“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.” (Philippians 4:8)
God’s Word is Always Beneficial
You can be assured that every time you read a verse that tells you to do something specific that it benefits you in more ways than one. Believers are instructed in Philippians to think a certain way. We will dive into some of the ways that this verse manifests in your daily reality. There are plenty of other verses on the mind/thoughts/conscience I STRONGLY recommend you to do a study on those words, you can word search here.
Thoughts Can Be Measured
A functional MRI detects brain activity by measuring changes in blood flow and blood oxygen levels. As neurons fire, they use up oxygen in the blood. Consequently, the magnetic signature of the blood’s hemoglobin, which carries oxygen, also changes. The MRI picks up this change and uses it to reveal thought “hot-spots.”
Since we are conscious, we can choose what part of our surroundings to be affected by, and how we, in turn, would like to affect it. Our minds are transceivers, able to receive and send signals by way of the highly coherent frequencies of our thoughts. Our body runs off of frequency see my blog on blood.
The higher the frequency of our thought/brain wave, the higher our consciousness. This may sound like New Age but God’s people must have a deeper understanding of the full meaning of scripture. Keep in mind that God is the originator and Satan is the imitator. So, the level of our consciousness is what makes our reality what it is and what it will continue to be. That is why the scriptures also say that we must renew the spirit of our mind DAILY. Example: you can’t believe God for someone’s healing how can you possibly believe to put on a healing conference? If you want to see the perfect will of God in your life you must be open and seeking to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
We All Have Thoughts We Don’t Want
Some may think it’s easier for a pastor/ evangelist or church member to think differently. Correct thinking is a process, we must all cast down imaginations to bring them to the obedience of Christ. Let me tell you that no one is exempt from this.
Intrusive, unwanted thoughts are common occurrences, experienced by approximately 90% of the population (Clark & Purdon, 1995). Often, individuals react to these thoughts by attempting to suppress them (Barnes, Klein-Sosa, Renk, & Tantleff-Dunn, 2010; Salkovskis & Campbell, 1994). In the short term, this strategy can be effective (Magee, Harden, & Teachman, 2012); however, in the long term, thought suppression attempts may lead to a relative increase in thought recurrence. This phenomenon is known as rebound.
Negative appraisals of thought recurrences were associated with more discomfort over thought occurrences and a more negative mood. That is why Jesus removed our sins, so that we may live from a place of righteousness. If you’re so focused on your failures, mistakes, and sins you will be sin conscience and upset about your constant falling short. What you focus on gets bigger. Focus on sin and sin will abound. If you focus on Jesus, righteousness abounds.
Suppression is Acceptance
Results showed that those who naturally suppress personally relevant intrusive thoughts have more, are more distressed by, and have a greater “urge to do something” about the thoughts, while those who are naturally more accepting of their intrusive thoughts are less obsessional, have lower levels of depression, and are less anxious. Think about the last sentence fr a moment. The fact that intentionally suppressed thoughts lead to an urge to do something shows you have accepted those thoughts as a part of your character/ identity so there’s something to be proved.
Those instructed to suppress their personal intrusive thoughts were unable to do so and experienced an increased level of distress after suppression. This is literally the contrast of Romans chapters 7 and 8 (the old man’s mind versus the new man). To be carnally minded IS death, but to be spiritually minded IS life and peace. Incorrect thinking leads to incorrect actions. Changing your actions is not enough. You don’t become righteous because of your “good works” it is based solely on Jesus’ perfect sacrifice for you. Taking on the mind of a son and not a slave will produce much more fruit (the law is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ).
Worry affects billions of people worldwide. It is a collection of thoughts that takes a predominantly verbal form as if talking to oneself about possible negative outcomes. A study examined alternative approaches to reducing worry by allocating volunteers in which they either practiced replacing the usual form of worry with images of possible positive outcomes or with the same positive outcomes represented verbally. This principle is rooted in Philippians 4:8.
This strategy resulted in decreases with anxiety and worry. The replacement of worry with different forms of positive ideation, even when unrelated to the content of worry itself, seems to have similar beneficial effects, suggesting that any form of positive ideation can be used to effectively counter worry. Philippians 4:8 is intentionally broad. If there is anything good at all think on those things. When you take the focus off of the problem, the solution comes much easier. Becoming consumed with problems results in worry, depression, suicide. The opposite is true too, a merry heart doeth good like a medicine. When your predisposition is to think about the good your body reacts positively resulting in health.
Where’s Your Focus?
It may seem easy to say focus on the positive, we’ve all heard that before! What you focus on will only get bigger. It’s true even if you’re focusing on NOT doing something. It’s those times that you keep saying to yourself don’t trip or don’t say this that you do EXACTLY what you told yourself not to do. What you focus on you subliminally attract due to your increased awareness of whatever it may be. Some call it the law of attraction. It’s actually a Biblical principle. What are you thinking on?