What Do You Think About?
We are all plagued with the troubles of life. Jesus said "When the storms come..., when they persecute you..., when you encounter troubles"; He didn't say "If" these things happen. He was preparing us for what is to come in life, but He also tells us how to pass through this life victoriously –with peace and joy. The solution is what we choose to think about as the trials come upon us. In Philippians 4:4, we're told to "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" And it's followed by advice on what to think about.
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me– put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:5-9)
This section is an attempt to show a few examples of things I think about through the day –and maybe it will be encouraging to you to change your thinking habits to be more about Him. After all, He is our peace, our strength, our life.
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Law (Legalism) vs. Grace
In reply Jesus declared, 'I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.' 'How can a man be born when he is old?' Nicodemus asked. 'Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!' Jesus answered, 'I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' (John 3:3-7 - NIV)