BY: QUINTON WEST
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BIBLE TEXT: Philippians 4:8 ESV: “Finally, brothers, 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.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: There is no mistaking that we are creatures of habit. A habit is defined as “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.”
I can admit that at times, I have constantly reflected on the things that were and are completely wrong with our society and world. Thoughts about shootings, robberies, politicians not doing their “jobs,” prejudice and discrimination, and all other means of crime occurred perpetually throughout my own conscience. At times it was almost as if negativity ruled my everyday life, and these very thoughts would transmute themselves as problems, setbacks, and misfortunes in my own life.
Adversely I noticed that when my mind was occupied with thoughts of gratitude, happiness, positivity, hopefulness, and active faith, despite the many wrongs I’ve set my attention to that they would also transmute themselves into my life
It was at this realization that I began to seek The Most High’s words on this principle. He lead me to Philippians 4:8:
“Finally, brothers, 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.”
After allowing myself to hear out what The Word’s perspective on this principle was, I began to actively practice it. It is truly an attestation to the proverb “I think therefore I am.”
In a nutshell, whatever you occupy your mind with most will undoubtedly manifest itself in your life.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: I believe that it is His will that we think positively even in the midst of a negative world. In fact, if we are made new in Him and are to trust in Him, what then is there to worry or fear? The Creator of all, the Creator of the “game” of life itself has given us the ultimate advantage or cheat code to happiness, if you will. This is not to say that we are to be heartless, lackadaisical or nonchalant, but it is to remind us that we need not harp on those things that inherently cause us to worry or fear!
There are an enumerable amount of times the Bible that can be quoted in urging us not to worry or fear.
I know that it is only until we grasp the fact that whatever we allow ourselves to be subjected to on a conscious (spiritual) level that we will reap the benefits of an abundant, faith-filled relationship with Him, free of worry, free of guilt, free of doubt, free of negativity, and quite simply….FREE.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for your truth. I ask that you continue to cultivate the spirit of freedom within our own spirit and that you guide not just every footstep or word, but every thought that we have regarding our lives. I thank you for your reassurance that we were made free in you and I thank you for your will to have us think positively and live lives of faith. It is in your name I pray.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Quinton is a 22 year old youth counselor and has been attending Life Assembly for almost three years. He is happily married to Life Assembly’s youth pastor Kelsey West. Together they seek guidance through the Most High as they journey into the world of youth ministry here in the States at Life Assembly as well as on the mission field.