Thursday, May 15, 2008
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." Colossians 3:15-16 (NIV)
TODAY'S THOUGHT William Backus, in his book "Learning To Tell Myself The Truth" writes, "Sadly, misbeliefs, whether verbal or visual, are the direct cause of emotional turmoil, maladaptive behavior, and most self-destructive behavior, such as overeating, smoking, lying, substance abuse, or adultery, to name a few. The consequences of misbeliefs do, indeed, lead to "Despair, and other great shame and vice." Because of the power of verbal and visual misbeliefs, we need to protect our heart and our mind. Paul shares how can do this. First he says that we are to let the peace that comes from knowing Christ rule in our hearts. The heart is where our emotions, imagination, visualizations, dreams and aspirations come from. We need to let Christ rule in each of these areas. He should fill our imaginations, dreams and visions with His peace. Satan sure uses our imagination. Have you ever noticed that you fear in technicolor, surround sound and 3-D? It is the same with anger, hopelessness and any other of our negative emotions. Our imagination goes wild. Instead, we need to let Christ's peace fill our hearts. We need Him to be the Lord of our imagination. Second, Paul writes, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly." It is the word of God that challenges and help correct any negative core beliefs. As His word dwells in our minds we begin to see it spill over into our belief system. This happens through admonishing one another with all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." Today give God both your heart and your mind. Let Him be the Lord of your thoughts and imagination.
TODAY'S PRAYER Father, please let Your peace rule in my heart. Also, let Your word dwell in my mind. Help me admonish others with all wisdom, and sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in my heart to God. In Jesus' name. AMEN