Powerful Questions to judge your thoughts by.
Ever felt like you had all these questions running through your mind and weren’t really sure which ones to believe in or hold onto. Here are 8 powerful questions that you can ask yourself in times of contemplation.
“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.”
1. Are your thoughts True?
You may need to ask yourself this a couple times. Usually, we lie to ourselves the first time or two. Ask yourself “Is this thought really true?” Often times we will end up finding out that although our facts may make a thought seem true, once lined up with THE TRUTH, we realize our thoughts are no longer true but a lie from the enemy.
Example: Fact – You may be broke. Truth – God is your provider and he hasn’t failed you yet!
2. Are your thoughts Noble / Honest / Honorable?
Do your thoughts bring honor to those around you? How about to yourself? Even better, do those thoughts honor God?
And are they really honest? Ever had a thought that when you spoke it out loud, or later after you weren’t so angry you realized that you didn’t even agree with your own thought?
It’s that whole open mouth insert foot feeling! How many times have you blurted out all your thoughts and then got home and was like “Oh boy, I don’t even like what I said!” Then the next day you are running around trying to take back all that was said.
Sometimes our thoughts can be so the opposite of how we really feel.
3. Are your thoughts just?
One of the definitions of this word is: Approved of, or acceptable to God. Have you ever thought to ask God if He approves and accepts your thoughts? How many of your thoughts would not hold up in the face of God?
How many of you wouldn’t even dare to ask God? That may be an indicator!
4. Are your thoughts pure?
Are they 100% pure? Is there mixture in your thinking? Are your thoughts tainted by emotion, other people, life, etc? If you take all the mixture out of the thought does it still ring true?
5. Are your thoughts lovely?
Do you feel the same way about your thought as you would a hug from a friend or a spouse? Does it leave you feeling pleased, accepted and loved?
Do your thoughts equal God’s definition of love?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Such a great filter by itself!!
6. Are your thoughts of good report?
Try telling a friend your amazing thought and see if he or she thinks it’s just as amazing as you do. Sometimes we have to lay all our thoughts out on the table and allow others to give us feedback.
It’s like putting a big ball of twisted up yarn on the table and asking your friend to help you unravel it. We have to make sure that we are with the right person when we do this and that we pre-call that some of the thoughts are going to be totally stupid.
This gives you both the freedom to be real and honest without feeling judged.
7. Do your thoughts have virtue?
Do your thoughts match God’s standards? What about your standards? For some, you might benefit from having a list that you can look at from time to time that defines what your standards even are. And if you don’ t have any standards…. today is a great day to start!
8. Are your thoughts praiseworthy?
Your thoughts should be praiseworthy. When you reveal them to God, your friends, family, children, the neighbor next door. They should bring praise.
The opposite to this would be when you speak your mind and the people around you no longer wish they were around you. This may be an indicator that your thoughts have led your mouth to a situation that wasn’t so praiseworthy.
Ever have your mind get your mouth in trouble!
I love this quote!
“When your mind takes you somewhere sad, dark, doubtful, or negative, you don’t have to go with it.”
You don’t have to follow every thought you have just cause you had it. Take time to evaluate it and decide if it truly is a thought worth following
Here’s to powerful thinking!
– Shaun Kono