Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV)
What is your mind set on? I’m not sure what you’re asking me. What do you allow yourself to think? I’m guessing that the best answer isn’t, “I allow myself to think whatever comes into my mind.” Is that the truth? That is very close to the truth. What is the complete and whole truth? I don’t guard my thoughts very well. Why is that a problem? My thoughts will become words. My words will become deeds. My thoughts and words and deeds will add up to the life I will live. That’s correct.
What kind of life do you want to live? I want to live a true life that is honorable, just and pure. I want to live a life that is commendable and excellent. I want to live a life that is praiseworthy. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. I want to put into practice all that I have learned and received and heard and seen from you. I want to live a life that is filled with your peace. You are describing a beautiful life. Yes, I am. This is the life I want to live. That is very good.
How will you ever be able to live the life that you have described? That is a good question. I can’t live this kind of life without your help. Only you can make me able to live this kind of life. That’s true. Have I given you anything that will make you able to live this kind of life? Yes, you have given me your Holy Spirit. What else? You have given me you word. That’s right. How will my Holy Spirit and my word make you able to live the kind of life that you have described? Your word will change my heart. Your word will transform my mind. Your word will guide my life. Your Holy Spirit will use your word to fight in me, with me, and for me. Your Holy Spirit will apply your word to my life. Your Holy Spirit will make me able to put into practice all that I have learned and received and heard and seen from you. Your Holy Spirit and your word will make me able to live the life that you are calling me to live. Your Holy Spirit and your word will make me able to experience your peace as I know and do your will. That’s right. That will be every good.
Lord, thank you for your word. It has been my joy to meditate on and memorize your word. Your word has made me able to think your thoughts. Your word is changing my heart, transforming my mind, and guiding my life. Help me to put your word in practice. Amen
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