Think on These Things
Jesse M. Hendley
Right thinking produces right actions!
If you have your Bibles, turn with me, please, to Philippians 4:8. Above everything else today in this troubled world many people are thinking about PEACE. This great letter of the Apostle Paul to the Philippians is one of the most comforting passages I know anything about for born-again Christians. The Book of Philippians, particularly the fourth chapter, deals with the VICTORY of the people of God. And, beloved friends, the thought I would press upon your heart and my own heart today in this matter of peace is THINKING RIGHT, or THINKING STRAIGHT. Much of what we hear and read today is untrue or confused or disorderly because of wrong thinking. I have tried to say again and again and again that we cannot think straight or right APART FROM GOD'S WORD.
In this Philippian letter, chapter 4 and verse 7, we read about the peace of God. Now God intends that those who have peace with Him (peace that Jesus made by the Blood of His cross) shall enjoy the peace of God in everyday life. Regardless of how much disturbance there is, how much distress or confusion, the Bible teaches in the Old Testament and in the New that the heart of the child of God need not be troubled but that there is victory for the children of God all the way through.
The Psalmist said, ''I will not fear what man shall do unto me.'' And, ''I will not fear though the mountains be removed and cast into the sea.'' And, ''I shall not be MOVED.'' We sing that chorus, you know, ''I shall not be moved.'' Where was it born? In the Psalms. ''My heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.''
That runs through the New Testament also. The child of God is to have peace in his heart regardless of whatever comes, for how else can we carry on Christ's work in the midst of a confused world except we have the peace of God in our hearts?
Now how are we going to have it? Philippians 4:8 is the particular thought I w ...
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