Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
8 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.
within this scripture are seven things to think towards yourself as a child of God and towards other brethren .
1.whatsoever things that are true,
2.whatsoever things that are honest,
3.whatsoever things that are just,
4.whatsoever things that are pure,
5.whatsoever things that are lovely,
6.whatsoever things are of good report;
7.if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things
You are not permitted to think towards yourself or your brother things that are not true! You are not permitted to think impure and unjust thoughts towards your own self and others!
You are not permitted to think on things that are not of good report about yourself within you and about others ; you only dwell on that which is of good report and trash away anything of bad report. You are not allowed to entertain them. If anyone brings up something that is not of good report, just walk away from it ; you don’t see a scandalous article in the newspaper stand about a man of God true or false and buy such because you are told by the holy book to think only on that which is of good report !
If there is any virtue or praise in your own life or that of others, think only on these.
Why must you think only this way?Because as a man thinketh in his heart so is he:
Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Eat and drink, saith he to thee;
but his heart is not with thee.
You are not your words, you are your thoughts! You are not what your medical report says, you are your thoughts. You are not what others say, you are your thoughts. If you think healthy, you are healthy. If you think victoriously, you are victorious because as a man thinketh in his heart so is he. His real identity is in his thought life.
Why must you think only this way? Because you have the mind of Christ :
1 Corinthians 2:16 (KJV)
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
The world of thoughts in that mind of CHRIST is about whatsoever things that are true, whatsoever things that are honest, whatsoever things that are just, whatsoever things that are pure, whatsoever things that are lovely, whatsoever things that are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise!
These are the thoughts of the recipient of the mind of Christ by virtue of salvation!
You cant carry these thoughts and be sick or be depressed in your body.
Walk away from anyone in the kingdom of God that wants you to think outside this box or parameters of things the Bible says you should only think of! There are those when you meet, it is bad report they are bringing on the table about someone, just excuse yourself. Those things are not of good report. Most unprintable things we read on the social media about men of God and the church have some disgruntled Christians who left our midst behind them! If they are guided by the biblical injunction “whatsoever things that are of good report” they won’t write such articles.
Finally, why must you think this way about yourself and others?
Because whatsoever things that are true, whatsoever things that are honest, whatsoever things that are just, whatsoever things that are pure, whatsoever things that are lovely, whatsoever things that are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise are the things God himself thinks about you :
Psalms 87:3 (KJV)
Glorious things are spoken of thee,
O city of God. Selah.
Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
When God says think only on these things: things that are true, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy, He wants you to think like him because that is the only way He thinks about you.
The problem God has with many Christians is not being able to think like him despite having the mind of Christ as beneficiaries of salvation.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
When our thoughts ( about ourselves ) are not aligned with what he is thinking about us, our destiny delays. Our healing, provision and other things we should enjoy delays.
We have to come into agreement with God in our thoughts. If you are not thinking things that are true, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy, you are not in agreement in your thought life with God! A miserable life full of woes, depression and defeat is inevitable.
Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
When we read this, it suggests that what could be in the heart of someone towards us could be plots of wickedness and may be unknown. Someone may be around us with a desperately wicked world of thoughts and may not be detected until they hatch their plans. This is true but it doesn’t end here; your own mind just as it could be desperately wicked towards others, it could be desperately wicked towards you!
YOUR MIND CAN LIE TO YOU! Your mind and thoughts can lie to you that a thief has entered your compound when you heard a noise at your gate; your mind can read the pain in your head and give it a name as a disease whereas it is just a passing pain! It could be desperately wicked both to others as well as you!
In other to think healthy and victoriously constantly ,keep renewing your mind with the word of God :
Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)
1 I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 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.
Reading others books or newspaper would not renew your mind. They will Only inform your mind; only the book of life that has the capacity to renew your mind now and always.
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