“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)

How do you get through the valley? We’ve all been there at one time or another; and, if you haven’t, hold on because you will be. This fallen world in which we live is a passing shadow described by David as the valley of the shadow of death. Beyond his description, David gives us insight into how we get through the valley. Continue reading

“The Lord is my Shepherd ….” Psalm 23:1a (NKJV)

The more I read the Bible, the more amazed I am at its content and construction.  Consider the Shepherd work of Christ, for example.  We’ve been talking about that for the past few days.  We found various passages in the New Testament that revealed the Shepherd work of Christ in three unique ways.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gave His life for the sheep.  He is the Great Shepherd who rose again and lives for His sheep, and He is the Chief Shepherd who is coming again for His Sheep.  The Shepherd work of Christ covers our past sins in His death, our present needs through His resurrection life indwelling us and our future in His promised return to establish His kingdom where we will rule and reign with Him for all eternity! Continue reading

“The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want… Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” Psalm 23:1,6 (NKJV)

When you make the Shepherd the Lord of your life, the Lord becomes your Shepherd! That’s why the psalmist could conclude Psalm 23 with such confidence and comfort. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!” The New Testament fills us in on all that Jesus does for His Sheep that provides for us in both time and eternity! Continue reading

“I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me—My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:14, 27 (NIV)

The psalmist said, “The Lord is my Shepherd ….” But, the Lord can’t be your Shepherd until the Shepherd is the Lord of your life. Lordship simply means the one who is in charge, that you have given Christ control of your life. When you do, Jesus becomes the Shepherd of your life! He refers to Himself as the Good Shepherd. Continue reading

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. 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 (NLT)

Congratulations! You’ve made it to Day 40 of our Forty Days to Flourish weekly scripture meditations! Great job! As you nourish your mind with God’s Word daily, you begin to flourish in every area of life! Keep it up! One of the best ways to do that is through fellowship with like-minded people. Sharing the insights you gain from meditating on Scripture and hearing insights from others will enable you to continue to thrive. Continue reading

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. 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 (NLT)

In his book, Think Better, Live Better, my friend and Pastor Joel Osteen wrote:

“Our mind is like a computer. How we program it is the way it’s going to function. You can have the most powerful computer ever made, the latest and fastest model, with the maximum amount of memory available, but if you put the wrong software in it, it’s not going to function as it was designed. We’ve all had to deal with computer viruses. They can get into a perfectly good computer and start to contaminate the software. Before long the computer is slow, then you can’t access your files. None of these problems occur because it’s defective or poorly made. The computer’s hardware is fine. It’s because somebody reprogrammed the software. Somehow the insides got messed up. Now the software is contaminated.”

In Philippians 4:8, Paul is encouraging us to remove all those corrupt files by reprogramming our minds with right thinking. The Bible calls those corrupt files strongholds. Continue reading

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. 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 (NLT)

Depraved minds think about those things that are wrong and impure. The rise of pornographic images contributes to depraved thinking and is destroying the souls of men and women caught in its perverted web. Paul lived in an impure culture as well. In fact, for many in his day, illicit sex was a religion, not just a business. Continue reading

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. 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 (NLT)

It’s remarkable to me that the Apostle Paul wrote this passage from a cold, damp, lonely prison cell in Rome simply for preaching the Gospel. Of all the things that would be on my mind in such a place, I’m not sure I would list any of these eight things he did. In fact, when you read the little letter of Philippians, you are immediately struck with his joy! How does he keep such a positive attitude with such negative circumstances? This passage gives us the secret! Fix your thoughts! If you want to fix your life, it begins with your thoughts. Continue reading

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. 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 (NLT)

The real battleground between good and evil, God and Satan, is within our minds. We are told in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Why is this so important? Because we become what we think. Continue reading

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT)

Power flows from priorities. When our priorities are aligned with God’s Word and God’s will for our lives, we have the illimitable resources of God available to us – His strength, His provision, His peace, and His direction.  The measure of our success is in direct proportion to the extent we put God first in everything we do.  If you want success in your marriage, put God first in your marriage. If you want success in your business, put God first in your business.  If you want success over your finances, put God first in your finances. Continue reading