It’s Christmas Eve! What are you thinking about right now on Christmas Eve? Are you thinking about your last-minute Christmas shopping that you still need to do? Are you thinking about all the food you need to prepare for your family? How about all the presents you still need to wrap? WOW! There is so much to think about this time of year! Christmas Eve is a time when we’re supposed to experience some down-time, and some peace. However, it’s a time when we’re constantly thinking about what’s next on our agenda.
As we finish this blog series, here’s the final step to help us Repeat The Sounding Joy…All Year Long!
SURRENDER YOUR THINKING
Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
The principle behind Paul’s words is simple: Sin always begins in the mind…and so does holiness. When Paul says “think about such things,” the command is in the present tense: “Keep on thinking about these things.” Find what is true and think about it. Find the lovely and think about it. Find the virtuous and think about it. Do that, and verse 9 says “the God of peace will be with you.”
If you are a Christian, you have within you the power to obey every command in this passage. You can literally surrender your thinking if you want to. How? By remembering that all that is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent is found in Jesus Christ!
It’s also a time that might bring family differences. Settle Your Differences. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.
In all things Strive To Rejoice in the Lord, give Him thanks for all that we have, and don’t waste your time in worry…spend our time in prayer.
Finally, you can Repeat The Sound Joy…All Year Long when you Surrender Your Thinking on all that is Jesus Christ!
Heavenly Father, I thank you for this JOY that is found only in you. I pray you would empower us to Repeat The Sounding Joy…All Year Round!