Memory Monday – Week 42
Last week, I shared Proverbs 23:7 which tells us that our thoughts turn into who we become. Today I’m sharing Philippians 4:8 – 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.
This verse gives us direction on where our thoughts and mind should be. Paul tell us to make sure our thoughts are true, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.
Examine what you put into your mind through music, tv, magazines, and the people you spend your time with. Get rid of anything that doesn’t line up with what is good and pure. It is not going to happen unless you put effort into it. Spend time listening and watching wholesome programs, but more importantly, spend time in the word, which will fill you up with pure thoughts. If any of your thoughts don’t line up with God’s word and/or the following definitions then change them.
- True – Correct. Accurate. Exact
- Noble – Good. Upright. Noble. Moral. Ethical. Reputable. Worthy
- Pure – Flawless. Uncontaminated. Genuine.
- Lovely – Pleasing. Appealing. Engaging. Splendid. Magnificent
- Admirable/Praiseworthy – Honorable. Worthy. Deserving. Respectable.
- Excellent – Superb. Outstanding. Exceptional. Wonderful. Marvelous. Magnificent.
The minute a negative thought comes into my mind, I take it captive – 2 Corinthians 10:5. The enemy LOVES to tell me I’m never going to be a mom, it’s too late, we will never be healed, our kids are never going to come, etc. But, I know those thoughts don’t fall under any of the descriptions in this verse, it isn’t what His word tells us, or what He promises so I have to be proactive when those thoughts enter my mind and dismiss them right away.
Take your thoughts captive and check to make sure they line up with what is pure and holy. What we put into our mind eventually determines what our words and actions will be and who we become as a person.