November 25, 2021
Philippians 4:4-9 The Passion Translation
4 Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let your joy overflow! 5 And let gentleness be seen in every relationship, for our Lord is ever near. 6 Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, 7 then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ. 8 Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God,praising him always. 9 Put into practice the example of all that you have heard from me or seen in my life and the God of peace will be with you in all things.
Happy Thanksgiving! Today as you give thanks remember that thanksgiving and praise gets you through the gate and all the way into the presence of God. However you choose to celebrate this day, live the Word. Make up your mind that today you will keep your thoughts just like verse 8 instructs us. Fix your thoughts on what is authentic and real, what is honorable and admirable, what is beautiful and respectful, things that are pure and holy and merciful and kind. Don’t allow your thoughts to jump into worry or anxiety. Resist depressing thoughts. Reject the thoughts that say anything that is contrary to the Word of God. Today is the day to practice living with the peace of God in your life. Fix your thoughts on Him and enjoy your day!
Thank You Lord for life and everything good that You have given me in it. Thank You for the opportunity to grow in the grace and the knowledge of who You are. Thank You for this day where I can live in Your peace. In Jesus’ Name...
Deidra B. Johnson, PhD