Something I’ve found myself struggling with lately is thinking positively and giving God praise in every circumstance. I let one lie the enemy whispered in my ear turn into my mindset for an entire week. I let a few bad days and circumstances rob me of my joy and praise. Instead of dwelling on God and His promises, I let every bad thing that happened replay over and over in my head. I let my identity come from what I was feeling instead of from my creator.
God brought two verses to my attention that helped me through this hard time. Philippians 4:8-9 has always been one my favorite passages in the bible, but God gave me a new perspective on it. It says,
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is pure, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me- practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
One of the two parts that stood out to me in these verses was where it says “whatever is true…think about these things.” I had been dwelling on everything that wasn’t true. The devil’s lies had been the soundtrack to my life the past week. I was thinking about how alone and invisible I felt. Instead, I should have been thinking about all the things that God says is true about me. I’m his child, his masterpiece, his beloved, and most importantly, I am HIS. Once I came to that conclusion, I decided to start thinking and living like it.
The second part of the passage that grabbed my attention was where it says, “if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” You know when something bad happens, and it turns your entire day bad? Well I went an entire week living like that. Bad things are going to happen in life. It’s inevitable. I don’t have to let those bad things control and ruin my life though. I have a choice to either praise God and grow through the bad or let the bad overwhelm and overcome the good. This verse made me realize I had been dwelling on every bad thing instead of praising God through it.
I believe there is at least one good thing in every day. Choose to focus on that. Choose to think of the things that are worthy of praising God for then praise God for those things. Choose to believe in truth-His truth.