“…but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Have you ever thought about the thoughts that you think? How about the way that those thoughts affect you? Our thoughts affect us more than just making us angry, sad, or happy. They also have the ability to affect us physically.
I’ve personally experienced bad headaches, physical and mental exhaustion just to name a few. Because of dwelling on all of the negative thoughts, I become physically worn out which then leads to feeling hopeless. I then begin to wonder how I managed to get myself into this pit and the best way to get out. Because I don’t turn to God in those times, I feel separated from Him and wonder if I’ll ever get out of this pit…
But, there is hope.
God has already given us a way out of the pessimistic pit!
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”
“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.”
God has given us the ability to choose the thoughts that we think. We can choose to dwell on every little thing that goes wrong in our lives OR we can pray about the things that are bothering us and choose to find the lovely things in the midst of the bad days and thank God for those.
“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
~Philippians 4: 6-7
When we find ourselves beginning to think those not-so-lovely thoughts, we need to hit the pause button on our thoughts and pray. We need to tell the Devil that we DON’T want to go there and then pray and ask God to help us think of something better. Trust me this will be hard at first but as with anything “practice makes perfect”.
Until next time,
**This post was originally written on 8/26/16 and edited on 11/9/16**