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Paul's Epistle to the Philippians Chapter 4:8-9
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Philippians 4:8 - The Battle For The Mind
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things
[are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever
things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good
report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be]
any praise, think on these things.
When the New Testament talks about the mind, what does
it refer to? There are many Greek words that are
translated into our English word, “mind." The
particular Greek word that I am using is the same word
that is in verse 7. This word mind is translated—that
which thinks, thoughts or purposes. Most of the other
Greek words have relatively the same meaning.
We have already seen that it takes a mind that is
garrisoned with the peace of God, through our Lord
Jesus Christ to prevent the sin of worry. Many today
are under the deception that we have no control over
our thoughts, that we cannot help but to allow certain
thought patterns to run amuck in our brains, no matter
how sinful or wicked they may be. The FACT is that
those who believe this foolishness are DEAD WRONG.
They have no biblical support whatsoever and don’t
waste your time listening to such a person. What they
throw up in your face is their PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.
Suddenly truth is relegated to a SECONDARY level while
the PERSONAL EXPERIENCE of the believer is elevated to
the forefront. The FACT is, this person is not
appropriating the truth of his or her position, nor
does he or she understand that a lack of self-control
of the mind is an indication of one who is NOT walking
in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit filled believer
has self-control of mind and body because self-control
is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
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