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Pastor Jim's Message

Pastor Jim's Message

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. -Philippians 4:8 NIV

Your thought life plays a major role in gaining perspective of your existence. Your outlook on life starts in your thoughts. Your ability to positively interact with others begins with the knowledge of who you are and whose you are.

Who do you know that is always positive? Such a person sees the silver lining on even the darkest cloud. He or she always has a kind word and a smile waiting for you. You can be sure that that person’s thought life is exactly the same way.

God doesn’t want you thinking about the negatives. When we can only think of negatives in a situation, then our thoughts turn to hopelessness, seeing the worst in others, doubt, fear and regret. These types of thoughts eat away at your well-being. Don’t believe the conventional wisdom that you have no control over your thoughts. Instead, take control! When a negative thought enters your mind, replace it with something positive. You might quote an uplifting verse or declare to God that you are relying on His presence.

It won’t happen all at once. But as you begin to replace the negative thoughts with positive thoughts, your outlook will change. People will see a change in you and your walk with God will grow more powerful. Why not start a negativity fast today. Fast all negative words and thoughts for 24 hours. Then, extend it to two days, 5 days, and a week. The longer you fast negativity, the happier you will be.

Recently, I have asked people to share positive and encouraging stories from this COVID19 pandemic. I put up a Video Ministry Moment myself, and you will find two stories shared from our members in this Palms edition. I hope others will share uplifting stories as well. Send them to dppc@desertpalmschurch.org. Let us be a witness to our faith in God as we encourage one another with our words.

Jim

Last Published: October 30, 2020 2:31 PM
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