What’s on Your Mind?
What’s on your mind today? Have your thoughts been dominated by something particular this week? It is so easy to allow thoughts to take our peace and to make us really miserable. That is not God’s plan for His children.
We are going to progress a little more quickly today. As we have been talking about what we should be thinking about, I hope you have been more aware of what you think about. It is so easy to not really pay attention to our thoughts. They are just always there.
I, personally, am going to take a more vigilant approach to what I think about and how to make my thoughts obedient to Christ.
Philippians 4:8 (from Verses 8 & 9) ESV
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
We are going to move a little faster now. Hang onto your hat!
“…whatever is just…”
The NIV uses the word “right”. This does not necessarily mean what is “right” among us humans but what is right according to what God’s Word says.
“…whatever is pure…”
The word “pure” would be pure in the Biblical sense as well, so, sinless, holy, without compromise.
“…whatever is lovely…”
AMP adds “loveable”, so we can think of that as far more than physical.
“…whatever is commendable…”
NIV says “admirable”.
AMP says “kind and winsome and gracious”.
With all four of these words, we must think about them from a Biblical perspective. What does God see as just… pure… lovely… commendable? That puts a little different spin on things, doesn’t it?
Back to Habit
When we learn to habitually remove the things that do not meet God’s criteria for our thoughts, our lives will be very different. Not only will we have more peace, but we will not struggle so much with temptation and sin. The way we must do this is once again to replace the thoughts we should not think with ones we should think.
We are going to have to take action to protect our thinking and keep our thoughts on things that are true, honorable, pure, just, lovely and commendable.
These are things I am doing:
- Ask God to help. I really cannot do it without His help.
- Change the television channel or radio station.
- Do not be around people sharing juicy gossip. When it starts, just walk away.
- Do not watch the news. (If I really need to know it, someone will tell me.)
- Do not let your thoughts just run wild – you can keep them under control. If you have a habit of letting them run wild this may take extra effort and determination – but again, God will help you do what He wants you to do. However, I am not saying that He will do it for you.
Watching the News
I decided to stop watching the news years ago because I had two immediate family members in law enforcement. Hearing about one more cop getting shot or one more prison riot… I just do not need that in my life. I struggle enough with worry, without looking for things to worry about. It is definitely not that I do not care. I care deeply!
Think about God. That sounds kind of like shooting an arrow at the moon, huh? However, it is really so much easier than I first thought. He is all of the things listed in Verse 8.
Let’s try these things:
- Make a Blessings List – write them down and number them.
- Pull out that scripture verse you are working on memorizing and work on it.
- Write down an account of when you became a Christ Follower.
- Write down all the ways that you know that God loves you.
- Pray for the situations that darken your thinking and then give them to God.
I am sure you can add to this list. I would love to hear your ideas!
Lord, thank You for Your beautiful Word. Thank You that we get to read it and make it a part of our lives and thank You that You change us through it. Please help us to seek You and Your will and Your best in all we do. Help us to glorify You with our lives. In the lovely name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
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