Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Wednesday, 3 July 19:
Philippians 4:8 — “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.”
The transformation of our minds includes the choice to think godly thoughts and eliminate negative, ungodly thinking and things in our life that might help induce such thinking. Christians must practice the discipline of thought control, which includes adding some things, removing some things, keeping the right perspective, choosing the right attitude, and focusing on the right things while ignoring other things – constant prayer, Bible study, and Christian fellowship are foundational. We must also practice the habit of continually proclaiming our thankfulness and hope (confidence) to ourselves and to others.
With Christ as your primary focus each day, you must endeavor to only think about what is honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise – revel in those things.
When you are with the love of your life, shouldn’t every minute be a celebration? Shouldn’t your overflowing joy be evident to everyone around you? Shouldn’t that in itself be an incredible testimony to the wonderfulness of the One you love? It’s time to celebrate!
Philippians 4:4-7 — Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Every morning when you begin another day with Jesus, proclaim to yourself and everyone around you, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”? (Psalm 118:24) Your attitude of joy, thanksgiving, excitement, and anticipation will be infectious.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 3 July 19: Regardless the situation, praise God today within your spirit and outwardly to others around you, and see if that doesn’t naturally effect your joy and empower your testimony.