Today’s Encouragement 4/28/22

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 (Philippians 4:8 ESV).

Think about what you think about. There is much negative and fearful news on the airwaves that permeates our thoughts and affects our responses. These thoughts will often come when we aren’t expecting them and are ever so helpful to get us off our faith track and on the fear expressway. Stop letting those thoughts drive!

Thoughts such as those are sent to cause worry, anxiety, rash and fear filled reactions and decisions. They scream in your ear “pay attention to me! No one can help! You are all alone! What if this…? What if that…?” Grab hold of those thoughts and shackle them to Christ which binds and silences them.

Think new thoughts. Where can you get new thoughts? The Word of God, his creation, worship, and fellowship are good places to start. Knowing who you are in Christ and knowing your inheritance in Him will shape your thoughts and strengthen your ability to hold negative thoughts captive. “But what about…?”, you say, well what about it? Bring it to the feet of Jesus in prayer. No matter what goes on around us, bring it to Jesus and ask for His thoughts on the matter.

The world will focus on the bad news, let us dig and find the good news, the celebration-worthy news and make sure we continually share the good news!

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