There is a direct connection between our thoughts and our obedience. The Apostle Paul continues by telling us to take all that we have learned and put it into practice.

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What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:9

Our learning produces thoughts, but we are to focus (or meditate) on those thoughts that are God-honoring. And then we are to conform our lives to these things.

Process

All that we learn through instruction, observation, hearing, experience, traditions and interactions with fellow believers produce the basis for our obedience when it is in conformity with God’s word.

Our willingness to be molded by these things will result in our lives being in a state of peace that only God can provide. This peace is a gift from God who created all things and through whom all things are sustained. And through whom all things exist. 

God’s peace means it will be well for us, even when circumstances do not appear favorable. God’s peace means life-altering situations will end well for you. God’s peace is not artificial, it is not the world’s peace but it is the type of peace that settles within and makes all things right in your life.

Thus, our thoughts connect us to the Source when we live in obedience to what we have learned.

The Principle

Christians who conform their lives according to these thoughts will experience the peace of God.

Practical

Repeat yesterday’s task. Grab a small piece of paper like an index card. I would like for you to carry it in your pocket all day. Write down your internal thoughts. If you think about the same thing more than once, place a check mark next to it.

At the end of the day, consider, whether your thoughts were God honoring and how you can shift your thoughts concerning those matters. Place the paper in your bible or somewhere for review at the end of the week.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father,

May my thoughts and my actions be in unity with You. And where I fall short, please give me the strength and willingness to seek You. To turn from my ways and embrace the ways that lead me straight to You.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

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Day 4 Preview

I am planning to write about Colossians 3:15 tomorrow. Are you writing along? If so, comment and I’ll head over to your blog.

“See” you tomorrow.

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