Philippians 4:8 – ‘…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.’
Neuroscientists tell us that we have a minimum of 20,000 thoughts every day. The Apostle Paul tells us that we need to actively control those thoughts and have a filter on what we are meditating on. To say that we simply cannot help negative thinking is a lie of our spiritual adversary who plants thoughts of doubt, discouragement, and distortion. The Bible declares, ‘as a person thinks in his heart, so is he’ (Prov. 23:7). Jesus said, ‘out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks’ (Lk. 6:45). What we choose to dwell on will flow out into our attitudes, words, and actions. Christians must learn to take every thought captive unto Christ.
Examine your thinking today. Do you have honorable thoughts towards yourself and others? Do you look for what is praiseworthy? Do you transition quickly from impure thoughts to Christ for wholesome thoughts? Do you meditate on God’s Word regarding the circumstances you face? Right living results from right thinking. Those who are faithfully working with the ‘Holy’ Spirit to guard and set their minds on Christ are promised that the God of peace will be with them (Phil. 4:7).
Heavenly Father, I thank you for the mind of Christ. I pray that you will help me to guard my mind by setting it on your Word and your character today. Help me to take every thought captive unto Christ to the glory of your name, Amen.