Change your thinking!

114x114-Repple-MinuteChange your thinking!

Are you disappointed in yourself, your spouse, your marriage, your parents, your family, your career, your future?

Can you consider changing the way you think about these disappointments?

Is it possible that God has allowed these circumstances in your life to see what is in your heart?

Is it possible that God has allowed these circumstances to test you?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:2-8

Trials and tests in life can make a person bitter or better. These trials can lead to disappointment, rejection, discouragement, dislocation, bitterness and as a result profane living. Or, trials and tests in life can lead to a deeper faith, a deeper trust in God, and an attitude of thankfulness, gratefulness and appreciation in which you will fully mature in fulfillment and contentment, lacking nothing. You will be made complete in Christ Jesus.

Your disappointments cause feelings which ultimately play out into actions. These disappointments may be opportunities disguised for you to change your thinking, feelings, and actions. Pray this, “Lord change me any way you want to change me. Give me wisdom and courage to do your will.”

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2

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