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Take Control of Your Thoughts

Your brain often plays a repeating loop throughout the day.  A song you heard on the radio might get stuck in your head, even if and sometimes especially if you don’t like it.  You might replay an argument or an unpleasant social interaction for hours on end.  You might fret over a problem continually.

 

You don’t have to be a victim of your own nature, though.  You can use your mind to your own advantage.  In Philippians 4, the Apostle Paul tells you how. 

 

First, he says to give every single one of your worries to God in prayer (Phil. 4:6,7).  In exchange, God will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus with peace that passes all understanding.

 

Second, Paul says to deliberately put good thoughts in your mind (Phil. 4:8).  Read or listen to God’s word.  Then, throughout the day, consider what you’ve read.  List three things you’re grateful for, thank God for them, and dwell on them.  Sing a favorite hymn out loud or in your mind throughout the day.  These habits of mind kindle joy while reducing depression and anxiety.

 

Third, Paul says to put God’s goodness into practice (Phil. 4:9).  Deliberately do all the good you can, and Paul says the God of peace will be with you.

 

Don’t leave your state of mind to chance.  Take control of your thoughts (2Cor. 10:5) and deliberately embrace the peace and joy God offers. -Paul

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