Today's study, based on the Bible Love Notes devotion 9 Things That Can Steal Your Peace, lends itself to a longer study than most Bite Size Studies. I am splitting it into 3 weeks so you can enjoy it one bite at a time and savor the nutrition from God's Word.
1. Bad influences: ungodly music, books, TV, or movies.
Feed and refresh your spirit, don’t stress it with ungodly, violent, or negative entertainment.
Psalm 101:3: I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.
When we entertain ourselves with things that "faithless people do," our attitudes change toward those things. Studies prove that people who view violent movies are less concerned with violence.
I encourage you to choose one devotion from this archive to read each day this week: Guard Your Heart Archive
2. Negative thoughts.
Negative thoughts are powerfully destructive. Dwell on what is good.
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
Besides guarding our hearts against ungodly entertainment, it's important to guard our minds against a constant flow of negative thoughts. Check out this 1-minute devotion and see how many discouraging words we can think in one minute. It might surprise you. The Power of Negative Self-Talk
I encourage you to read a 1-minute devotion each day from this archive: Our Thought Life.
3. Money, material things.
Store up heavenly, not earthly, treasures.
Matthew 6:19-20: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Contentment is an important aspect of our faith:
Philippians 4:12-13: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
The quote in this 1-minute devotion shows how addictive wealth can be: Just a Little Bit More.
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