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, dwell on these things.
9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (PHil 4.8,9 NLT)
Whatever we think about is what we have learned and embraced or received into our eye, ears, spirit. Then we practice those things. So I am not a legalist, but we need to be aware of what is going into our mind, heart, and spirit. There is a lot in our culture that has no benefit to God’s people, in fact it will damage us for it is not true, honorable, right, pure excellent or lovely. Some things that are in the media or on the internet should be shunned and avoided. Some music is just no praise worthy and the lyrics, you do not want to dwell on.
So let’s learn God’s Word, and receive it into our hearts and lives. Let’s take time to renew our mind (Romans 12.1,2) and give our mind a lot to think upon that is honorable and pleasing to God. There has to come a point in our lives where we have to put the Lord before the things of this earth, and the desires that are worldly, not of God, not from the spirit. We need to keep dying daily to the devil, this world, and our flesh (Gal. 2.20). God will give us the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Phil. 1.6). This world must grow dimmer, less important, less significant. The hunger for fame, material things, and interests far from God’s care must diminish and mean nothing. I love Philippians 3.7,8. I close with that. Make it your prayer and desires that anything we can attain, that is not of Jesus, is worthless. Gain Christ is better than anything!
7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ?