Thursday, October 9, 2014

Think on the Eternal

"Finally, my 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 or any praise, think on these things."- Philippians 4:8

Rejoice.  Rejoice.  Don't be anxious.  Ask God.  Be thankful.  Have peace.

How?

How do we find peace in this troubled world?

By seeking Him, first and foremost. He is our Prince of Peace.  He tells us that in this world we will have trouble, but He's overcome the world. "Peace I leave with you." He promised.

But sometimes my head is spinning with thoughts and there is no peace... just worry and doubt and anxiety and stress... what ifs and whys and why nots.

All temporary. 

Colossians 3:1-2 tells us, "Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth."

As I think about all of these whatsoever things, I'm reminded that even they may be temporary. 

Things don't last.

Neither do bad times...

This, too, shall pass. 

But He won't.  Eternity is set in our heart and we are all looking to fill a God-shaped hole, so often we seek friendship and earthly possessions... but it's not enough.

Or we seek affirmation through social networking.. but it's not enough.

Even thinking on lovely, pure, acceptable things sometimes may not seem enough, because sometimes there is no justice and sometimes there is no honesty. 

He knows. 

He was lied about.  He was beaten, undeserved.  He set His eyes on the prize and endured the shame because He had His mind set on the eternal...

An eternity of me and you.

So when it seems like even Philippians 4:8 isn't enough... when those things are fleeting and your mind is still harping on negativity, picture Him.  He's sitting there, interceding for you with an everlasting love.

Think on this...

Come back tomorrow when I'll continue to break down the verse from Philippians 4:8... I just wanted to share a little about what I was thinking today. This is part of my #write31days  challenge where I'm breaking down and applying Philippians 4:8 to try to help me combat my stinkin' thinkin'. 

Is this an area where you struggle? Is there a certain verse that helps you stop the madness of negativity?  What part of Philippians 4:8 is easiest for you to see?  I'd love to chat.

10 comments:

  1. Always so insightful. Thanks again for the wonderful words of encouragement. This is definitely an area of struggle for me.

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  2. I seem to get into a rut of trying to do life on my own strength. Thankfully, it doesn't take me long to fall on my face and remember that I can only do life well when I have a strong connection to my Savior.

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  3. I wrote about peace today, so I really love that you started out with that. I am loving your series on this verse. It is really challenging me to change my thinking!

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  4. Great post from your heart! This world screams out to think and worry on so many things but there is only ONE thing we need and that is Jesus Christ. Your sharing and the Scripture covering it shows us what to compare all of our thinking to. Does it match?

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  5. This is so encouraging and a great reminder to set our eyes on Jesus, no matter what we're dealing with. Thank you for posting this!

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  6. What an AWESOME topic. A few years ago, I decided to claim Philippians 4:8 as my life verse. It is the perfect verse for the world we're living in, that's too often characterized by ugly things. Love this!

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  7. I so needed this reminder..Thank you!

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  8. Thank you for sharing this today!

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  9. Love your thoughts on the verses today. As a homeschool mom of 21 years I definitely want my kids to focus on those things that are good and noble, but with social media as a distraction I think it gets harder and harder. And that's for me, not them!

    I'm visiting from the 31 days fb page. Have a great month!

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