Welcome to the Final Week of The Summer Sizzle Blog Hop Series. Wow, it’s been fun! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, too!
If you’ve missed any of the earlier posts here, check out:
6 of the Best Ways to Fight Distraction and Listen to God
by Dawn Klinge
Amazing Worship Songs that will Make Your Day Better
by Carmen Brown
How to be Blessed with the Powerful Wisdom of God
by Valerie Murray
5 Verses that will Help When You Worry About Your Kids
by Ruthie Gray
How to Thrive When You Need a Spiritual Pep Talk
by Nicki Schroeder
7 Verses that will Give You Perspective When You Need It
by Melanie Redd
How to Get Back in the Boat of Your Shipwrecked Dreams
by Marva Smith
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Now, for today’s post…
Please welcome my friend, Diana, from Diana’s Diaries — where she writes with the wisdom that comes from a deep love for the One who delivered from the “nagging baggage” of a painful childhood. She loves to tell her readers about Jesus, who sees, who cares … who loves and heals.
Take a few minutes to soak in this encouragement that will help you when painful memories or present problems have you stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts. And remember to stop and make her feel welcome before you head over to follow her on social media.
5 Verses that will Help You Reject Negative Thoughts
Watch out for Negative Thoughts :
An incident which occurred a while ago has left me on a sad note. It has been many weeks since the incident, but those negative thoughts haven’t left my mind.
I wish I could turn back on time and plan that day differently. I wonder if I should have restrained my thoughts? Should I have not stood up for my loved one? Should I still be feeling so low? Maybe now everyone dislikes me and is gossiping behind my back.
Then, this morning those negative thoughts flooded back again. I grabbed the Word of God -the black leather Book filled with encouraging words written personally for you and me in our lowest state.
Isn’t it amazing how God speaks to us right when we are willing to listen to HIM speak to us?
Until we don’t stop thinking and start reading the Word, negativity can entrap our minds. It can consume us and ruin our fellowship with God and man.
Negative thoughts can drag us into this wallowing pit of anguish and worthlessness where only Christ can bring us back on the top of a joyful mountain.
As I was meditating on the Word of God, the Spirit of the Lord led me to this particular verse that I am so familiar with yet forgot to ponder upon these days.
Let us look at Philippians 4:8 (AMP)
Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].
This is what the first part of the verse said:
- Whatever is Honorable- that which deserves respect,
- Whatever is Right -in words and dealings,
- Whatsoever is Lovely- that which deserves love,
- Whatever is pure in relation with others,
- Whatsoever is True- nothing but the truth,
- Whatever is admirable or of good report or commendable.
Now we are going to look at the different version of the Bible translation of the second part :
- Think about these things (KJV)
- Dwell on these things (New American Standard Bible)
- Let your mind think of these things (New American standard 1977)
- Meditate on these things (Aramaic Bible)
- Exercise your thoughts on these things (Jubilee bible 2000)
- Think of these things continually (AMP)
Dear friend, has your mind dwelled on your past for too long? Is it filled with negative thoughts about yourself and others lately?
Have you been dragging your mind to focus on the bad of every situation rather than focusing on the Goodness of God and His power to rescue us?
Then, let us fill our mind with whatever is true, lovely, honest, praiseworthy and honor instead of hatred, jealousy, scorn, impurity, sadness, and dishonesty.
Don’t merely think about them, but focus and dwell on them today. Truth is real and Jesus is the truth. We may not be able to change our past incidents, but we can meditate on the ONLY ONE who is true, honest, admirable, and lovely in our life today and that is our Christ Jesus Himself.
The next time negative thoughts fill your mind, cancel them out with the very loving words of our Lord God.
Let us, in fact, memorize them and seal them in our hearts so that the next time negative thoughts pop up we can recite these 5 assuring verses aloud.
Philippians 4:7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 10: 30–31 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
Psalm 94:19 When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
How did this blog post resonate with you?
What verse did you find comfort in when you dealt with negativity yourself?
Is there something you are dealing with lately that I could pray for right now?
Fixing my thoughts on everything admirable today!
About Diana :
Diana is married to her loving husband and privileged to be called mama by her triplets.
She proudly calls herself a stay-at-home missionary mom whose prayer is to raise godly arrows and remain a pen in the Hand of God.
Visit her over at Diana’s Diaries , where she pens Biblical insights about growing spiritually deep and being fully armored against the invisible enemy.
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