Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
It’s easy to get bogged down by the pressures and sorrows of daily life. It’s easy to think about what is discouraging and disappointing. It’s easy to fixate on what is painful or frustrating or half true.
Have you been there? Perhaps you find yourself trapped by tapes playing in your head that say things like, “You’re never going to be good enough. This hard situation will never get resolved. That person will never change and my struggle will always be this way.”
God knows that in a broken world it’s easy to think about the brokenness; in a sinful world it’s easy call out the sin, or give into it. But sin and brokenness are not the end of the story! We’ve got to live like it. This is why Scripture is clear that what we think about matters.
If you are lacking peace in your life today, it’s probably time to take a look at your thought life. What are you telling yourself? What messages from the world are you letting influence you? Are you spending time intentionally thinking about the things of God? Things that reflect His character and kingdom?
God has your best interest at heart. So He invites you to dwell on what is pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. He invites you to rest in His peace.
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Good morning, ladies! These words resonate with me! I’m working toward a goal, and it’s easy to dwell on my failures. But I am going to focus on successes! And, with God’s help, I know I can do this! Thank you for your (in)couragement.
Margaret P. says
Great reminder. I read my Bible daily, yet continuing ALL DAY with these good thoughts can be hard. I have to choose to keep my eyes forward and not be distracted trying to fix all the problems. Jesus needs to remain my focus as I walk this life and walk through painful struggles and painful relationships with adult children and family members. But God can still use me, no matter how old or imperfect or useless I feel. Obviously God must still have me on earth for the good deeds He has prepared for me to do. I need to keep my heart and mind open to the whispers and nudges he sends.
Kathy Francescon says
I can so relate and love your honesty!! You have encouraged me to keep moving forward with my thoughts on God!!
Dawn Ferguson-Little says
Thank you for this wonderful reading. So true what we think matter. If we think things that are not what God would not want us to think. We only think wrong thoughts. Then we could end up sining. That is not what God would want us to do especially if we are saved. God would want us that that are saved to think lovely thought that are in his word the Bible and believe God will do them and have them to pass over our lives. As we can by reading Gods word the Bible every day. Get we train our mind to think of Good though and words of God word. By saying them get we memorize them we get we know them of by heart that we live and breathe them in our daily lives. As we know God will do what they say over our lives what we just believed. Like the verses Psalm 118 v 24 “This Is The Day The Lord Has Made Let Us Rejoice And Believe In It” We get we do what the verse say for ourselves. Like the one I just typed in there now. I often say that verse Mose days and rejoice like it says as the Lord made the day. The Lord made every day I am alive. Thank you for today’s lovely reading. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little in my prayers all incourage xx
Beth Williams says
I’ve been going through a small trial since last fall. My clerical job went from part-time to full-time benefitted. It was fine at first. Then after some changes the other ICU clerical quit one night. Now I find myself stocking 28 rooms daily. On my feet most of my 10 hr. shift. To say that I’m not happy is an understatement. My feet did hurt-that’s another story about finding right size shoes. I developed trigger finger on right hand just before Christmas. Finally got that fixed. I was super depressed. To combat the evil one I have been watching Steven Furtick (TV preacher), listening to good Christian music, praying more & helping others. All of that has made a huge change in my attitude.
Thank you for this beautiful reminder, yes! I believe it’s important to think things that bring us positive thoughts and bring us to the feet of Jesus.
I lost my husband 3 months ago to bladder cancer. It’s been a long rough road. We don’t know how are faith can be tested until it is just that.
Grief and sorrow can swallow one’s soul. My heart continues to look for the goodness of God,because that is the one thing I know that speaks truth. His his goodness. Thank you for the reminder.