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By Dave Henning / January 12, 2016

“Your best thoughts are God-thoughts.”- Max Lucado

“Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him. . . I will remember You from the land of Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar.”- Psalm 42:5-6 (NKJV)

Max Lucado concludes Chapter 14 of Glory Days by emphasizing that we, like the psalmist, must make a deliberate decision to treat out downcast soul with thoughts of God.  Pastor Lucado acknowledges the difficulty of doing so. Ultimately, blessing comes from perseverance:

” Troubles pounce on us like rain in a thunderstorm.  Finding God amid the billows will demand every bit of discipline you can muster.  But the result is worth the strain.  Besides, do you really want to meditate on your misery?  Will reciting your problems turn you into a better person?  No.  But changing your mind-set will.”

Caleb could have cursed God because he had to put his dreams on hold for over four decades.  Still, he didn’t complain or become crabby.  He stepped forward with a (1) God-drenched mind to receive his inheritance.  Max offers two additional ways to face your problems:

2.  Turn a deaf ear to doubters.  Ignore naysayers and pessimists.  Pastor Lucado quips: “Just because someone sings the blues, you don’t have to join the chorus.”

3.  Set your mind on a holy cause.  Max suggests the following assessment: How high is your calling?  Perhaps your problems feel so great because your cause is too small.  Max concludes:

“Once you find your mountain, no giant will stop you, no age will disqualify you, no problems will defeat you. . . . You have a different spirit.  You are a Promised Land person.”

Today’s question (from the study guide): On a scale of one to ten, with one being low and ten being high, how immersed are you in God-thoughts?  What can you do today to increase that rating?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “No falling words”

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