What do you spend the majority of your time thinking about? Are your thoughts primarily negative, critical, angry? Or are they positive, constructive, peaceful? Did you know that the mind is the scene of every spiritual conflict? Therefore, it’s important that we, as Christians, take heed to the Word of God and be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
How do we do that? By reading God’s Word and meditating on it. God’s Word is the source of comfort and truth. Scripture cannot be broken! Every other philosophy of life will shatter, but God’s truth is forever and His kingdom is unshakable. Christ, our Rock, is the surety of the New Covenant and each and every promise that covenant contains! Jesus, the Great Physician, has a prescription for mental health. It’s found in Phil 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.
Admit it, most people (Christians included) do not tend to think of things on the brighter side. Can part of the problem be that we are not feeding our minds the proper food? Why do you suppose (and I don’t claim to have the absolute answer to this) that more people are moved with fear when they hear the word cancer than are moved with faith when they read verses like Matthew 6:33, Philippians 4:19, 2 Timothy 1:7, or the 23rd Psalm? May God the Holy Ghost plant fresh in our minds Corinthians 2 Corinthians 10:4,5: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Do you bring every thought into captivity to Scripture? In other words, do you line up those ugly thoughts with Scripture and discipline yourself to side in with truth and not error?
Pray that our wonderful Lord Jesus will help each one of us gain more victories in our thought life. If we set our minds on the right things, the right thought will follow.