You Are What You Think

Philippians 4:8 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.

Did you know that your brain will try to make what you imagine into a reality?  Really!  Your brain cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality.  So when you imagine something that threatens you, it releases chemicals that are designed to help you defend yourself from a perceived fear.

Does this explain to you why some people confuse fantasy with reality and make poor decisions?  It also explains why some of our worst-case scenarios become a reality.   What can you do?  Well, Paul tells us in Phil 4:8 to think about things that we would rather become a reality in our lives.  What should you and I be thinking  How about things like honor and purity?

#1 - When you catch yourself thinking about the worst case scenario in any given situation, stop yourself.  Change your mind.  Say out loud, if you need to, "I don't believe this will happen."  Remember, you're stopping your brain from looking for ways to sabotage you and your future.

#2 - Listen to good, upbeat, Christian music.  It's wholesome and encouraging.  While I have nothing against slower music, don't give yourself a consistent diet of it.  Find something that you will pat your foot to or sing badly in the shower.

#3 - Pray positively or in other words, pray the promises of God.  If you bring a situation before God, know what the Bible says about it and proclaim it.

#4 - Read the Bible.  If you are struggling with negative thoughts, read the book of Psalms.  When you read one of Davids songs, notice what He says first.  It will go something like; my world is coming to an end.  My enemies are going to kill me.  My bones and going to rot and die.  THEN NOTICE WHAT HE DOES NEXT!  But God . . .   Notice how he prays himself out of negative convictions.  Try it, it works.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to think about what is good today. AMEN.

1 comment:

Myrna karl said...

Certainly...It works!