Summer Soul Refresher: Whatever Is True

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
—Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

Have you ever stopped to think about your thoughts?

“Let’s face it,” Billy Graham wrote. “In the course of a day, all sorts of thoughts lodge themselves in our minds—some good, some not so good. Those thoughts can, in turn, give birth to all sorts of worries and anxieties; they may even lead us to do things that are wrong or destructive.”

The Bible says Christians have the ability to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). In other words, your thoughts don’t have to be random, and they don’t have to control you. With practice and God’s help, you can control your thoughts.

BGEA’s 6-week “Summer Soul Refresher” will focus on what to think about in order to renew your mind and reinvigorate your relationship with God—or get to know Him for the first time. For week 1, it’s time to focus on “whatever is true.” Here are some practical ways to do that:

Want a quick introduction on Biblical truth?
>> Read Billy Graham’s short devotion.

What is truth?
>> Read this explanation from BGEA’s spiritual growth site, Going Farther.

Do you find yourself thinking bad thoughts instead of good and truthful ones?
>> Read Billy Graham’s answer on how to control your thoughts.

Billy Graham once said, “You must know the truth in order to be free.”
>> Watch his sermon ‘Truth and Freedom’ for more.

The Roman leader Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?”
>> Hear the answer as you listen to Billy Graham’s classic 1959 message.

What does it look like to take time to think about God in the midst of life’s busyness?
>> Read some helpful ideas in this Decision magazine article.

Do you struggle with anxious and worrisome thoughts?
>> Pray and ask God to help you focus on the truth. You may find many of the things you worry about aren’t true—they’re hypothetical scenarios that never become reality. Or maybe you focus on things that are true but not helpful, like certain news headlines or social media posts. Ask God each day—or even many times throughout the day—to help you fill your mind with the hope, joy and peace that comes from focusing on His truth.

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Discover this truth for yourself.


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  1. James Fuller says:

    I agree with Chris, really looking forward to these sessions. I really get a lot out of them.

  2. Joel says:

    Thank you God for making me to know the truth and the life from a man of God, Billy Graham.

  3. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    Grateful for this devotion.

  4. Marianne Brown says:

    Thank you for this reminder to not allow negative thoughts to control my mind.

  5. Karen says:

    I suffer from worry and anxiety and it brought such peace to be reminded that I as a child of God can take those worries and thoughts captive. Thank you!

  6. Yvonne Simmons says:

    I am so thankful for the many messages that I receive through your and other ministers and ministries. I pray for spiritual growth daily and I ask, I seek and I find. Often, as I barely get a thought in my head, a message will pop up that is letting me know about what I was thinking. It is “mindblowing”, the slang for awesome. An immediate response. Thank you for all you do. God’s continued blessings to you.

  7. Wayne Blankinship says:

    My struggle is about being consistent in my walk with the Truth.