Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Think On These Things

Most of us have a Facebook account. It's just a fact. We love our social media. However, at times, it can be such a bombardment of negativity, especially the political and religious "discussions."  They are so very intense sometimes and people can be so hateful.  After a while, I notice that I can sometimes let the negativity effect my mood.  My thinking gets stuck on all of the wrong in the world that I forget about the right.

During my prayer and devotion time one morning, the Lord dealt with me on where my thoughts need to be.  You have heard people say, "You are what you eat."  Well, I want to say, "You are what you think." Our thoughts impact us, either for good or for bad.

If we constantly think on the injustice, immorality, and evil in the world, not only will our thoughts become polluted, but our countenance changes.  We no longer can see any good around us, therefore, our smiles turn to frowns and we lack the luster that made us glow and want others to be around us. We need to watch what we set before our eyes, as well.  The books we read and the movies we watch can impact our thoughts, too, either for good or bad.

Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." 

If our thoughts are positive and focused on the good, we can go about our day with a smile on our face and others can see Jesus in us.  We become a light in a dark world. We even feel better physically. Others will be drawn to and we will be a positive influence to them.   

We are to be like Christ.  How can we like him if our minds are clouded by nasty, negative thinking? 2 Corinthians 10:5, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."  

The word "captive" in this verse literally means "a captive (in war); a prisoner."  We need to take prisoner those thoughts that are not in line with the word of God and start thinking right things.  Take all the negativity prisoner and lock it away. Release those true, honest, just, pure, and lovely thoughts! Memorize verses of scripture and quote them whenever you feel the negative thoughts creep in your mind.  (Psalms are great verses to memorize,)  I guarantee that others will notice the change in you...and so will you!  




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