February 13, 2017

Forty Days to Flourish: Day 36

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

The real battleground between good and evil, God and Satan, is within our minds. We are told in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Why is this so important? Because we become what we think. Proverbs 23:7 says,

“as (a man) thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Peace involves both the heart and the mind, as we discovered in our meditation on Philippians 4:6-7. The Bible promises in Isaiah 26:3,

“You (God) will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!” 

Wrong thinking leads to wrong feeling, and wrong feeling can lead to wrong actions. Before long, the heart and mind are pulled apart by wrong thinking and we become strangled by worry and fear. The truth is that thoughts are real and powerful. Someone once said:

“Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny!”

If we want to flourish in our faith, we must nurture our minds with the truth of God’s Word. Whatever you nourish will flourish. When we fill our minds with truth, we can live in victory and peace. In our passage this week, the Bible spells out, in detail, the things we ought to think about as Christ followers. You’ll find eight specific things we are to think about and focus our thoughts on. Right thinking is the result of daily meditation on the Word of God. Take some time this week to read this passage and recite it until you can remember it and reflect it in your daily thoughts. Record in your journal the difference concentrating your thoughts on these eight things are making in your life and relationships.