Philippians 4:8–9 (NKJV) — 8 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.
Focus on the worldly things and you will work toward those things. If we
focus upon the world it then becomes the center of our lives. The world
becomes the center of our thoughts.
Paul encourages his readers to focus upon the things of God. The world
brings about anxiety; God brings peace. The world leads to fear, depression,
discouragement, and physical and emotional sickness. The answer to the
negative attitude of the world is Jesus.
The things the world offers to bring peace in life are only an allusion, a
counterfeit. We are to keep our minds, and our thoughts on the only true
hope, Jesus. We are to have a positive spiritual attitude found only in Jesus.
The source or power for positive thinking comes from the Word of God. It is
in the Word of God that a person finds the things that are to fill his mind.
Paul writes in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in
all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
He writes in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and
sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and
spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart.”
And of course, the psalmist writes in Psalm 119:11 and 105, “Your word I
have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. “Your word is a
lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”
Start your day off with a positive dose of God’s Word and meditate on