There is a battle for our minds. Notice how much rhetoric is geared toward our thoughts. Slogans tell us: “just be happy”, “think positive”, “attitude is everything”. However, the right thoughts don’t trump reality. Pretending my leg isn’t broken will not stop the pain. Telling myself it is just a scratch won’t either. Bolstering myself with the assurance help is on the way just might aid my endurance. Why? I am speaking truth to myself. Truth is powerful. That must be why it is so contested today.
Our thoughts run amuck in fantasy, fiction and horror, especially when we are in dangerous, dire and painful circumstances. It’s hard not to ask “what if”. However, it is an emotionally spiraling quest. We must train ourselves to know truth and dwell on it. As Paul tells us in his “whatever is” list, dwell on what is true (Philippians 4:8).
Romans 8 has a list of facts to store in our late night answer database. One of those is found in verse 31.
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
Is God for us? The passage states that He did not spare His own Son but gave Him over for us all. It speaks of the one who died for us is now interceding for us. The passage goes on to recount the impossibility of being separated from the love of God.
For your own thought police, memorize the points in Romans 8 so that you might guide the emotions you experience in the dark hours. Truth triumphs. It sets you and your thoughts free.
Paul believed God. Paul trusted God. Paul instructed others to do the same. Be like Paul; guide your thoughts to God and His truth. (insert stick figure here) J
Burning within me,