Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Daily Thought For May 21, 2014

Renewing Our Minds

WHATEVER IS TRUE, NOBLE, RIGHT, PURE, LOVELY, ADMIRABLE-THINK ABOUT SUCH THINGS. You live in a world where media direct your attention to what is false, degrading, wrong, impure, ugly. Truth has been displaced by "spin" and sensational stories attract advertisers. It is no accident that "true" is the first adjective in this list of excellent qualities. Without truth, there is nothing worth pondering. That is why it's essential to fill your mind with Scripture-developing a biblical worldview. 

Even though there is so much brokenness in the world, you can still find much that is excellent or praiseworthy in it. Search for such things as for buried treasure. When you unearth something lovely, meditate on it and praise Me for it. Tell others about such things; help them find beauty and meaning in their lives. 

True, noble, admirable things can still be found in many places on earth, but they are most abundantly available in Me. So I urge you to fix your thoughts on Me as much as you can. Whisper My Name to remind yourself that I am always within "whispering distance." Look at the world around you through eyes of gratitude; thank Me for the many good things you can see. Bring Me your problems as well as your praises, and watch Me transform trouble into something praiseworthy. 

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

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. 

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 

PSALM 91:15

from Jesus Lives by Sarah Young pp. 316-317