VERSE OF THE DAY
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
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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.
Think about good things for personal victory in any situation – Philippians 4:8
June 13, 2021 Melissa Taylor, Faith Chapel
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.
– Philippians 4:8, NIV
More About This Verse
It’s easy to dwell on the negative when life is hard, disappointing, or painful. That’s why it’s so important to follow this verse of instruction; it’s here to help us through the tough times and appreciate the great moments.
When Satan wants to get to you, he’ll often start with lies and condemnation whispered into your mind until you (maybe not even realizing Satan was doing so) start to believe them and then react with despair, sadness, anger, or any other thing that seeks to separate you from the love of God.
But with this verse, Paul gave a way to combat Satan’s efforts. We are to feed our minds with blessings from God and the good things we can find in our lives or situations. We are to think about what is true rather than the lies Satan would have us believe. We are to dwell on what is noble and right so our actions will follow our thoughts. We are to feed our minds with whatever is pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy—all the things that help us stay focused on God’s love for us and Christ’s sacrifice for us.
This radical way of filling our minds with truth and all good things is a challenge, especially during the most trying times. But as we actively practice this, even in the most difficult moments, we can fight painful situations, trials, and all the difficult things we face. It’s a way to reclaim and live out our lives with love, hope, faith, and gratefulness in the full blessings and love of God.
EXPLORE THIS PASSAGE MORE
We get the most out of each verse when we understand them in context. So, feel free to dig a little deeper into the meaning of this verse with these resources:
• The Message version says this verse this way:
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” (Philippians 4:8, MSG).
Philippians 4:8 is the preceding verse to Philippians 4:9, which completes a promise from God!
The month of October we have focused our thoughts on Philippians 4:8… ”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.”
This verse has really come alive for me through reading the book The 4:8 Principle and through exploring the power of positive thoughts in my own life. I hope it will come alive for you too as we move into the crazy holiday season. Draw strength from it to remember your blessings and triumphs, especially on difficult days.
I wanted to share this excerpt that I read today from the Daniel Plan. It reminds me of how important our thoughts are when are trying to live a healthy lifestyle.
By: Rick Warren
“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”(Proverbs 4:23 TEV)
But there’s a better option: Change your autopilot. The same is true with your health habits. To make a lasting change, you must change how you think. Behind everything you do — even your unhealthy habits — is a thought that keeps you from getting healthy.
So friends, I challenge you to change your mindset today!
Tell yourself TODAY is the day I am going to live a healthy lifestyle!
I challenge you to stop making excuses, and start making progress towards reaching your goals!
As Rick Warren stated, the first step in this is changing our autopilots. Do you typically reach for a soda during lunch or after a long day at work? For a week, try reaching for water or green tea instead. At first it may be difficult but the more you repeat this action, the more ingrained it will become in your mind until it is a habit.
However, this isn’t enough unless you also change your thoughts to accompany your new habits. Instead of thinking about how much eating healthy stinks or what you are missing out on, think about the positives of your new choices. Think about all the amazing foods that you CAN eat! Eating healthy, well-balanced meals will give you more energy and focus during the day, and will provide health benefits in the long term. Regular exercise will allow you to explore the beautiful world around you, and may help you meet some new friends that share your passions.
Please remember that you don’t have to do any of this alone. Make a commitment with your family members to eat healthier and support this goal by not keeping junk food in the house. Try a new class at the gym or join a fitness club related to your passions to meet new friends who will hold you accountable to keep exercising. Encourage other friends to meet up for an activity outside, such as a walk around the park, instead of meeting for coffee.
As always, I am available to help with nutrition and different types of exercise. Meal planning can be so helpful during these busy months ahead. Also, if you are looking to run a race or begin running I have recently become a Certified Newton Running Coach. Email me at email@example.com or click on the appropriate tab on the blog on my website www.transfitathens.com for specifics on services on meal planning, personal training, and running coaching.
Blessings and positive thoughts for this week,
Philippians 4:8 Meaning of Whatever Is True Whatever Is Noble
“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.”
Explanation and Commentary of Philippians 4:8
For the one who is serious about following Jesus, it can sometimes be hard to know what to do. Here is concrete instruction for the transformation that comes from the renewal of the mind (Ro 12:1-3). It could also be called a way to abide in Christ (Jn 15).
The mind is the starting point for behavior. When the evil one wants to entice a person to sin, he starts in the mind. He speaks lies and condemnation until he gets the emotional response that he is looking for. Then he whispers suggestions of ways to calm or alleviate the emotion that would cause the person to disobey God in some way.
But Paul gives the Philippians a way to beat Satan at his own game. Instead of waiting for Satan, the world, or your own brokenness, feed your mind with good things, positive things, godly things. Think about Christ himself. Be present with God in this moment. Watch the emotions follow, and the godly behaviors after that.
