We must always remember that the Lord causes us the lay down in peace and gives us sweet sleep, and His angels are encamped about us to protect us.  Psalm 34:7-9 KJV The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.  O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.  O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.  


 As we think in our hearts, that is what we are.  The Bible says that out of the abundance of the heart our mouth speaks words.  The question is, “What are you saying?”  Listen to yourself!  You say that is a novel idea! Yes, it is.  Many people open the mouth and speak, but they never listen to nor do they think about what they are saying.  We should speak words of comfort and love.  Sometimes we have to speak words of correction, but those should always be spoken with love, not in anger or hate.  Let us meditate on what is good, lovely, kind, gentle, helpful, and full of God’s abundant favor and love, so that our words will reflect what we have been meditating upon.     


 What we see and hear are part of our emotional make-up. Many times what we hear is not the truth and what we see is not the truth, but we let  our minds meditate on these untruths.  When we do that we cause ourselves great grief.  We cannot allow ourselves to turn lies into truth in our mind and expect no problems.  What am I talking about?  Relationships for one thing.  We can not allow ourselves to always think people are talking about us, or they are rejecting us, or they are trying to influence someone else to dislike us.  We must know who we are in Jesus. We are accepted by God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. God loves us.  Let that be your thought today. Cast all other thoughts away and praise God.


 Stress seems to be a part of every ones life today.  What are we supposed to do so that we are not overtaken with the stress of the day? The first thing we must do is to cast our stress on the Lord, because He cares for us tenderly.  Then we must not try to figure out every thing.  We can’t figure out every thing because we cannot see the future. We must trust the Lord to deliver us from the stress and leave us with His peace. That means we must release our problems to God and allow Him to do His marvelous work in our lives.  Bless the Lord and Praise His Holy Name!  God is good...ALL THE TIME!    


 Thoughts lead to imaginations, and imaginations lead to strongholds.  What is a stronghold?  It is something that has taken over in our minds and causes our minds to be set.  A mind set cannot be easily changed.  When we think on the promises of God and they become our stronghold, that is a good thing.  When we meditate on our problems, our hurts, or the wrong thing that has been done to us, that is not a good thing.  When we meditate on problems, hurts, wrongs, etc., we soon have unforgiveness in our heart and with unforgiveness, we have  multiplied a bad situation into a disaster!  In order to change our thinking and bring down the stronghold of destruction, we must forgive and forget.  You say that’s not easy?   NO!  It is not, but with God’s help you CAN DO IT.


 What do you think about?  Where do thoughts come from?  What do you do with thoughts?  Thoughts come to us from our 5 senses and our emotions.  Sometimes thoughts come from the Devil.  Some thoughts come to us from God.  We have to learn how to cast away those thoughts that cause us problems and meditate on good thoughts.  What we think about is what we become.  Many times we meditate on “how we feel”.  Some people have made themselves physically sick because  thoughts concerning their health became reality in their mind, when in actuality there was nothing wrong in the body.  Let us censure our thought life by replacing wrong thoughts with God’s thoughts from the Bible.


 May we never forget that the nation who chooses God to be LORD, is blessed.  Psalm 33:8-12 KJV Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.  For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.  The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.  The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, and the thoughts of his heart to all generations.  Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.