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Feed your mind with Scripture - Colossians 3:16


Colossians 3:16a
Let the word of the Anointed One richly inhabit your lives. With all wisdom teach, counsel, and instruct one another.

When I study Scripture and give it the time and reverence that it deserves, my mind is clear regardless of the circumstances. Pastors and teachers always tell us this, but it's one of those disciplines that you have to try so you can understand. 

The wicked prince of the air and your own weaknesses will battle for control of your life and time. You can wage a better battle when you know the Scriptures that rebuke evil. 

You can also help your children, friends and family in their time of need when you quote Scriptures that give insight to life's many twists and turns. 

A friend who's very ill recently sent me a text just as I sent her a Scripture that she very much needed in the moment! That's the work of God through us. 

Many times when I'm deep in study, God will answer a question I have or provide insight into a topic I've been studying. The deeper I go into Scripture and in my walk with God, the more I understand topics that I failed to grasp before. It's pretty cool. 

The words from your mouth
I've found that the Holy Spirit empowers me with the right Scriptures the more I study. I still enjoy 'aha' moments when words roll off my tongue that encourage and bring comfort to others. 

Don't let a day go by without searching the Scriptures. You just might learn truths that will change your life and the lives of those you know and love! 

Try it today!

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Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith.
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Before I know it, sin drips from my mouth and floods my mind. Oh the struggle.
Romans 7:22-23 I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. 
My current struggle is in not easily recognizing the extent of my sinfulness. I can easily preach it, but continuous righteous living eludes me.
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