Philippians 4:8
Program The Mind

8 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.

What we put into our minds is what is going to come out. God’s peace does keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, but we have the responsibility to control our thought-life. It is up to us to the worthy thoughts of verse 8 so that we will do the worthy deeds of which verse 9 speaks. The new affection that comes with the peace of God helps us overcome the power and control of negative thinking that so often takes control of God’s people.

Like a continuous stream of water, lined one behind another
Are the things that influence my life, as information I gather
They march as an invading army taking control of my mind
When they are inside my storehouse of thoughts, permanent places find.

They are not content to just be there, they want to take over control
That is not a bad thing if those thoughts are a blessing to my soul
The thoughts that man the control-tower come in by way of my senses
Depending in what I have taken in, is what my mind dispenses.

What I read, what I see, what I say – all affect what comes to the front
For the accumulation of material I take in, can promote growth or permanently stunt
Things morally pure and holy can produce solid character in me
What occupies my mind is ultimately what my speech and actions will be.

Things that are honest and true will benefit any business I do
Just and noble thoughts can’t be hidden, they always will come through
Pure and morally clean thoughts will reflect my integrity
Lovely thoughts are Christ-like in nature; they revealed the new nature in me.

Good reports are admirable responses to things that come in through my ears
These can be a great blessing to many when God’s mercy to others they hear
All of these positive things are around, waiting to enter and be used for good
When they are in control of my mind, my soul and life will be what it should.

“Father, I know the things taken in from the Bible are the supreme storehouse of potential profit in me. As I draw daily from the mine of information I have taken in, may these things be a blessing to me and to others – and bring honor to Thee. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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