Think About Such Things

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - The Mind - Think About Such Things - Philippians 4:8-9 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Mind – Think About Such Things – Philippians 4:8-9 – Growing As Disciples

Finally, brothers, 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 (NIV)

Fix Your Thoughts

What do you think about? I think about a lot of things. Are there thoughts that you wish you would not think? Yes, there are quite a few thoughts that I wish I would not think. Like what? You know. Yes, I do but I would like you to tell me. Sometimes I have thoughts of fear and doubt. Sometimes I have thoughts of worry and rejection. Do you like thinking these thoughts? No, not at all. Do you know that you have the ability to choose what you will think about? It doesn’t seem like it. These thoughts just seem to pop into my head. I didn’t invite them into my mind. It is like they barge in without invitation. I know that it seems like you have no control over the thoughts of your mind but you really do. How is that?

Each day you make a multitude of decisions of what you want to think about. If your mind is weak you really have no control over what you’ll think about. But, you can train your mind.   Your mind can be strengthened. Just as your body can grow stronger by lifting weights so also your mind can be strengthened by what you think deeply about. But you will have to begin to make choices about what you subject your mind to. How do I do that? Think for a minute about all that you allow yourself to see and hear. Is all of it helpful? No, not at all. How many unhelpful, unhealthy and sinful things are you allowing yourself to hear and see? Quite a bit I guess. Those go directly into your mind and become your thoughts. Your thoughts become who you are and determine how you will live and act. Can you see how important it is to place a guard on what you think about? Yes, I can now.

I want you to do two things. What is that? First, cut it out. Cut out what? Cut out of your life all the sources of unhelpful, unhealthy and sinful material that is feeding your mind. If you have any confusion about what these might be, just ask me. Usually if you have to ask, you will have your answer even before you ask. But I don’t mind you asking me one bit. What else? This is the most important part. Without this second part, you will not be successful. So pay careful attention. Get ready to grab a hold of this thought. I’m ready. I want you to fill your mind with my word. I want you to take it in and meditate on it on a daily basis. Meditating on my word will be like weight lifting for your mind. My word will strengthen and transform your mind. This will be a process that will start now and continue throughout your entire life. So don’t expect immediate results. But don’t give up. Sooner than you can imagine, my word and my thoughts will change not only your thoughts but also the way that you live and act. In no time at all, people will begin to notice that you are a different person. You may be the last one to realize how much I have transformed your mind and changed your heart. But, a day will come when you will realize that many of the battles you once had in your mind are gone. Why is that? My word will have so filled and strengthened your mind that your thoughts are fixed on me and the life I want you to live. How does that sound? It sounds great. Are you ready to begin? Yes Lord, I am.

Lord, change my heart and transform my mind by your word. Help me to think and act according to your will. Train me to put into practice all I have heard, learned and received from you so that I will be able to live in your peace. Amen

Key Question… What feeds ungodly thoughts and how can you eliminate them from your life?

Living It Out…Allow God’s word to fill your heart and mind so that you will be able to put into practice all that He shows you.

Seeing It Happen  Have faith that you will have God’s peace as you think and act according to His will.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how thinking and acting according to God’s will has brought you peace.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you think excellent, pure and praiseworthy thoughts so you can do God’s will and live in His peace.

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Think About Such Things

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Character - Philippians 4:8-9 - Think About Such Things - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Character – Philippians 4:8-9 – Think About Such Things – Growing As Disciples

Finally, brothers, 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 (NIV)  

Think, Speak, Act

Do you want my peace to come into your life? Yes, of course I want your peace to come into my life. How can I welcome your peace into my life? What must I do if I want to live in your peace? It is a good thing that you are asking me these questions. Why is that? If you want my peace in your life there is something that you must do. What’s that? You must think my thoughts. How can I think your thoughts? What kind of thoughts am I thinking right now? Is there something wrong about my thoughts? Am I not thinking your thoughts? How are your thoughts formed? Where can you learn of my thoughts? Where do thoughts that are not of me come from? I can learn of your thoughts from your word. That’s right. Your thoughts from your word will change my thoughts. You will replace my thoughts that come from the world with your thoughts that come from your word. You got it. As I think your thoughts I will begin to experience your peace. Yes, you will.

