Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things-Phil. 4:8.
Too often, our thinking is dictated by what we are experiencing or what is around us. This is understandable and even natural.
It is not, however, acceptable for the Christian! God expects believers to elevate their thoughts. Certainly, this does not mean that Christians are to ignore or be negligent concerning negative realities in their world. What it does mean is that Christians should realize that there is an alternative route for their minds to take.
This text is good instruction for such thinking (true instead of false, pure instead of impure, etc.).
Christians should be people with optimistic minds. Think about this statement for a moment. Does this describe you?
Paul finished the instruction by saying if there by any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
I emphasize the word any because I think it is important to look for and focus on such noble things regardless of how small and insignificant that they may seem (especially in light of so many large and nasty realities that we may be tempted to notice and focus upon).
Christians must be disciplined to think on these things!
Why are our thoughts so important? Because they often dictate what we do. Suppose our thoughts are not acted upon. Perhaps they remain on the inside. Even then, they often determine how we feel (our general disposition/attitude).
We must be determined that what we think (along with what we do and how we feel) is going to be right. Our thoughts, and the subsequent results of them, must be reflective of a good Christian!
Let’s follow the instruction from God’s Word! Let’s choose the alternative!
Victory in the Mind,
Micah PerryPosted by Pastor Micah Perry on Nov.01, 2014