Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:8 lists the type of thoughts you are to meditate on. This verse includes every possible positive subject matter. Notice that nowhere does it mention thinking about negative circumstances. God gave you free will and it is your responsibility to fill your mind with positive thoughts. As you continually think about the principles found in God’s Master Success Book, your negative circumstances will start to change.
Your thoughts can cause you to become depressed, dejected, and unhappy. The person who is continually unhappy in life is the person whose mind is continually filled with negative thoughts. It is really up to you whether you are depressed or full of joy.
Everyone is a creature of habit. The way you behave is a result of the conditioning you have received and accepted. Your habits start in your mind and are always a function of your thoughts. You learned to swim, ride a bicycle, and drive a car by consciously doing these things over and over again. These activities and actions became a habit – an automatic action. Every individual is free to choose to develop good habits or bad habits.
If you repeat negative thoughts, words, and actions over a period of time you will be under the compulsion of the negative habit you have inadvertently formed. The same is true of positive thoughts, words, and actions. Whether positive or negative, whether intentional or inadvertent, you get what you form. When you reprogram your mind by renewing it with the habit of joyful thinking, you will experience joyful living. You will be acting on God’s Word and your circumstances will begin to change because your thoughts, words, and actions agree with God’s Word, which is the source of all joy.
Controlling your thought life is a spiritual battle. Your natural thinking mind is continually challenged to maintain God’s thoughts. Your thinking will be transformed, and you will experience a joyful life when controlling your thoughts becomes a habit.
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