Fresh Hope – 30th April 2020

Do you ever find your mind drifting back to situations that have already happened? Mine does. I’ll be doing something mundane and find my mind replaying old memories. Sometimes, they’ll be situations that I wished had ended differently. Things that were difficult or that have made me sad.

When something like that happened to me this week, I found myself thinking of a person who was no longer in my world and asking God, ‘why?’ And as I carried on with my mundane task – my skincare routine, if you’re curious – I felt the Holy Spirit whisper something to me: “If I have removed something, I will bring restoration.”

I stopped in my tracks. I feel like although that thought is not particularly new, it was profound for that moment.

  2 Corinthians 10:5 says, ‘We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’

Thinking over negative situations over and over is actually called ‘ruminating’ and research shows that it can have a negative impact on us – which is no surprise. That is not God’s desire for us.

That verse in Corinthians teaches us how to break that cycle. God wants us to be free and when we release those struggles to Him and bring our thoughts in line with His word, not only do we experience the peace that God has for us but we learn more of His nature.

Philippians 4:8 says, Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.’

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to negativity at the moment. You can choose how much of it you consume. If you find yourself stuck in that cycle, I pray that as you capture your thoughts, you’ll experience breakthrough today.

Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence

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