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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

A GUIDE TO HIGHER LIVING

Finally, brothers, 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... and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9)

What does your life consist of? Are you happy with the way things have turned out in your life or do you have broken dreams; unsatisfied longings and goals that have never been met? While we all have frustrations about things we have and have not done, seeing yourself regularly in the latter category can lead to self imposed limitations. Let me share some good news with you and tell you how the rest of your life can be the best of your life. You don’t have to live a defeated existence.

What are you allowing into your mind? Are you measuring yourself by what others say, or are you measuring by what God says in his Word? Most of us are to preoccupied with the former way of looking at our lives. I heard a saying once that went something like this: "People wouldn’t worry as much about what others thought of them if they realized how little they did."

On the other hand, Scripture tells us that God is continually thinking about His children. He knows that things may look bleak now, but yet He is saying as you study his Word, “I am always beside you, don’t give up, just draw on My peace and strength."

You may ask, “How do I think about "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable..." when things are collapsing all around me? One idea might be to prayerfully meditate deeply on Philippians 4:8, and as you respond to what it says, you will see things from a new perspective. Things won’t change overnight and sometimes might even seem to get worse, but the Bible says that Satan is a "thief," trying to steal the victory that God has for you. In contrast to this, the same Bible says that God wants for you to live a life of joy and contentment. Who are you going to listen to? While it might seem easier just to give up in the short term, if you do it will cost you more in the long run and you will be missing out on God’s best. It's time for us all to think about the good things that come from God and find His "peace." It's what we need for higher living.

You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Pastor Timothy on the telephone each week on Thursday evenings at 6 PM Arizona time for his Bible study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

You can also telephone Pastor Timothy at 602-652-2179.  Leave a message and he will get back to you.

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