Phillipians4:8 for a Meditation to think upon better things   Leave a comment

Phillipians 4:8.
8Finally, 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. 9W hat you have learned and(N) received and heard and seen(O) in me—practice these things, and(P) the God of peace will be with you.

Thinking upon these “things” things you have learned, about God, thinking about things that are good, appreciating nature appreciating good fellowship , appreciating good news. ( The world seems most intrigued when bad news is splashed on the news ut seem to miss most of the good things that happen, when last did a charity even or a church conference or the like get headlines?)
Things worthy of praise, the Proverbs says :if you find something good to do, do it. If it is within your power to say something nice to someone you work with, do it. If something good has been achieved, then glorify God for it. Compliments are no shallow method of praise, everyone thrives on a compliment given for a job well done.

Praise is certainly due to God for the Cross upon which Jesus died, for us. It si very appropriate to praise God all the time for this for that is what we will do for eternity, the value of the Gift of Christ for sinners is beyond measure and praise and thanks for His blood shed for us can never be said to be overmuch.
Then to do these things, think about what is written in plain Scripture, the very words of God, and then do what is written. This has to be the most worthwhile thing we can occupy our minds and conversations with. There is no end to the guidance and instruction, and comfort and exhortation, and reproving or rebuking that Christ has provided for the sinner in His Word. No one is without exscuse Scriptures are so available that it is a sin not to engage with Holy writ as often as you can. God speaks, and He speaks most often to those who read or listen to His Word often. Salvation is to be had by soaking our thoughts in the very pages of the Bible and eternity is promised to everyone who embraces its Wisdom. This promise accompanies the reading of it,
Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but(A) you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

And this exhortation to be obedient to its instructions Hebrews 4: 11Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so(I) that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12For(J) the word of God is living and(K) active,(L) sharper than any(M) two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and(N) discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And (O) no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are(P) naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

So let us return to God, and think upon what he has said and done, for in His words are wisdom for life and godliness. For God is to be praised and glorified, not only in words but in deeds, but mostly we should exalt Him for what He has done for on calvary. Thinking upon this must sustain the weakest soul, and give it strength and thinking upon this should make the hardest man humble. So that in all things God is honoured by all, since all will bow the knee and declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, and Lord of all.

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Posted May 7, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

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