Think on these things.

I was mowing the lawn this morning, and some negative thoughts came into my mind. It is easy to take a  negative thought, and before you know it, one thought leads to another, and your in a bad place. Then I remembered the scripture,

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.”

What if we have trouble trying to think of anything  good, or positive?  The world we live in can be a pretty negative place. The scripture above reminds us to think on things that are true, honest, just , pure and lovely. All of these things are a picture and description of God’s word.

Proverbs 30:5
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
John 17:17-
 –Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

I remember reading books written back in the 1960’s or 70’s by Norman Vincent Peal, one of them was, The Power of Positive Thinking. Sometimes it is easy to forget what power a positive thought has to lift us up, or the power a negative thought has, to bring us down. An old saying is, positive thinking leads to positive living. And this is true. The next time a negative, or wrong thought, comes into your head, ask God to help you replace it with a good, or positive thought.

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;”

If we bring our thoughts into captivity, to the obedience of Christ, and meditate on his word. We will soon replace our negative thoughts,with more positive, uplifting thoughts, and become more Christ like in our thinking.

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