Philippians 4:8 – ” And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable, if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”
New age religion and yoga didn’t create the practice of meditation. God himself created it to be used by the believer to combat the forces of darkness that try to invade our minds and lives with everything that is contrary to the mind of Christ. The truth is that every one of us meditate but it is usually on the wrong things. The word meditate simply means to repeat a thought, to murmur, or to speak to yourself. We all meditate but our natural tendency is to focus on the negative.
Jesus said, “When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness” (Matt. 6:22.23). What are you focusing on? Each day we get to decide where our focus will be. And we don’t have to look hard to find things to complain about. Our job, gas prices, the economy, the President, our health condition, etc. God gave Adam and Eve everything they needed in the garden, but they chose to focus on the one thing that brought death (and we are still being affected by the consequences of that choice). It is so much easier to focus on the negative because it’s all around us and sometimes upon us. But in order for us to live an overcoming victorious life, we must resist the tendency to focus on the negative and focus our hearts and minds on what God has done for us “In Christ”.
Focus on the good things that God has done. Focus on the things that are praiseworthy. Jesus said, “He is the vine, we are the branches” (John 15:5). Focus and MEDITATE on the truth that everything “In Christ” is in you – right now! The Apostle John said it like this in 1 John 4:17, “As Christ is we NOW are, in this life.” Those truths ought to give you enough praiseworthy things to MEDITATE on to defeat any negative thought or circumstance. Philippians 4:8,“MEDITATE on these things.” When we meditate (focus) on the goodness and faithfulness of our Father we will see our attitudes change, our thoughts change and then our circumstances will change. Many times, we are just a re-focus away from a breakthrough. Because our focus will always determine the direction of our lives, when we correct our focus everything around us will change.
My prayer for you this Christmas season is that your focus will be on the goodness of our Father and the truth that He sent His son into our world so that we could experience Him and live life with Jesus in this world.