From Pastor’s Desk:
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. – Philippians 4:8 MSG
The same author of this letter said in another letter, “…we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
But while He is working all things out, sometimes we get caught in the cross hairs of the enemy’s arsenal of fiery darts. Much adverse thinking can transpire in between the beginning of “working out” and “done.” It is then we must go to Scripture and see what might be incumbent on us to help in the process.
Scripture, as today’s verse, lays down a principle that will help. Those who are spiritually mature have become so by doing what it suggests. They have won “battles” because they refused to succumb to the negativity with which they have so often been tempted. Not bowing to the pressure of the enemy (or “well-intended” people), they turn those negative thoughts into positive ones.
Negative attitudes are contagious, even easily and readily so. The problem is that it is very difficult to turn negative thinking around. It’s rather akin to a habit; so easy to fall into but so very hard to change.
This is an aspect of life that is the sole responsibility of the thinker. Someone may help, but there is really no way that they can change you into a positive thinker. That is entirely up to you.
Indeed, “…you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best…”