Philippians Four: It’s Not Enough to Chase Away

Posted: April 9, 2012 in Philippians, Uncategorized

You ever run into someone who wants to lose weight, get in shape, and live a healthy lifestyle, yet the majority of their food is harmful and eaten in large quantities? Oftentimes they’ll simply quit eating to jump-start the process. Makes sense, right? No bad food going in, weight will come off…right?

Eh. Not the best idea. You body needs nutrients and energy. It’s not about not eating food that’s bad, but rather it’s about replacing bad food with good food. Successful Christian living is the same way.

One of the aspects of my work is helping students to overcome temptations of all sorts, whether it’s related to immorality, or substance abuse, or rebellion. Just last week I had a student in my office whose life was submerged in all three, and he asked me the secret to not doing bad things. I told him that is wasn’t simply about removing things from his life that are bad or potentially bad for him, but rather he needs to be more consumed with God and learn more about God, and as he does there will be less room in his life for the garbage.

We all know that sin begins in the mind, where we consider the action before taking action, and rather than merely chasing away harmful thoughts in our head, Paul gives the Philippians an amazing technique for growing ever closer to God. This is what he says: “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

So next time you’re doing battle mentally, don’t just stop thinking about non-Godly things; take the opportunity to think on the right things.

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