WHAT TO THINK ON

PHILLIPIANS 4:6-8

6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.


7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [b]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [c]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

PROMISES OF GOD

Psalm 3:3-5 

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

I lay down and slept; I wakened again, for the Lord sustains me.


Psalm 40:1-2  

1 I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.


2 He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.

Psalm 42:11

11 Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 147:3  


3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].

MIND OF CHRIST

No one can comprehend God, but by His Spirit His believers have insight into some of God’s plans, thoughts and actions, They, in fact, have the Mind of Christ. By the Holy Spirit we can begin to know the thoughts and expect the answers to our prayers.


Are you spending enough time with Christ to have His very mind in you? An intimate relationship with Christ comes only from consistent time spent in his presence and in His Word

MIND OF CHRIST SCRIPTURES

1 Corinthians 2:16  


16 For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.

2 Corinthians 4:4  


4 For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.

OUT OF THE DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT 

Depression is not of God; He never meant for us to feel unworthy and devalued.  


John 10:10


"The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance (to the full; till it overflows."   


If you are experiencing depression, go to Jesus first – pray that He would send you to a doctor that would know how to treat you, whether with medication, therapy or both. Trust God to lead you. He can heal you out right or may choose to do it with a doctor. Trust that He is healing you and keep your eyes on Jesus.


Having said that, how we think and what we think affects our actions.

We all experience various degrees of depression at one time or another, depending on our circumstances. It is at this point that the decision we make to trust God totally or not will affect our thinking.


We must remember that Jesus is the Healer. The Blood shed on the cross is powerful and does heal; by His stripes we are healed.


One thing more to remember, is that we must trust His Will, His Way and His Timing!





MAINTAIN A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

Read & Study His Word Daily


Apply His Word


Obey His Commandments, so you can reap His Promises


Pray always


Bring your requests BOLDLY before Him with Praise & Thanksgiving (Warfare)


Learn to rebuke satan in the name of Jesus; YOU DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT HIS LIES


If you are having a bad day, put praise music on and start praising Jesus.  It is amazing how your attitude and outlook will change. 


Your faith will grow and you will wonder why you were depressed in the first place!


RENEWING OF YOUR MIND

Ephesians 4:22-24  


22 Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;


23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],


24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

Romans 8:5 


5 For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and [a]pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and [b]seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit.

Romans 12:2


2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].


2 Corinthians 4:16 


16 Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day.

Colossians 3:15

15 And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise n your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ's] one body you were also called [to live].   And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

MIND OF CHRIST SCRIPTURES

Philippians 2:4-7 

4 Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.


5 Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]


6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,


7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.

Philippians 4:7-8  


7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [a]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [b]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].