Philip Allan Turner has held many jobs to include being a fitness instructor, a carpenter and a real estate agent but now he is focused on serving the Lord full time. He writes spiritual non-fiction works, devotionals and historical fiction. He has a degree in history and is studying to be an ordained minister. He was born in Philadelphia but now calls Newark, N.J. home. His first book 'Know Better, Do Better, How To Lean Into The Light And Be Your Best SELF!' is a 325 page guidebook for living an abundant life.
You write about love in your books, can you discuss your thoughts about love?
I believe that love never fails. I want to focus on discussing how to learn to love in a new God-conscious ways. God’s law of love is a principle that is meant to be spread by us, to others. Understanding God’s design for this world allows us to be His agents in this world. God is love and we are ‘of God’, His nature is inside of us. When we operate in a loving way each day, we are leaning into the light and draw abundance and positive energy into our lives.
“Walk in love …(Ephesians 5:2).” What does this mean? Have you ever thought about your daily walk, whether it’s in love. It’s the little details that show we have love in our hearts.
“Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ (2nd Thessalonians 3:5).” It seems like the definition of love in today’s world is dysfunctional. Many things we see or hear on TV and in the media often demonstrates dysfunctional types of love.
We have to retrain ourselves in how to love and the perfect model of real love is described by God in the Bible. We should strive to love with all of our heart, completely and in whole and healthy Godly ways. Many people keep little pockets of negativity in their hearts but we must learn to open those small dark areas in the back of our hearts to God and His love. The Bible offers good and God inspired examples of how to retrain ourselves in order to love in the right ways.
What is love?
Love is steadfast. Love is not an emotion, it’s a command from God. Love is not a feeling, because feelings come and go. Too often we let our feelings get in the way of our progress. Love is a perfect belief, ordered by God. Love is giving, and forgiving. Love is freely given without any expectation of return. Compassion is the emotion we feel when love moves through our hearts. Love does not do right for the wrong reasons. Love is about helping others. Love is ‘of God’ and of the light. Love has nothing to do with attraction because love transcends attraction. God loves us completely and commands us to love others in the same way, not just those who are lovable. Love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs. Love doesn’t care about the past, because love is pure. Love is an action. Love requires effort, and that effort puts us closer to God. (Inspired by 1 Corinthians 13).
Love is a commandment, not a choice if a person wants to be a follower of Christ. We must strive to learn how to love, using the template from God’s word as the framework. Unpack and discard all those old dysfunctional notions of love today.
In Colossians 3:2 we learn, “Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth.” Our love must come from God, and then we should spread it to others.
Jesus commands us “to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. And then our neighbor as ourselves.” What is left unsaid but which is vitally important is that we love ourselves first. Loving ourselves in healthy ways is important so that we can give love to others. So many people do not love themselves through and through; they live with guilt, condemnation, shame and other negative feelings from the past. Christ died on the cross so that we could have salvation and be redeemed through His blood. Christ has forgiven us; so forgive yourself and move on. When we allow those negative emotions or beliefs about ourselves to inhabit our heart, we limit the blessings in our lives.
A person without real love inside, can not give real love to others. We can’t give what we don’t have. This is why it’s so important to retrain ourselves to love as God has instructed us to love.
We should allow love to change us, make us new. The below section from Colossians 3:12-14 gives a perfect framework of love.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you must do, but above all these things put on love, which is the bond of affection. And let the peace of God rule your hearts, which is the bond of perfection.”
Love allowed to deeply move inside our heart, allows inner peace to reign in that same place. We need to find ourselves through God and ask Him, “What is Your will for my life?’ God is love and His essence of perfect love is already inside our heart, spirit and soul.
Today, see yourself as God sees you, a being of light and love!
You talk a lot about being empowered and changing the way we think, tell us some more about these concepts?
You have the power! It’s your story, you can write it anyway you want. The purpose of this post is to stimulate you to discover the truth so that you can find your own meaning and purpose in life. It’s only through finding our individual purposes that we can gain true inner contentment.
Many people are still slaves to the incessant stream of non-sensical thoughts, compulsive thinking based on repetitive and pointless imaginary fears. Life is never as serious as your mind makes it out to be. Allowing our minds to wander aimlessly is one of the principle problems with human existence today. Most people believe that they have no choice but to allow those negative, self-defeating thoughts to continue and flourish. Individuals who can control and elevate their thoughts are the ones who are more productive because they are able to find balance and attain an inner peace. You can change your life, by changing the way you think.
Proverbs 23:7 say, “So as a man thinkest in his heart, so is he.” No truer words have been spoken. We are a sum of our thoughts. We can achieve greatness but we must believe that its possible. That belief happens in the mind. Our thoughts shape our destiny. We can all build the life we have dreamed of by watching, controlling and altering our thoughts. I call it mental housekeeping or tending to our own internal gardens.
We clean our homes but now its time to clean our minds. In focusing our thoughts, we need to look inward and stop being so outwardly focused. It does not matter what others think of you as long as you are striving to live a higher life; utilizing the principles of love, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude in your everyday life. If you plant these four principles in your mind each day then your destiny will follow in the same direction. Too many people fight the wrong battles in their mind.
I posit that we all have the power to change our reality. We must recognize what is going on inside with our thoughts before we can change them. Spot or notice what your thoughts are doing. After you spot what is going on. Assess what your mind is dwelling on. Good thoughts bear good fruit while bad thoughts yield bad fruit. Develop better thinking patterns. Reel in your errant thoughts and put those negative thoughts on a mental leash.
I am assuming that if you are reading this post then you love yourself and want to be your best self. We can all make the universe work for us but it starts with placing our thoughts on higher, purer things. We do not know all the mysteries of the universe. There is great creative power in mastering our thought life. Elevate your thoughts by not giving in to any negativity around you and watch abundance enter into your life!
Jim Rohn stated, “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
A spy thriller set 1200 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. This novel describes what the 12 spies, sent by Moses, experienced during their 40 day intelligence operation in Canaan. Joshua and the 11 other spies encounter assassins, prostitutes, sorcerers, demons and angels along their route. Both Moses and Satan are key secondary characters in this story about faith, redemption and love.
Learning To Discern God’s Voice - 180 Day Devotional for Walking in the Spirit by Philip Allan Turner. This nearly 400 page book has motivational/inspirational tips meant to inspire and refresh the spirit. He wants to motivate and inspire you to be all that God created you to be. The author invites you to start a 180 day journey to walk in the Spirit in order to change your life for the better.
Know Better, Do Better - 20 Steps to Empowerment and Love! by Philip Allan Turner is the author’s second book. Maya Angelou stated, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” By knowing better, we can master ourselves so that we can our best self. This book is based on the principles from “Know Better, Do Better – How To Lean Into The Light and Be Your Best SELF!”
Know Better, Do Better - How To Lean Into The Light and How To Be Your Best SELF! by Philip Allan Turner is a spiritual handbook to living an abundant life. Using the Bible and other spiritual traditions, the author has devised 20 easy steps to love and empowerment. This 325 page book incorporates cognitive behavioral methods along with spiritual principles to help the reader be their best self!