Think HAPPY Thoughts

Monday, April 07, 2014 Posted by Sara

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"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is praiseworthy or excellent - think about such things." Philippians 4:8

Peter Pan might have been onto something. "Think of a wonderful thought...and you can fly."

There is power in what your set your mind to.  Paul exhorts the Philippians to be MINDful of their thinking.  I think it's key to walking in the fullness of what Christ purchased on the cross.  Negative thoughts tend to position our eyes to see the negative around us, while positive thoughts tend to help us focus on the goodness of God taking place in our midst.  The enemy is not called the Father of Lies for nothing.  It is our inheritance to set our mind on TRUTH.

One wonderful discovery I had for a new take on Lent is the Negativity Fast. I highly recommend checking out this powerful journey of setting God's truth in your heart!

A Negativity Fast is not:
  • It is not denying that problems exist. 
  • It is not stuffing things that are wrong. 
  • It is not critical of others who may be struggling. 
  • It is not irresponsible concerning things that need to be done. 

A Negativity Fast is:

  • It is determining to focus more on God’s promises than on problems.
  • It is learning to speak with hope about even the toughest of issues.
  • It is becoming solution focused rather than problem focused. 
  • It is refraining from reacting and giving voice to pessimism, criticism of others, self-criticism and other forms of unbelief.
  • It is speaking about problems to the right people in the right way.
  • It is replacing negative words and thoughts with positive words and thoughts based on the promises of God.

May our minds be made pure as we focus on the promises, praises, and truth of who God is and who He says we are!  

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