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God’s Word Gives You More Rest and Less Stress - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - September 6, 2021

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God’s Word Gives You More Rest and Less Stress
By Rick Warren

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

It’s increasingly difficult to stay focused on true things. The Bible says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8 NLT).

This requires a mental shift. It means you’re going to have to build new, better habits. 

Your mind is bombarded with lies every single day. Advertisements and social media tell you that if you don't think, dress, or act a certain way, you don't matter. When you're growing up, you’re told that if you're not good at academics or athletics, you don't matter. This world is full of lies, and you’ve believed many of them. But they're just not true. 

The only way to counter those lies is to fill your mind with the truth. The truth is that you are a child of God. You matter to him. Jesus said that when you know the truth, it will set you free.

To be set free means to have a breakthrough. I want you to have a breakthrough. But the only way you can do that is to be in God’s Word, the Bible, every day, even if it's just for a few minutes. 

If you think you can’t do that, just consider how many hours you’re spending on social media or TV or reading the news. How are you going to have a healthy mind if you're filling your mind with lies instead of the truth?

Not everything you hear is true. Not everything you tell yourself is true. You've got to get into the Bible every day, because God will always speak truth. You can trust what he says about you and the promises he’s made for you in his Word because he always keeps his promises.

What happens when you keep your mind on the right things? 

“If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 TLB).

Wouldn't you like to have your heart and your mind at rest? That's a breakthrough everyone needs: less stress and more rest. Get started on your breakthrough today by getting into God’s Word.

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