Help people eat less. One study found that playing soft music (and dimming the lights) during a meal can help people slow down while eating and ultimately consume less food in one sitting (perhaps because slowing down helps them to be more mindful of fullness cues).
Induce a meditative state. Listening to slow musical beats can alter brainwave speed, creating brainwave activity similar to when a person is meditating or in a hypnotic state. Some research suggests that using rhythmic stimuli (such as music) toinduce these states can have a therapeutic effect, easing symptoms of migraines, PMS, and even behavioral issues.
Help people perform better in high-pressure situations. Want to sink the game-winning shot when the pressure's on? Listen to some upbeat tunes before the big game. One study found that basketball players prone to performing poorly under pressure during games were significantly better during high-pressure free-throw shooting if they first listened to catchy, upbeat music and lyrics.
Relieve symptoms of depression. When you're feeling down in the dumps, music can help pick you up (much like exercise). Research suggests the kind of music matters: Classical and meditative sounds seem to be particularly uplifting, whereas heavy metal and techno can actually make depressive symptoms worse.
Reduce anxiety as much as a massage. One study found that music's effect on anxiety levels is similar to the effect of getting a massage. Here's an idea: Treat yourself to a massage and bring your favorite chilled out tunes to play during the session. Double the relaxation!
Help cancer patients manage stress and anxiety. Music has been found to help cancer patients communicate their feelings, manage stress, and ease physical pain and discomfort. It can also reduce anxiety and improve their quality of life.
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring (Acts 17:28).
True Christianity is living in the Name of Jesus. The very thought of this is so awe-inspiring! Colossians 3:17 says "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…." Notice that the underlined phrase says "…do all in the name of the Lord Jesus," not "through the name of the Lord Jesus." There’s a big difference between the two. Doing all things in His Name means living in His Name. That’s the way to live a supernatural life. That means you’re living for Him, in His authority. Therefore, defeat, failure, and poverty can’t be a part of your life. Life for you is glory all the way, because the Name of Jesus is named upon you.
Not realizing this truth is the reason some Christians erroneously, pray through Jesus. Nowhere in the scriptures are we told to pray through Jesus Christ. Rather, we’re to pray ‘in’ the Name of Jesus. To pray through Him is to make Him a medium; but to pray in His Name is to exercise the power of attorney that He has given to you. The former is a demonstration of unbelief, while the latter is real Christianity.
Nothing could be more sublime than our call to live in the Name of the Creator of the universe. His is the most wonderful and excellent Name there is. Living with this consciousness will stir unprecedented boldness in your spirit, such that you’re totally unruffled by any crisis! What a glorious life we have in Christ!
Everything in life is subject to the power and authority of His Name. God gave a decree to that effect; He commanded all of nature—everything in life—animate or inanimate, to hear and obey Jesus (Matthew 17:5). He has all authority in heaven, and on earth. So if you find yourself in a challenging situation, declare, "In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I decree a change! I command peace and calmness," and that’ll be it!
Dear Father, I thank you for giving me the Name of Jesus, to use and to live by. By the power and authority of that Name I declare that the lines are falling unto me in pleasant places; I’m making progress with giant strides today, with all of nature, and everything that exists, working together in my favour, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F u r t h e r s t u d y: Acts 4:12; Colossians 3:17
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan: Mark 11:27-33-12:1-17, Numbers 18-19
Thought For The Day SUPER-ABUNDANT SUPPLY IN YOUR AREA OF LACK!- God's supply is so much more than we can ask for.
Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Are you facing a lack in any area of your life, be it finances, health or relationships? Know that in that very same area, God has already prepared His superabundant supply which will abound toward you, and on top of that, His grace and more of His grace!
In John 6:1–13, Jesus was with a large crowd of people who were hungry. The problem then was a lack of food. But Jesus knew that where there is lack, there is superabundant supply in His Father's kingdom to overcome that lack.
His disciples, however, did not know that. They did not think the same way as Jesus did. They told Him that there was a boy with five loaves and two small fish, but they did not think that that would amount to anything. They said, “What are the five loaves and two fish among so many?” (John 6:9)
They saw only the problem, the lack. But Jesus took the little, lifted it up as He looked to heaven and gave thanks to His Father, whose supply is so much more than we can ever ask for. When Jesus started distributing the little that was in His hands, a miracle happened. Five thousand men, not counting women and children, ate as much as they wanted and for as long as they were hungry!
The supply kept flowing as long as the need was there. And after they were so filled, there were 12 baskets full of leftovers! That is God's superabundant supply. In God's kingdom, there is no such thing as the Father not having enough or not wanting to give abundantly to His children. No, He promises that He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!
My friend, God wants us to always be conscious of His grace abounding toward us and enveloping us. So let us, like Jesus, acknowledge God's superabundant supply by thanking Him for it and for whatever is in our hands. Let us believe that His superabundant supply will flow and multiply the little that we have, and fill us up to overflowing!
My son, attend to my words; incline you ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thy eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. For tgey are life unto those who find them, and hwalth to all tgeir flesg.
Thought For The Day YOUR FATHER'S HEART!- God's joy is to enter into your joy!
Matthew 7:11 11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Let me tell you a true story I heard. There was a pastor whose young child was diagnosed with cancer. The day his boy was scheduled for an operation, this father cried out to God, “God, I'm almost 30 years old, but my boy is only about three months old. Why don't you just take some years off my life and give them to my boy?”
Then, from deep within him, he heard the voice of God say, “I am not like that.” When the man heard that, he realized immediately that his son's sickness was not from God but from the devil. He also realized that if he, who has faults, could want his child well, how much more his heavenly Father. So he changed his prayer and said, “Father God, I come against this sickness and I ask you for healing for my child.” That day, on the operating table, the surgeons could find no trace of cancer in the child!
Today, God wants you to know that He is not the kind of Father who wants you sick and defeated, keeps you poor and wanting, refuses to provide for your needs and denies you your blessings. It's only the devil and his demons who bring those bad things in our lives not our loving God!
Pastor Joseph Prince shares, 'When my daughter Jessica was younger, I bought a beautiful teddy bear for her. Teddy bears are her favorite toys and I could not wait to see her joy when she saw it. My joy is to see her happy. When she is sick and has difficulty sleeping at night, it hurts me to hear her cry. When she is crying, I cannot ignore her cries. I enter into her discomfort and pain even though I know that her sickness is something that will pass shortly. When she is in pain, I feel the pain too. When she is sad, I am sad too.'
I believe that God gives us children to help us understand what His Father-heart is like. His joy is to enter into your joy and see you happy. If you, in spite of your faults, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to you when you ask Him! My prayer today is that you will know just how much your Father loves you!