Well. Last week was the week for this section. I had all of about 3 days at home, in the middle of the week….and getting this blog post done in one of those days….well, it just didn’t happen.
8 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.
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.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Wow. I just got done listening to a podcast in which I was made extremely aware of how important verse 8 is. I need to work on thinking on THESE things…the things that are made mention of. Instead, way too often I find myself thinking negative thoughts. What is in fact, lies. But because I’ve allowed them space in my brain, they’ve been there so long they feel like truth. Anyone else identify with this?
How can I change? What works? How can I learn to dwell on Christ, and on THOSE things??