Phillipians tells us “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.” (Phil 4:8) but do your thoughts always reflect these qualities? I have to admit that mine don’t always. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I can tend to worry a bit much and have a tendency towards depression but I know that this is not where God wants me to live.
So how do we overcome this and work on making our thought life more pure, noble, lovely, admirable, praiseworthy, etc? I believe that this comes down to ‘taking every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ’ and renewing our mind.
Firstly, we need to be aware of what we are thinking and how we think and whenever we catch ourselves thinking something that is not in line with God’s Word that we refuse that thought and change our minds. It takes discipline and is not always easy but when we do it, it really does make a difference.
Secondly, renew our minds. We need to be aware of what we are allowing into our minds and how this is affecting our thought life. I think different things affect different people in different ways and what is bad for one person may not necessarily be bad for another and vice versa but the important thing is to look at what thoughts follow from that – does it leave you thinking about things that are right, noble, pure, lovely and admirable? Or does it leave you stressed, depressed and thinking negatively? Learn your triggers and where possible stop allowing them into your mind.
Take time soaking in God’s presence. Listening to Christian music and letting God speak to me has been a real life saver for me. As I quietly lie in His presence and just let words of good Christian music wash over me and speak to me I find that my spirits are lifted and I am better able to face whatever situation I am facing with a more positive mindset.
If you, like me, have struggles with your thought life then try these things and believe that God will help you develop the type of thought life that would please Him.