February 28th 2009

Think Positive Things

“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

What do we allow into our minds?

Your mind is a precious commodity and you need to treat it with respect. Today the purpose of media and marketing is to get into your mind and to capture your thoughts for one reason or another. Maybe it is to sell you something, or to influence how you think. Everyone wants a piece of your mind.

The Bible tells us to “capture rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Obeying Christ is to be the filter through which thoughts and ideas and imagination pass. Whatever is not obedient to Him and His ways should not get through to lodge itself in our thinking, to clog up our minds.

GIGO used to be a well known phrase in computer circles. Garbage in, garbage out. It means that the quality of the data affects the quality of the output. The same is true of our minds. What we allow into them affects how we feel, think, speak and behave. Our output is affected by our input.

Paul loved the church in Philippi and had a close relationship with them. He tells them that his desire is that the peace of God would guard their minds (Philippians 4:7). He knows it is easy to let negative and destructive thoughts pollute our thinking, and therefore encourages us to think positively.

All around us we are bombarded with messages. TV, radio, songs, newspapers, movies, conversations, internet, etc. Information overload. Let your primary source of data be the words of Christ, and let the Spirit of God protect your mind.

Take some time out. Write down some things that are true, honourable, right, pure, lovely and admirable. Think on those things.

Great and wonderful Father, let your peace flow through me to guard my mind. Help me to think on things that are edifying to others and to me, and not to dwell on negative and destructive thoughts. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson