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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Vantage Point: Prescription for an Ailing Spirit

By Ken Horn
Nov. 27, 2011

When you are low spiritually, the Bible has what you need.

Though the Word of God is far more than a compendium of prescriptions, it is chock-full of powerful truths to soothe the soul and jump-start your spiritual life. Here are just a few.

Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (NKJV). So doesn’t it make sense to try the joy of the Lord? “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). That’s why worship is so important in the believer’s life.

Paul demonstrated a joy that transcends circumstances. He was in prison when he wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). In fact, it was the apostle who said, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (v. 11, NIV).

William Vander Hoven had it right: “Joy is not the absence of trouble but the presence of Christ.”

Actually, Paul’s words in Philippians 4 are a veritable treasure trove of biblical positive thinking. Every Christian should memorize verse 13 and say it often: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (NKJV). Those powerful words are echoed by Paul’s message in Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Two more from Philippians 4: “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (v. 19). And the magnum opus for the Christian’s thought life is found in verse 8: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.”

Follow that advice on a regular basis and you will soon find that your spirit has reversed course and is headed in an upward direction.

Ken Horn
Editor

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