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Choose Your Attitude… Change Your Life

Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life is a popular name for a self help book. Similar to the popular title, You are What You Think, which I read as a college student. Author Robert Jeffries took his 1992 book and turned this into a 2020 sermon series for his First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. Since most states have banned churches from meeting together for worship, Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life is now available to watch. The Pathway to Victory airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network on Sunday morning 10:00 EST.

Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves], Philippians 2:14.

The book definition of attitude is a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior. Attitudes often serve as a frame of mind, school of thought and vantage point about how you see life. Depending upon which individuals you surround yourself with, perspectives will form and shape various beliefs. If the Bible is excluded from your point of reference, attitudes can turn sour quickly, void of God’s promises.

That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world, Philippians 2:15.

The church of Philippi is sometimes referred to Paul’s favorite church, blessed and grateful for their spiritual growth and progress. Yet, Paul still saw flaws and weaknesses within these individuals. Based upon the passages above, attitude, complaining and grumbling appears to have been a common problem. This forces Paul to remind his readers of the ideal, standing out like shining stars, full of the light of Christ. While there is a temptation to blend into your surroundings, God calls Christians to a higher standard. If you change your attitude to that of Christ, a changed life is possible to achieve via the power of the Holy Spirit.

by Jay Mankus

The Secret to My Writing Success

Today marks Express Yourself 4 Him’s 500th blog.  What began as a hobby, something to sharpen my writing skills has developed into an internet ministry.  To celebrate this day, I am going to unveil 10 Biblical principles which have guided, inspired and motivated me to express my faith in Christ.

1. Don’t Force the Issue.  Sometimes in life, people panic like Sarai, trying to build a legacy on their own, Genesis 16:1-2.  With this in mind, I have begun each day with an open mind, ready to let Scripture and the Holy Spirit guide each word I type.  Whenever a blog doesn’t flow naturally, I stop, wait a while and either start over or go in a different direction.

2. Follow the Convictions of your Heart.  My best pieces are often conceived with a thought while sleeping at night.  If I don’t have a pad of paper nearby, I try to visualize each paragraph in my mind.  Whenever I sense a moving in my spirit, like a prompting on my heart, I get up in the middle of the night to complete these convictions before they vanish.

3. When the Spirit moves, keep Writing.  Writers block is something all writers must face and conquer.  Therefore, when God anoints me with words to write, I try to maximize these days.  It’s not uncommon to write 2-3 blogs if moved in one sitting.  As long as time permits, I try to tie all loose ends, bringing to completion each blog until I sense a peace from the Holy Spirit.

4. Find a Solitary Place.  Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek recounts times he spent at a local Burger King in Michigan, sitting in a back corner booth, listening for God to guide his thoughts for future sermons.  Before I attended his church, I practiced this while in college, making for great study sessions.  Today, I use restaurants with free refills, off hours when possible, allowing me to stay awake, disciplined and focused.  This practice has led to the creation of 15 songs, hundreds of poems and a complete movie script.

5. Always Keep a Journal Nearby.  Every time I read the Bible, I write down anything that strikes a cord with my soul.  In addition, I underline powerful passages or jot down a title for potential blogs.  While watching movies or sermons on television, I am like an eager student, writing down each important point I hear.  On the days when I struggle to come up with an ideal to blog about, my journal usually triggers memories that result in new pieces.  Without this method, I would not be able to write day after day.

6. Don’t practice Isogesis.  There is a temptation at times to read too much into a passage or chapter of the Bible.  Thus, isogesis means to read things into scripture which is not supported by the actual context.  To be theologically sharp, one must examine the Bible, line by line, verse by verse and chapter by chapter, known as hermeneutics.  Though I do receive rhemas, words from the Lord, from time to time, I try not to force my beliefs into a specific passage unless I am certain of it.

7. Stay in Tune with the Holy Spirit.  When I lose my hunger and fervor for the Lord, my connection with the Holy Spirit becomes temporarily disconnected.  As a result, some blogs aren’t as powerful or well received.  However, the moment I practice Galatians 5:25, ideas flow, powerful truths come forth and writing becomes natural, like I was born to do this.

8. Use the Sabbath as Inspiration.  After my first 6 months of blogging, I realized how difficult it was to write with the same passion daily.  Therefore, I began to rely on sermons from the Trinity Broadcasting Network and my home church in Delaware to develop Express Yourself 4 Him.  By taking the first 15-30 minutes after returning from church, I have been able to stay a few days ahead, using Sunday as an outline for the rest of the week.

