Monday, March 29, 2010

Phillipians 4:8

Finally, brethren, 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.

“Meditate.” The Greek word for this is “logizomai” – to consider, meditate, recon. It is used many times, but one particular use is interesting: Romans 4:22 when discussing how God “accounted” (logizomai) righteousness to Abraham because of his faith.

When God “accounted” an act of faith to Abraham, it was a done deal. God never goes back on His word. When the writer of Philippians uses this word, he is not making a suggestion, he is gently commanding the church to “account” these things: 
Those things that are noble, just, pure, lovely…

Why? Because we are what we think! When we focus our attention on great things, our eyes get open to the great things that are happening. That is not a health and wealth mentality, you are not speaking them into existence, they are already happening, but your eyes will now see them. And when spending all your time doing this, there is no time left for doubt, fear, anger, depression, etc.

It is a mental exercise which takes practice to do, but ask the Holy Spirit to help.


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