Our world is being plagued with negative reports. You need only to turn on the TV to be emotionally brought down with the dismal news of our times. It seems most directions we turn to have dire warnings, updates and forecasts.
Many are struggling with concerns about their future as well as the future of their children and grandchildren.
They’re battling hopelessness and some even find it difficult to pray.
If this describes you, you’re not alone.
As Christians and people of prayer you’d better believe these messages can influence you.
They can bring discouragement and fear.
How do we control these real concerns from plaguing our minds?
The book of Philippians reads:
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” 4:8 (NKJ)
I especially like how the New King James version uses the phrase whatever things are of good report.
Where are you getting your daily reports?
What is your mind being filled with?
Is it the daily doom and gloom of the news of the day?
I’m sure you’ve noticed that every day seems to bring a new crisis.
There are daily death reports, new videos of someone losing control, and more forecasts of a dismal future.
Here’s some good news.
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1John 4:4)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying “I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jer.31:3)
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mk.9:32)
Let me suggest that you not allow the news of our day to control what you think or how you feel.
Instead, fill your thoughts with good reports like these. Begin your day with time with God. Spend time in his word. Maybe read a psalm. Spend time in prayer. Focus on some good news for a change.
Our God is greater.
He’s willing and able.
Nothing is difficult for him.
Now that’s good news!