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Mindsets We Can Use Today

Mindsets We Can Use Today

May 16, 2020

I saw a statement recently that said, “True power is being content in the mindset of our circumstances, not trying to be in control of our circumstances.” This statement hit home and it gave a new meaning to the Scripture we know so well in Philippians 4:12. Here, Paul tells us he’s learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether living in plenty or in want.

How could Paul be so positive and find contentment while locked up in prison, on house arrest and guarded? Here are a few lessons we can take away from Paul. I’m calling them lessons from inside a prison. And, a prison can be anything that holds us captive.

Learn the art of contentment and put it into practice. We all experience ups and downs in life and God always bring us through. The secret of commitment is finding our strength in the Lord.

Remember what God has done for you. We, like Paul have a history of God meeting our needs. He’s been faithful before and He’ll be faithful again. Activate that kind of thinking.

Look for God in ALL things. Here we have Paul, locked inside a prison, unable to do what he’d like to do, but he sees God in that experience.

It takes practice and determination to seek the depth of God and who we are in Christ. We can do nothing in and of ourselves, but we can do all things through Christ. We recite Philippians 4:13 all the time: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. We have to press this promise into our hearts and believe it.

Could it be, that what appears to be a prison—something holding us captive, could just be a set up for us to grow spiritually by learning the art of contentment, remembering what God has done, and looking for God in all things? Think about that and change your mindset when you find yourself being held, captive.

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