Topic: Think About Something Good
Scripture: For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. — Philippians 4:8 (AMPC)
Joyce Meyer Devotional 18 September 2020 Message
One day I remember praying, “God, I can’t go on fighting my thoughts all day, every day. As soon as I kick out wrong thoughts, they come back. What am I supposed to do?” As you fight the battle in your mind, you might find yourself praying the same prayer, so I want to share with you the life-changing answer God gave me. He said all I needed to do was think about something else.
When you intentionally think about things that are godly, there’s no room for the enemy’s lies to get into your mind. Concentrating on trying to not think wrong thoughts can actually increase them, but focusing on what’s pure, true and life-giving—filling your mind with good things—will shift the whole direction of your life to line up with God’s Word. The Bible says that if we walk in the Spirit we won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh (see Galatians 5:16), which means that if we concentrate on the things God wants for us, then there won’t be any space left in our lives for what the devil desires.
This was a life-changing revelation for me. I realized I couldn’t wait for something good to just fall into my mind; I had to choose my thoughts on purpose.
I want to encourage you: The next time you hear something true from God’s Word, or see something positive, uplifting or encouraging, take time to roll that good thought over and over in your mind. This will help you form the habit of thinking godly thoughts, which enables you to “overcome (master) evil with good” (Romans 12:21 AMPC).
The Bible says in Deuteronomy 30:19 that God gives us the option to choose between life and death, blessings and curses. If we don’t actively decide to think thoughts that lead to life, we’re passively letting the enemy make that choice for us—and he always chooses death. Let’s think thoughts that lead to life, so our lives can be blessed.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for giving me the ability to think healthy thoughts. Please help me today to recognize when the enemy is trying to sneak a lie into my thinking, and to replace it with the truth of Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
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Joyce Meyer Devotional 18 September 2020 Message– Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children.