Daily Bible Reading: Philippians 4:8-9
I know we studied Philippians 4:6-7 back on day 12, but the Lord kept bringing me back to verses 8 and 9.
“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. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
In this passage, Paul gives us a whole list of things that we should allow into our minds, or to meditate on, if you will. Things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely… and on he goes. In a world that is beaten down with death, destruction, anger, and violence, this is not often easy to do! It’s SO easy to allow the wrong things into our minds. But, when we do, we become angry, bitter, depressed, and lonely.
The main point I want you to understand is that **Healthy living begins with healthy thinking.** How you think about everything will determine your results. If you allow depressing thoughts into your mind, you are going to become depressed. If you allow angry thoughts in your mind, you will become angry. BUT, if you allow true thoughts into your mind, you’re going to be truthful. If you allow pure thoughts into your mind, you’re going to keep your heart pure. It’s a two way street, we just have to pick which side of the road we want to be on.
The same is true when it comes to diet and exercise. If we think about our goals: the dress we want to fit into, the number we want to see on the scale, the healthier, happier face we’ll see in pictures… we’ll be much more likely to achieve our goals.
Now, look at verse 9: “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” I know that Paul is speaking to the church at Philippi, and telling them to remember all that they have heard and learned and seen him do in their Christian life, and he wants them to pattern their lives after that. It’s how I feel with you girls! Everything I’m teaching you, the words spoken in here, the tips, the advice – all of it, I want you to remember it and DO it. I do not count myself worthy enough to be a true example, but I am trying, and I think you all know my heart. Like Paul wanted the best for the Philippians, I want the best for you. But, you have to be willing to do it. I can’t do it for you.
The entire book of Philippians overflows with joy and love, and it reflects Paul’s deep, heartfelt relationship with Christ and his abiding faith in Him. When I sit down to write these devotionals, I hope you sense something similar to that. I love each one of you, and I want to see you succeed – not just in your weight loss goals, but in your life in Christ. Now, I am nowhere near Paul, but I do love hard, and I hope you feel that. 🙂
Just a little over a week left in our challenge, and I know you’re tired. But, if you keep pressing on, keep your mind focused on Christ and the good things He’s done for you, you will be blessed abundantly.
1. Is it easy for you to think about good things, or do you often find yourself dwelling on things you shouldn’t?
2. If you find yourself dwelling on things you shouldn’t, what could you do instead?
Exercise at least 30 minutes and drink 8 glasses of water.