JM’s Journal: What are You Focusing on Today?

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What are You Focusing on Today?

Meditating on Things of Good Report

by J.M. Troppello

Meditating on the Word of God should be a part of every Christian’s life. What are you focusing on today? It’s vital that you are meditating on things of good report. Look at this passage from Philippians 4:8-9.

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. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Phil. 4:8-9, NKJV)

Paul wrote to the Philippian church that they should meditate on the following things that are:

  • True

  • Noble

  • Just

  • Pure

  • Lovely

  • Good report

  • Virtue

  • Praiseworthy

This list of eight things is all positive. Paul wanted the believers to focus on good things, not negative things. Now, I know there is a balance that you need to find in this area. You can’t keep your head in the sand and not pay attention to what is going on in the world today. Understanding what is going on, digging deeper to find the real truth among the lies, and listening to sources that are providing positive solutions and not always harping on the negative is important.

I have admitted in previous articles that over the last few years, I had gotten too focused on listening to the news and paying so much attention to what is going on each day in the world. All that negativity weighed down on me in a detrimental way. It started to make me depressed. I began feeling overwhelmed.

However, God helped me to find a balance. Now I only have a short time each day that I listen to the news on a talk radio show so that I know what’s happening but am not overly focused on it. I have begun spending more time in personal Bible study. I’ve been spending more time in focused praise and worship time before I go to sleep. All of that has significantly helped me to keep my perspective more positive and focused on God and not on all the negativity going on around me.

Paul ends this short passage with the words that if the Philippians did the things they learned and received and heard from him – then the peace of God would be with them. Notice the words learned, received, and heard. Not only do you need to hear the Word of God (see: Romans 10:17). You also need to learn it AND receive it into your spirit – so that the Holy Spirt can bring those words to your remembrance as you have the need. Now, back to the peace part of this statement.

That is so true about God’s peace being with you!

I’ve experienced a serious lack of peace when I was focusing on negative things like the news and not focusing on the positive things. I truly have experienced God’s peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7) when I’ve been meditating on things of good report.

What about you? Have you been meditating on good things in your life like the Word of God?

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About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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