You can’t escape the news flashes, headlines or even the discussions that go on around you. They come from every side, even as you drive to work, road rage is evident everywhere. Murder, mayhem, hate crimes, terrorism, you name it and it invades your senses everyday. How can you avoid it? You can’t! But you don’t have to let it take over your thought life.
Paul told the Philippians to think on good things, good reports, things that are lovely and honorable. But how do we do that? I mean practically, is there a switch we flip to keep our minds from going there? Let me put it this way; If you have an empty glass and fill it with water, what is in that glass? Water, right? But say you add one tablespoon of dirt to the glass of water. How about a glass half full of dirt? That’s what happens when you listen to too much news about this world.
Now, lets take the same glass and put it under a faucet and allow the water to continually flow into the glass. Eventually what was in the glass will be exchanged by the new water that’s going into the glass, right? So if I continually fill my mind with the Word of God, allowing it to be what I think on, it replaces the stuff I’ve allowed to fill my mind. I will eventually believe the Word over my circumstances.
Psalm 121:7-8 says; The Lord will protect you from every danger. He will protect your soul.
The Lord will protect you as you come and go, both now and forever!
So when I read Psalm 91, I’m replacing what I see with what I know; I can trust in the Lord my God who will keep me from the evil plans of the wicked one. No disease will come near me. He will cover me and keep me from danger. Nothing will hurt me. He’s my refuge and my strength. I trust HIM!
Psalm 91:14-16 says; The Lord says, “If someone trusts me, I will save them. I will protect my followers who call to me for help. When my followers call to me, I will answer them. I will be with them when they are in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will give my followers a long life and show them my power to save.”
It’s a choice to read what you read. It’s a choice to listen to what you listen to. It’s a choice to trust in the Lord, but if you chose to do so, you’re exchanging fear for faith. What a great exchange! It takes creating new habits to break old ones. You may jump out of bed and turn on the news or grab the morning paper. Begin grabbing the Word of God. Download a Bible application on your phone and go to it rather than the internet. As you change the way you think, you’ll change the way you live.