Memory Verse of the Week

Finally, brothers, 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.     Philippians 4:8

One afternoon, a group of Christian homeschooling moms got together to encourage each other, enjoy adult conversation, pray for each other and our families. The host had each woman write her name on a card, then gathered up the cards and passed them out again, no one to get their own name.  We were to prayerfully think of a verse for the name we received, write it on her card, and again the host gathered the cards, and gave them back to the name on the card. This was the verse I received. Only the Lord knew I was battling some thoughts that I was struggling to let go of, that kept coming back.  As I sat there silently stunned, the Lord not only used this verse to prick my conscience, but I realized God had given me ammo in that battle. I quickly learned to memorize this verse, and when the thoughts came, I repeated this verse aloud, claiming God’s victory. I learned to not even allow those thoughts to finish, but to recognize the attack early on, and again use this verse right away. Eventually those thoughts became less and less frequent till one day I noticed they were gone.  Another thing I noticed that coincided, I had begun to study God’s Word on a regular basis, meditating on what I was learning. I was refilling my mind with something far better. What we put in our minds can determine our future actions. It is critical to think about what you think about. Our thoughts affect our attitudes and moods. So regularly examining our thought life is important. Satan deceives people into thinking the source of their misery or troubles is something than it really is…take for example Eve.  She had the whole garden of Eden, walked with the Lord, life was good, yet the enemy deceived her into thinking the garden was half empty instead of half full (actually she had it ALL but one tree among many). Haven’t we all gone there?  Or David, who watched something he shouldn’t have, and lust entered his mind, even to the point of having a woman’s husband killed in battle. Once, a young man told me just looking at movie jackets in the store prompted impure thoughts. This young man came from solid Christian parents, he himself was committed to Christ…but the battle for him was very real; the enemy prowls about seeking to destroy(1Peter 5:8) the minds of believers, because he already has the minds of those who are blindly following the worldly way.  His father wisely gave him this verse and many others, besides continuously praying for him. 2Cor 10:3-5 explains the spiritual battle, and we as followers of Christ are all in it, but we have THE two most powerful weapons, The Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit, and the Holy Spirit, our Counselor, with us always! All God’s people struggle at some point in their life, so we must be vigilant first in our thoughts, test our thoughts by asking are they true according to the litmus of His Word, are they of an exalted moral character, are they in accordance with what is good, proper, or just, and are they untainted by discord to God’s Word, or contaminated by inappropriate unholy content.  The enemy is the deceiver, and like his deception to Eve, it looked good, smells and tastes good- but it’s like 98% food and 2% rat poison. What/Who really fits all these wonderful qualities is our Lord. It is wise to keep your focus on Jesus and His Word. We have the choice to rebuke that which is not of God. We must take a stand against the enemy’s schemes (Eph 6:10-18), and putting this all into practice (Phil 4:9), the peace of God will be with you. Think about such things!