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February 9th, 2018 - Phil 4:8-9

                      Daily Devotional <> February 9,2018 <> Friday

                    Power for Christian Living – 4 <> Philippians 4:8-9

                           Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Paul gives us advice concerning the thought life. The Bible teaches that we can control what we think. So, it is useless for us to adopt a defeatist attitude, saying, that we simply cannot help it when our minds are filled with unwelcome thoughts. The fact is, that we can help it. The secret lies in positive thinking. A person cannot entertain evil thoughts & thoughts of the Lord Jesus at the same time. If evil thoughts should come to us, we should immediately get rid of it by meditating on the Person & work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The more enlightened psychologist & psychiatrists of today have come to agree with the Apostle Paul on this matter. They stress the danger of negative thinking.

   You do not have to look too hard at V:8 to find Jesus in it. Everything that is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, & praiseworthy is found in Him. Let us look at each one True: means not false or unreliable, but genuine & real. Noble: means honorable or morally attractive. Just: means righteous, both toward God & man. Pure: means the highest moral character of a person's life. Lovely: means admirable or agreeable to behold or consider. Of good report: good or fair sounding. Virtue: speaks of moral excellence. Praiseworthy: something that deserves to be commended.

   In (V:7) Paul had assured the saints that God would protect their thoughts & heart in Christ Jesus. But He did not neglect to remind them that they also had a responsibility in this matter. God does not guard the thought life of a man who does not want to keep pure.

   Paul urges the saints to practice the things they saw in his life. This comes close after (V:8), right living from right thinking. If our thought life is pure, then his life will be pure. On the other hand if our thought pattern is impure our thought life will be corrupt. We need to also remember that if we think evil thoughts long enough we will act on them.

   Those who follow faithfully the example of Paul are promised that the peace of God will be with them. In (V:7) the peace of God is that portion to those who are prayerful; here the Companion of those who are holy. The thought here is that God will make Himself near & dear, in presenting the experience to all whose lives are embodiment's of the truth.