Your Thoughts Matter

“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. IT MATTERS what you think about. Whatever your mind dwells on becomes bigger to you, and your mind usually only dwells on one big thing at a time. If your problems, fears, and failures are all you think about, you have less and less room for God to be the biggest thing on your mind. That’s why Scripture tells us to magnify God and remember all the good things He has done for us. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you,” Isaiah 26:3. As you meditate on God, He becomes bigger to you, and you begin to understand that He is bigger than any problem you may have. As you magnify God, your problems take on a new reality because you understand that He is big enough to take care of it. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” We can’t always control every thought that comes into our minds, but we CAN decide what we will do with it once it is there. We can choose not to dwell on it and instead fix our thoughts on Christ. When we do this, we allow God to keep us in His perfect peace.

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Hunger for God

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied,” Matthew 5:6. Jesus told us to be hungry for more of God. Our hunger should compel us to seek His presence and spend time in the Word. In John 4:34 Jesus refused food that His disciples brought Him, saying “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.” Just as our hunger drives us to God’s presence, we will be satisfied as we understand His will for our lives and live in it. “And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” As we seek His face, He places His Godly desires in our hearts, and we desire to do His will. There is a satisfaction in living out God’s plan for our lives that nothing in the world can compare with. And the world takes notice when it sees someone who is satisfied. That’s not something that we can accomplish in the flesh. As the world sees Believers satisfied in God, we are living proof that He alone can satisfy. We glorify Him in our satisfaction!

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Co-heirs with Christ

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,” Romans 8:17. Ephesians 1:11 says that “In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” We know that as Christ followers we have an inheritance. Jesus paid the full price for it on the cross. Just like an earthly inheritance, we could not receive it until the one giving it had died. “For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive,” Hebrews 9:17. And just like an earthly inheritance, we are meant to receive all the benefits of it during our lifetime. We don’t save it until we die, because it has value to us during the time we spend on earth. In the same way, Jesus intends for us to receive the benefits of our inheritance from Him during our lifetime. We were never meant to view it as something that would only benefit us after we die. Jesus paid for our salvation, freedom, health, prosperity, and access to the presence of God! All the resources of God’s Kingdom are available to us!

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