Scripture: Philippians 4: 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue
and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things
Thought for Today:We live in a world filled with trouble. Negative news, negative responses, negative communications come at us from every direction. Many days it can be difficult to find good news in the midst of all the bad. Troubling times and bad news can produce a negative spirit and pessimistic, cynical responses even in believers.
When a negative spirit is received, you begin to focus on what is wrong in your life and circumstances rather than what is right. A great friend once preached a message “The Good News is that Bad News Ain’t So Bad!” That message stuck with me. It helped me to understand that no matter how bad things may seem at times, there is always greater Good News, God is in control, my faith is in Him! Paul challenged the Philippians to focus their minds on positive things that are True, Noble, Just, Pure, Lovely, and of Good Report…Meditate on (ponder deeply) these things. When you choose to focus on these virtues, you focus on ‘What is Right’ and God’s limitless possibilities, rather than what is wrong. As I ponder this passage, I realize that my attitude and reactions to life are shaped by the way I think!
It’s Time to Pray: Gracious God, help me to be mindful of all that I take into my mind, soul and spirit. Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit to choose to think on ‘What is Right’ and respond to every situation with a positive mindset and unlimited faith in Christ Jesus my Lord and Saviour. These days my Lord as we are in a health crisis I am asking that You stir up the hearts of your children in these dark days and restore unto us the joys of our salvation that we may know that you are God and besides You, there is no other. Thou are the healer in the home, the church, the wilderness and in the community. Hear us today and answer our prayers. AMEN
This is day #8 of our prayer and fasting so you are encouraged to pray in your time and make your petitions known to the Lord.