Finally, 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.” Philippians 4:8 ESV
Well, the days of quarantine and staying at home continue. As we are separated from others physically and separated from participating in some things that give us pleasure, it is easy to dwell on those things that make us frustrated or angry or sad.
We are instructed in God’s Word to take control over our thoughts! We are not to let our thoughts control us – to control how we feel – but we are to control what thoughts we allow to “hang around.” [2 Corinthians 10:5]
If we allow God to guide and direct our thoughts – we will discover that we can change our focus from thoughts of doubt, negativity, blame, frustration, and hopelessness to thoughts that focus on those things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy.
In other words, what are things that we are THANKFUL for? May we take each day and write down those things/people/circumstances that are commendable and deserve our praise.
Let’s not just write them down once a day, but let’s have a running list that continues throughout the day as we are proactive in bringing our thought life into alignment with God’s thoughts.
LORD! We are so thankful that You are with us 24/7 as we journey through this quarantine season. Help us, Lord, to take control of our thought life. May our thoughts and our words be full of life and love and praise. Help us to see others through Your eyes and may we be vessels of honor and truth and love. Oh LORD!! YOU are the One at the top of our list who is worthy of our praise!! And we praise You each and every day! HALLELUJAH!!
~Tina K. Roach
You are unique! You are beautiful! Let your light shine! …and help guide others into the Love of Christ!!
Be ready for the unexpected!! And that unexpected for me this morning was receiving a call on the way to church from my Pastor (who was sick) asking for me to preach in both Services!
Pastor David, we prayed for you and I will continue to pray until you are well!! Rest and be strengthened in Jesus’ mighty name!!
Today, the Lord had me walk out the last Scripture I posted:
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV
Well, if God’s Spirit dwells within me, then what have I to fear? The Holy Spirit guides me and empowers me to speak what His people (including me) need to hear.
I am thankful and humbled to be a vessel of Almighty God!!! I am thankful and humbled to be able to fill in for my pastor when he is sick and needs time to heal! I am thankful and humbled to partner with God whenever He calls and wherever He calls!!
I would say to YOU, dear Brothers & Sisters….BE READY FOR THE UNEXPECTED!!
And the way to be ready is to draw near to the Lord and to stay near. He is preparing you for what’s ahead. Are you ready?
All glory and honor to the King of kings and the Lord of lords!!!!
Oh God! I love Your commandments; I love Your guidance and Your wisdom and Your love and Your faithfulness!
Your words are a light upon the path before me. Darkness may be all around me…but Your light cuts through the darkness!
I love Your name and I desire for it to be continually on my lips and in my heart. May Your name be my strong tower that no forces can penetrate!
❤️I love You, LORD!❤️
The Sovereign LORD is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights. ~Habakkuk 3:19
I am so thankful that the Lord is my strength! I must not rely on others to strengthen me…I must not rely on good books to strengthen me…I must not rely on anything that is physical to give me the strength I need. Physical things are temporary; people can let you down….BUT GOD!! He will never let us down. He is always there to refill us time and again with His strength! Our strength will fail, but His strength will never fail. His strength is always there for us. Thank You, Lord!!
He has made our feet like “the feet of a deer.” As the deer’s feet are made to grip and be able to stand firm and move confidently on the unlevel and upward path of the mountains…so our feet are made to stand firm and move confidently upon the upward path that the Lord has called us to.
God makes us walk on our “high places.” What high places has He called you to walk upon? The path may seem too challenging. The top may seem too high, too far away. But, the Lord is our Path Guide. He will place out feet upon ground we can trust to hold us. For He is our ground!
*I have a vision of mountain climbers. You know how someone who is inexperienced is hooked by a guide rope to the experienced climber. He goes ahead and leads the others to where they should follow. As long as he is hooked and connected to the guide…he will know exactly where to step.*
Ahhhh Lord! Thank You for leading us. Thank You for attaching yourself to us. It is never Your desire for us to wander from the path. May we never choose to unhook that guide rope! We are lost without You!