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Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. – 1 John 4:10 KJV
God loves us more than we can possibly imagine. Our Heavenly Father loves Jesus, yet wants to save us so much that He offered His own son’s life as a sacrifice to cover our sins.
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins on the world.
The refrigerator in our new house broke after a day’s use. We had to buy a new one.
When our old ways and thoughts no longer serve us, we can “buy” new ones by being transformed by the renewing of our minds. Instead of hanging onto our old thoughts, we can swap them out for new ones. Just like we wouldn’t keep an old refrigerator that didn’t work, we can let go of those thoughts and worries that are broken. God can make all things new. Amen.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. – Psalms 89:15-16 NIV
We need God’s light. Without light, it is difficult to walk without stumbling.
Sometimes we create our own darkness. We allow others to disrupt our thoughts. The Lord sees us clearly and knows what is going on. He knows our thoughts. God knows our prayers even before we utter them.
His name is precious. One of the commandments is to refrain from taking the Lord’s name in vain. When we resent someone, it is tempting to call him or her a bad name, but God asks us to love, not to say words out of resentment. The Spirit of the Lord wants peace for us, and we need to be watchful of the words we say and think.
Jesus is worthy of acclaim. His actions and words are without fault. The more we think about Him, the more we become like Him and appreciate what He sacrificed for us. If we spent all day praising Him, how would our lives change? Amen.
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. – Hebrews 3:1 NIV
When our thoughts turn to Jesus, there is less room to worry about things that don’t matter. In most cases, the things that we worry about today, we won’t even remember in five years.
Returning our thoughts to Jesus is a meditative practice. It is normal for our minds to wander, and when we catch ourselves over-thinking, we can gently turn our thoughts back to Jesus. Then we can experience peace.
Jesus is our high priest. He is worthy of praise.
Excessive worry–and turning our thoughts away from Jesus–can be a form of idolatry. Idolatry can be anything that takes our attention away from God, but He is able to transform our thoughts. Amen.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. – Isaiah 26:3 NIV
Sometimes our thoughts run wild. We worry about things that we have no control of. This is not a good use of our time or energy; the Lord reminds us to keep our minds steadfastly focused on Him. If we keep our thoughts focused on trusting Him, we can begin to glimpse what perfect peace feels like.
In this world we will have trouble, but Jesus has overcome the world. He can help us to reclaim our thoughts and restore our spirits.
He will take care of our loved ones. He will guide and protect us. If we only would set aside our pride, we would see He can lead us. He knows the solution to every problem. Amen.