Philippians 4:8-9 – “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”  NKJV

I have often said, “You are not what you think you are, but you are a product of what you think.”  We are a product of our thinking because our thought lives will produce attitudes, and attitudes will produce actions, and actions will shape our character.  Therefore, we are a product of our thoughts!  What we dwell on will determine our attitude, altitude, and aptitude.

The apostle Paul gives us some specific things to fill our minds with:

  • Truth.

Jesus answered the question about “What is truth?” telling us that Thy Word Is Truth in speaking to the Father.  Truth is a liberator and something that we should seek and fill our minds with.

  • Noble Things.

Honorable things, moral things, things worthy of a life that professes to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

  • Pure Things.

The pure in heart will see God.

  • Lovely Things.

Not just things pleasing to the eyes but things pleasing to the heart of God.

  • Good Reports.

There is so much negativity in the world today. With today’s political, economic, and world situation, it is difficult not to be negative, but we should seek to hear and give “Good Reports.”  They uplift the heart and spirit.

  • Things of Virtue.

In an amoral and immoral world, oh, how we need “virtue.”

  • Things that are Praiseworthy.

Take time to give not only Praise to God but to your fellow man.  You will be amazed at how much it affects your attitude and relationships.

He tells us to Meditate or Think on or about these things and the things that were learned from him and seen in his life, and the result will be that the God of Peace will be with us.  If we need anything today, it is GOD!  We need the Peace of God to flood our hearts and minds amidst the chaos in our present world.

So, if you are struggling, why not take this prescription and “Think on these things!”  I believe that you will be more than pleasantly surprised at the outcome. 

May God bless you as you go through your day!

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