Watch out for Negative Thoughts :
An incident which occurred a while ago has left me on a sad note. It has been many weeks since the incident but those negative thoughts haven’t left my mind.
I wish I could turn back on time, and plan that day differently. I wonder if I should have restrained my thoughts? Should I have not stood up for my loved one? Should I still be feeling so low? Maybe now everyone dislikes me and is gossiping behind my back.
Then, this morning those negative thoughts flooded back again. I grabbed the Word of God -the black leather Book filled with encouraging words written personally for you and I in our lowest state.
Isn’t it amazing how God speaks to us right when we are willing to listen to HIM speak to us? Until we don’t stop thinking and start reading the Word, negativity can entrap our minds. It can consume us and ruin our fellowship with God and man.
Negative thoughts can drag us into this wallowing pit of anguish and worthlessness where only Christ can bring us back on the top of a joyful mountain.
#Negative thoughts may drag us to a pit, but #Christ can place us on top of a #Joyful mountain
As I was meditating on the Word of God, the Spirit of the Lord led me to this particular verse that I am so familiar with, yet forgot to ponder upon these days.
Let us look at Philippians 4:8 (AMP)
Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].
This is what the first part of the verse said:
- Whatever is Honorable- that which deserves respect,
- Whatever is Right -in words and dealings,
- Whatsoever is Lovely- that which deserves love,
- Whatever is pure in relation with others,
- Whatsoever is True- nothing but the truth,
- Whatever is admirable or of good report or commendable.
Now we are going to look at the different version of the Bible translation of the second part :
- Think about these things (KJV)
- Dwell on these things (New American Standard Bible)
- Let your mind think of these things (New American standard 1977)
- Meditate on these things (Aramaic Bible)
- Exercise your thoughts on these things (Jubilee bible 2000)
- Think of these things continually (AMP)
Dear friend, has your mind dwelled on your past for too long? Is it filled with negative thoughts about yourself and others lately? Have you been dragging your mind to focus on the bad of every situation rather than focusing on the Goodness of God and His power to rescue us?
Then, let us fill our mind with whatever is true, lovely, honest, praiseworthy and honor instead of hatred, jealousy, scorn, impurity, sadness, and dishonesty.
Don’t merely think about them, but focus and dwell on them today. Truth is real and Jesus is the truth. We may not be able to change our past incidents but we can meditate on the ONLY ONE who is true, honest, admirable, and lovely in our life today and that is our Christ Jesus Himself.
The next time negativity fills your mind, cancel them out with the very loving words of our Lord God. Let us in fact memorize them and seal them in our hearts so that the next time negative thoughts pop up we can in fact recite these 5 assuring verses aloud.
How did this blog post resonate with you? What verse did you find comfort in when you dealt with negativity yourself?
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Fixing my thoughts on everything admirable today
Until we meet again next time
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