DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
TODAY’S VERSE: PHILIPPIANS 4: 8-9
THEME: THE CHRISTIAN’S THOUGHT LIFE
WORDS OF HOPE:
In Philippians 4, Paul is coming to the end of the letter and he wants to encourage the Philippian church to healthy disciplines. Our thought life is a discipline, meditating on God’s word, allowing the Holy Spirit to renew our minds daily. Every sin begins with a thought; we see something, and it triggers a thought that leads to temptation. We hear something in passing and a thought builds that leads to offence and we begin to hold a grudge.
Our minds are the center of the spiritual warfare that we are engaged in. Whenever we begin to believe a lie, Satan has control over us in that area. There is a battle for the control of our minds, therefore it is imperative for us to daily spend time on God’s word. We live in a world with a constant stream of information. When we neglect to feed on God’s word, saturating ourselves with the truth, we will find it impossible to discern between lies and the truth.
It is impossible to have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ without spending time daily meditating on God’s word. Proper actions come from proper thinking. What we think about will ultimately determine our practices. We often are surprised when someone we know is caught in a grievous sin or criminal activity, but it all begins with improper thinking. J.D. Pentecost said, “Maturity in the Christian is not measured by what a man knows, but by what a man does.” Thinking translates to doing and Paul was a living example of the conduct he expected the Philippian believers to walk in.
Live by these thought patterns, taking them to heart allowing the Holy Spirit to dwell in you and transform your life, then you will know and experience the peace of God.
• Lord, may I feed on your word.
• Lord, may I depend on your word.
• Lord, may I do things that will glorify you.
Lord, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, may these be the things I reflect on. Amen