Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Where are your thoughts?

Philippians 4:4-8
4.  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5.  Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.  (We are commanded to be moderate in ALL things!)
6.  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  (Tell God everything on your mind!  Even the things that you THINK will make Him unhappy.  He will never be unhappy with an honest relationship with you.  When you admit the things on your mind, He can begin to teach you.  When you hide from Him, remember that He already knows all the thoughts and intents of your heart.  When you tell him all your concerns, He can help you.)
7.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  (This is the key to a peaceful spirit.  What is in YOUR mind?  The thoughts of your mind will affect your whole body and spirit.  Whenever you find yourself worrying, or fearing, or focused on the ugliness of the world, think of this verse and meditate on the things you already know of God.  You will find your peace restored.)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Our life

Romans 12:1-5
1.  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (to be "transformed by the renewing of your mind" requires that we apply our minds to something new.  We must actively engage in study of the Word of God to "renew" our minds according to holiness.  If we continue to vegetate in front of unholy movies our mind will be filled with THAT.)  
3.  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Note that our faith came from God.  Of ourselves we have nothing.)
4.  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5.  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (We cannot think of ourselves as being all sufficient, or even self sufficient.  We are members of  one another.  We are not to be loners.  Every saved soul is of the body of Christ, we are not individual loners.  If we use our gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ we shall do well.)