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Philippians 4

Philippians 4 – Considering Upward

“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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9

Many people are enamored with failure and tend to gravitate on what’s wrong versus what’s right. Sadly, this leads to a defeatist attitude, looking at life as the cup being half empty instead of half full.

God asks us to do the opposite. Rather than having a negative perception, Christians are encouraged to contemplate what is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable; leading us to consider what is praiseworthy and awesome.

Paul understood the power of godly thinking. When we look up, we can reflect on holiness and righteousness. God is always good- He can never disappoint. When we look at one another, it’s easy to see our shortcomings and be disappointed.

 

CHALLENGE

What is your mind occupied with? The daily grind and expectations of this world can unwittingly monopolize our thoughts, making us forget the good things in life. Take some time and consider all the amazing things God is doing in your life. The small things that we take for granted count… BIG TIME! Consider what God has provided: food on the table, clothes on our backs, and incredible freedom. If you “put it (Godly thinking) into practice, and the God of peace will be with you!”

RPF