Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.
Today’s devotional comes from “Your Best Life” by Joel Osteen.
As You Think, You Will Be
Proverbs 23:7Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the cost].
It is unrealistic to pretend that nothing bad ever happens to us. Bad things happen to good people. Pretense is not the answer; nor is playing semantic games to make yourself sound more spiritual. If you are sick, admit it; but keep your thoughts on your Healer. If your body is tired, if your spirit weary, fine; but focus your thoughts on the One who has promised, “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV).
Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NKJV). He wasn’t saying that troublesome times wouldn’t come; He was saying that when they do, we can choose our attitudes. We can choose to believe and dwell on the promises of God’s Word.