X Is for ‘Xcellent Thoughts

Apr 28

X Is for ‘Xcellent Thoughts

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. . . . Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9   We’ve talked a lot about change from the inside out. But what does that really look...

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W Is for Work in Progress

Apr 27

W Is for Work in Progress

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6   In our microwave culture, we want things fast. If it’s not quick enough, we become impatient. We’re like the person who prayed, “Lord, give me patience and I want it now!” Sometimes God...

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V Is for Victory

Apr 26

V Is for Victory

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37   Have you ever seen a sports event in which one team eeked out a narrow win? Other times a team may have a decisive win by a large margin. Sports teams would say, “A win is a win.” But that’s not how God works. When we work out things on our own, we might eek...

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U Is for Unlimited Resources

Apr 25

U Is for Unlimited Resources

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Ephesians 3:16   As you might expect, the Creator of the Universe has unlimited resources. And just as His resurrection power is at work in our lives, His glorious resources are available for us, too. We don’t have to figure things out and come up with...

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T Is for Transformed

Apr 24

T Is for Transformed

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2   We can let our minds be controlled by the Spirit or our old sinful nature, but we can also let our minds be influenced by the behavior...

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S Is for Spirit-Controlled Mind

Apr 22

S Is for Spirit-Controlled Mind

So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. Romans 8:6   Whether you realize it or not, you’re involved in mind-control games. That sounds like something out of a psychological thriller, but the fact is you have a choice about who controls your mind. You can let your sinful...

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