Here is a blog from a guest blogger, Linda. She is our director of missions at Westlake Baptist. I pray this devotion will encourage you today.
I wanted to share something that spoke to me in devotions today from the book “Faith Dare” by Debbie Alsdorf. My favorite verse is Phil. 4:8
“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 on these things.”
Thinking on good things from God is the best way to get rid of bad thoughts. Replace bad thoughts with whatever is good according to the Scriptures. If there is any good, CHOOSE to dwell there. It is a treasure hunt so look for the treasure; anything good, anything beautiful in whatever situation you are in. When you find it, stay right there with it.
When negative thoughts come at you like flies – and they will come and will come back – swat them, shoo them away and get back to the business of living IN CHRIST. He is the powerful one who gives you life, love and mercy in all things.
Godly management of your mind, begins with these actions:
- Recognize negative thoughts – AND determine how regularly you entertain them. This will take some thoughtful work on your part. (ask God to show you these) Knowing your negative thoughts is most important.
- Practice putting a positive where a negative might be.
NOT – I have no money, but – I have a roof over my head and food to eat.
NOT – I hate my hair but – I can find new ways to work with that.
NOT – I feel terrible but – it could always be worse.
Put barriers of truth in your mind (Scripture!) so that when negative thoughts come, you have something to combat them with. This is Godly managing what you think.
MY challenge today is to stop and thank God for something every hour on the hour. What about you?