What have you been thinking about for the last five minutes? Was it good? Bad? True? False? Worry? Regret? Sometimes I can do all six in one minute!
In the Bible, Paul tells us to think about what we’re thinking about.
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. Philippians 4:8-9
That’s a lot to think about when thinking about what you’re thinking about. In my book Enough: Silencing the Lies that Steal Your Confidence, I focus on just the first one: “Whatever is true.” [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Once we determine what is true, we can make decisions based on facts rather than feelings.[/clickandtweet]
Emotions are powerful. Feelings are fickle. The truth is unchangeably secure.
Let’s say you have a thought about yourself or your circumstances, and you’re wondering if it’s from the world, the flesh, or the devil. The big question is, is it true? Of course, the next question is, how do you know if it’s true? The answer is in whether it lines up with or is contrary to God’s Word.
If it doesn’t line up with Scripture—what God says about you or your circumstances—then it’s a lie. Don’t ponder it, play with it, or banter it around in your head. Stop the chatter.
Paul doesn’t just leave us with the qualifying list; he gives us the means to implement it. “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.”
It takes practice. Practice, practice, practice! And look at the result: “And the God of peace will be with you.”
Here’s another idea. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]If you’re not sure if a thought is from God or the world, the flesh, or the devil, attach “in Jesus’s name” to the end of it.[/clickandtweet] For example:
I’m such a loser, in Jesus’s name.
Hmm. Something about that just doesn’t fit, does it?
How about this?
I made a mistake, but I know God forgives me when I ask, in Jesus’s name.
Now that lines up with the truth.
Put Philippians 4:8-9 somewhere you will see throughout the day. You could write it on a post-it-note and stick it to your fridge. You could save this blog graphic to your phone and make it your wallpaper.
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