“You didn’t choose me.  I chose you.  I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that God will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”

John 15:16


Notes for Contemplation as You Use this Devotional:

  • In this passage by the Gospel Writer Called John, from the section often titled “No Greater Love,” Jesus encourages the disciples—and us—to follow his lead by trusting God.
  • Doing anything in Jesus’s name is affirming for ourselves the same Christ consciousness (anointed mindset) that Jesus had. With this perspective, we can know Jesus as a master teacher and powerful role model for our own self-awareness, personal growth, and sacred service.
  • We produce lasting fruit—live on purpose—when we ask, believing in God and in ourselves. This lets Jesus be a great example of what we, too, can do. (John 14:12)  But we don’t do something just because Jesus said so.  We do it because we believe we can.
  • Belief, whether positive or negative, constructive or destructive, is our inner acceptance of something as true. Doubt, in comparison, is uncertainty about the truth of any idea, opinion, or supposition.
  • Your intuition helps you know what’s true beyond what your linear mind understands logically. But, if you analyze and second-guess your intuition, you can feel more uncertain and doubtful. When intuition, the voice of God within you, is your guide, you can discern what is and isn’t yours to do.
  • Demonstration is your evidence of what does or doesn’t work in your life. What you believe is what you expect to happen. You demonstrate strong self-belief by:
    • remaining flexible.
    • relinquishing perfectionistic standards.
    • honoring your energy.
    • relying on your intuition.
    • acknowledging your abilities.
    • living and working interdependently with others.
    • keeping an open-minded, creative outlook in solving problems.
    • maintaining a positive inner-monologue such as “I got this”; “I learned so much today”; “I can see this through”; “I have such encouraging friends.”
  • Believing in yourself isn’t only about achieving another goal or loving yourself more. It’s about recognizing and celebrating both your divinity and your humanity, knowing that you are a worthy, deserving, awesome child of God.
  • In Healing Letters, a collection of Metaphysician Myrtle Fillmore’s writings, Myrtle advises: “When we expect God’s help in our expression and prosperity, we are to . . . see to it that the work we are doing is [God’s] work and the highest type of service of which we feel capable. When we know this to be true, we are not anxious or concerned with results. We are interested in carrying out [God’s] directions and in doing [what] is best for all concerned.”


Contemplation Questions:

As you reflect on your life and circumstances, ask yourself:

  • What do I truly believe—whether positive or negative—about myself?
    • List, word map, or illustrate all your beliefs.
  • When I reflect on these beliefs,
    • how do they support me?
      • List, word map, or illustrate what supports you.
    • how do they hinder me?
      • List, word map, or illustrate what hinders you.
  • What do I believe God can do?
    • List, word map, or illustrate your beliefs.
  • What do I believe I can do?
    • List, word map, or illustrate your beliefs.
  • What beneficial lasting fruit (God’s work) am I producing?
    • List, word map, or illustrate your wonderful works.

Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between positive and negative.  It just knows what it’s told.  So, as you use this devotional, avoid saying anything about yourself or your situation that you don’t want to be true.  Remember that God can only do for you what God can do through you.  Be assured and confident as your follow God’s guidance for your life.  Trust your intuition, believe in yourself, and you’re on your way.

© 2023 – Rev Jennifer L. Sacks – All rights reserved.

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