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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Today at work one of my co-workers told me that the 21-year-old son of our co-worker (our co-worker is a Christian man), killed himself. How important is what we think?
Ekklesia,
Grace to you.
Proverbs 23:7 says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so
is
he . . . ." How important is
what we think?
Jesus told his disciples and us, "The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have
it
more
abundantly" (John 10:10). Who was the thief Jesus spoke of? How important is what we think?
Jesus spoke of the devil: "Ye are of
your
father the devil, and the lusts of your father
ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it" (John 8:44). How important is what we think?
The next morning as I headed in to work, praying, I heard "sore troubles." I looked it up. It is from Psalm 71:20: "
Thou
, which hast shown me great and sore troubles, shalt
quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth." How important is what we think?
Today I noticed each one of my co-workers was trying to process their feelings about our friend's 21-year-old son. I began praying, and the Lord made be realize I was grieving because the Spirit of God in me was grieving for this loss.
How important is what we think? Could it be the difference between life and death? Could it be the difference between persevering through trials or giving up? How important is what we think?
A few months ago, my family had their Christmas get-together. One of my brothers said he had had a stroke. Two of my brothers talked about having panic attacks, and my Dad was in the treatment center. As I got ready for bed that evening, my heart was heavy. I told the Lord if I look at things, it doesn't look hopeful. Then the Spirit of God brought into my mind, "Hope that is seen is not hope." How important is what we think?