Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:8,9

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

We have control over our thoughts. We must discipline ourselves to think on things that honor God and that lead us to a life of holiness — “Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2). Our default mode is to be earthly minded. We tend to focus on temporal, immediate things. We often forget that there is a bigger picture.

We can easily let our minds dwell on our difficulties, trials and disappointments. Usually that is where our minds go first. But we must learn to look above the circumstances and let our minds focus on God’s grace, love and providence. We have to set our minds on heavenly things.

During these difficult times it is easy to focus on all the negative things. It seems that each day we are bombarded with bad news. Dwelling on the negatives can be depressing. If we allow our minds to focus on all the negatives, we will spiral downward toward despair and lose hope.

Or course, we have to be realistic about the issues of life. Part of being realistic is to remember that God is in control and He has blessed us beyond measure. He has “blessed us with every spiritual blessings in the heavenly placed in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 1:3). Learn to concentrate on all the good things the Lord has done for your and is doing for you. “Set your minds on things above.”

Be sure to keep your focus on the Lord and not on all the difficult things you may be facing. When we hear all the bad news, let’s remember that the gospel is good news. I really think Paul is telling us in this passage to keep our eyes on Jesus, for He is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and worthy of praise. When our mindset is on things above, we will see Jesus and He will set us free from anxiety, fear and despair. Think on the Lord Jesus and He will give You His peace and joy no matter what you are facing.

Lord Jesus, enable me to keep my eyes on You this day and to seek the things that are above. When I am overwhelmed with difficulties, troubles, and bad news, let me remember the good news that I have a Savior who is with me. When I think about You, Jesus, I am able to focus on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and things worthy of praise. Enable me to control my thoughts this day. Let me set my mind on things above and not on the things of this earth.


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