Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Managing Your Thoughts

By Allen White

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8

When Jesus announced His coming death, Peter strongly reprimanded Him and said it would never happen (Matthew 16:22). Jesus harshly rebuked Peter even calling him “Satan.” Why? Peter was “seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s” (Matthew 16:23, NLT).

How can two people experience the exact same situation, yet have a completely different reaction? It has to do with perspective. To maintain peace of mind and reduce worry, Paul instructs “fix our thoughts” on positive, truthful things. Our thoughts tend to drift into worry. No one intentionally sets aside time to worry. No one says, “I’m going to block out 30 minutes to worry about _______________.” Our minds just go there. What Paul is telling us is that we can purposefully direct our thoughts toward things that are right and pure rather than things that miss the mark or are even unrighteous.

What is your mind focused on today?

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