NAS Phi 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of
good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of
praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
In this last clause we have the main verb of the verse, the verb which
governs all of the terms we have studied.
This last clause reads "Let your mind dwell on these things."
I. We Are Commanded to Think Biblically.
A. The nature of the command
1. Meaning of the word
"Let your mind dwell on" is one word in Greek:
It is translated in various ways:
(Have several individuals look these up.)
a. To take into account - John 11:50
NAS Joh 11:50 nor do you take into account that it is
expedient for you that one man should die for the
people, and that the whole nation should not perish."
b. To suppose - Rom. 2:3
NAS Rom 2:3 And do you suppose this, O man, when you
pass judgment upon those who practice such things and
do the same yourself, that you will escape the
judgment of God?
c. To maintain - Rom. 3:28
NAS Rom 3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified
by faith apart from works of the Law.
d. To reckon - Rom. 4:4-6, 24
NAS Rom 4:4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not
reckoned as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to
the one who does not work, but believes in Him who
justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as
righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the
blessing upon the man to whom God reckons
righteousness apart from works:
NAS Rom 4:24 but for our sake also, to whom it will
be reckoned, as those who believe in Him who raised
Jesus our Lord from the dead,
e. To consider - Rom. 6:11; 8:18
NAS Rom 6:11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead
to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
NAS Rom 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of
this present time are not worthy to be compared with
the glory that is to be revealed to us.
f. To regard - Rom. 9:8
NAS Rom 9:8 That is, it is not the children of the
flesh who are children of God, but the children of
the promise are regarded as descendants.
g. To think - Rom. 14:14
NAS Rom 14:14 I know and am convinced in the Lord
Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him
who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is
h. To count - 2 Cor. 5:19
NAS 2Co 5:19 namely, that God was in Christ
reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their
trespasses against them, and He has committed to us
the word of reconciliation.
2. Form of the word
a. Present tense
- We are to be constantly taking into account,
supposing, reckoning, maintaining, considering,
etc. the eight areas of biblical thinking listed
in Phil. 4:8. WE ARE TO BE THINKING ON THESE
THINGS ALL OF THE TIME.
- Are you growing in that?
- Need to ask, "In what areas of my life do I
- It is a COMMAND in the original language.
- Which means when you or I fail to think, dwell
on, and regard these things we are doing what?
- It's just as wrong to disobey the Ten
Commandments and the Great Commission as it is
to not think on these things.
B. The content of the command
Let's review these criteria of biblical thinking ONE LAST
TIME in light of the command we've just looked at, the
command that applies to each one of them.
a. whatever is real as opposed to what is fake
b. whatever is true as opposed to what is false
- Are you regularly, continuously thinking true thoughts?
- Thoughts that are serious and dignified -- as opposed
to whatever is frivolous
- Are you seriously-minded in the areas you should be? at
the appropriate times?
- Some things just aren't funny.
- as opposed to that which is unrighteousness, or not in
conformity to God's will and standard
- As opposed to stained, dirty, immoral, or set apart to
ungodliness instead of set apart to God
- Is your thought life pure? Have you been violating the
command of our God in Phil. 4:8 by allowing impure
things to come into your "eye gate"?
- planning or concentration which will bring about a
- Is it your practice to plan to do loving things for
your spouse? children?
6. Good repute (admirable)
- thinking that searches for the good rather than the bad
- Do you regularly look for good in your wife? your
husband? your children?
- Do others only hear from you when they've done
7. Virtuous (excellent)
- avoiding thinking that is undisciplined, questionable,
- A very strong word meaning to "praise upon" our God.
- Praiseworthy thinking is centered on the attributes and
actions of God
- Do you continuously think about Who God is and what
He's done for YOU?
When it comes to obeying the commands of Phil. 4:8, I think
most of us will be doing some regular repenting (or should
be). We need to be growing in biblical thinking, but no one
hits home runs.
This is a minor milestone in our Philippians series. We're finished
with Phil. 4:8! And we're moving on to Phil. 4:9.
READ Phil. 4:9
NAS Phi 4:9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen
in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.
We see from this verse that...
II. We Are Commanded to Act Biblically.
Right thinking always precedes right actions and this is exactly
how Phil. 4:8 and 9 present it.
