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Philippians 4:8

Philippians 4:8   Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, whatever things are of good report, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise, meditate on these things, think on and weigh and take account of these things, fix your minds on them, and dwell on these things.

[combined scripture based on the New King James Version (NKJV), the Amplified Bible (AMP), and the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)]

Meditate on These Things

MEDITATE:   to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect; spiritual introspection; to consider as something to be done or effected; intend; purpose; ponder, muse; ruminate; cogitate, study, think; contemplate; chew over, mull over; to think about something deeply; to reflect deeply on spiritual matters

Fix Your Mind on Them

FIX:   to make fast, firm, or stable; to settle definitely; determine; to direct the eyes or the attention steadily; to attract and hold the eye, the attention; to make set or rigid; to put into permanent form; to make stable in consistency or condition; to become stable or permanent; a clear determination; determine; secure, stabilize; making firm or permanent. To fix is to fasten in position securely or to make more or less permanent against change, especially something already existing; fix a principle in one’s mind

Dwell on These Things

DWELL:   to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside; to live or continue in a given condition or state; to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing

Whatever things are:

TRUE:   being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false; real; genuine; authentic; Sincere; not deceitful; firm in allegiance; loyal; faithful; exact; precise; accurate; correct; of the right kind; such as it should be; properly so-called; legitimate; reliable, unfailing, or sure; honest; honorable; upright; not false, fictional, or illusory; factual or factually accurate; correct alignment; unswervingly
 
NOBLE:   of an exalted moral or mental character or excellence; elevated, high-minded, principled; magnanimous; honorable, estimable, worthy, meritorious; admirable in dignity of conception, manner of expression, execution, or composition; dignified, august; of an admirably high quality; notably superior; excellent; Noble implies a loftiness of character or spirit that scorns the petty, mean, base, or dishonorable; High-minded implies having elevated principles and consistently adhering to them; Magnanimous suggests greatness of mind or soul, especially as manifested in generosity or in overlooking injuries; upstanding, worthy; of or characterized by high moral qualities; magnanimous; having dignity or eminence; ; of superior quality or kind; illustrious, distinguished, worthy of honor or respect
 
JUST:   from the original Greek dikaios meaning: righteous, observing divine laws; in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God; innocent, faultless, guiltless; used of him whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God, and who therefore needs no rectification in the heart or life; approved of or acceptable of God; in a narrower sense, rendering to each his due and that in a judicial sense, passing just judgment on others, whether expressed in words or shown by the manner of dealing with them
JUST: (modern day definition)  guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness; done or made according to principle; equitable; proper; based on right; rightful; lawful; in keeping with truth or fact; true; correct; righteous; actual, real, or genuine; upright; equitable, fair, impartial,legitimate, legal, accurate, exact; honest; fair or impartial in action or judgment; conforming to high moral standards; honest; righteous in the eyes of God, upright and impartial
 
PURE:   free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; clean, spotless, or unsullied; untainted with evil; innocent; free of or without guilt; guiltless; uncontaminated, untainted, unstained, undefiled, untarnished, immaculate, unpolluted, uncorrupted; wholesome; free from moral taint or defilement
 
LOVELY:   original Greek word prosphilēs meaning acceptable, pleasing.
LOVELY: (modern day definition) charmingly or exquisitely beautiful; having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye; delightful; highly pleasing; of a great moral or spiritual beauty; very attractive or beautiful; loving and attentive; inspiring love; lovable;
 
OF A GOOD REPORT:   from the original Greek word euphēmos meaning: sounding well; uttering words of good omen, speaking auspiciously
AUSPICIOUSLY:   promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable; favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate; of good omen [Word Origin & History auspicious 1590s, “of good omen,” from L. auspicium “divination by observing the flight of birds,” from auspex (gen. auspicis) “augur,” lit. “one who takes signs from the flight of birds.”]

Wait just a minute! You mean to say that the Bible tells us to think on good omens? Aren’t omens somehow grouped in with soothsayers and witches and fortune tellers that Christians should take no part in nor consult?

Leviticus 19:26     nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying, neither shall you use magic, omens, or witchcraft [or predict events by horoscope or signs and lucky days].

Deuteronomy 18:10     No one among you is to make his son or daughter pass through the fire, practice divination, tell fortunes, interpret omens, practice sorcery

OMEN:   anything perceived or happening that is believed to portend a good or evil event or circumstance in the future; portent; a prognostic; prophetic significance; presage: a bird of ill omen; foreboding; sign; a phenomenon or occurrence regarded as a sign of future happiness or disaster; prophetic significance

Paul tells the Philippians to think on things of a GOOD REPORT. In the original Greek the word used for GOOD REPORT is euphēmos: uttering words of good omen. Remember, the word OMEN refers to a good or evil event or circumstance in the future.

We are only to think on the GOOD.

When the media reports the stock market is down, the economy is circling the drain, and your bank balance tells you money is short, this is when you reject the burden of fear and think about Who provides for you. Disregard and do not become consumed with bad news. Think on the good your heavenly Father has planned for you and trust Him to deliver you.

Proverbs 15:15     All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].

Isaiah 44
Yet now hear, O Jacob, My servant and Israel, whom I have chosen.
Thus says the Lord, Who made you and formed you from the womb, Who will help you:   Fear not, O Jacob, My servant, and you Jeshurun [the upright one—applied to Israel as a type of the Messiah], whom I have chosen.

For I will pour water upon him who is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground. I will pour My Spirit upon your offspring, and My blessing upon your descendants. And they shall spring up among the grass like willows or poplars by the watercourses.

One will say, I am the Lord’s; and another will call himself by the name of Jacob; and another will write [even brand or tattoo] upon his hand, I am the Lord’s, and surname himself by the [honorable] name of Israel.

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:   I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.

