Philippians 4:8 (NIV) ~ Finally, brothers, 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.
One of the biggest battles which we will ever fight is the battle of our thoughts, for from our thoughts come our words and actions. Our thought processes produce a reaction which we act upon. Sometimes unholy thoughts can rage within us, as we process what is happening, or what has just been said to us, in our minds. We tend to analyse things and weigh them up in our minds. Even as we lay on our beds at night, some of us struggle to sleep, because we think things over and over again. We go over hypothetical situations, we role play and let our minds go into overdrive, letting ourselves get all worked up which keeps our adrenalin going. By doing so, we forfeit God’s peace instead of doing what the Bible says in Psalm 4:4 (NIV), “In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.”
The Bible also gives us the example Cain who, in his anger, thought about how to slay his brother in the field. Then there were the brothers of Joseph, who thought about killing him, but then sold him into slavery. King David is another example, who thought about adultery with Bathsheba, and planned how to make sure her husband was killed in the battlefield.
If only we would learn to submit our thoughts to Jesus as the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV), “We demolish arguments and every retention that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” In doing so, we turn away from doing things which are not pleasing to the Lord, and let His peace be our safe guard in our thoughts (in our minds), as the Bible says in Philippians 4:7 (NIV), “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The Bible tells us, in the New Testament, of the woman with the issue of blood. Matthew 9:21 (NIV) says this: “She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’” How many of us have thought, “If I just reach out to Jesus I will be healed”? Our thoughts have produced the faith which rises in our hearts to believe for a miracle, and God will always reward our faith.
The helmet of salvation covers our head to protect our minds in Christ Jesus. The Bible says in Romans 12:2 (KJV), “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Each and every day let the word of God dwell in us richly. Each and every day let us take every negative thought captive, and turn it into a positive one by letting our mind dwell on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, whatever is excellent and praiseworthy.
My friend, when we think about Jesus and about the things of God and His Kingdom; when we learn to have the mind of Christ Jesus and take the time to think, “What would Jesus do here?” then could I be so bold to suggest, we would not allow ourselves to fall into compromising situations, but keep ourselves holy, pure and preserve our good character in Jesus, by maintaining our testimony in Him.
The Bible asks the question and answers it, all in the one verse from Psalm 119: 9 (NIV), “How can a young man keep his ways pure? By living according to your word.” By allowing our minds to dwell on Jesus and keeping our minds on good things, as our text for today says in Philippians 4:8 (NIV), “Finally, brothers, 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”, the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
God bless you my friend, Matthew.