No-Title – ( David Nguyen )
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
The greatest battles for our souls is waged in our minds. The adversary is intelligent enough to know that once the mind is conquered the body and heart follows. Hence, it is important that we not only see how the enemy attacks us but to be aware how our own thoughts accuse and can hurt us.
Let us take Phil 4:8-9 and reverse it:
Finally, brothers, whatever is false, whatever is cowardly, whatever is wicked, whatever is corrupted, whatever is horrendous, whatever is despicable, if there is any failures, if there is anything worthy of cruel judgment, think about these things.
As you can see, we naturally tend to drift towards this type of negative mindset. This happens every day for example, we have doubts that God will take of us in the future, or when someone cuts us off in traffic and all we think about is vengeance.
The Bible tells us to fight these thoughts by replacing it with right thinking. This isn’t like that nonsense self-help therapy out there. This is the Word of God! If you catch yourself thinking negatively or wrongly, use the Word of God to fight back! If you doubt God will provide, remind yourself of the sparrow passage! If that person cuts you off, recite Jesus’ words to love your enemy and forgive and pray for him/her! Make a practice to doubt your doubts and fight fears and anxiety with the sure founding truth of God’s Word.