You can’t always avoid seeing the unpleasant, the undesirable, the problem, the trouble, the negative, or the bad.
You can’t always avoid hearing about it either.
Sometimes, it even “hits home” – right in the middle of your affairs, conditions, and circumstances.
But, YOU DON’T HAVE TO RECEIVE IT!
You don’t have to tune in to it.
You don’t have to accept it.
You don’t have to embrace it.
Open up your Bible and flip over to the 4 short chapters in the book of Philippians. Notice some of the amazing verses in there…
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it…”
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
“The supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.”
“God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
“Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Now really think about that…
Here is Paul the Apostle is in a Roman prison – and history tells us that these Roman cells were essentially sewage pits – and yet, he’s telling himself and us to think on NOTHING but GOOD things.
That’s what I’m talking about…Yes, Paul was in a bad situation but he wasn’t embracing it. He definitely was not tuning in to it.
In fact, if you weren’t really paying attention, you wouldn’t even realize from reading Philippians that Paul is in prison.
What about you?
What are you tuned in to?
What are you embracing?
If a friend were to call you up and ask you, “How’s it going?” what would come out of your mouth?
The truth is that the good you desire DEPENDS upon you living by Paul’s words, “if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
In other words, if there’s good in it, think about it. Dwell upon it. But, if there’s nothing good about it, then REFUSE TO GIVE IT ANY MENTAL ENERGY!
Don’t think about it. Don’t tell people about it. Just delete it from your mind and turn the focus and the attention of your mind to the good that you desire.
Now, some people say to me, “That’s not even reasonable!”
My response is, “You’re right. God has called us to be “unreasonable” when it comes to living our lives – because the person that’s living their life with their faith placed firmly in God does refuse and reject what they don’t want and firmly embraces their firm belief that God will bring about the Good that they desire – or something better.”
In reading the Gospels, you repeatedly find Jesus “getting on” to people because they weren’t being “unreasonable” enough to believe God for good in the midst of the bad.
It’s time for you to start being more “unreasonable”…the good you desire depends upon it!
No matter what your external conditions and circumstances…
Think the good that you desire.
Speak the good that you desire.
Act the good that you desire.
Today is a PERFECT day for you to start being more UNreasonable!
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