Do you want my peace to come into your life? Didn’t you just ask me that? Didn’t we just go over that question? Yes, we discussed how my peace would begin to come into your life. I’m guessing there is more. That would be a good guess. If you want my peace to come into your life then you will not only begin to think my thoughts but you will also begin to speak my words. The words that come out of your mouth will show you and everyone else what is in your heart and on your mind. You will think and speak words that are filled with my peace. I got it. Not quite yet you don’t. There is more? Yes, there is more.

Do you want my peace to come into your life? I knew you were going to ask me that question again. I’m welcoming your peace into my life by allowing you to change my thoughts and words. What else would you like to change? It is not enough for your thoughts and words to be changed if you want to live in my peace. You must allow me to change your actions. How do you want to change my actions? I want you to put into practice all that I have been teaching you. I don’t want you to be just a hearer and speaker. I also want you to be a doer. I want you to go where I guide you. I want you to do all that I ask of you. Will you think my thoughts, speak my words and do my deeds? Yes Lord, I will. Then my peace will live and dwell in you.

Lord, I know that the world and all that is in it will never bring me peace. The world does not think your thoughts, speak your words, or do your deeds. Help me to think, speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you so that your peace can come into my life. Amen

Key Question…  How has thinking Godly thoughts brought the peace of God into your life?

Living It Out…  Allow God’s peace to come into your life as you think His thoughts, speak His words and do His deeds.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will bring peace into your life as you think His thoughts, speak His words and do His deeds.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how Godly thinking, speaking and acting has given you His peace.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May God’s peace come into your life as you think His thoughts, speak His words and do His deeds.

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Think About Such Things

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Philippians 4:8-9 - Knowing God - Think About Such Things - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Philippians 4:8-9 – Knowing God – Think About Such Things – Growing As Disciples

Finally, brothers, 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

Into Practice

Did you know that you have control over what you allow yourself to think? Did you know that you can make a choice about what you allow yourself to think? Do you know that what you allow yourself to think will have power over your life? Your thoughts are not only in your mind. Your thoughts will also be on your heart. Your thoughts will guide the course of your life. All your words and deeds begin in your mind. This is not real encouraging. Why is that? I don’t like all the thoughts that I think. I don’t want all my thoughts to become my words and actions. I don’t want all my words to guide the course of my life. There is more. What’s that? I feel powerless over my thoughts. I don’t feel like I have power to control my thought life. My mind feels like a battleground and I’m not winning the fight. You are right about one thing. What’s that? Your mind is a battleground and you will not win the fight without my help. Would you like my help? Yes, I would like your help. I desperately need your help. Yes, you do.

You have been allowing yourself to think the wrong thoughts. You have been letting your mind dwell on what is not good. I get that, what would you suggest? I want you to fill your mind with what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. They may not sound all that easy. It doesn’t. I’m not sure that I can identify thoughts and subjects that match up with all those words. This sounds like you would like me to think about what is perfect. That’s a very good place to start. What is perfect? What would have the power to instantly change your thinking to thoughts that please me? Your word is perfect. You are perfect. I could think about you. I could think about your word. I could think about all that you want to teach me. I could think about your will. I could think about doing what pleases you. Yes, that’s right.

Thinking about me and my word is not completely new to you. No, it is not. What has happened to you when you have turned your thoughts on to me and my word? I have been able to stop thinking thoughts that I don’t want to think. I have stopped thinking thoughts that are not pleasing to you. Your word has been like a brush scrubbing the crud out of my mind. As I have meditated on your word I have felt strengthened and able to reject thoughts that neither you nor I want me to think. As I have considered your word I have been made able to know and do your will. That’s right. Will you allow me to strengthen and cleanse your mind with my word? Will you allow my word to help you to know and do my will? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I know I have been quite a gifted negative thinker. I can see the downside of every situation. That’s not what I want. That’s not what you want. I want to think your thoughts and do your will so I can know you and live in your peace.  Amen

Key Question… Why is there always an opportunity to think positively or negatively in the same set of circumstances?

Living It Out…  Allow God’s word to help you to think His thoughts and do His will so you can experience His peace.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will come to know God better and experience His peace as you think His thoughts and do His will.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God has helped you to think His thoughts and do His will.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you think God’s thoughts and do His will so that you can live in His peace.

