MONDAY, MAY 11
“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.”
Philippians 4:8 (NLT2)
THE POWER OF OUR THOUGHTS
There is a famous scene in Peter Pan. Peter is in the children’s bedroom; they have seen him fly; and they wish to fly too. They have tried it from the floor and they have tried it from the beds and the result is failure. “How do you do it?” John asked. And Peter answered: “You just think lovely, wonderful thoughts and they lift you up in the air.” That sentiment is a little sappy but it also contains a measure of truth. The only way to defeat evil thoughts is to learn to think differently.
As Paul draws to the conclusion of his letter to the Philippians, he deals with the greatest conflict that every believer encounters which is the battle for the control of our minds. Paul starts Philippians 4:8 with the command to “Fix your thoughts.” This means to evaluate or to use your faculties to consider the validity and implications of these things. Then he gives a list of things we should focus most of our time filling our minds with. In other words, to develop these kinds of thinking habits.
Solomon recognized this age-long conflict when he wrote, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) Experts agree that the average person has at least 10,000 separate thoughts each day. That works out to be 3.65 million thoughts a year. If you live to be 75, you will have over 270 million different thoughts. God gave you 10,000 thoughts today, but it is up to you what you do with them. Our thoughts control our life. When you think about most of your thoughts during the day, what do you spend the most time thinking about? Are you being controlled by godly thoughts?
“Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character reap a destiny!”