I become what I think about. If I allow my mind to stay full of worries, cares, doubts, negative thinking and songs, evil, worldliness and gossip, I will start to reflect that in my life. If I allow my mind to be full of hope, joy forgiveness, patience, love, peace and positive thinking and songs, I will start to reflect that in my life. My mind is powerful. I need to feed it with positive things.
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.
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
When the outlook in our lives is not looking good, we should not fret. We need a change of perspective to realize that God sees tomorrow more clearly than can see yesterday. The future is completely in His hands. When we are going through our waters and fire, God will be with us, and he is able to deliver. God who spoke the world into existence in six days, has the ability to do little things in our lives.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
The little things of life
People find joy and fulfillment in the big things of life, but the little things that so often go unnoticed can also bring joy. A flower, a song, words of comfort, encouragement and hope, though little they may seem to some, they can change the night to day in the lives of people. Little is much when God is in what we do and say. Do not forget to do little acts of kindness.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
My life of endurance in built in my faith, hard as it may seem, brings happiness. Trials are not a sign of God's cruelty, disfavor and punishment. They come to our lives to test our endurance, shape our character and build our faith in God. Through trials, we draw close to God and see His power at work in our lives. Then, like Job, when we persevere in faith, God rewards us bountifully.
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the LORD finally brought about. The LORD is full of compassion and mercy
Song-My faith looks up to thee
Roy Graneau is the full-time preacher for the South Edmonton Church of Christ.