The Aroma Fills the House
Have you ever made wassail during the holidays? It is a family tradition at my house. We usually eat Thanksgiving Dinner in the late afternoon so about mid-morning I take out the slow-cooker and get the wassail started. I have a very simple recipe and my family loves it. No matter what my activities are that wassail is still simmering in the kitchen. The aroma is amazing! It fills the entire house. Yum!
This One Just Stinks!
I have another slow-cooker recipe that we love, too! It is kraut, pork roast, kielbasa, carrots and potatoes. The same thing happens as this recipe simmers in the kitchen. Everyone knows what is cooking no matter where they are in the house. However, this one just really stinks! Sometimes I wonder if the people walking down my street can smell it!
Our minds are like slow-cookers. When my mind(your mind) is full of frustration, fear, anxiety or anger, it stinks up my(your) whole house – actually it is God’s house – because He lives in you and in me. As a Christian, I am a Temple of the Holy Spirit. A temple is a house of God. See 1 Corinthians 6:19.
So, what do we do about what I called Stinkin’ Thinkin’ in the last post? Let’s talk about it.
Our passage today is going to help us by showing us how to change our thinking. As I said yesterday, these are habits – deep patterns worn into our brains – but we can change these habits with God’s help. Changing our thinking will help us to be happier, healthier, and more pleasant individuals. We will also be more able to glorify God with our lives. How does that sound?
Philippians 4:8 (from Verses 8-9) ESV
Finally, brothers, 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. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Let’s dig into Verse 8:
Paul is saying that after all, he has said he wants to say this. This is a perfect example of context playing a heavy role in understanding Scripture as God intends for us to understand it. So, it is pointing back to Verses 4-7 at the very least.
“…whatever is true…”
Fiction or Not?
It is so easy to get caught up in this or that thing and get seriously distracted and possibly even distraught. I think about television shows and movies that I have watched – when a beloved character dies – I can really get upset. Now we all know that television shows and movies are generally not true, but nevertheless, we can let them affect our lives negatively – or is it just me??
We can also get caught up in worries about things that might happen. Again – it is not true. It may end up being a reality but then is the time to deal with it. We cannot do anything about a “what if…”.
What is true?
Even in times when we really do have a good reason to be distraught, we can hold onto joy – “Rejoice!” – by focusing our thinking about what God says is true.
- He will never leave us. Hebrews 13:5
- We can do everything by His strength. More on this next week. Philippians 4:13.
- He cares for us and He will lift us up in His time. 1 Peter 5:6-7
- He has and will love us forever. Jeremiah 31:3
- He will calm us with His love and He is mighty to save. Zephaniah 3:17
- In Christ, we can overcome the things that the enemy uses to try to destroy us. 1 Peter 5:6-11
- He is working it all out for His glory and our good. Romans 8:28
I could go on and on. God’s Word is full of the good things for us to focus on.
Let’s begin changing this habit today. Look up one of these verses and write it down. Keep it with you. When you think about something you need to replace with the truth – read the verse. If it does not apply to the situation, look up another one of the verses.
Lord, thank You so much for opening up Your Word to me today. Thank You that You are at work in my heart and the hearts of the people reading this. Please help us to be shapeable in Your mighty and loving hands. Make us what You want us to be today. Help us to glorify You in all we do. In the precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord, I pray. Amen.
Go Deeper Today:
1 Peter 5:8-11