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Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

‘Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.’ Colossians  3:2 NASB20

To have a disciplined life, you must have a disciplined mind. Jesus said Satan’s threefold purpose is to ‘steal, and to kill, and to destroy’ (John 10:10 KJV). And you forget it at your own peril! In your own strength, you’re no match for Satan, but God will give you the strength to overcome his strategies and exercise self-control. The Bible tells us to: ‘Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.’ (Colossians 3:2 NASB20) Note the words ‘set your minds’. God leaves it up to you to set your mind. He gives you free will but also has provided the Bible as a guidebook on how He expects you to live a life that is pleasing to Him.

When your mind is programmed with God’s Word, you ‘set’ your thoughts and desires on that which pleases God rather than that which satisfies you. Self-discipline is the price of freedom. When you’re controlled by your impulses, you’re not free, you’re a slave. Even things that appear ‘good’ can enslave you. The saying goes, ‘Too much of a good thing quickly becomes a bad thing!’ Paul writes: ‘All things are permitted for me, but not all things are of benefit. All things are permitted for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.’ (1 Corinthians 6:12 NASB20). So, the secret of self-control is to program your mind with God’s Word.

SoulFood: Num 30:1 – 32:24 Matt 12:22-37 Ps 125 Pro 4:3-4

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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