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Sunday, February 15, 2009

THINK ON THESE!

We are admonished in Philippians 4 to think upon whatsoever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report and upon any thing or issue that is of virtue and praise.


This is difficult to do when the world seems to be tumbling into depression, war and rebellion against anything and everything that stand for God. But, nonetheless, we are still admonished to think on these things.


When these words in Philippians were penned, the Church, the Apostles and followers of Jesus were also meeting much resistance. Years before Paul ( then Saul) was hunting down Believers and taking them before courts to face persecution and possibly death. Still, it is written, think on these things; truth, honesty,just, pure, lovely, virtuous and praise.


Many Believers today think on the evil, the government, the debt, the economy, unemployment and Islamic terrorism. The verse and lifestyle mentioned for the people of God in Philippians 4 is either cast aside outright, or at best just forgotten for a season. Hopefully the latter.


Believers have a promise from Christ Himself that the gates of Hell WILL NOT PREVAIL against His church (Matthew 16:18). Do our words, actions, writings and conversation confirm His word and promise of our victory? He has everything under control; especially when in the natural it is spinning out of control.


We must remember, He sits as King of the flood. He set the pillars of the earth. He causes the sun and moon to shine. He has numbered the hairs on our head and as Believers and as His children we must rest in Him.


I have memorized this passage of Scripture and it brings much comfort and assurance to my spirit ~


The eternal God is my refuge,
and underneath are His everlasting arms;
He will thrust out the enemy from before me,
and shall say, "Destroy them."


I will then dwell in safety alone.
The fountain of Jacob (randy) will rest upon a land of
corn and wine,
and the heaven will drop dew.


Happy art thou, O Israel (randy),
a people saved by the LORD;
the shield of thy help and the sword of thy excellency.


Your enemies shall be found liars unto you
and you will tread upon their high places.


His promises to bring us through the situations we face. If we love our life (as we know it) we will perish; if we lose our life (as we know it) we will receive eternal life. We are to be spiritually minded. Do not become attached to the things of this world. The things of this world; the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life are not of the Father but are of the world.


Set aside all encumbrances that may come between us and God.


His promises to His children are faithful and true.


THINK ON THESE THINGS!


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