I Think on These Things
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.
Is There An Intruder?
Is there an intruder in your house? Has he crept in unaware?
He’ll steal your joy, your peace, your love;
And rob you of blessings from above.
Is there an intruder in your heart?
He’s not welcomed there, nor entitled to any part.
He’ll try to move in and not let go,
Once you’ve given him the slightest control.
Is there an intruder in your mind?
He’s taken up occupancy and stolen your time.
What you thought about was neither lovely nor true;
“Being anxious for nothing,” has no meaning to you.
Is there an intruder you’ve allowed to come in?
Can it be the flesh you’ve no confidence in?
“Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”
Put on the whole armor of God, so you’re ready to fight.
When that intruder tries to invade;
Seek the Lord and His purpose for which you were made.
Walk worthy of the life Christ has given you;
Bringing glory to God in all that is honest, lovely and true.
by Dianna Moffitt Carroll
“You’ve got stinkin, thinkin!” That’s a phrase I use to hear my husband say when I was not thinking right. My wrong thoughts produced a bad attitude in me and I knew it. A bad attitude resulted in a disregard for the things that honored God–––that’s disobedience. Habits of “right thinking” create character and character fashions a godly reputation. I needed my husband’s loving rebuke and then to reexamine what I was thinking. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5).
The things we think or the things we’re advised to think through books, media, TV, etc., can bring us to a point of resisting the mind of God. We’ll begin to believe the lies Satan has imposed upon us and accept them as truth. What we think is crucial to a Christian’s spiritual well being. Sometimes people don’t believe that “right thinking” is important in their lives. But, that’s a lie! “Right thinking,” goes beyond our opinion, it’s spiritual warfare. The mind is a battlefield that each of us approaches with some caution and then we have to face the hard situations and circumstances of the heart. If Scripture is not considered and heeded, one will give admittance to false reasoning and harmful philosophies that can destroy lives.
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to
the obedience of Christ;" (2 Corinthians 10:5).