Too many times in the past I’ve told others “I’m fine” in order to hide my pain and sorrows from them. The truth is, my thoughts pulled me down so far that, in private, tears regularly streamed down my face.
Combating Negative Thoughts
Are you constantly thinking negative thoughts? Do you second-guess what others say? Do your thoughts lead you to anger or depression or any other destructive emotions? Being a woman after God’s own heart is all about “minding your mind.”
To live out God’s plan for your busy life with passion and purpose, you must harness the ten-thousand plus thoughts that pass through your mind each day. Your mind has to be disciplined for God’s purposes and for His glory. That is a tall challenge!
Choosing True Thoughts
In 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, the apostle Paul tells us: “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself . . . who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation . . . comfort your hearts.”
One way the Lord has comforted my heart is by bringing me back again and again to Philippians 4:8: “Whatever things are true . . . meditate on these things,” things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, and praiseworthy. Read Philippians 4:8 again and again. Say it out loud over and over. Meditate on it. And most of all, use it to harness your thoughts so they are godly thoughts.
Because of this verse, I make it a priority to think on the truth about God’s love and the truths found in His promises. They are constant and never fail.
We must learn to shift our focus away from trying situations, and instead train ourselves to dwell on what is true and real. Turn your thoughts and attention to God and His faithfulness, and trust Him to carry you through. Enjoy the everlasting consolation and comfort God offers to you.
Lord, I need a major change in the area of my thoughts. Thank You for Your instruction and for pointing out the many positive, gracious, godly “things” You desire me to “think on.” Help me renew my mind according to Your Word. Amen.
The next time a negative thought arises in my mind, I will ask myself, Is this thought true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, and praiseworthy?
Saturate your mind with truths from God’s Word.