“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest. whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things,” Philippians 4:7-8, KJV.
Driving home one night, I was on the access ramp to a four-lane highway. I had looked over my shoulder as I rounded the ramp to be sure there was room for me on the road, but something told me to take a second look. A tractor trailer had crested the hill just before the ramp and the truck was picking up speed, in my next lane, and not making room for me by moving over. I slammed on my brakes and stayed in the access lane until it ran out and then had to swerve over into the lane just behind the speeding truck. The truck could have caused injury and harm, and it seemed like the driver was being careless about the welfare of others on the road.
And so it is in life. We are moving along, enjoying some relaxation or a positive outlook, and the enemy crests the hill with a tractor trailer full of lies. He attempts to broadside our positive outlook and he will not move over to give us the room we need. He keeps pushing until we run out of patience, kindness or compassion. Just like the tractor trailer, he attempts to change our emotions from positive to negative—he attempts to side track our good attitudes with lies of insecurity, insufficiency or inadequacy. He side swipes our confidence in God; he causes us to doubt God’s goodness.
So, what do we do? We need to slam on the brakes, spiritually speaking, and let the truck go by. God’s truth does not change—we are to focus on the true, honest, just, pure and lovely things in life. When the enemy tries to broad side us with negativity, we can let him pass on and focus on the peace that God gives us when we believe what He says and take His Word to heart. We do not have to allow the truck of lies to harm us or injure our spirits. We can take courage in the fact that the enemy cannot win—Christ defeated him at Calvary! We have the ability to recognize the truth from lies and let the lies drive on by.
Thought provoker: Are you getting broadsided by the enemy? Use the list in Philippians 4:8 to put the brakes on your spiritual negativity and refocus on the lasting peace that only God can give.
Lord, thank You that we can avoid the collision of negative, sinful thinking by focusing on the true, honest, just, pure and lovely things of life. Help us to follow Your Word and keep our thoughts positive as we focus on You. Amen.