“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.” Philippians 4.8
I am not sure we realize how much our THOUGHT life controls us – our attitude, our feelings, and our behavior. But the Apostle Paul knew the power of what one thinks. So when we read these words “whatsoever things … ” we must not gloss over them as though they were meant for someone else. He clearly had the Philippian believers (and us too) in mind.
If we link the two preceding verses with this one, we discover a valuable lesson: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
We must not try to separate these verses from each other. They belong together. Paul tells that if we will pray about every thing and worry about nothing, in exchange God will give us His peace that this world cannot understand. And in addition to that, He will “keep (our) hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
When we deliberately do the things God tells us to do in His Word, the result is a right thought life. And that right thought life is the result of learning HOW to “think on (the right) things.” Satan’s point of attack is ALWAYS the mind. He cannot make us DO anything we don’t want to do. His trick is to try to make what we think about doing so attractive that we believe we are the exception to the rule and we won’t get caught.
But the Scripture says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 5 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Just my thoughts …