WHAT NOT TO DO IN YOUR LIFE

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“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  (Romans 12:2 NIV)

Don’t conform.  Don’t do what everyone else is doing, just because they’re doing it.  My mother said it this way, “Just because everyone else jumps in a lake, doesn’t mean you have too.”  

Mob mentality is real:

Mob mentality, also called herd mentality, describes how humans adopt behaviors, buy merchandise, and follow trends based on their circle of influence.  It explains how one’s point of view can be easily altered by those around them.

We’re experiencing mob mentality right now with COVID. Fear and panic grips our world.  As I write, numbers are on the rise for the second time.  People’s fright levels rise every time the number of cases rise. Not conforming to the world is not just a daily battle, but a minute-by-minute battle.  Everyone has jumped into the lake of fear, but you don’t have too.  You can let God’s peace flow into your life, no matter what the rest of the world is doing.

Know God, know peace.

Transform your mind by letting God’s word fill it.  Memorizing scripture is key to finding peace in the minute-by-minute battle of life.  Satan is always trying to steal your peace.  But Jesus came to give you life:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV)

If you’re going to spend time memorizing scripture, this one is a good place to start:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7 NIV)

Life is short.  Whether you live 10 years or a 100, life is short.  Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from enjoying the known.  Enjoy the people God has placed around you.  Thank Him they are alive.  Praise Him for allowing You to have their love in your life.  Hug your children and grandchildren.  Everyday is a day that will never be again.  If you let fear lead your life, you will let the days slip away.  You will miss the people God has given you because you’re focused on your fear.  

Live!  Thank God for what you do have.  Lift up your prayer requests to Him.  Let His peace descend upon you as you trust Him.  Live this day.  Enjoy where God has planted you.  Enjoy the people He has planted around you.  Allow God’s peace to help you live life to the fullest; today! 

Know God, know peace.  

Question of the Day:

What is stopping you from experiencing God’s peace?

Further Reading: 2 Chronicles 24-25 NIV, Romans 12:1-21NIV, Psalm 22:19-31NIV, Proverbs 20:8-10 NIV

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