Finally, brothers, ( or sisters ) 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. Phillipians 4:8 https://biblehub.com/philippians/4-8.htm
I left the link to compare translations, some of the other words I like here are precious, excellent, and proper. If nothing more, rather than leaning into depression, look back at your precious memories, photographs or journal, start a scrapbook for children or grandchildren, in a book or online. Think on the good times and things and don’t grieve or start thinking about regrets.
Look at your furniture, move it around, can’t buy a new sofa, how about a cover or a throw, a new lamp, or curtains. There are lots of ways to think about things and even if you can actually do it right now, it is easy to start Pinterest board of a dream house.
There are many lovely things to think about, the sky and the birds, butterflies and flowers. Many verses will back that up, see how many you can find. I like to read about historical women as I write primarily for them. Draw inspiration from them, many have done commendable duties in war and peace, scientific fields. I find joy in reading poetry and writing my on.
If something is pure and honorable, think about that, there are doctors and nurses working to save lives and others protecting them, But the most pure and honorable words are from God, those are the one to think and meditate on to speak out loud, to pray over yourself and your family.
The most pure and honorable and altogether lovely on is Jesus, and i believe He is coming soon. There is so much spiritual warfare in the body of Christ. We need to speak peace to each other and as a church as a whole. If someone is not willing to learn and would remain ignorant of the enemy’s devices, let them remain so but we must remain in His love. And think good things.
Thoughts become words and actions, we are told not to take the thoughts and say them by Jesus in Matthew 6, about what we will eat, drink or wear. There are many we don’t want to take or say, worry and fear, for example. He understands but we can lean into Him all the more. And of course, we are told to take thoughts captive, cast down every imagination that exalts itself above the knowledge of God, 2 Corinthians 10:5, and those thoughts we are to make obedient to Christ. I used to think that meant having to do with my obedience, and it does in a way, but if the thought is that you’ll never make it, look at what he said to the leper, ” I am willing. ” It is all about Him and not us. I like to think of the devil as a prisoner in a little cage, and he will never get out, he might lie, but I don’t have to listen and neither do you.
The love of Jesus and what He has done is the best thing to think about to defeat the enemy. So what do you like to think about? God has a book of memories, treasures stored up in heaven and even tears in bottles. And if you want to read Psalm 139, He is always thinking about us. You only have to open a Bible to find something good to think about.
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