How to Change Your Mind [Philippians 4:8 Devotional]

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How to Change Your Mind [Philippians 4:8 Daily Devotional]

“Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.”

Philippians 4:8

Paul, the apostle who wrote this letter to the church in Philippi, is encouraging us today to think about worthy things. This passage, in particular, is very helpful in overcoming anxiety. It’s all about changing your thought process, which everyone is able to do. This is more than just positive thinking, though. It’s about centering your thoughts on Christ, who is everything Paul lists in this verse.

How to Change Your Mind

This verse has been an extremely useful tool for me as I deal with both the sin and anxiety in my life. When my thoughts start to spiral out of control, I’m able to come back to this verse to ground me back in the good things of Jesus.

In order to apply this verse, you must first be willing to think about what you think about. When you notice your thoughts starting to drift in a direction that you don’t like, you can change that thought pattern simply by thinking about the things Paul listed above. This is difficult to do in moments of stress and anxiety, so it’s important for you to practice this in normal circumstances, too. With the help of a counselor and some trusted friends, you can use this tool to also overcome certain types of anxiety as well.

Prayer

Jesus, thank you for the ability to think about what I think about. Give me the strength I need to change my mind from the things that hold me back and focus them on your promises. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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