9. Be Discreet.  Being a teacher for a decade, has helped me maintain care, tact and prudence while blogging, 1 Peter 3:15.  It only takes one ill-timed word to create an internet firestorm.  Therefore, it is essential to review every paragraph, think about how your words will be received and adjust each line to  promote diplomacy.  The Bible will convict hearts, my responsibility is to weave truths from the word of God into each piece I write.

10. Be Original.  There are days when I throw away ideas because there are not unique enough or don’t provide an original perspective.  Current events are great aids to overcome this dilemma.  Yet, the secret to my success is striving to become like a modern day John Wesley.  When I attach theology to writing, using the Bible to answer problems in life, people are drawn to the Word of God, not me, Romans 10:17.

I want to thank all my readers for their prayers and support.  I can see 1000 in the near future.  Until then, I urge everyone to fan into flame that gift or talent God has given you, 2 Timothy 1:6.  Don’t be afraid to express yourself 4 Him, Acts 4:29!

by Jay Mankus

Living Under A Curse?

Cursed Picture? "The Crying Boy"

Since I first began attending church as a toddler, I was led to believe that I could earn my way into heaven based upon my own works.  As I grew older, attending a different youth group in high school, I become exposed to other theological positions.  As an adult, serving as active member and participant of a church, I have searched the Bible to affirm what I ultimately believe today.  However, this morning while listening to a few sermons on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, I discovered that I might be living under a curse.

According to scripture, curses can occur through words, after experiencing emotional trauma, by making wrongs judgments or vows and acts of disobedience.  When a person one says, “you’ll never do this or you won’t succeed,” a word curse is initiated according to Ephesians 4:29-30 and James 3:9.  Meanwhile, Deuteronomy 28:20-22 suggests accidents, disease or illness can be attributed and linked to curses.  Ecclesiastes 5:6 and Deuteronomy 28:5 each claim poor decisions result in curses.  Finally, Jesus himself reveals that unless you forgive others, God will not forgive you, Matthew 6:14-15.

After contemplating pastor Ron Phillips’ message, the Holy Spirit opened my heart to the possibility my unemployment is curse related.  First, its been difficult to completely let go of all the pain I endured while living in the Red Lion soap opera.  Although, I thought I had forgiven all parties involved, God convicted me of some bitterness I am still holding onto within my heart.  Second, when failure becomes the norm in your life, its difficult to purge your mind of negativity and pessimistic thinking.  Lastly, no matter where you are in your faith journey, there is always room for improvement: areas of compromise, complacency and sinful tendencies.

Whatever your own current situation consists of, I know God wants to break any curse or pattern of failure which exists.  Thus, God longs to create a hedge of protection around you, your family, church and nation.  These hedges consists of 5 major components: prayer, leadership, unity, angels and revival.  Breaking and renouncing any curse always begins and ends with prayer, claiming God’s promises.  Prayer also energizers church leaders as well as gives people the motivation to be the head of their house.  Building upon prayer and leadership, unity is the fulfillment of both these elements.  Angelic protection increases when belief in God’s power in verbalized in prayer.  When a vision of ushering in heaven on earth is grasped by a community, revival often breaks out.  While watching the Super Bowl is nice, I long to see a spiritual super bowl, where curses are broken, saints rejoice and Christians experience victory daily!

by Jay Mankus

Telling Your Story

In the book of 2 Kings chapter 7, there is a unique story.  This chapter focuses on 4 lepers who are facing a dual threat: starving to death or dying at the hands of the Arameans.  According to 2 Kings 7:3-5, these man contemplate their future, eventually coming to a consensus, agreeing to surrender to the Arameans.

As they walk in faith toward the Aramean camp, there are surprised by their findings, a vacant camp full of food, drink, wealth and clothing.  Initially, these 4 men indulge themselves, going from tent to tent.  However, in 2 Kings 7:9, these 4 men are convicted by their hoarding of this great find.  Instead, they feel compelled to tell their story, reporting to this good news back to the royal palace, 2 Kings 7:10.

When I heard this message on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, I immediately felt the Holy Spirit leading me to tell my story of faith.  For the first 13 years of my life, I tried to find substitutes for God, pouring my heart and my soul into sports, relationships and sinful desires.  Despite initial feelings of pleasure, nothing I tried could fill the void in my heart.  Therefore, I surrendered my life to Jesus, Romans 10:9-10, during a Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s event during my sophomore year of high school.  Although my journey hasn’t always been smooth, I have complete assurance through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 1 John 5:13.

Don’t wait until its too late!  Give your heart to Jesus today.  Your eternal destination is in the balance.  Read the book of 1 John to help you begin you walk of faith like the 4 lepers!

by Jay Mankus

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