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Right Prayer + Right Thinking = Right Living

Right Praying + Right Thinking = Right Living

Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9 (NKJV)

Q:    What if you had a hundred million dollars in the bank - would you have a better peace of mind when it came time to pay your existing bills each month? 

Q:    What if you knew every fact contained in the Britannica Encyclopedia - would you have a better peace of mind about answering someone's question or figuring something out. 

Q:    What if you had a cupboard full of groceries - would you have a better peace of mind about having food for your next meal?

Truth be told, that if you had anyone of these things, you would have a peace about what you were going to face in the future with respect to these particular needs.  And that is exactly what we are being told here in Philippians 4:6-9 - that we can have "The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding."

This verse gives us a winning combination to find this peace from God as well - here it is:

"Right praying + Right Thinking = Right Living."

We are told in verse 6 of Philippians 4, that we don't need to fret or worry about anything!  And that means absolutely nothing!  We simply need to start praying.  As we talk (Pray) to the Lord and thank Him for everything He is doing; including the problem or test that we are facing.   We can now bring our needs before Him and ask for "His" perfect will to be done.  Isn't that what Jesus modeled for us in the garden of Gethsemane right before His crucifixion?

Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done." Matthew 26:42 (NKJV)

We are then told in Phil. 4:8, about what we need to think upon - it's time to replace the junk in our mind with good healthy thoughts about the things that God wants us to think about.  Doing this, while acknowledging that He is in control will produce great peace immediately. 

Now that we have done steps 1 and 2, they will add up to a changed behavior and countenance.  Our attitude will no longer be one of someone who is paralyzed in fear or doubt - there will be no more anger or worry.  And this adds up to living a life that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father, and our Lord and Savior - one that is empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 1John 3:22 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, knowing that God has given us the secret to having a perfect peace, why would we want to go back to doing things that are own way?  Jesus told us that we would be blessed if we obeyed His ways.

If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. John 13:17 (NKJV)

Let's make it our mission statement in life to pray to God about everything.  Let's read the Word of God daily - giving it the respect and priority that it deserves in our life.  Let's think upon the things that we have read and allow our minds to meditate upon these things.  Now, let's let the Holy Spirit guide and direct our actions, speech, and everything else we choose to participate in, as we become transformed by the renewing of our mind. 

God said, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you," and that is just one of over 3,000 promises that we can count on and trust in.  Let's do the math today, because no matter how you put these principles together, they always add up to the same thing - a blessed life, filled with peace.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we derive from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with respect to obeying God's Word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you praying about everything?  Are you thinking continually on the things of God?  Are you applying God's Word and living a blessed life?

APPLICATION: Seek to implement these biblical principles today.

Father, Thank You for Your principles of living a righteous life that is filled with peace.  Help me to remember these principles daily Lord.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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