What do I Meditate On?
Psalm 19:14, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer" (NLT).
What do I talk about? What do I meditate on? That tangle of thoughts in my head; those words that I vent--what do they focus on?
Proverbs 18:21 says, "The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences" (NLT).
And Proverbs 23:7 says, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he..." (NKJV).
What we say and what we think matters. It can either bring us life or death, victory or defeat, peace or chaos, confidence or fear.
It's God's desire that we think about things that please Him. Things that both bring Him glory and give us peace.
Jesus Christ gave up His life for me on the cross so that I could live victoriously. When I choose to wallow in lies and the attitudes of my sin nature I'm both sabotaging my own joy and diminishing His sacrifice.
God wants us to live victoriously through Christ. And we can't do that if we're constantly saying things and thinking about things that hinder us and tear us down spiritually. It must hurt God's heart so much when we choose to wallow in lies instead of proclaiming His truth. He's given us all we need. We just have to take hold of it.
Colossians 3:2-4, "Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory" (NLT).
Philippians 4:6-7, "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" (NLT).
Philippians 4:8-9, "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you" (NLT).