Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV): Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Isn't it amazing that we still deal with the same mind "traps" that people 2,000 years ago dealt with? Our minds tend to get trapped on negative things like "will I have enough money?" or "I'll never be good enough to do what I want."
Paul knew our tendency to think the worst and he gives us God's cure in today's Bible verse.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
In Philippians chapter four, Paul has been giving us the key to living a victorious, peace-filled life amid an anxious world. Did you know there’s a battle for your mind every single day? Today, you’ll encounter over 5,000 ads telling you that you’re not good enough. You need this to be happy. You need that to make your life complete.
The sad thing is that things never change. Even 2,000 years ago, as Paul wrote his letter to the church in Philippi, they, too, dealt with a society that tried to lead their minds and thoughts away from Christ, AND even within the church, they were dealing with division, murmuring, and complaining.
And, Paul says, Stop it. Stop focusing on the negative and instead think like this, as he writes in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
All these attributes Paul gives us -Noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy - mean exactly what they say. So, what’s Paul’s point? Think about what you’re thinking about. Do your thoughts please God? Do they line up with what He says about you? We learned in verse 7 that God guards our hearts, but you still have a part to play.
So, your Simple Truth for today: You must take personal responsibility for your thoughts. If you find yourself filled with anxiety and fear, confront your negative thoughts. Turn them over to God and refocus your mind on what God says about you from His Word. Will this be easy? Nope. It’ll take some time to reprogram you mind. Will it be worth it? Absolutely. Because there’s nothing sweeter than God’s Peace.
Have a blessed day. I’ll see you soon.