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Meditate On These Things

The Virtuous Life - Day 196 - Philippians 4:8-9 - Meditate On These Things - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 196 – Philippians 4:8-9 – Meditate On These Things – Growing As Disciples

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, 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.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 (NKJV)

My Thoughts

Can I really control my thoughts? Am I able to tell my mind what to think? Those are two very good questions. Why is that? Many do not believe that they can control the thoughts of their mind. Many do not think that they can tell their mind what to think. From these verses you should know that you can control your thoughts and choose what you will allow your mind to think. They key word I have used is the word, choose. What will you choose to think? Will what you choose to think eliminate and even push other thoughts and words out of your mind? Like, if I chose to think what is true, I won’t think about what is false. Exactly. Or, if I chose to think what is noble and just and pure, I will not think what is ignoble or unjust or impure. Or, if I think about what is lovely and of good report or virtuous or praiseworthy, I will not be thinking of their opposites. You got it. If you control your thoughts in this way you will be halfway on your way to living a life filled with the peace, I want to give to you. Halfway, what else must I do to receive the peace you want to give to me? Not only must you hear and meditate on my word if you want my peace, but you must also put my word into practice. What you have heard and learned and seen and received from me you must also put it in practice. Hearing and meditating alone, although a very good start, will not bring you my full measure of peace, without your putting my word into daily practice. Do you understand? Yes, I understand quite clearly. I do however want to make one more thing quite clear to you. Both hearing and doing my word go together. Hearing and meditating on my word will change your heart and transform your mind and guide your life. As you hear and meditate on my word, I will make you able to put it into practice. Hearing and meditating on my word will fill you with desire to do what is pleasing to me. When you hear and do my word, your life will be filled with my peace. That I will do. That will be very good.

Lord, I know that my mind is a battle ground. I also know that I can choose what I allow myself to think. I will choose to meditate on your word. I will think about what is virtuous and praiseworthy. I will put your word into practice so I can live in your peace. Amen 

Key Question…  What conditions, according to these verses, must be met for God’s peace to be with you?

Living It Out…  Meditate on and put God’s word into practice so you will be filled with the peace of God.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will be filled with peace as you meditate on and put God’s word into practice.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how meditating On God’s word is changing your heart and mind.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you meditate on what is virtuous and praiseworthy.

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Think About Such Things

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 118 - Philippians 4:8-9 - Think About Such Things- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 118 – Philippians 4:8-9 – Think About Such Things- Growing As Disciples

Finally, brothers, 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 (NIV) 

An Example

I am thankful that I have had good examples to follow. How so? I have had many people speak good things into my life. I am who I am today because of what I have learned or received or heard or seen from you and those who you have strategically placed in my life. That’s true. You have shown me how to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. How have I shown you how to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to me? You and others have spoken your word into my heart and mind and life. What has my word done for you? Your word has changed the thoughts of my mind, the words of my mouth and the deeds of my life. How so? As I have let your word dwell in me richly you have changed my heart and transformed my mind. As I have hidden your word in my heart you have helped me to not sin against you. How have you let my word dwell richly in you? How have you hidden my word in your heart? I have meditated on your word. I have memorized your word. I have studied your word. I have prayed your word. I have grabbed a hold of your word so that it could grab a hold of me. What has happened to you as you have grabbed a hold of my word? I have put your word into practice. I have lived the life that you have called me to live. I have come to know you. I have come to think your thoughts and walk in your ways. I have been made able to live in your peace. That is very good. Yes, it is.

What do you want? You know me. Yes, I know you. You know what is on my mind. Yes, I know what is on your mind. I want you to be able to use me. How do you want me to use you? I want you to use me as an example that others can follow. I want you to speak through my life. I want others to learn and receive and hear and see good things coming out of my life that they can put onto practice. I want others to live in the same peace that you have given to me. That is a bold request. It is a request that I believe you will hear and answer. Yes, I will. You can be sure of that. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I want to be a good example for others to follow. I want to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. I will put into practice all that I have learned, received, heard or seen from you. Fill me with your peace as I love, follow and serve you. Amen

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Practice These Things

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Discipleship – Philippians 4:8-9 – Practice These Things – Growing As Disciples

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)

Your Mindset

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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