My morning started off with just three sentences before I read through Philippians 4. Bear in mind, this is exactly what I'm talking about on Sunday, so the timing couldn't be any better. Here's the three sentences:
"The next step in battling against your toxic thoughts is to replace those thoughts with God's truth. The best place to find God's truth is in His Word. Why is it easier to think toxic thoughts than it is to focus our minds on the truth?"
Great question. Philippians 4:1-13 is a great reminder of where our heads, as disciples of Christ, ought to be at. Just consider verses 4-9.
4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
How much of our thoughts are about what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellence, and worthy of praise? Convicting.
Here's a snapshot of an email I had when I got to the office this morning:
Okay, so the sermon this coming Sunday is about addressing the lies that we face with God's truth, this morning's devotion is basically the same idea, and then this email is pretty much saying the same thing! AND this is the last day of the fast and since I don't believe in coincidences, I thought maybe I should share this.
Remember, we're not just fasting from something, we're fasting for something. To humble ourselves before the Living God and prepare our hearts to do his work: minister to the needs of others.
Hope to see you tonight at UNITE.