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May 14, 2016, 12:00 PM

Think on the Good Things

by Brenda Farmer

5-5-16

 

Recently, I wrote about “toxic thinking” and that recurrent, negative self-talk can be destructive to our thought life, our health and our relationships. Our thoughts affect our words, how we feel and how we behave.  (See my blog on pariscog.com, “Praying the Word of God” published May 2.)  Today, I want to encourage you to transform “toxic thinking” into “thinking on the good things”.

A great scripture is written in Philippians 4:8 to explain how we can focus our minds on thinking on good and positive thoughts.

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.

 

The Apostle Paul wrote this scripture to the Christian believers at Philippi approximately 1,955 years ago.  It was good for them then, and it is good for us today!

There is a book that I have read multiple times, Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer.  I highly recommend this book.  She teaches that we can change our destructive mind-set when we learn to think more like Christ.  Here are six steps that she outlines to help us think more like Him:

  1. Think positive thoughts (Phil. 4:8)
  2. Be God-minded  (Isaiah 26:3,4)
  3. Be “God-Loves-Me” minded (1John 4:16, John 17:23)
  4. Have an exhortative mind (giving encouragement).  And, be thankful and appreciative to God and to people! (Eph. 4:20, 1Cor. 13:7)
  5. Be “Word-Minded” (John 5:38)

 

May these thoughts and scriptures give you valuable insight into what lingers in your mind and how you can effectively change some old, harmful ways of thinking.  May these words encourage you and lift you up!  Have a Blessed Day!

 

- Brenda Farmer


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