Devotions By Jan

Positive Thinking

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Positive-Thinking-Doesn-t-Work-2Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13  “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me.”

There is a huge correlation between mind and body.  The power of positive thinking cannot be denied.  We use this concept to encourage our young people to reach for the stars.  We see the value of positive thinking for the ill and infirm in healing the body or managing pain.  Sometimes, we just need to believe in ourselves to get the job done.  There is a lot to be said about having a positive attitude.  I recently heard on the television a famous celebrity who credits her healing to her positive thoughts.  For the non-believer, it is the only resource.  For the believer, there is something more.

Our verse for today talks about a strength that finds its source in Christ.  Strength that comes from Him is sufficient for anything and everything He asks us to do.  The context of the verse is contentment in every circumstance.  That requires His strength as my natural tendency is to be envious.  But His strength is there for every impossibility that is part of His plan.

I have seen His strength come through for me over and over when I have come to the end of mine!  He uses fragile jars of clay in order that the power will be attributed to Him and not to me! (II Cor. 4:7)  I do not believe in myself to get the job done.  Yes, He has gifted me and created me with certain talents.  But depending on myself can only get me so far.  How much better to depend on His strength and power.

Sometimes I think I can.  But I know with certainty that He always can!  Thank you Lord, that Your strength makes it happen!

(Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule)

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