At our Bible Study on a Tuesday evening, in our group for young Christians, we have been discussing what we watch, look at and think about. We have discussed what helps break the train of thought when our minds feel out of control. There have been some really useful suggestions from different folks.
Some have suggested going for a walk in the country, drinking less caffeine or even cold water swimming every morning! We must take measures to deal with our fallen minds and mental health.
However, it is important not only to keep the bad thoughts out but to increase the power of the positive. Here is a verse that is full of positivity. Our God in heaven is surrounded by honour and majesty; strength and beauty radiate from His being.
I could begin to try and describe all that this verse means to me but I know words will fail. There is something breathtakingly beautiful here if you give yourself time to ponder these words. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal something of the impressive beauty and awesome wonder these words convey.
We must take measures to train our minds out of the pattern of negativity we often fall into, but it is equally important to train them to look up beyond ourselves to the One who fills eternity with His presence and power. Why don’t you give yourself time to think about this verse? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal something of the beauty and wonder of our Father in heaven. You may only catch a glimpse for a few seconds but it will take your breath away and leave you with a lasting impression.
Only as we practice this will our hearts be filled with His presence and light. We will find our minds transformed. Then it will be easier to turn our minds from the negative thoughts which drive us in the wrong direction and to grasp hold of the Truth which turns us, again and again, the right way.
“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 NLT