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THE RELIGION CORNER: Think on These Things

“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.” Philippians 4:8

The theme of my radio show, “Think on These Things,” was taken from this Scripture! Each week, we talk about those things that are true, honest, just, pure, of good report and virtuous. We all think thoughts, every moment of every day, and those thoughts are not always good ones. Influenced by newspaper stories, what we hear on the radio, watching the news daily, you name it, there are a plethora of things to think about. Let’s be clear, though — social media dominates, with the enormous amount of time we all spend on our toys. It’s overwhelming.

Through it all, we’re being influenced in our thoughts as a ventriloquist controls his dummy. In fact, we don’t realize how much our thoughts are shaped by our surroundings. If we’re not careful, our thoughts will go wherever they want. We must control what we think, on purpose.

When you hear the word “twisties,” the first thing comes to mind is famed Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles having to withdraw from events at the Tokyo Olympics because of her thoughts — a phenomenon in gymnastics in which one’s mind is not in sync with their body.

We’re thinking without control of what it is we are thinking. Are we victims to outside forces? Can we control our thoughts? Yes, we can, but it takes effort. Proverbs 23:7 tells us this: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) concluded, “We become what we think about.”

The Apostle Paul gave us a blueprint for thinking in my lead Scripture by saying we must control our thoughts. Let’s break down what Philippians 4:8 is saying. 

First Paul suggests we keep our minds true, and his witness Scripture is Matthew 22:16, which says, “Master, we know that thou art true, and teaches the way of God in truth.” John 8:32 says it this way: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Please stop telling lies!

Secondly, in this Scripture, Paul reminds up to keep our thoughts on things that are honest; and he provides yet another witness from 2nd Corinthians 13:7, which says: “Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest. 

Thirdly, in this Scripture, he says to be just and fair in your thoughts. Another witness Scripture to help him prove his case is Matthew 1:19, which says, ‘Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.”

Fourth, the Scripture reminds us to keep your thoughts pure, to use language and behavior that is clean. As Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

The fifth thing this Scripture does is say, “if something is pretty and lovely that we must accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.” 1 Chronicles 16:29 says, “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Our worship is lovely to the Lord.”

The sixth thing this Scripture says is that we must think on things of “good report.” As Hebrew 11:2 says, “For by it the elders obtained a good report.”

The seventh point this Scripture makes is to have virtue, which means “Moral excellence and righteousness; goodness.”

Its final point stresses things that create praise. Hard work. Clean living. Good language. Bible study. Daily prayer. Many things distract our thoughts. First Thessalonians 5:17 tells us, “We need to pray without ceasing.” Let us think on these things!

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email lyndiagrantshowdc@gmail.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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