Let It Only Be Praiseworthy

November 11, 2021

Whatever is commendable . . . dwell on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Written by Russell A. Newman from the Brentwood Campus

Have you ever felt discouraged? Have you ever watched or read the news? Since the beginning of 2020 it seems like our lives have completely changed. While our lives and our circumstances have dramatically changed, guess what? The Lord God remains the same. He remains holy and his unending love for you has never faltered. While it is easy to dwell on the broken things at work, in government or in our daily lives, it is always good to take a step back and reevaluate. Let’s take a step back and look at the larger picture.

The Bible teaches us to focus on God and to focus on that which is good. You should be aware of what is going on in our nation and in our state, but you should not get derailed by current events because it distracts you from focusing on what God wants you to focus on. Philippians 4:8 teaches us what we should be focusing on. We should think about whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable and if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, then we should think about such things.

The cliché “What’s down in the well, comes up in the bucket” is applicable here. God wants you to focus on that which is pure, true and good. When you fill your mind with positive thoughts, then people notice. Likewise, if you focus on the doom and gloom of this world then it also shows. God does not want us consumed with negative thoughts. Focus on that which is pure, holy and good. Changing your input (what you see and hear) will change your output (your attitude and what you say/do). Part of focusing on what is good is to read the Bible daily. We must continuously consume God’s word in order to be filled with truth.

What are some ways you can increase your intake of what is pure and positive? Is there anything you should remove from your daily routine? Do you have a set time to read the Bible? Do you continually pray? These are some questions that help you focus on that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. Godspeed and keep that chin held high with a grateful attitude.

Commit to at least one time this week, spending 15 minutes reading the Scripture and then pray whatever words from the text strike a note in you.

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