Dear Anita, Benjamin, Brittany, Chandra, David, Gabriela, Jason (gsama), Jason Walker, Jennifer, Joyce, Keldon, Kelly, Michele, Michelle, Joshua, Theja, Sujan
I found a way to see the names on the @bible_memorization_group and that is who I wrote to - all 17 names . My name Tim Ramey, was missing and the @bible_Memorization_Group did not come up so i hope that you receive this I will write to Carson after posting this. For those who aren’t sure what we do, if you go back to the Philippians 3:21 post and looked at the 6th entry, I went into detail as to how we proceed. Scripture memorization has revolutionized my walk with Jesus. The verses this week is instrumental of that.I will explain…
This week’s verses are Philippians 4:7-8. They will be familiar to all of you but, as I said, verse 8 changed my life. I memorized that verse and as I went through my day, I used that verse as my checklist to see how my thought life lined up with the command as to what to think about. If my thoughts didn’t line up, I knew it was not of God and I chucked it. I’m oversimplifying the process but the Lord used it to show me how much time that I wasted every day thinking thoughts that were not of him. Try it. If you have a thought that you question is of God, see if it fits the criteria of what verse 8 states that we are to think about. The eight aspects listed are not just some good things to think about - they cover the whole sphere of what our thought life is to be engaged in. When I wondered if I was thinking critically about someone, I measured the thought against the list and I could quickly see if it was right or not. It really changed how I think. The Holy Spirit used it so wonderfully. I need to refer to it less but I still use it if I question something that comes to my mind. If you do it and it is not what Jesus has for you - get rid of it. If it keeps arising, confess it and seek the Lord to help you think about what He has for you.
It thrusted me into using my mind to think about scripture and memorize it. Is that what the Lord wants for everyone? No. We are each a precious creation that the Lord feeds us as to what we each next need. But in my case, this verse led me to learn chapters which the Lord has used to instruct me so often as I go along the way. I cannot believe how much time I wasted being anxious or thinking about “nothings.”
I always apologize about sermonizing. Sorry. But any remark or question that you have the Lord could use to really revolutionize our lives. We NEED the BODY of CHRIST! Thanks for being there for us all. Here are the verses. Again, let me know if you’d like the posts in an additional version.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.(NIV)
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:8 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.(ESV)
Philippians 4: 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (NKJV)
To read God’s Word is wonderful - to have it in our hearts is transforming. May Jesus do so to each of us where He sees fit.