And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. — Romans 12:2
When I get frustrated, it’s usually because I’m tired, I’m over analyzing, or I’m comparing myself to others.
Two evenings ago, I thought about what was wrong in my world. Rather than dwelling on my situation, I pushed away the negative thoughts. Since I was tired, my perception was distorted and blown out of proportion. If I dwelled on my problems, my state of mind would only spiral downward.If I dwelled on my problems, my state of mind would only spiral downward. Click To Tweet
Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Rather than pushing away my thoughts, I should have renewed my mind with Scriptures like these:
- “‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ says the Lord, ‘thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart’” (Jeremiah 29:11–13).
- “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope” (Psalm 16:9).
- “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:24).
Do you struggle with negative thoughts?
Join me in replacing them with the truth of God’s Word.
Father, when this reader is frustrated, afraid, or discouraged, remind her to turn to Your Word. May she replace bad thinking with the promises and hope of Scripture. In Jesus’ name, amen.
About Hope for the Valley
Hope for the Valley is the ministry God has entrusted to J.K. Stewart—wife, breast cancer survivor, and follower of Jesus Christ. Soon after her diagnosis, she started a women’s cancer support group. Two years later, she launched Hope for the Valley, a website of devotions and prayers for women with cancer. J.K. lives in Texas with her husband, dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s either studying her Bible, walking her dog, or vacuuming pet hair. Connect with her and the ministry of Hope for the Valley on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.