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.

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20 Comments
  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 08:47h, 03 March Reply

    This is so true! I love thinking about my thoughts remaining “worthy”. Worthy and pleasing to our King. May we worship Him with our thought life!

  • Jenna
    Posted at 08:55h, 03 March Reply

    These are such beautiful truths and amazing reminders. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Mel @ there is a higher hope
    Posted at 09:18h, 03 March Reply

    I love this post. This is so true! God has already taken the desire from me for any other music than that that carries His word. I keep these words taped to my computer:

    Lord Jesus, in Tour name, I cry out for victory. Enable me to bring every thought into obedience. Help me to not allow Satan’s words to stay in my mind and steal my victory. Amen!

    You WILL be a mother!!!

  • Emily (eatloveprocreate.blogspot.com)
    Posted at 09:18h, 03 March Reply

    Such a beautiful verse, and I love your descriptors of each trait. Pure is my favorite- Flawless, uncontaminated, genuine. This reminds me of Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.” I think bittnerness is also an area where our thoughts can turn into what we become. Anytime I feel bitter, or judgmental, or just annoyed with someone or something, I try to recite that verse in my brain, and it really helps! Whatever works to regain that pureness in thought and banish out all the garbage that shouldn’t be there!

  • Kelli B
    Posted at 09:48h, 03 March Reply

    I have never considered the idea of “taking captive” my negative thoughts and 2 Corinthians 10:5. This is so challenging for me, but this is such an inspiration to aim for that. Today I’m asking God for the strength to do it. Thank you, Caroline!

  • Logan
    Posted at 10:11h, 03 March Reply

    This is such a great post to start the week with. Our thoughts determine SO MUCH of our lives! My goal this week will be to focus on spending more time in the word (I’ve become less disciplined about this ever since starting my new job), so that my thoughts will be filled with HIS truths!!!

  • Laney
    Posted at 12:02h, 03 March Reply

    this is so true. i love this.

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  • Jojo
    Posted at 12:28h, 03 March Reply

    I love this. I agree with it 100%. When I have a bad thought in my head it always ask Him to fill my mind with pure thoughts and vanish all the bad.

  • Charity
    Posted at 13:27h, 03 March Reply

    Caroline again you speak directly to my heart. 2 Corinthians 10:5 is my scripture for the year. It’s the one I have relied on when the enemy tries to make me think things that are contrary to Philippians 4:8. Thanks for the reminder to take charge of these thoughts and to focus on better things.

  • Amy
    Posted at 18:38h, 03 March Reply

    My Mom used to use that verse as a measurement for movies, TV, music, etc. If it didn’t meet that standard, we didn’t watch or listen to whatever didn’t make the cut. I resented it at the time, but it was also very eye opening at just how little wholesome shows/music, etc. there are available. This is also so true about our thoughts, many thoughts just don’t meet this standard, and our lives are not better for it! Thank you for this reminder friend!

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 20:42h, 03 March Reply

    Philippians 4:8 is absolutely lovely – we had it read during our wedding ceremony 🙂 wonderful reminder of why it’s so wonderful 🙂

  • Angela
    Posted at 20:43h, 03 March Reply

    This is so great! It’s hard sometimes, but being conscious about our thoughts is so important!

  • Elaina
    Posted at 22:31h, 03 March Reply

    I’ve been working on designing something with this scripture on it for my bathroom. I want it to be something I’m reminded of each morning as I get ready.

  • Kim Adams Morgan
    Posted at 09:10h, 04 March Reply

    This is such a simple idea, but so hard to execute at times. Wonderful biblical advice from our Father we should all put into practice in all areas of our life. I believe so many marriages and friendships are destroyed by not using this principle. When a negative thought is introduced (whatever the means) it is allowed to grow. When we are aware of the enemy’s schemes, we can protect ourselves.

  • Evangeline
    Posted at 17:16h, 04 March Reply

    Caroline, thanks for a post filled with helpful points about our thoughts.
    As a man thinketh…

  • Kasey
    Posted at 08:24h, 05 March Reply

    What a beautiful verse!!

  • Crystal
    Posted at 15:14h, 06 March Reply

    Thanks for sharing, very inspirational!

  • Bridget Meleski
    Posted at 18:12h, 10 March Reply

    Amen! I absolutely love this verse@

  • Kellye
    Posted at 03:43h, 01 May Reply

    Hi there i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace,
    when i read this article i thought i could also make comment
    due to this brilliant paragraph.

  • kara
    Posted at 02:21h, 22 May Reply

    Very nice and informative post – for everyone.

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