All of the right thinking in v. 8 is the logical prerequisite for
the right acting of v. 9.
cf. Joh 13:17 "If you know these things, you are blessed if you
INPUT: In what order are the three elements in this verse?
1. Thinking (know)
2. Acting (do)
3. Feeling (blessed)
- Right thinking precedes right actions which precede right
feelings (normally -- sometimes you don't feel right even
Not only is there the thinking-then-acting order here, but there
is also ANOTHER PRESENT TENSE IMPERATIVE.
The New American Standard (NAS) brings this out with the
There are some things that Paul is wanting, or better, commanding
(under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) the Philippian
believers to PRACTICE.
Not only are we commanded to be regularly thinking biblical
thoughts, but we are to be regularly doing certain things.
A. Follow the teaching you've been given.
"The things you have learned and received"... in me, practice
These two words go together and work as synonyms.
Paul is saying in effect "You've learned many things from me
both in person and by letter. Put them into practice!
INPUT: What are some things that Paul has taught them in
this letter that they need to follow?
- be unified (cf. 1:27 "striving together...")
INPUT: What are some things that we are regularly taught
around here that we need to follow?
B. Follow the good examples you've been given.
"and heard and seen in me, practice these things"
Paul was not bragging by saying this. (He couldn't be,
for what he wrote was inspired by the Holy Spirit and
Paul was writing by His moving (2 Pet. 1:21) and with
INPUT: Can you think of any similar statements we read
from Paul in the New Testament?
NAS 1Co 4:16 I exhort you therefore, be imitators of me.
NAS 1Co 11:1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of
NAS Eph 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved
NAS 1Th 1:6 You also became imitators of us and of the
Lord, having received the word in much tribulation
with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
NAS 1Th 2:14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the
churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea,
for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands
of your own countrymen, even as they did from the
- And one from the writer of Hebrews (not Paul):
NAS Heb 6:12 that you may not be sluggish, but imitators
of those who through faith and patience inherit the
INPUT: What in the life of Paul would you and I do well
to follow and imitate?
- He praised God in trials.
- He served during trials (Philippians is a
prison epistle, a letter written while Paul was
- He told others about the saving gospel of Jesus
Christ wherever he went and was not ashamed
(cf. Rom. 1:16).
- He loved people enough to correct them by
confronting them (cf. Acts 20:31).
We need to draw a significant point from 1 Cor. 11:1 and
Eph. 5:1 above: Paul himself was a follower of ...
- This is our ultimate goal in life.
(if time) Turn to Rom. 8:28-29
"And we know that God causes all things to work together
for good to those who love God, to those who are called
according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, he also
predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son,
that He might be the first-born among many brethren."
(OPTIONAL, IF TIME)
INPUT: Let's name just a few of the ways we need to
follow Christ's example?
3. Other godly examples
Praise the Lord for godly examples He provides for us.
I'm thankful for the godly example we have had 20 plus
years in P. Goode and 8 plus years in P. Viars.
Now they'd be the first ones to tell you (and you've
heard them) that we're all just growing and that no one's
However, I can honestly say that in most ways I want
to emulate men like them.
To God be the glory -- He's done the work in them,
but they've been faithful.
INPUT: Growing up or at some time in the past, who
did the Lord place before you as a godly
example that really helped you "have
something to shoot for" in your Christian
We need to ask this question, too: Are you the kind of
example you should be for the Lord?
If everyone in Faith Baptist Church were like you...
How biblical would our thinking be?
What would our marriages be like?
How evangelistic would we be?
What would our child-raising be like?
How committed would our church be?
What would our giving be like?
WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE ARE YOU?
Maybe you could say something like, "Well, there certainly would
be some weaknesses, but in some and possibly many of those areas
I think I've been a good example."
If so, praise the Lord. If not, may you be willing to consider
your ways and take the necessary steps of growth.
III. We Will Be Blessed with the Result of Thinking and Acting
"the God of peace shall be with you."
This passage began with a discussion of peace, too.
cf. Phil. 4:6-7
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all
comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in
By a combination of right praying, right thinking, and right
acting peace begins to come. It is a gift from God Who is the
God of peace (the God who gives peace).
