For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. — Philippians 4:8 (AMPC)
Adapted from the resource New Day, New You – by Joyce Meyer
“Manifesting your reality” might sound like something from a contemporary self-help course, but the concept comes straight from Scripture: As he thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7 AMPC). I like to say it like this: “Where the mind goes, the man follows.”
Positive thoughts play a huge role in creating a positive life. On the other hand, our lives can also become miserable by having a mind full of anxious thoughts and negative expectations. We usually think our problems are the thing ruining our life, but our attitude toward them is often the bigger problem that keeps us from enjoying our lives.
I’m sure we’ve all encountered people who have a great attitude despite being in extremely trying circumstances. We’ve also probably met those who have seemingly endless money and privilege, yet they’re negative, critical, and filled with self-pity and resentment. Like it or not, we actually have more to do with how our lives turn out than we realize. Thoughts affect emotions, and both affect the body, so learning how to think right is actually mandatory for good health.
Today you can make a decision that you’re going to have a healthy, positive mind. Renewing your mind will take some time and effort, but it’s more than worth it. As you ask God for His grace and study His Word, you’ll grow and experience more and more freedom.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for giving me the ability to enjoy my life. Please teach me how to renew my mind with Your Word, and help me focus on life-giving thoughts. In Jesus’ Name, amen.