Friday, May 24, 2013

May 24th Devotional: Think About It (Phil 4:8)

Have you ever heard that phrase: “garbage in, garbage out”? I've heard people in the health and fitness industry use it a lot to explain how junk food affects our bodies, they often say it with “you are what you eat”; but in today’s devotional I think it can be argued that you are what you think! When you put garbage into your thoughts, garbage comes out through your actions! 

It’s a fact y’all.

The way that you think ultimately always makes the difference in who you are, how you do things, your level of joy, peace and success –or your distraction and destruction. This morning as you get ready for the rest of your day let’s take a moment to heed the advice of Paul in Philippians 4:8. Think about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy –because as it says in the next verse when you do this the God of peace will be with you!

And is that not who we are all called to be? People of peace, those who with God’s help, have mastered the difficult task of self-control; because they consciously regulate what they put into their minds, peace prevails in their lives.

Try it today, when your mind wanders where you know it should not –whether that’s towards something that upsets you, angers you, gives you confusion or unrest, towards anything that brings you away from God’s Will in your life –think on these things. Give the verse a repeat in your mind if you need to. You will see a shift in everything you do and how you deal with the situations and people around you, I know I have.

Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Be set apart.

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