Jay Adams in his commentary on Philippians says this:
"Don't expect peace to arrive after the first attempt. When
your lifestyle has begun to change with practice, then you
can expect to find peace. And this peace comes not
automatically, but from God, Who is its Source. So it does
not depend on circumstances, etc., but on the proper
relationship of the (person) with God."
May God help us and may we be committed to be growing in right praying
right thinking, and right acting.
As we grow in these things, we can have true and lasting peace that
comes from our Heavenly Father.
How do you explain Philippians 4 4 9? ›
In Christ, energized by the Spirit, we rejoice in that reality. In the presence of Christ (God-with-us), we are free to throw ourselves into the struggles and issues of life with abandon, and smile. Paul's thrust in Philippians 4:4–9 is this: Christ is the One in whom we rejoice at every moment of life.What can we learn from Philippians 4 9? ›
Paul's advice is to focus on our ability to rejoice in our fellowship with Christ. The result of that emphasis ought to be an attitude of ''reasonableness,'' seen by all people. With a proper focus on positive things, we can experience peace through the power of God.What are examples of things that are pure? ›
The adjective pure describes something that's made of only one substance and is not mixed with anything else. For example, your favorite soft, warm winter scarf might be made from pure merino wool. Anything that's uncontaminated by extra, unnecessary, or unclean substances is pure.What is the lesson in Philippians 4 9 Sunday School? ›
“Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me…and the God of peace will be with you.”What is the main point in Philippians Chapter 4? ›
Paul encourages the Saints to always rejoice in the Lord. He exhorts them to replace their anxiety with prayer and thanksgiving, promising that they will enjoy the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.
Paul instructed the Saints in Philippi to be prayerful and to seek whatsoever is righteous. He also declared his confidence in the enabling strength of Jesus Christ. Paul concluded his epistle with another expression of thanks to the Philippian Saints for the support they gave him in his times of need.What is the sermon Philippians 4 9? ›
Philippians 4:4-9 (CSB)
The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
One classical definition of prayer defines it this way: “Prayer is lifting mind and heart to God.”What does it mean to seek peace and pursue it? ›
“Seek peace, and pursue it,” we're told in Psalm 34:14. Peace is something that we are to actively chase after, to follow, and to seek out. Peace, that freedom that we all so long for, is not something that will just show up in our lives; we need to actively seek peace out, to chase peace, to follow peace.What does pure mean spiritually? ›
Purity Is About Wholeness
There Jesus states, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). Jesus is not pointing to a sexual purity or even a moral purity. Instead, he is pointing us to a spiritual purity, or a purity of heart.
How do we become pure? ›
- Get a New Heart. We are not pure people by nature. ...
- Love What God Loves. Indeed, this is the heart of the matter: having a heart that fears and loves God and wants to do the things that bring Him glory. ...
- Control Yourself. Self-control helps your progress toward purity. ...
- Be Accountable.
- Promotes caution, discernment, and good choices while preventing corruption in thought, word, and deed.
- Supports good health and a long life and leads to satisfaction and peace.
- Highlights faults in your life and spurs you toward godliness, honoring the conscience God gave you.
The Works of Mercy are divided into two categories: The Corporal Works of Mercy (dealing with the body) and the Spiritual Works of Mercy (dealing with the mind, heart, and soul). The Works of Mercy are an opportunity for Catholics to give witness to Christ.What does have faith in me and do not lean on my own understanding? ›
Prov. 3 Verses 5 to 6
 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Learning to number our days means recognizing the unnumbered days of God (vv. 1-2). God is the Creator; we are created. God is eternal; our lives are passing. God's days are without end; but our days are numbered!What are the two major themes of Philippians? ›
Themes: Hardship, humility, love, service, hope beyond suffering, God's glory. Paul tells the Philippians that even though they face persecution and danger, their lives as Christians should be consistent with the truth of God in Jesus who gave himself up in love for others.Why did Paul wrote Philippians 4? ›
One of Paul's purposes in writing this letter was to express gratitude for the affection and financial assistance the Saints in Philippi had extended to him during his second missionary journey and his imprisonment in Rome (see Philippians 1:3–11; 4:10–19; see also Bible Dictionary, “Pauline Epistles”).What does Philippians 4 1 9 mean? ›
Real and lasting joy comes from the confidence that, no matter what happens, we are inseparably connected to God and saved. It has to do with where the focus of one's life is or, to employ a famous phrase by Paul Tillich, with one's “ultimate concern.” The Apostle Paul could rejoice because he did not fear death.What is Paul's main point in Philippians? ›
Paul wrote that he poured out his life as an offering for the sake of Christ, leading Paul to find great joy and contentment in Christ's service. His letter to the Philippians showed them that by centering their lives on Christ, they, too, might live in true joy.What are the four things that Jesus teaches us about leadership? ›
- Great leaders lead from the inside out. Jesus focused on personal leadership first--matters of character. ...
