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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, November 24, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
It seems strange that a man in prison would be telling a church to rejoice. But Paul’s attitude teaches us an important lesson: Our inner attitudes do not have to reflect our outward circumstances. Paul was full of joy because he knew that no matter what happened to him, Jesus Christ was with him. 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.
God’s peace is different from the world’s peace. 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. Our citizenship in Christ’s Kingdom is sure, our destiny is set, and we can have victory over sin. Let God’s peace guard your heart against anxiety. (NLT)
Philippians 4:4-7 – 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.
Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” –Philippians 4:4 (NIV)
April James (California) titled her story “THANKSGIVING EVERY DAY;” here is a portion of April’s story:
“In my country we celebrate a day of thanksgiving each year. I wonder how many people stop to consider why they celebrate. Does a day of thanksgiving cause us to pause and evaluate what we are truly thankful for?
“As Christians, should we – could we – have thanksgiving every day? In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul writes, ‘In everything give thanks.’ The apostle is not saying that we are to give thanks for everything, but in everything – despite the circumstances. We know it is not easy to thank God in the midst of trouble, but we are not alone. God is there with us in the midst of our struggles, guiding us through.
“An attitude of praise and thanksgiving is a choice, an act of our will. Sometimes we will not feel like giving thanks. But consider the results of doing so: a change takes place in us and around us; things begin looking up. We can cultivate an attitude of thankfulness and have thanksgiving every day.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What can I thank God for today?
Prayer: O God, we pray that your love will grow in us each day. Help us learn to give thanks in all situations. Amen.
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