Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”


I wonder what it was like when Joseph first walked out of that Egyptian prison? The door made a loud clanking sound as he turned around to see the place where he had spent the last 13 years of his life fading behind him. What was he feeling and thinking? Was he bitter, jealous, or anxious about his meeting with the king? I would imagine that 13 years in an Egyptian prison, for a crime he did not commit, after being sold into slavery for no reason other than his own brothers hating him, had changed him dramatically. What may have happened in Joseph's thinking is that his perspective may have changed.


Christian major league baseball player Tim Tebow, a former National football league player, said one time during an interview about his professional life, “I'm just thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life, trying to stay that way. I think that's the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective.” Having perspective is viewing something from a particular standpoint or having a certain attitude about something.


Too often, we have a lack of perspective in the situations in our lives. Our thinking is just skewed by a wrong perspective. So many times, we get so boxed up in our own thinking that we prohibit the Holy Spirit to move us. Sometimes it takes losing something to be thankful for having it. It takes being alone to be thankful for all our families mean to us. Sometimes it takes being sick to be thankful to the Lord for good health. Things change our perspectives. It took being in the prison to build in Joseph the character and the different perspective necessary to say to his brothers, “I have no ill will against you, it was all in God’s hands.”


Just let your perspective and your thinking be in God’s control. Open up your perspective.


59-1120 - “A Prophet Like Unto Moses”

We can just let our hearts be so wrapped into Him, and our spirit so under control, that He can move in and take away our own thinking, and just do our thinking, confirming His Word. Then we'll go away and say, "Truly, God is with us." Let us pray again.


Read the Bible in 1 year:

Ephesians 4-6