The Prophet Speaks
"Keep God’s Word on Your Mind"
By: Pastor Milton Coats
Paul said in Philippians 4:8 “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.” People do a pretty good job of keeping God’s word on their iPhone, on their iPod, their desk at work and even on their nightstand by their bed. But the admonition in this article is to keep God’s word on your mind! It has been said “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop”. I believe there is much truth to that statement. The devil brings his greatest temptations to people when they have time on their hands. Such is the case with David in II Samuel 11:1-2, when kings went forth to battle David stayed at home. He had idle time on his hand. This led to an adulterous affair with Bathsheba.
In Philippians 4:6, Paul gives us an antidote for worry. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”. Worrying and fretting about things that may never happen is an evil and sinful behavior. It fills the mind with fear, and it get into the heart and comes out the mouth with words of doubt and unbelief. Faith on the other hand quickly cancels out negative thoughts and speaks out declarations of life. Jesus is calling all warriors to the front line of faith. Warriors operates in the realm of faith. Worriers operate in the realm of fear.
Philippians 4:7 speaks of a peace that passeth all understanding. This peace is a supernatural peace that can’t be comprehended with the natural mind. This peace will keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. Isaiah 26:3 says “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee”.
In verse 8 again, Paul gives us eight things to think on. Think on that which is: 1) True, 2) Honest, 3) Just, 4) Pure, 5) Lovely, 6) of a good report, 7) Virtuous, 8) Praiseworthy. So, the thing we think on must meet not some, but all virtues. The only thing that I know that meet them all is the Word of God. So, “Keep God’s Word on Your Mind”!