Today’s reading: Philippians 4:8-9; 2 Corinthians 10:5

If there’s one thing I’m experiencing during this downtime caused by the coronavirus, it’s that I have plenty of time to think. While that can be a good thing, in our current environment filled with negative news reports and all kinds of posts on social media, it’s not too difficult for our thinking to take a negative turn south and keep on going. That being the case, the need to be proactive about what we are putting into our minds and allowing to influence us really hit me this morning.

Today two scripture passages, both authored by Paul, came to my mind concerning how we need to approach our thinking—Philippians 4:8-9 and 2 Corinthians 10:5. In 2 Corinthians 10:5, Paul talks of the intentional act of “tak[ing] every thought captive to obey Christ.” And then in Philippians 4, immediately after the instructions to rejoice, not be anxious, and put our requests before God through prayer, he writes:

“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” (vs. 8-9).

Filling our minds with and then focusing on good things—particularly the truth of God’s Word—is especially important right now. During this time of change, when nothing feels quite normal and our emotions are heightened on a number of fronts, let’s join together and be intentional about filling our minds with God’s Word. Then focus on the truth God reveals to us from His Word each day. Tami

Source: Tami’s Blog

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