“Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Thursday May 11, 2023
You can learn a lot about a person’s physical health by simply looking at their physical diet. Are they eating a variety of whole foods? Are they eating a lot of fast food? Is their diet full of foods that help them grow strong and have energy, or is the food they consume wearing them down?
The same is true spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. You can know a lot about your spiritual, mental, and emotional health by looking at your mental diet.
Hours of talk radio, cable news, soap operas, social media, and binge-watching are the equivalent of mental junk food. It’s not healthy for you. In fact, it’s poison. It is wearing down your ability to live a life of purpose.
Proverbs 15:14 says, “A wise man is hungry for truth, while the mocker feeds on trash” (TLB).
You have a choice—and every day, you must choose to feed your mind with the best thoughts.
Philippians 4:8 gets specific about the kinds of thoughts that are best for your mental, emotional, and spiritual health: “Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (NIV).
Does that list of things describe what you think about most of the time? If you’re honest, the answer is “no.” We would all answer “no.” Our minds don’t naturally go to these things because we are human and sinful.
So you have to train your mind to think thoughts that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. How do you do that? By doing it! You have to practice filling your mind with these things by reading the Bible, meditating on it, and memorizing it. You have to hunger for it.
How you think determines how you live. What you put in your mind is going to affect every area of your life—so you need a steady diet of truth from God’s Word.
LET US PRAY:
Dear God, I ask that you give me complete knowledge of your will and give me spiritual wisdom and understanding.
May the way I live always honor and please the Lord and my life will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, I will grow as I learn to know God better and better.
I pray that I will be strengthened with all his glorious power so I will have all the endurance and patience I need. May I be filled with joy, and always thank the Father who has enabled me to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.
I am rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.