POSITIVE + OR – NEGATIVE

This was my reminder today.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:4-7

We’ve probably all heard the saying “you are what you eat” implying our health and our bodies reflect what goes into them.

We’ve also heard similar sayings regarding our minds; “garbage in garbage out” implying that what we fill ourselves up with is what we show to others. I believe there is much truth in this and I have been guilty of letting the “woes” of the world weigh me down and have been caught up in filling myself up (to a degree) with worldly woes. Before this last presidential election I spent far too much of my time and energy with all that was going on. I’m not suggesting that I should bury my head in the sand and be ignorant of what is going on in our world. I am suggesting that I spent too much effort with all of the possible scenarios. To sum it up, I spent too much time thinking on the negative rather than the positive.

The past week my daily bible reading has directed my mind back to places I would rather have it.

Consider Phil 4:8-9,  Finally, brothers, 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.

He wraps it up saying the six attributes mentioned are not only excellent or praiseworthy, he also urges that they be put into practice. This should be what we do, how we act, who we are——-daily. Look closely at the last verse— And the God of peace will be with you. That verse brings me great comfort!

I pray all of my plans and thoughts will be in line with God’s will and not my own.

2 Cor 10:5-6 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

Isa 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

As always, my hope is that any who read this will be encouraged by the words given to us through the bible.