A “To Do” list that works! Part 2

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 

 Here’s the continuation of Part 1 of the “to do” list that will help you experience God’s best for you — even when life is tough. 

 4. Pray  

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). 

 If you start your day with prayer, your attitude and actions will align with God’s Word. If you call on Jesus throughout the day, He will fill you with spiritual wisdom for every circumstance.   

 5. Guard Your Thoughts 

 “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” (Philippians 4:8). 

 Monitor your thoughts!   

 Negative thinking will eventually display itself in negative acting.   

 To help, be sure to fill your heart and mind with good things. (Remember: garbage in, garbage out). What you read, watch on television, and listen to on the radio impacts your heart, attitude, and actions.   

 6. Make God’s Truths Your Truths  

 “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me — practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9). 

 It is important to read God’s Word and attend church services regularly. However, hearing is not enough … you must LIVE it too. 

 Apply biblical principles and the example of Jesus to your heart and home. Make sure all areas of your life fall under His Lordship. When you do, managing the difficulties of life will be much easier. You will live a life of “Victory in Jesus” … instead of defeat.  

 Doesn’t that sound great? 

 My prayer this week—Lord, as the hymn says, “I need thee, Lord, I need thee. Every hour I need thee.” Help me run to you alone, Jesus. To follow your commands in obedience and to think thoughts that bring honor to your name. Help me develop my prayer life. I want to live in your freedom and victory!