministry outreach.

October 7

Speaking at the Celebration of Life of Betty Jo Sergerson Taylor in Kerrville, Texas.

October 14

Celebration of Life of our beloved Judy McCorkle at Willow City Church 10AM

October 14

Speaking at the Worship Meeting with Louada Raschke Ministries at The Empty Cross in Kerrville, Texas for the Lunar Eclipse optimal vantage point in the Texas Hill Country, when thousands will come to see it that weekend. Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden.

October 21

Speaking at the Heart of Texas Meeting of Aglow International in Salado, Texas at the Saldado Museum and Event Center.

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October 28

Teaching on Deliverance Prayer Ministry at the Central Texas Area Leaders Meeting for Aglow International Ministries. All are Welcome.

October 30

Teaching Seminar at Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University in Waco, Texas on Healing Prayer Ministry with the Youth

November 2-22

Ministry in Spain and Belgium! Freedom Encounter Weekends at 2 Churches in Spain, 2 Churches in Belgium, and ministry along the way inviting us for Inner Healing and Deliverance Prayer Ministry and Equipping Courses

January 13, 2024

Speaking at Canyon Lake, Texas Aglow Ministries Gathering

January 20, 2024

Speaking at Bastrop, Texas Aglow Ministries Lighthouse

January 22-30, 2024

Ministry in Morelia, Mexico with our Ministry Partner there, Pastor Fernando Tovar at Rey de Reyes Iglesia Christiana

February 2024

Ministry in Bangalore, India with Rev. Samuel and Pastor Pramila Jeyaraj at Jubilee Revival Worship Center

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Teaching my Free to Be Like Jesus course at Bridge Church in Fredericksburg, Texas. Based on my Books Free to Be Like Jesus and First the Spirit. All are Welcome!

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