Thoughts for a Bright Future



 Daily Inspirational Thoughts

to bless your life.



Monday through Thursday


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These are written by Beth McLendon
unless otherwise noted.




Monday


What have my choices in life positioned me for?

I have positioned myself for ___________.


Mini-Devotion for Monday

What have you positioned yourself for?

For example:

Have you positioned yourself for success or for failure?

Have you positioned yourself for godliness or ungodliness?



Tuesday

If we do not intentionally position ourselves
and choose wise paths,
we will probably be disappointed
in the outcomes we find in our life.


Wednesday


Our problems are not new to God, and
they are not too hard
for the all powerful God who is above all gods!



Thursday

Reading God’s word

builds confidence and faith

in the supernatural abilities of God and

in the loving intentions that God has toward each of us.

God is our Heavenly FATHER.

Every loving parent
guides his or her child to change.

God WILL guide us to change.

Highlighted Bible Verse


"Now your attitudes and thoughts
must all be constantly changing for the better.
Yes, you must be a new
and different person, holy and good.
Clothe yourself with this new nature."

Ephesians 4:23-24 TLB

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God expects us to change.

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Change is part of the Christian life.

In what areas
do you feel God
convicting you to change?



God expects us to seek his will and be open to change.

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As we read the Bible, God will convict us to change.

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The normal life of a believer is reading the Bible,
renewing our mind, and changing.


Many of the promises of God are dependent on us doing something. Many times God says, "If you do this...... then......"

Without change, we will never experience most of the promises of God, and we will never arrive at our unique destiny.

How have you positioned yourself?

Are you reading your Bible?

Are you open to change?

Are you asking God to help you change?

OR

Are you running FROM change?


Below is a Bible Devotion on CHANGE.


Change... Me Change?... No Way!

"Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better.

Yes, you must be a new and different person, holy and good.
Clothe yourself with this new nature."

Ephesians 4:23-24 TLB

If we are honest, most of us will admit

there is a great chasm

between who God calls us to be and who we are in reality.


The Bible says in Galatians 5:17,

"For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has his way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures."

"But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."

Frequently Christians excuse themselves from taking an active role in changing their bad habits and thoughts by saying, "I can't help doing this or that because it is part of my nature." This act of justification may fool us, but it does not fool the Holy Spirit.

The author of Psalm 119:31-32 gives us insight into how to approach this battle. "I cling to your commands and follow them as closely as I can. Lord, don't let me make a mess of things. If you will only help me to want your will, then I will follow your laws even more closely."

When we study the Bible, it forces us to address truth. In Philippians 4:8 we read, "Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right." Proverbs 3:3 says, "Never forget to be truthful and kind. Hold these virtues tightly. Write them deep within your heart."

So what is the truth about these bad habits? The truth is that we can change.

We can have victories if we ask for God's help and if we put on the full armor of God  (Ephesians 6:11-17). Of particular importance is the belt of Truth. Just as a belt goes around a body, truth should surround the believer. Each believer must speak the truth to himself.

The truth is:

Yes, we can change.

We can pray, as the writer of Psalm 119 did, that God will guide our thoughts.

Yes, we can conquer negative attitudes, bad habits, anger, and unforgiveness.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 KJV tells us that there is nothing new under the sun.

Our problems are not new, and
they are not too hard
for the all powerful God who is above all gods!


Additional study:  Ecclesiastes 11:4,  Psalm 139:23-24,  Proverbs 28:26


Bible Devotion Copyright © 1998 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com

Closing thoughts

"Without a Vision, the people Perish." Proverbs 29:18

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Get a Vision of  Who you Can Be

In Your Home


Have you positioned yourself to become a great role model or an example of what not to do?

Have you positioned yourself to become a great spouse or a mediocre one?

Have you positioned yourself to become a great parent or an absent parent?


Page First Presented September 23, 2013

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