- Great leaders are great storytellers. Jesus' stories have certainly withstood the test of time. ...
- Great leaders are great servants. ...
- Great leaders balance conviction with compassion.
What is the greatest command of God according to Jesus teaching? ›
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.What is the sermon on Philippians 4 7 9? ›
Philippians 4:7-9 In-Context
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation with prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”What is the commentary of Philippians 4 2 9? ›
You don't need to agree on everything, but agreeing in the Lord means that you value the things that you agree upon because of your shared connection to Christ more than you value the things that you disagree upon.What does it mean to give your heart and a willing mind to God? ›
Having “a willing mind” connotes giving our best effort and finest thinking and seeking God's wisdom. It suggests that our most devoted lifetime study should be of things that are eternal in nature. It means that there must be an inextricable relationship between hearing the word of God and obeying it.What does it mean to set your heart and mind on things above? ›
Colossians 3 explores what it means to set your mind on things above, enabling us to experience the true joy the Father wants to lavish on us. Furthermore, when we set our eyes on Him, we are better able to serve him—and service is ultimately the duty and pleasure of every believer.How do I devote my heart to God? ›
Do good works to express your love of your neighbor and enemy as your love for God. Devote your heart fully to taking God's love and the Gospel to others, and helping His family, because whom He loves is most deserving of our heart.How do you let go and find inner peace? ›
- Meditate. Meditation is about mental silence. ...
- Take a break from social media. ...
- Practice breathwork. ...
- Be kind to the world around you (and to yourself) ...
- Take a walk in nature. ...
- Laugh as much as you can. ...
- Express yourself. ...
- Practice everyday mindfulness.
- Seek to love, not control others. ...
- Find Your Inner Peace. ...
- Moderate your convictions. ...
- Be tolerant. ...
- Be Peace. ...
- Reflection of thought. ...
- Seek forgiveness, not revenge. ...
- Live in joy.
It's somewhat shocking, therefore, to learn that when the expected Messiah appeared on earth, He told His disciples quite plainly that He did not come to bring peace, but rather a sword (Matthew 10:34-35). According to Jesus' own words, He wants us to assume He ushered in sharp division at His first coming.
How do I keep my soul pure? ›
- Choose acts of kindness. ...
- Practice meditation. ...
- Take care of your body. ...
- Listen to relaxing music. ...
- Spend time connecting to nature. ...
- Learn how to slow down. ...
- Realize it's ok to let go of control. ...
- Try not to overthink everything.
This is a pure heart: a heart that desires nothing more than to be with God because that truly is all our life should be about! Within this beatitude, Jesus also promises that those who embody this pure heart will see God. Only those with a pure heart will know Jesus because that is what Jesus sees.What does it mean to purify your heart? ›
It means having an undivided loyalty to God - loving Him above all else. This kind of love comes from a clean heart that has been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we have this kind of love for God, it will overflow into every area of our lives - including our relationships with others.How do you purify yourself according to the Bible? ›
1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." This is what we are supposed to do as children of God.Who is a pure person? ›
A person who is described as pure is considered to be morally good, especially because they have no sexual experience or sexual thoughts. [literary] She was baptized and she was pure and clean of sin. purity uncountable noun [usually with supplement]How do you live a pure heart? ›
- Dwell on the word of God. ...
- Spend quiet time with God. ...
- Watch Your words to keep a clean heart. ...
- Purify your heart by Monitoring your thoughts. ...
- Consider The influences Affecting your heart. ...
- Be repentant. ...
- Be open to wisdom from others.
The Meaning of Pure Soul
They don't seek fame or glory. Instead, their decisions and actions come from what they believe is right and just. Another person also said that a pure soul is someone who lives for others and whose heart is filled with compassion.
