Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Philippians 4:8e ~ Lovely

Hello Everyone!

We are talking about thinking about things that are "LOVELY" with this


But first.....

I HAVE TO share this video with you that I found while researching

the story in 2 Kings 5 regarding Naaman. I have not quite figured out,

yet how these two connect, but I am working on it.

Here is the video that REALLY encouraged me!


Did that encourage you?

It SURE encouraged me to keep doing my little part to:

<>Give someone a smile

<> Pat someone on the back

<> To say "Thank you, I appreciate that"

<> To talk to them about having peace with God

<> To tell them about the ways of God, His miracles and His love

I think I have figured out how this video and the story of Naaman in

2 Kings 5 fit together.

The servant girl that ENCOURAGED Naaman to talk to Elisha,

the prophet, so he could be healed, was a captured servant Israeli girl.

She was one of the lowest classes of people,

yet she spoke up for Jehovah, the One True God!

She did not say much, but what she said

had an impact on her world and

even us in our 2009 world.

Her unashamed boldness to speak out and help someone

had a ripple effect on those around her

just as Mr. Frank Genor did in his world in Sydney, Australia!

At this posting, we are looking at the work "LOVELY" in Chapter 4, verse 8.

"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 NIV

Lovely means:

  • That Which Excites Love
  • Endears
  • Exquisitely Beautiful
  • Very Pleasant
  • Enjoyable
The enemy of God, a.k.a Satan, want to get control of your mind.

He wants us to think about anything else BUT things that are lovely.

Satan approached Eve in the Garden of Eden,

through her mind. (2 Corinthians 11:3, Genesis 3:1-7)

What goes on in your mind CAN affect your relationships...

I am going to take quite a twist and a spin

on the word "lovely"...

I am going to go the opposite way

and talk about something totally

opposite of "lovely" ~ SIN

When we start to think about the world

and the things of this world....

it can lead to sin.

Sin...which is represented in the story of Naaman by his leprosy.

Sin and leprosy which can leave you unable to function properly,

From:The Healing of Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-19)
By: J. Hampton Keathley, III , Th.M.
at www.bible.org

"The pain of leprosy, at least in certain forms, was not acute because it also killed the nerves in the affected area, but it kept the victim restless, miserable, and frustrated as they felt the stigma of the disease. They saw portions of their bodies become numb, muscles atrophy (waste away), tendons contract making the hands like claws, and then the ulceration of the fingers and toes and hands and feet resulting in their loss bit by bit until the whole hand or foot was gone.
(See this link for a reflection of someone whose visited a leper colony in India.)

We must not miss the picture God wants us to see from this emphasis in Scripture. Sin is like this. Because of man’s separation from God, because of his spiritually dead condition and the hardness of his soul, he becomes insensitive, callused, restless and never satisfied. He often does not experience severe pain from his sin and waywardness, only insensitivity, restless misery, and futility, ever seeking some means of fulfillment running from one thing to another. Even in apparent prosperity and happiness, not only is there a certain amount of inner peace and true happiness missing, but their ultimate plight is death, loss, and the judgment of separation.

Because of the nature of the disease, the leper was often considered as dead; it was a kind of living death though physically alive. So men without Christ are nothing more than the living dead; though walking about they are spiritual zombies. (Ephesians 2:1)

Regardless of one’s position, honor, power, possessions, or wealth, leprosy, like sin, is no respecter of persons. Naaman was a man of position and prestige, but he was also leprous.

Finally, the leprosy of sin destroys the pleasantness and beauty (or LOVELINESS that) God meant for mankind in His creation. Sin deforms us, but in Christ we are made new creations and can be transformed into His glorious likeness.

Namaan held a high position, but had a very great problem. We need to understand that God often uses the personal failures, sicknesses, and problems of men as a means so bring them to the end of themselves and to a knowledge of the Lord and His salvation. God uses problems in life to force us to face our deeper problem, the problem of sin, and the need of God’s forgiveness and salvation in Jesus Christ. Naaman came to know the true God."

Naaman came around to think on the lovely things.

Naaman came around to think on the One True God.

Naaman came around to KNOW the One True God!

May we know Him.

May we turn our eyes away from the ugly sinful thoughts.

May we turn our eyes to the things that are true, noble, right, pure and lovely.

May we turn our eyes and thoughts to Him.

I want to leave you with this song...

May you look full in His wonderful (lovely) face ~ Amen.

Debbie G.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Philippians 4:8d ~ Pure

Hello Everyone!

Our subject this week is "Pure" from Philippians 4:8.

"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 NIV

Please enjoy this song by Kari Jobe titled "Pure" ~

Here are the lyrics:

Your love is pure
Your love is precious
Your love is all I need
Your love surrounds me
Your love astounds me
Your love is everything

I run to You
When my heart is weak
I cling to You You’re all I seek
It’s my heart’s desire to be close to You
Here in Your arms I find my strength

Everything I want everything I hope in
Everything my heart cries out for

I am asking myself...

**Is His love all I need?

**Do I run to Him when my heart is weak?

**Do I instantly go to the most "Pure" Source of peace, strength and wisdom?

Or do I "pollute" my way with the world's way of working through my problems?

This reminds me of the thought-provoking words that I have heard

about bottled water...


On their label, these bottled water companies are sure to state that their

water is pure ~ even stating the source of the water

usually from a natural spring.

What if....What if....

this label said ~ "99% of the contents of this water is from a natural spring

AND 1% is raw sewage".....

Would we want to drink that?

Would we want to put that into our bodies?

Why then, do we ever even entertain the idea of going anywhere

else but to the PURE SOURCE of peace and contentment?


"Pure" - "Stainless" - Some thoughts leave a stain, which is difficult to erase.

David Gusik says:

"This, Paul would say, is the fruit and the food of the mind that is guarded by the peace of God; the adage 'garbage in, garbage out' is applicable here.


John MacArthur says:

"Our minds need regular cleansing.


Because we live in a fallen world our renewed minds need ongoing cleansing and refreshment. God's chief agent of purifying our thinking is His Word. (John 15:3; Eph. 5:26). The term 'pure' refers to something morally clean and undefiled. We are to dwell on what is clean, not soiled."

From Our Daily Bread:
Several years ago I read a story about a 92-year-old Christian woman who was legally blind. In spite of her limitation, she was always neatly dressed, with her hair carefully brushed and her makeup tastefully applied. Each morning she would meet the new day with eagerness.

After her husband of 70 years died, it became necessary for her to go to a nursing home where she could receive proper care. On the day of the move, a helpful neighbor drove her there and guided her into the lobby. Her room wasn't ready, so she waited patiently in the lobby for several hours.

When an attendant finally came for her, she smiled sweetly as she maneuvered her walker to the elevator. The staff member described her room to her, including the new curtains that had been hung on the windows. 'I love it,' she declared. 'But Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen your room yet,' the attendant replied. 'That doesn't have anything to do with it,' she said. 'Happiness is something you choose. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how it's arranged. It's how I arrange my mind.'"

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.


Debbie G.