Philippians 4:8 – “And NOW, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable, if there is anything worth praise – meditate on these things.”
New age religion and yoga didn’t create the practice of meditation. God himself created meditation to be used by the believer to combat the forces of darkness that try to invade our minds and lives with everything that is contrary to the mind of Christ. The truth is that every one of us meditate, but it is usually on the wrong things. The word meditate simply means to repeat a thought, to murmur, or to speak to yourself. We all meditate but our natural tendency is to focus on the negative. Have you ever heard anyone say, “Get your mind out of the gutter?” When that is the case, that requires for us to fix or repair our minds. The gutter would be any thought that is contradictory to the “mind of Christ.” “Let the same mind be in you that is in Christ” (Philippians 2:5).
Meditate – To repeat a thought, to murmur or to speak to yourself.
Jesus said, “When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness” (Matt. 6:22.23). What are you focusing on? Each day we get to decide where we will focus our attention. We don’t have to look hard to find things to complain about – our job, gas prices, the economy, the President, our health condition, etc. God gave Adam and Eve everything they needed in the garden, but they chose to focus on the one thing that brought death (and we are still being affected by the consequences of that choice). It is so much easier to focus on the negative because it’s all around us and sometimes upon us. But in order for us to live an overcoming victorious life, we must resist the tendency to focus on the negative and focus our hearts and minds on what God has done for us “In Christ”.
Focus on the good things that God has done. Focus on the things that are worth praise. Focus on things that are worth talking about. The Apostle Paul said to fix your thoughts. My motorcycle had been broken down, sitting in my garage for months. It was a point of real frustration. I just got it fixed and now I am experiencing the joy of it being fixed. As we get our minds fixed and transformed into who Christ is in us, then we will experience the joy of victorious living. Jesus said, “He is the vine, we are the branches” (John 15:5). The life that is in the vine (Christ) flows into the branches (us). The level of life that we will live in and experience is totally determined by how well we are connected to Christ the vine. There was no test or trial that defeated Jesus because He kept His mind and focus on the Father. Jesus said, “I only do what I see the Father doing” (John 5:19). Focus and MEDITATE on the truth that everything “In Christ” is in you – right now! The Apostle John said it like this in 1 John 4:17, “As Christ is, we NOW are, in this life.” As we fix our thoughts on who Christ is in us our lives become more like His. We must discipline, fix and take control of our thoughts. Because “As a person thinks (meditates) so are they” (Proverbs 23:7). Our lives go exactly as we think. For most of us, it’s a matter of simply fixing our thoughts. The life of Christ is who we are. Righteous, Holy, Loving, Healed, Whole, Healthy, everything that Christ is, you are – NOW. “Put on the new self (new creation), created to be like God in true Righteousness and Holiness!” (Ephesians 4:24). Those truths ought to give you enough things to MEDITATE on to defeat any temptation, negative thought, circumstance or physical condition. Philippians 4:8, “MEDITATE on these things.” When we meditate (focus) on the goodness and faithfulness of our Father we will see our attitudes change, our thoughts change and then our circumstances will change. Many times, we are just a re-focus away from a breakthrough. Because our focus will always determine the direction of our lives, when we correct our focus everything around us will change.
Our lives go exactly as we think.
My prayer for you today is that your focus will be on the goodness of our Father and the truth that He sent His son into our world so that we could experience Him, and live life like Him.
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”