*PHILIPPIANS 4:8* NLT
“And now, dear bothers & sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent & worthy of praise!”
Have you ever found yourself in the slump of a bad attitude or just seeing nothing but the mountain of problems that seem to be piling up around you? If so, try something next time you catch yourself in any kind of dark mental place, because its very much human nature to go there. Take a personal & thorough inventory of the things your putting into yourself. Ask yourself , what am I filling up on? What shows are you watching on tv, what kind of music are you listening to, what books are you reading, what kinds of people do you willingly associate with. The things that are filling us up & that we are putting in ourselves, whether good or bad will manifest in a few ways. One way is Joy & Peace if we are filling ourselves with things of the Lord. The other ways are depression, anxiety and bad attitudes if we are filing our minds & hearts with worldly things.
That is why its so important to heed what the Apostle Paul tell us we should be filling ourselves with… true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable and praise worthy things. You see, Jesus didn’t just give these instructions because it sounded good or to create more rules for us to follow. He Loves us & wants nothing more than for us to have a joyful, blessed & abundant live here on earth. Filled with unspeakable joy & peace that far passes human comprehension no matter what we may be facing or will face. He knows exactly what our spirits need in order for us to obtain those blessings & its definitely not found in anything this world has to offer. It’s found in the things that bring glory & honor to God. You ever wonder why its so refreshing to our spirits when we are thinking, listening & watching things that are wholesome (not of this world). Its because, we were specifically created & made to do just that… Bring glory to God. I pray you will take careful account of what your filling up on, for I too like Christ, desire for you to have an abundant life in Him here on earth!
By Ruth Griffith