13 Day Devotional – Day 5

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8

During this time of praying and fasting as a church body, be encouraged to stay positive! Being positive brings a feeling of more rather then less. I don’t know about you, but I rather have a feeling of more! Positive thinking will completely change the perception of what is negative. For example, you may have an old beat up car, instead of being negative about not having a brand new car; think positive that you are not in debt with a huge car payment. Or you may not have a car at all, you may have to walk, think positively that you are getting exercise and have the ability to walk. Look at it positively and see the bright side. In spite of our situations and circumstances, God is still good and providing good things! So as we pray and fast, focus on what is positive about praying and fasting, not on what you are doing without, giving up, or missing!

Each time we have a fast at C3, I give up coffee. Personally, being a self-proclaimed coffee addict…it is hard! So giving up coffee is no easy task for me. It hurts physically and mentally! By day three my head is throbbing from the withdrawal of caffeine. I have been told (from my family) I become irritable. My body is cold and I crave the warmth coffee brings. My energy decreases. In the natural, my mind and body are reacting to what it craves. I have a choice. I could choose to focus on what I am doing without, my coffee. I could choose to give-in to the thoughts that can captivate my mind. I could continue to be irritable, whine and cry that I am cold, that I have no energy and a throbbing headache. I could view my current situation and circumstances with a negative attitude. But, when I choose to live in the spiritual, I can choose to focus my thoughts on what fasting is all about! That is the time for me to grow closer to God. It is the time, where I seek God full heartedly. I choose to be spiritually minded and overcome the desires of my flesh.

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6

So as we walk through these days of praying and fasting, fix your thoughts on Philippians 4:8!

-Jill McLendon @jillsthename