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.
I consider the above verse to be one of the most important verses in the Bible. What occupies your mind and what you think means more than anything else in your life. Your thought life will determine how much you love others, where you go to church, and what you become in life. Your life today is a result of your thinking yesterday. Your life tomorrow will be determined by what you think today. Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinketh in his heart so is he... Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
A healthy thought life--a thought life that is pleasing to God--comes out of a closer relationship with Him. Reading God’s Word daily, praying and being obedient to what His Word instructs is essential. We need to be sure our ideas about God are accurate, biblical, and true. Inaccurate and unbiblical thoughts about God can block the power of God in our life. If we are to love God with all of our mind, our thinking must be right.
When we view ourselves through the lens of God’s Word, we can replace the negative, self-defeating thoughts with truths from His Word and see His great love and worth He places upon us. Whenever you find yourself thinking of yourself as useless or worthless, as a failure, a hopeless cause or looser, remember what is TRUE about you.
Romans 8:16,17 - The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. *You are joint-heirs with Christ
Ephesians 2:10 - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. *You are His workmanship
I Corinthians 6:20 - For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
I Peter 1:18,19 - Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: *You are bought with a price
The power to think biblically is the power to live biblically. Don’t waver in your faith being tossed to and fro thinking negative and unfruitful thoughts -- Think on: things true, things honest, things just, things pure, things lovely, things of good report, things virtuous and praise worthy, so that the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8,9 - 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.