Think on These Things - Thursday, December 12th 2013

2 Chronicles 10:16

"Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: "What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to your tents, O Israel! Now see to your own house, O David!"
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In our world of twenty-four hour news stations and action packed live reporting, it's easy to see and hear all the bad things happening in the world. If we compound this with our own personal struggles and pains, we will easily find ourselves anxious or worse yet, hopeless. In 2 Chronicles 10, the people of Israel are trying to come to grips with the splitting of their nation. As they watch their kingdom crumble, they chose to look at their circumstance rather than their God.

Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things." NKJV

No matter where we are in life, we can always find something bad to focus on. Even in church, people clamber to hear the latest gossip or consume stories of doom and gloom. Friends, we need to flee from a constant diet of evil, impure talk. These things do nothing but cause division and pain. Instead, we should look to the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ. As we set our eyes on Him we will find peace for our souls and life abundant.

Life Lesson: Follow that which leads you to Jesus.

Dear Father,
Thank You for Your forgiveness and grace. Help me to be discerning with what or who I listen to. May I always be mindful of Your goodness and grace. Father, use me to share whatever is good and right with others that are around me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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