Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Philippians 4:8-9

“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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Picture with me a serene lake setting. On the far side of the lake is a high peak with patches of snow from the following winter. The water is so smooth that there is barely a ripple. As you gaze at the water you see a perfect reflection of the mountain scene—a mirror image. The more the water is disturbed, the less of the mountain you see.

God want us to have a relationship with Him that reflects His glory. It is not about us, but about Him that matters. The more we are preoccupied with ourselves the less of His image reflected in us. The more we allow the things of this world to trouble the “waters of our soul” the less of Jesus they will see.

In today’s Scripture we have the promise of God’s peace. What a wonderful assurance to read that last verse: “And the God of peace will be with you.” The way to finding that peace are in the preceding verses—our thought life! A computer term fits well here: GIGO (garbage in garbage out). We need to change that to: (glory in glory out)!

Each Friday we will be featuring a free video for you to view. This week it is the hymn, “He Hideth My Soul.” To access it please go to: or click on the image below.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

— Pastor Cecil

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