Who is like Me? Let him [stand and] proclaim it, declare it, and set [his proofs] in order before Me, since I made and established the people of antiquity. [Who has announced from of old] the things that are coming? Then let them declare yet future things.

Fear not, nor be afraid [in the coming violent upheavals]; have I not told it to you from of old and declared it? And you are My witnesses! Is there a God besides Me? There is no [other] Rock; I know not any.

All who make graven idols are confusion, chaos, and worthlessness. Their objects (idols) in which they delight do not profit them, and their own witnesses (worshipers) do not see or know, so that they are put to shame.  Who is [such a fool as] to fashion a god or cast a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

Behold, all his fellows shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen, [how can they make a god?] they are but men. Let them all be gathered together, let them stand forth; they shall be terrified, they shall be put to shame together.

The ironsmith sharpens and uses a chisel and works it over the coals; he shapes [the core of the idol] with hammers and forges it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint.

The carpenter stretches out a line, he marks it out with a pencil or red ocher; he fashions [an idol] with planes and marks it out with the compasses; and he shapes it to have the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, that it may dwell in a house.

He hews for himself cedars, and takes the holm tree and the oak and lets them grow strong for himself among the trees of the forest; he plants a fir tree or an ash, and the rain nourishes it.

Then it becomes fuel for a man to burn; a part of it he takes and warms himself, yes, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. [Then out of the remainder, the leavings] he also makes a god and worships it! He [with his own hands] makes it into a graven image and falls down and worships it!

He burns part of the wood in the fire; with part of it he [cooks and] eats flesh, he roasts meat and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire!

And from what is left [of the log] he makes a god, his graven idol. He falls down to it, he worships it and prays to it and says, Deliver me, for you are my god!

They do not know or understand, for their eyes God has let become besmeared so that they cannot see, and their minds as well so that they cannot understand.

And no one considers in his mind, nor has he knowledge and understanding [enough] to say [to himself], I have burned part of this log in the fire, and also I have baked bread on its coals and have roasted meat and eaten it. And shall I make the remainder of it into an abomination [the very essence of what is disgusting, detestable, and shamefully vile in the eyes of a jealous God]? Shall I fall down and worship the stock of a tree [a block of wood without consciousness or life]?

That kind of man feeds on ashes [and finds his satisfaction in ashes]! A deluded mind has led him astray, so that he cannot release and save himself, or ask, Is not [this thing I am holding] in my right hand a lie?

Remember these things [earnestly], O Jacob, O Israel, for you are My servant! I formed you, you are My servant; O Israel, you shall not be forgotten by Me.

I have blotted out like a thick cloud your transgressions, and like a cloud your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.

Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it; shout, you depths of the earth; break forth into singing, you mountains, O forest and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, and He glorifies Himself in Israel.

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and He Who formed you from the womb:   I am the Lord, Who made all things, Who alone stretched out the heavens, Who spread out the earth by Myself [who was with Me]?—

[I am the Lord] Who frustrates the signs and confounds the omens [upon which the false prophets’ forecasts of the future are based] of the [boasting] liars and makes fools of diviners, Who turns the wise backward and makes their knowledge foolishness,

[The Lord] Who confirms the word of His servant and performs the counsel of His messengers, Who says of Jerusalem, She shall [again] be inhabited, and of the cities of Judah, They shall [again] be built, and I will raise up their ruins,

Who says to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up your rivers, Who says of Cyrus, He is My shepherd (ruler), and he shall perform all My pleasure and fulfill all My purpose—even saying of Jerusalem, She shall [again] be built, and of the temple, Your foundation shall [again] be laid.

Job 20:2-7     Therefore do my thoughts give me an answer, and I make haste [to offer it] for this reason. I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame, but out of my understanding my spirit answers me. Do you not know from of old, since the time that man was placed on the earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless and defiled is but for a moment? Though his [proud] height mounts up to the heavens and his head reaches to the clouds, Yet he will perish forever like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, Where is he?

VIRTUE:   from the original Greek word aretē meaning a virtuous course of thought, feeling and action; moral goodness; any particular moral excellence, as modesty, purity
VIRTUE: (modern day definition)   moral excellence; goodness; righteousness; conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude; a particular moral excellence; a good or admirable quality; manly excellence; valor; goodness, integrity; any admirable quality, feature, or trait; moral life and conduct, moral excellence, moral strength, manliness, valor, excellence, worth; power. The seven cardinal virtues (early 14c.) were divided into the natural (justice, prudence, temperance, fortitude) and the theological (hope, faith, charity).
 
PRAISEWORTHY:   from the original Greek word epainos meaning approbation, commendation, praise
PRAISE:  the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation; the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God; the state of being approved or admired; a ground for praise, or a merit; to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol; to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song; applause, approbation, compliment, honor
 

Think On These Things

Deuteronomy 4:39   Today, recognize and keep in mind that the Lord is God in heaven above and on earth below; there is no other.

Deuteronomy 11:18     Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads.

Proverbs 2:2     Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it];

Proverbs 23:12     Apply your mind to instruction and correction and your ears to words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:19 Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your mind in the way [of the Lord].

 

One of These Things is Not Like the Other

Only think on GOOD things.
Don’t worry about or focus on what the media says.
Don’t worry about or focus on what the government says.
Don’t worry about or focus on what your friends are saying.
Don’t worry about or focus on what your five senses are telling you.
Don’t listen to or focus on what Satan is whispering in your ear.
Believe what God says.

GOD IS SOVEREIGN

GOD IS IN CONTROL

GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY

GOD IS FAITHFUL

GOD TRUMPS ANYTHING ELSE OUT THERE

2 Timothy 2:8     Constantly keep in mind Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] risen from the dead, [as the prophesied King] descended from David, according to the good news (the Gospel) that I preach.

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