40 Days of Joy - Negative Thinking and Personal Failure - Day 49

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."  Philippians 4:4

Begin your time with God in prayer:

Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart: 

Today, we bring 40 Days of Joy to a close. The secret to joyful living is putting into practice what we’ve learned from Philippians. Let’s look at the last two areas.

When you have negative thinking, will you choose to think right (biblical and godly) thoughts?

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

When you experience personal failure, will you get back up and practice biblical living?

Colossians 2:6-7 - Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • Spend time in the Bible daily.
  • Stop thinking about ungodly pursuits.
  • Discipline your mind to think joyful, godly thoughts.
  • Surround yourself with godly friends.
  • Practice living out God’s Word. 

Father, I praise You for taking me on this journey. You have revealed so many truths from God’s Word that I can practice so that I can have a close relationship with You and live in a way that pleases You. Help me to continue the journey, get up every time I fall and persevere until walking with You is as natural as riding a bike. Amen. 

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