Philippians 4:8 - Think On These Things.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Finally, brothers, 
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. 


   Gophers live underground in tunnels. They 
pull down anything edible - agricultural crops, 
backyard vegetable gardens, and landscaping. We have 
firsthand knowledge: One gopher has managed to dig a 
maze of furrows all through our backyard, though 
he hasn't succeeded in getting into our 
vegetable boxes, where I've planted bulbs. We have a 
thick screen underneath to keep him out. 
   Gopher holes can destroy a school playing 
field, a lawn, a golf course. Gophers helped drive 
the Russians out of Fort Ross on the California 
coast in the 1840s. Their horses couldn't gallop 
over fields pocked by gopher holes without 
risking injury to horse and rider. Gophers also 
feasted on field crops and gardens. Not a beet left 
for borscht. 
   The gopher reminds me of other things 
that pull down what is good under cover of 
darkness. Doubts and fears pull down faith. Pride eats 
away at humility. Bitterness wears down hope. 
Gossip destroys reputations and makes our hearts 
hard toward others. Unholy philosophies that deny 
the existence of God erode our trust. Traditions 
and rules that replace the gospel of Jesus 
Christ take away the joy of salvation. All these 
things can destroy our peace in Christ, pulling us 
away from Him and toward the secular mind-set of 
the world around us. 
   First Thessalonians 5:21-22 tells us to 
"hold on to what is good, reject every kind of 
evil" (NIV). When we recognize that we're being 
influenced by thoughts or attitudes that weaken our 
faith, we need to take action to reject what is 
wrong. Philippians 4:8 reminds us how to go on the 
offensive: by filling our minds with things that are 
good and right and holy, excellent and 
praiseworthy. And the culmination of all those traits is 
Jesus Himself. When we fix our thoughts on Jesus, 
on His love and compassion and truth, on His 
glorious creation that exhibits His care for us - 
then we'll be free from those negative attitudes, 
and our faith will grow. 
   Consider memorizing Philippians 4:8. When 
you sense yourself being pulled into bitterness, 
gossip, doubt, or other attitudes that weaken your 
faith, take a minute to focus on what is good and 
right. You'll see your perspective change. 
   Lord God, thank You that You are holy and 
right and true. Please guard me from sins and 
attitudes that would pull me away from You. It's easy 
to think the way the world thinks, but You ask 
us to take on Your perspective instead. Help me 
to turn from what is harmful, holding tight to 
Your righteousness and Your cleansing 
forgiveness. [Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers re 
Philippians 4:8, 9] 


   I've gone through a season of 
discouragement lately. But between mass shootings, the 
refugee crisis, friends' problems, and my own 
personal issues with finances, marriage, parenting, 
and a full-time job, I've had a serious case of 
the funk. I take medicine for depression, and 
try to get exercise and rest, but for some 
reason this funk has been exceptionally hard to 
   I'm not alone in this phenomenon. A 
student came to my office yesterday and shared the 
same feeling. He lost his factory job and came 
back to school to better himself for his family. 
School is challenging, and so is work and 
parenting. And he's got all kinds of disadvantages he 
didn't choose. Still, he's working hard. 
   "Sometimes it just feels like it's not 
worth it, you know?" He asked me. "Like I'm taking 
a step forward and then two steps back I feel 
like I'm trying so hard to be a contributor, to 
make a difference, and hardly getting anywhere." 
   After that conversation I watched the 
last movie in The Hunger Games series. Katniss 
goes through unspeakable horrors and ends up on a 
grassy knoll holding her baby. She tells her baby 
that it's hard to keep the darkness from 
overcoming her - but she makes a list of all of the 
good things, and she dwells on that. It's her 
stand against evil. The same principle applies 
when we are discouraged. Standing firm in Jesus, 
we set our mind on the good, and in Him we will 
overcome. by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry 
   Faith Step: Brainstorm all of the good 
things you can think of. Post the list. [Mornings 
With Jesus 2018 Devotional by Guideposts and 
Zondervan re Philippians 4:1, 8] 


   Its not enough to keep the bad stuff 
out. Weve got to let the good stuff in. Its 
not enough to keep no list of wrongs. We need to 
cultivate a list of blessings. Paul says in 
Philippians 4:8, Whatever is true, whatever is 
honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever 
is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is 
any excellence, if there is anything worthy of 
praise, think about these things. 
   Thinking conveys the idea of pondering, 
studying, and focusing allowing what is viewed to 
have an impact on us. You want to make a list? 
Then list his mercies. List the times God has 
forgiven you. Rather than store up the sour, store up 
the sweet! [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 




1st of 28: Divine Dining: 
2nd of 28: Pictures of the Divine: 
3rd of 28: A Dirty Bible: 
4th of 28: Cared For: 
5th of 28: Saved: 
6th of 28: You Can Change: 
7th of 28: Reprogramming Our Brains: 
8th of 28 Our Holy Father: 
9th of 28 Gifts of Service: 
10th of 28 The Holy Spirit: 
11th of 28 The Law of God: 
12th of 28 The Sabbath: 
13th of 28 The Church: 
14th of 28 The Gift of Prophecy: 
15th of 28 Stewardship: 
16th of 28 Marriage and the Family: 
Live ongoing series in progress.


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred