This devotion is from the Adult Rest Area at the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering. We wanted to make it available online for those adults who were looking to be refreshed on the run!

These focus on the strengthening your “mind”. Read a verse or two below and think through or write your thoughts to a question or two below.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5

This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Hebrews 8:10

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 1 Peter 1:13

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor. 10:3-5

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  Colossians 3:2

Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.  Philippians 4:8

  •  After reading the verses, how are you feeling?
  • What do the verses say to you about your faith walk?
  • Do these verses reveal sin in my life? (Law) or do they show me my Savior? (Gospel) or both?What parts of the text are amazing to you? Did the passage surprise you in any way?
  • What key truths have you seen in God’s Word today? What impacts do they make in your life?
  • As you reflect today, what questions come to mind? What do you want to ask Jesus about? Who might he speak to you through?
  • In what way does the text increase your confidence in your Savior’s love?
  • What part of today’s reading would you like to share with someone? Who? Why? How might you do this?
  • Who do you need to pray for today?