“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable, – I’m attempting to make these words that I live by daily. Am I there yet? No, I am not.
Want to JOIN me??????????? I knew as I read this verse and made this challenge on Facebook and MelissaTaylor.org that Satan would be sure I had plenty of practice.
So here comes Satan with the threat of storms – severe storms from the same system that had just hit Oklahoma. All the weather stations were telling us it was going to happen, and a 6/10 chance of tornadoes in the Dallas area and after seeing what was done only a short distance from here in Cleburne and Granbury this month I was shaken – so what did I do, I panicked – yes I did – I was so ashamed, but I prepared – getting things ready in my bathroom along with a Bible and a flashlight so that if I were trapped, I would be reflecting on my Lord and things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable rather than my circumstances.
My giants are fear and worry about things that probably will never happen. Satan knows what where to get to each and every one of us. He knows our weakest spot. It didn’t – the storms came through, and as they were forming I took my mind off that which was not lovely and pure, and I turned my captive thoughts to Him, reciting this verse, and prayed that He would calm the storms and calm me. He did – He formed a long single line which caused the severe storms to calm. The weather men were shocked, but I was not! So why no tornadoes? The storms north of us sent some cool air rushing, and it shut off the storms here (actually we had storms, but no tornadoes or large hail). Thanking Jesus still today for sending that cool air.
Have you ever stopped to think on those words? Have you ever stopped to think about who is watching you? I know sometime my tone, my facial expressions, the words spilling out of my mouth, and my body language do not speak these truths nor do some of my Facebook posts at times – they are not lovely and admirable.
I may be the only Jesus that many will ever see? I may be the only Bible they may ever read! I may be the only Christian they may ever know! OUCH! Does that scare you like it does me?
Are you up to the challenge? Are you making the right CHOICES of what enters into your mind and your home? Are you up to really thinking about the TV programs that you watch, the magazines or books you read, the movies you watch or the music you listen to? Are you up to pausing before you speak, before you gossip, before you share rumors, before you speak rudely, before you curse, before you pick up that telephone and dial or you begin to text on your phone or post a message on Facebook or Twitter? What do you do when you are alone with only God watching? Are your thoughts pure, are they admirable, are they true, are they encouraging? Our filter should be Philippians 4:8.
If your thoughts were broadcast for the world to hear what would they think, and good grief sometimes they are because we’ve posted them, or texted them or emailed them? Would you be ashamed?
2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) says that we should “bring into captive every thought to the obedience of Christ”.
Have you ever heard the saying “what you think, you are”? Melissa Taylor showed us one of her coffee cups that says, ” Think Happy, Be Happy”. All I could see were the words Think and Be.
As we think, so shall we be! Prov. 23:7 says “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”