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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, May 7, 2015
Paul was full of joy because he knew that no matter what happened to him, Jesus Christ was with him. Several times in this letter Paul urged the Philippians to be joyful, probably because they needed to hear this. It’s easy to get discouraged about unpleasant circumstances or to take unimportant events too seriously. If you haven’t been joyful lately, you may not be looking at life from the right perspective.
We are to be considerate (reasonable, fair minded, and charitable) to those outside the church, and not just to fellow believers. This means we are not to seek revenge against those who treat us unfairly, nor are we to be overly vocal about our personal rights.
True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing that God is in control. Let God’s peace guard your heart against anxiety.
What we put into our mind determines what comes out in our words and actions. Paul tells us to program our mind with thoughts that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise. Do you have problems with impure thoughts and daydreams? Examine what you are putting into your mind through television, books, conversations, movies, and magazines. Replace harmful input with wholesome material. Above all, read God’s Word and pray. Ask God to help you focus your mind on what is good and pure. It takes practice, but it can be done. (NLT)
Philippians 4:4-9 – Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. – Romans 8:6 (NIV)
Keith G. Williams (Alabama) titled his story “CONTROLLING OUR THOUGHTS;” here is Keith’s story:
“When I wake up long before my alarm clock goes off, I lie in bed and tell myself to go back to sleep. If I stay awake too long, my mind begins to race, my thoughts slip out of control, and anxiety sets in. In the darkness I am beset by guilt, shame, regret, and a host of other negative thoughts and emotions.
“Fortunately, the Holy Spirit is beside me, encouraging me to shift my attention to thoughts of God. If I repeat words of thankfulness and praise, the Holy Spirit lifts me out of despair and leads me to a line of scripture or a devotional reading that I need to hear. After I read, I write down my troubles and turn them over to God. In this way I find relief and a sense of peace.
“Life gives us many choices. The choices we make about what to think shape our self-image, our personality, our view of the world, and our way of dealing with life’s difficulties. The Holy Spirit is our source of comfort and peace and works with us to control our thoughts.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s love can overcome my despair.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to control our thoughts. Remove thoughts of despair and anxiety and fill our minds and hearts with your peace, joy, and love. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE SUFFERING FROM INSOMNIA
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