Hello all, i was reading this devotional, sent by one of my dear friends this morning and i just wanted to share :). To me, it’s a good reminder for our daily encouragement. I hope it will encourage all of you as well.
If anyone was ever justified in being negative and overwhelmed, certainly Paul was. Unfairly accused, confined in prison, and facing death, he chose to emphasize the possibilities instead of problems. In his letters, he challenged believers to think differently and rise above the world’s standards. As a prisoner, he didn’t whine about the poor conditions, his bad luck, being chained to the guards, or even the things he missed about being free.
Instead, Paul wrote in a spirit of gratitude and with an encouraging, joyful manner — all in the midst of a continual barrage of persecution. The apostle Paul presents us with wise advice for thinking like Christ thinks when he challenge us to seek out and dwell on the positives in our life.
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians 4:8 MSG
Philippians 4:8 reflects very crisply the nature and character of God, who Himself is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. As Christians, we are called to meditate on things that mirror God’s characters. Not only does this keep us from focusing on sinful/harmful things, but it also allows us to fill our lives with hope and optimism.
If you desire to live a joy-filled life – a life that fulfils God’s purpose for you – you must keep your thoughts fixed on the things of God.
“The 4:8 Principle”
By Tommy Newberry
Have a wonderful weekend!
Be Blessed! ~sisie