Philippians 4:8 (AMP)
For the rest, brethren,
- whatever is true,
- whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly,
- whatever is just,
- whatever is pure,
- whatever is lovely and lovable,
- whatever is kind and winsome and gracious,
- if there is any virtue and excellence,
- if there is anything worthy of praise,
- think on and weigh and take account of these things
[fix your minds on them].
I find that when I wake in the morning at times I will be thinking about things even without realizing it. It may be the dream I just had or some nonsense or worry. I will realize after a few moments that I am thinking about something foolish and consciously change my thoughts.
Many times though over the years I have found that when I first wake up is when the Lord’s voice is the clearest to me. I have always thought that He speaks to me at this time because this is the time when my mind is the least cluttered with other things. I also think that because I am refreshed by sleep, I am less likely to allow fear to overcome the positive voice of the Lord.
In the Bible the Lord spoke often to people in their dreams. I think is was for this same reason. When sleeping their minds were not cluttered with everyday thoughts and fears, so the Lord’s message could get through to them.
I also believe that God is speaking to us much more than we realize. We are just so busy with other things that we are less likely to listen to His voice. We have to make a conscious effort to listen and hear His voice.
We can practice listening to God. Focus on His Word. Keep His positive message in your thoughts as you go through your day. When those little “nudges” come to you, instead of ignoring them do what they are saying. Things like driving down a different street, saying a kind word to someone or asking how they are doing and stopping to listen to them, or helping someone in some way, stopping to pray as you prepare for your day, all things that may seem inconsequential but could actually be very important in some way. We don’t always know why God has us change what we are doing but it is so much better to be obedient not knowing why than to be disobedient and miss what could be a blessing for you or someone else.
Proverbs 21:3 (NLT)
The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.
So, what are you thinking about? Do you spend your time thinking about someone who gives you trouble? What can you replace these thoughts with? Praying for them? Even blessing them in some way. Maybe replacing these negative thoughts with thinking about someone who gives you pleasure and is pleasant to be around? Thanking God for them and praying blessings on them. Maybe it’s just turning that situation over to God, casting the care of it on Him, He cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7).
Are you thinking about finances (or the lack of money)? Psalm 50:10 says that our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and in Luke 2:32 it says that “it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. Think about that and pray trusting the Lord’s provision instead of wondering how you will get what you will need. Or think about all the ways the Lord has blessed you in the past and thanking Him for those blessings.
Look at what you are thinking about and what the Word says about the situation. Choose today to think about what the Word says and even if things don’t change right away, the way you feel and think about them will change if you stay focused and the Lord and His promises to you.