START HERE

Today’s Truth

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.

(Philippians 4:8, NIVB)

Friend to Friend

Have you ever watched an icicle as it is formed? Several years ago, we joined our best friends, Michelle and Jay Johnson, for a winter vacation in Vermont where a heavy snowstorm had arrived just ahead of us, dumping several inches of snow.

Everything was covered in a rolling, soft blanket of white. Icicles hung like fragile crystal ornaments from tree limbs and rooftops. One morning, I decided to be lazy. It was delicious to just sit, curled up in front of a crackling fire, gazing out at the beautiful postcard scene before me.

I watched the softly falling rain gradually turn to long strands of ice. The icicles formed one drop at a time until they were a foot long or more. An interesting process unfolded before me. If the water was clean and pure, the icicle was formed clear and sparkling like a finely cut diamond in the sun. But if the water was unclean and impure, the icicle looked muddy and its beauty was spoiled!

Our lives are formed…one thought at a time…one attitude at a time…one choice at a time. The purity of our thoughts determines the purity of our lives. Darkness feeds on impure thoughts. The battle plan against the darkness must include a direct assault on impure thoughts.

In Psalm 101:3, David issues this challenge: “I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.” Notice the word “refuse.” It indicates an action or a choice on our part. We can refuse dark thoughts. We can choose against negative attitudes. This standard needs to be the ongoing commitment of our thought life. To keep this commitment, to control our thoughts requires us to control all outside influences.

  • Movies
  • Books
  • Television
  • Music
  • Relationships
  • Conversations

Our prayer should be like David’s in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires” (The Message).

A clean mind will produce right desires. Right desires will produce right habits! And right habits produce a life of power and joy, a life that is pleasing to God…a life that is right and lived out in the light of His power and purpose for each one of us. The old adage is true: “Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny!”

Think pure thoughts! The Truth for Today is not only God’s standard for our thought life, it is His garbage disposal for the mind.

It is so easy to let impurity creep into our thought life through a word of gossip, a trashy novel, movies that exalt everything that opposes God, and our own deliberate choice to think thoughts we know dishonor God. I can only imagine

I know it is hard to take a stand for purity. But remember – silence is agreement. I encourage you to join me this week in choosing to be a woman of integrity by choosing to think pure thoughts.

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to you today with one thing on my mind – obedience. My thought life has become so hard to control. But today I am choosing to get in the Word and set my mind on Your things. Please help me guard my mind so that my thoughts are pleasing to you.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Consider the statement that our thought life “should be a sacrifice acceptable to God and fit to be brought into His presence as part of our worship to Him.” Have you ever considered your thought life to be part of your worship?

More from the Girlfriends

Temptation is born in the mind when we choose to entertain the wrong kind of thoughts. Mary’s E-Bible Study, Winning the War With Temptation, will help you learn how to withstand temptation and control your thought life. Check it out!

4 Responses to “God’s Garbage Disposal”

  1. Lori says:

    Good morning Mary. And thank you for always having a spot on, spirit led devotional. The title of this caught my eye in particular because a dear friend recently quoted this Scripture to my daughter, who is going through some very difficult things. She has been battling depression, OCD and an eating disorder for several years. And then last April, she was on campus and literally ran for her life during a shooting. She is now in EMDR therapy for PTSD as well.

    The thing I want to ask about is… how does she hold onto these things, when what is true is nearly daily reports of other mass shootings, which then reopen her wounds once more. She cannot, and does not want to hibernate from the world..but use her voice for change and social justice. So she often posts commentary ( always just straightforward and gracious ) on social media.

    I know this friend meant well…but is it not possible to be focused on Christ
    and yet still be vocal about doing His Word in desiring to honor and protect life? I’d be interested in your thoughts, as this friends comment has been troubling her greatly.

    Thank you so much!
    Lori

  2. Kathye says:

    This was so good. Thank you!

  3. Michele says:

    Amy, are your devotionals in the app? And is that a one time charge to purchase app on Google play?

Leave a Reply

"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…" 1 Thessalonians 2:8