Breaking Down the Key Parts of Philippians 4:8
#1 “Finally, brothers and sisters,”
Paul has written a rich letter with both the indicative and imperatives of the faith. Now he finishes with a powerful imperative for his fellow Christians in Philippi.
#2 “whatever is true,”
All the other whatever’s hinge on this one. Anything they “think about” must be true. Satan would have us think about his lies. God would have us counter the lies with the only thing that can counter them, the truth, and then think about these things.
#3 “whatever is noble,”
There is nothing noble about satan and the darkness. Let our thoughts fall into the category of the noble, and of high moral principles.
#4 “whatever is right,”
Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. This simply means loving what is right, and doing what is right because is it right. In order to do right, one must think about what is right.
#5 “whatever is pure, lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
The rest of the list is meant to be all-encompassing. This is active work, and the main point is that as we are to think about these things, and we are not thinking about the things of darkness.
Bible Study on Philippians 4:8
What Does Philippians 4:8 Mean? ►
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
As Christians we have a been brought into a family relationship with God through our union with Christ – by faith. But we are expected to take responsibility for walking in spirit and truth; living as unto the Lord; trusting in the Word of God; depending on our heavenly Father; submitting to the Holy Spirit; abiding in Christ and appropriating all that is ours in Him – by faith.
But this can only be done as we focus the eyes of our heart on Christ.. and so throughout Scripture we are directed to take control of our thoughts and our imaginations. We are told to take every thought captive to the Lord; to let the mind of Christ dwell in us richly and not to allow the thoughts of our heart to control us. Paul puts it this way: whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Righteous living depends on right thinking and God has promised to keep in perfect peace the one whose MIND is stayed on Him. He promised that He would garrison our heart; our mind; our emotions and our innermost thoughts as we focus our prayers and praises on Him – with thanksgiving!
It is not sufficient to say that I can’t control my thought life, for in Christ we have been given all that we need for life and godliness and He has promised to supply all we need according to His riches in glory.
We are so designed.. that taking every thought captive to Christ and fixing our mind on Him is a conscious choice, which we all have to make when problems and difficulties arise in our mind.. or when life’s circumstances weigh heavily upon our heart.
When anxious thoughts start to flood our mind or when we are tempted to sin – our immediate reaction should be to look to Jesus and to remember who we are in Christ. But too often we allow anxious thoughts to drag us down into deep despair… but controlling our mind is a conscious choice. Controlling our thoughts is a deliberate decision of our self-will.
And Paul reminds us that the best way is to react to anxious thoughts is to cast all our care upon Jesus and to take all our needs, necessities, concerns and cares to the Lord in prayer – but to do so with thanksgiving and praise. We are to set our mind on the things of God and to reflect on whatever is true and honourable – good and praiseworthy.
Let us choose to focus our mind on that which is right and pure, lovely and of good repute.. for all these attributes are the fruit of the Spirit and point us to Christ.. Who alone is good and true; honourable and pure – righteous and virtuous and praiseworthy.
What does Philippians 4:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]
Paul seems to indicate he could have written at length about rejoicing in the Lord (Philippians 4:4) and God’s peace (Philippians 4:7). These were certainly topics he would have enjoyed. Instead, he summarizes a list of areas of importance for believers. They include what is true, lovely, just, commendable, pure, excellent, honorable, and praiseworthy.
Believers were to “think about these things.” While God guards our hearts (Philippians 4:7), we are also commanded to focus our lives on things that please God. There is an ongoing back and forth throughout Paul’s writings, which indicates God’s involvement in every aspect of the life of the believer. At the same time, believers are commanded to live according to God’s ways. He does the work, yet gives us work to do. Believers are called to trust in the Lord, yet also to serve the Lord. Paul set an example for how to do both. He was faithful in prayer, yet gave every bit of his life to serve the Lord.
Philippians 4:2–9 is Paul’s appeal to the Philippian Christians regarding how they handle disagreements within the church. Paul is particularly concerned with an argument between two women, Euodia and Syntyche. Paul’s advice is to focus on our ability to rejoice in our fellowship with Christ. The result of that emphasis ought to be an attitude of ”reasonableness,” seen by all people. With a proper focus on positive things, we can experience peace through the power of God.
Paul specifically asks two Christian women, Euodia and Syntyche, to settle their personal dispute. Other Christians are encouraged to act as reasonable, Christ-filled people. Paul notes that his experiences have taught him to be content with whatever material blessings he has. This reliance on the power of Christ not only allows believers to be content, it produces peace in our relationships to other Christians. This also requires a deliberate choice to set our attention on positive things. Paul extends sincere thanks to the Philippians for their generous support