DEVOTION OF THE WEEK: God is Bigger Than… a Recall Notice

Have you ever gotten a recall notice for your car?  It’s a little freaky.  After all, you’ve been driving the car around and everything appears to be going just fine.  Then you discover that something needs to be replaced.  There is a part inside this metal box that you take to 50, 60 maybe 70 miles per hour that is not right.  Whether you can tell the car’s broke doesn’t matter.  It’s broke and you need to get it fixed.

Sometimes your thoughts can be broke.  You wake up in the morning and you’re in a great mood, but along the way your mind seems to be feeding on negativity.  It might sound like  “This is stupid.  I can’t believe I have to do this.” or “What’s the matter with those people?”  Or even “Everything I do seems to get screwed up.”  Unfortunately, as you are going through your day, you don’t think about your thoughts being broke.  You think your thoughts are just fine.  But guess what?  God has sent out a recall notice to your negative thinking.  You’ll find it in Philippians 4:8 and it goes like this:

Finally, brothers, 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.

I know if I looked at this list from God of things I should be thinking about and then looked at what I have spent the last hour thinking about, they would not match up.  Yes, I could definitely go for a recall on my thoughts from God.

Maybe the clearest way to understand the thoughts that need to be recalled is to look at what is the opposite of the things God says in Philippians 4:8 that you should be thinking. The first on the list is truth.   The opposite of truth is lies so you should replace the lies others say to you and especially those you say to yourself like Instead of thinking “I’m worthless “replace it with truth like “I’m God’s precious child.”

The next on the list of preferred thoughts are noble and admirable.  The opposite of these are dishonorable thoughts like deceit, manipulation or shame.  Thoughts like “It’ll be OK if nobody finds out.” God would replace with “It’s better to tell the truth.”

Obviously, the opposite of pure and lovely thoughts are impure and ugly thoughts.  God would choose for your mind pictures, songs and words that show the loveliness of this world rather than it’s darkness.

To sum it all up, God says to think about anything that is excellent and praiseworthy.  Thoughts of jealousy, anger, unforgiveness, self-depreciating, and hopelessness God wants to recall and replace with thoughts of thankfulness, kindness, peace, joy and hope.  Nowhere on God’s recall notice does it say replacing these thoughts will be easy, but believe me friend, each negative thought replaced by a godly thought is well worth the repair.  Don’t wait.  Take your mind into the shop today.

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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