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“Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
Choose how you will dine with your Lord today:
Read Philippians Chapter 4 (Fast Food)
Read Philippians Chapter 4 (Home Cooking)
Read Philippians Chapters 1-4 (Fine Dining)
As you read, again make note of any keywords or reflections as the Lord speaks to your heart.
Whatever Is-Philippians Chapter 4:8-9
Philippians 4:8, Paul tries to close his letter again. What eight things does Paul tell his friends to dwell on?
Where do we find these things?
Pilate, himself in John 18:38 questions, “What is truth?” In this culture where beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as believers we must only view things through the lens of God our Father.
What else does Paul encourage them to do? (4:9)
What will happen if they do? (4:9b)
What is truth? Read John 14:1-13 & John 8:32
In light of Philippians 4:8 and told to dwell on what is true, the conclusion seems to be Jesus. Who is Jesus? God’s Son and the Word (Bible). Therefore, as Christians we should be dwelling on the character of God and reading His Word. Read Psalm 12:6
If we truly dwell on things that are true then we will find truth. So why as a culture and as Christians do we look to outside sources to tell us what the “truth” is?
It is amazing to me that Christ dwelled on everything that was true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, morally excellent, and praiseworthy and the result was peace with God. It is often wondered sometimes as to how Christ was able to carry out His purpose of death on the cross for our sins. I believe one reason is the peace that passes all understanding coming only from having His sole purpose of dwelling on God Himself.
Paul reminded the Philippians the peace that passes all understanding would replace their anxiousness if they would make their requests known to God through prayer, petitions, and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7).
Christ was able to endure the cross because He was in constant communication with God and dwelled on what was true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and morally excellent. He dwelled on God.
For the rest of the day spend time dwelling on God. Whether you are busy at work, taking care of children, helping out a friend, or just taking care of things around the house and running errands, take time to dwell on truth, honor, justice, purity, love, and commendable and morally excellent things.