What Are You Dwelling On?

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“He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord.” Psalms 112:7

Reflect

Have you ever met a person who lives under a constant state of worst-case scenario? Maybe you know someone who simply can’t enjoy life because they are always preparing for the worst. Maybe you are that person. I can safely say that “worst-case scenario” planning is a sin I struggle with—sometimes to the point my focus is in constant imaginary misfortune. To put it simply, my dwelling is misplaced. I dwell on the “what if” instead of the truth of God’s Word.

Psalm 112:7 gives us an example of a man who dwells correctly. He has hidden God’s Word in his heart (Psalm 119:11) and remembers God’s faithfulness of past events in His own life. What are you choosing to dwell on? Are you thinking about God’s faithfulness? When things have gone wrong, has God ever abandoned you? I know for me personally I have to ask these questions daily as I battle spiritually against anxiety and negative thoughts. I have learned that God is the blessed Creator of all things, and His sovereignty is something I never have to fear.

If you are going through a season of waiting, meditate on this verse. Let your heart be confident, sisters, that you can trust God. When you start to question things, put your thoughts through the filter of Philippians 4:8—is it true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy?

It is easy to let our minds go astray. One simply cannot decide to not be a worrier. It takes work, and it takes action. We make a decision to take our thoughts captive; we make a decision to refute our anxious thoughts with the truth.

What are you dwelling on today? Take action and remember the man in Psalm 112. Let your heart be confident, sisters.

Pray

Father, I thank You that You are the blessed Creator of all things. I thank You that I don’t have to fear bad news and that my heart can be confident because I can trust in You. Help me to remember to dwell on Your truths daily. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Your Turn

Memorize Philippians 4:8 this week. Do you fear bad news? Remember the man in Psalm 112:7 and trust that God is in control of all things.


Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.