- Faith Comes by Hearing the Word of God. The first intimations of faith in Jesus Christ come by hearing the word of God—the gospel of Jesus Christ. ...
- Faith Comes by Repentance. ...
- Faith Comes through Covenants. ...
- Faith Can Increase. ...
- Faith Is Also a Principle of Power.
A brief general introduction to the concept of purity in Islam and its division into two types: physical purity and spiritual purity.What are the 7 works of corporal mercy? ›
The various groups of figures composing the scene symbolically illustrate the seven corporal acts of mercy: to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to give shelter to travellers, to visit the sick, to visit the imprisoned, and to bury the dead.
How can you put into practice corporal and spiritual works of mercy? ›
- be faithful about attending wakes/visitation.
- support or volunteer at a hospice.
- participate in a bereavement ministry.
- spend time with widows and widowers.
- take friends and relatives to visit the cemetery.
- support ministries that offer free Christian burials to those unable to afford one.
- "Corporal works of mercy" which concern the material and physical needs of others.
- "Spiritual works of mercy" which concern the spiritual needs of others.
In order for us to lean on God we need to put our trust in Him, no matter how things may look. Faith is the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Leaning into God means we trust who God is—truths we learn in scripture about His character.What does it mean to lose faith in yourself? ›
We have to believe in ourselves and in our abilities because our inner faith will create our external results. People easily lose faith in themselves when encountering setbacks, failure and fear. When you lack confidence in yourself, others will pick up on that and won't take you seriously.Why do I have so little faith in myself? ›
There can be many reasons that we don't believe in ourselves: We don't believe in ourselves because someone told us we shouldn't. We fear failure, and we focus on all the times we have failed. We focus on the lack in our life instead of the abundance.Why is 3 days so important in the Bible? ›
The three-day timeline matters to the biblical narrative because it is the special day on which God creates new life and activates his covenant with humanity.Can the Lord teach me how do you count my days? ›
Psalm 90:12 reminds us, “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom” (NKJV). Or as the Living Bible puts it, “Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.”What does God want to do for me? ›
God wants to give you a purpose. He wants to bestow divine wisdom on you. It's not like God is holding out on you to make you miserable. He desires you to have a joyful, ambitious, purposeful life.What is Philippians 4 4 9 in easy English? ›
Always be happy because you belong to the Lord. I will say that again, 'Be happy! ' Be kind and patient in a way that everyone can see.What does Philippians Chapter 4 verse 4 mean? ›
When Paul was in prison writing to the church of Philippi, he told them to “ Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). He tells us to rejoice in the Lord because that is something we as Christians can always take joy in no matter what we are going through.
What is lifting up one's mind and heart to God? ›
One classical definition of prayer defines it this way: “Prayer is lifting mind and heart to God.”What is lifting up of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from him? ›
"Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God." "It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without heart." "Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God's thirst with ours.What is the main message of Philippians? ›
Themes: Hardship, humility, love, service, hope beyond suffering, God's glory. Paul tells the Philippians that even though they face persecution and danger, their lives as Christians should be consistent with the truth of God in Jesus who gave himself up in love for others.Who is Paul talking to in Philippians 4? ›
Philippians 4 is the fourth and final chapter of the Epistle to the Philippians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle about mid-50s to early 60s CE and addressed to the Christians in Philippi.What does it mean for God to lift your head? ›
In Psalm 3:3, David says, “You are the lifter up of my head.” In other words, “God, you deliver me from being consumed with myself and with my troubles. You deliver me from being my own god. You lift up my head so that, by faith, I can see You. You put your Spirit in me so that I desire to serve others.”What are the four purposes of prayer? ›
The four purposes of prayer are: (1) adoration, (2) thanksgiving, (3) repentance, and (4) petition.What are the 3 powerful prayers? ›
The prayer of protection. The prayer of transformation. The prayer of restoration.How do I surrender my worries to God? ›
How do we surrender to God? First, tell Him; It's a conscious choice you need to make. Pray and acknowledge Him as your Lord. Ask Him to take over.How do I surrender myself to God completely? ›
I think one of the best ways to surrender to God is to be honest with him. God is not scared of your issues or your doubts. He isn't shocked by where you are or where you've come from. I think we need to be open and real with God as we walk through our stuff with him.