Marie’s daily verse:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Is. 43:18-19)
DAILY DEVOTION, December 31, 2022
“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” (Philippians 4:8).
On this last day of 2022 we are thankful that the worst of Covid is behind us. As we prepare for a New Year, let’s think again about our thought life. The good news is that most of us have control over our thoughts. We can recognize sinful thoughts and quickly reject them. We can make the effort to fill our minds with biblical truth so that our thinking reflects the mind of God. The Bible is the inspired and infallible word of God. In it we find God’s word that should control our thinking. God’s words are therapeutic, sensible, and priceless. Time devoted to storing up God’s word in your mind is time well spent.
Think true thoughts, noble thoughts, just thoughts, pure thoughts, lovely thoughts, positive thoughts, virtuous thoughts, praiseworthy thoughts. Let such thoughts fill your mind, and your words and behavior will follow suit. Good thoughts lead to good behavior. Bad thoughts . . . well, you get the idea.
Gracious Father, we pray that 2023 will be a better year than 2022. We know that whatever our circumstances, if we fill our minds with Your truth, it will be a good year. Thank You for bringing us safely through another year. May our thoughts, words, and deeds glorify Your name in the New Year. In Jesus name, Amen.