Philippians 4:8 – 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 Bible everywhere teaches that you can control what you think. It is useless to adopt a defeatist attitude, saying that you simply cannot help it when your mind is filled with unwelcome thoughts. The fact of the matter is that you can help it. You cannot entertain evil thoughts and thoughts about the Lord Jesus at the same time. If an evil thought should come to you, then you must immediately get rid of it by meditating on the Person and work of Christ.


When you look at the list of things Paul is suggesting you meditate on, you must take notice that Jesus is in each and everyone of these things. Notice, Jesus is true, Jesus is noble, Jesus is just, is pure, is lovely, etc. So you can see that when you set your mind on these things, you are equally setting your mind and thoughts on Jesus. Your challenge this week is to replace your overwhelming thoughts of fear, anger, anxiety with the overpowering thoughts of your Lord and the good things He is to you. This will not automatically remove the situations you find yourself in, but it will empower you to endure them. This week set your mind on Jesus in a greater capacity than anything else. God bless you.