When you pray, when you’re meditating, or even when you’re speaking to other people, remember the positive things that Jesus actually gave you, not just what He redeemed you from. What do I mean by this? Take a look at this statement:
“Jesus saved us from death. Jesus forgave all my sin. Jesus redeemed me from the evil in this world. “
Now hear me correctly: There is NOTHING wrong with that quote. We preach that all the time at Reform Church. But sometimes, in our prayers and in our speech, we are so focused on the negatives in this world that it even leaks into how we pray and speak. We meditate on the negatives in this world so much that, even when we speak about the work of Jesus, we only ever cite the negatives that He’s redeemed us from, instead of the positives that we now have through Him!
How about thanking God that, “Jesus made me healthy and immortal! Jesus made me clean and blameless! And Jesus made me a part of a new world!”
Notice, there’s nothing wrong with either of those quotations, but sometimes we only cite the evil that Jesus has redeemed us from, because our mind is so focused on that evil. So much so that we totally forget the GOOD that we actually have through Jesus.
Don’t let even your prayers and your speech be an excuse to focus on or relate to all the things you are no longer a part of!
Philippians 4:8 (NKJV) 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.