When I look at that title, I feel like taking a sword fighting stance with one hand firmly on my back hip and the other holding out white gloves to swat you in the face as I confidently say, “I challenge you to…” The last thing you’d probably want to do if I did that would be to smile and say, “Thank you, Alli!” but I promise you that if you take on this challenge wholeheartedly you will be exceedingly grateful that you did.
Your attitude is a direct result of what you are regularly focusing on. If you are often thinking of how flabby your stomach is, sitting in thoughts of disgust over those extra pounds that won’t seem to budge, beating yourself up over what you didn’t get done, or comparing yourself to that “perfect” co-worker who just has everything together, then you are probably spending much of your time outside of the joy of the Lord and seeing little change. We can all get trapped in an unproductive thought process from time to time. Praise God that we don’t have to stay there and continue to have our joy and peace stolen!
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. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)
This Month’s Challenge:
To choose to allow your mind to be focused on the Spirit, instead of your flesh.
One of the best ways to make this transition is to speak from a heart and perspective of gratitude; fixing your eyes on Jesus and the truth of the Gospel of grace.
Putting It Into Practice:
If your mind is trying to say you did a lousy job of something and aren’t good enough… “Thank You, Lord, that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Help me to walk out that righteousness today, even right now, by Your Spirit.” (Romans 8:1, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 5:16)
If you are fixated on a guilty pleasure and are tempted to overindulge… “Thank You, Father, that sin is no longer my master, because I am not under law but under grace. I ask, and thank You, that You make my desires Yours and give me a taste for what is good both physically and spiritually.” (Proverbs 3:6, Romans 6:14, Galatians 5:17-18)
If you are tempted to pick a fight with your persnickety Aunt Betty… “Praise You, Lord, that I have died to sin and live to righteousness; that the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in me to bring life (gentleness, kindness, peace, patience, and love) to my mortal body! Help me to see Aunt Betty the way that You do and to offer her Your mercy continually.” (Romans 6:11, Romans 8:11, Ephesians 4:32, 1 Peter 2:24)
No matter what you are facing, there is much to be thankful for. Participate in bringing the holiday season back to the rest and celebration that it was designed for by focusing on the goodness of God and all He’s freely given you and has in store for you both now and eternally. It’s all because of the work of Jesus. He is worthy of your praise!
More of the Word to Stick Into Your Heart:
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6 ESV)
Life and death are set before you today: both blessing and cursing. Choose who you will serve today. Now choose Jesus… choose Life! (Deuteronomy 30:19, Joshua 24:15)
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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NASB)
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:31-33 AKJV)
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil... Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]... Above all, lift up the [protective] [d]shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-11, 13, and 16-17 AMP)
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