Devotional for Friday January 8th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, what is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy – dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Feed your mind.”
 
In his great little book, “If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of The Boat” Pastor John Ortberg made the statement, “People are often astoundingly cavalier about the way they treat their minds.” He was writing about the truth that how we act is determined by how we think, and how we think is determined by what we feed our minds. But people are often very careless about taking care of the mind. We allow a lot of junk into it.
 
This is important because how you think creates your attitudes, shapes your emotions, and determines your behavior. Everything about you flows from your mind, and the condition of your mind is determined by what you put into it. Bad influences produce bad thoughts which produce bad behaviors. Positive influences produce positive thoughts which produce positive behaviors.
 
This brings us back to what we were discussing the other day regarding memorizing key verses of scripture that teach some aspect of resilience. Bring those scriptures to mind frequently so you can dwell on them, visualize them, and embed them deeply into your subconscious mind. Feed your mind on Biblical truth about resilience. Resilient people are intentional about training and conditioning their minds to think in a way that will result in behaviors and outcomes that produce the kind of life they want to have. It all starts with how you think, and how you think is determined by what you put into your mind.
 
I encourage you to be careful and intentional about what you feed your mind. Choose influences that will help you to develop the perspectives and attitudes that will produce positive results. We’ll think more about this tomorrow.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
 
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