GOODNESS GRACIOUS

By Tommy Rush

When I first became a Christian as a young teenager, I remember a good friend sharing Romans 12:1-2 with me and encouraging me to memorize the verses. “I urge you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” I was encouraged to begin everyday reading scripture and spending time with the Lord in prayer. I still remember my friend telling me that the reason for doing these things is because we need to begin the day thinking good thoughts. We not only need to think more positive, but we need to think more godly.

Our thought life is a big deal! The life that you live is a direct reflection of the thoughts you think. I’ve heard it said that it is impossible to live a positive life with negative thoughts. It is impossible to live a life of faith with thoughts full of fear. It is impossible to live a godly life with ungodly thoughts everyday. The reality is that your life is always moving in the direction of your strongest thoughts. Another scripture verse that teaches this truth is Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinks, so is he.” You may disagree with me and that’s ok, but there’s great truth in the statement, “Change your thinking, change your life!” I have no doubt that one of our greatest blessings in life is our ability to control our thoughts.

Every Monday Night I participate in a ministry called Celebrate Recovery. There is newcomer video that we show each week and in the video, a man named Mac Owen says, “It was my thinking more than my drinking that was destroying my life.” Like so many, Mac’s life changed when he began thinking different. Those things which consume our thoughts, determine our actions. Mac goes on to say, “No one but you can determine what you think and how you will act.” That’s something good to think about!

If you want to have a great weekend, then allow me to share one other scripture with you,

“Finally brethren whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, let your mind dwell of these things.” Philippians 4:8

 

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