JumpStart3 Mission of Hope - 10 Week Scripture Memory Challenge: Week 5 Philippians 4:8

Read Philippians 4:8 NIV in your Bible

“Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.”.

- This verse is such a good reminder for us right now. It's easy to get confused about what some of these words mean. You may not hear the words "noble" or "pure" very often in your usual conversations with people. The word "noble" means to be free from anything petty or mean or to have really good character. The word "pure" means to not be contaminated or dirty, or someone who has no sin in their lives. All of these words are referring to positive, uplifting and Godly things. Basically this verse is telling us to focus our thoughts on what is good and Godly.

The reason this verse is so important to us right now is because we really need this reminder. It's so easy to focus on the negative and bad news that we are hearing all around us. You might be hearing it on the news, from your friends, and reading about it on the internet. Many people in the world are focusing on the wrong things right now. God's Word is telling us to refocus our thoughts on God and heavenly things and stop thinking about the negative, earthly things. It's easier to focus on what is right in front of your eyes than to focus on God because we can't see Him. Let's do our best to put this verse into action in our lives every single day.

1. Read Philippians 4:8 every single day this week as a reminder to focus your thoughts on the good.
2. Write down all the good and positive things that have happened in the last couple months.
3. Pray and spend the entire prayer thanking God for the good things He has done and don't ask Him for anything.


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