Philippians 4:8 explains how we are to think. Unfortunately, after a fall, we often think with our emotions, and that prevents us from enjoying the restoration process, as quickly as we should. My mind did not work well when I fell. In fact, my mind was out of control, a lot of the time. If when we fail the Lord, we could remember some basic things to “think on,” it could prevent a lot of sorrow. So, allow me to give you some things to think about that are consistent with Philippians 4:8.
1. You are still a child of God. We have been given the power, to be called the sons of God, because we received Him. I go back to December 5, 1959 when as a five-year-old boy. I received Christ as Savior, and thus giving me the power to forever be called a son of God. Think on this.
2. God has redeemed your life from destruction, and has crowned you with lovingkindness, and tender mercies. We are given that promise in Psalm 103:4. Think on this.
3. God has promised to make you perfect, to stablish you, to strengthen you, and to settle you. In I Peter 5:10, we are told that the God of grace, does these things for us, after we have suffered for a while. It does not say suffered from what, so perhaps sometimes, the suffering comes after our sins. Think on this.
4. You have been promised victory. The Bible says in Colossians 2:15, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” We have the victory. He who is in us, is greater than he that is in the world. Think on this.
5. You are not condemned for what you did. There is now therefore, no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1. Do not have condemning thoughts, but think on this.
6. Jesus is a friend of sinners. Do you feel pretty low right now? Stop and think that Jesus, is still your friend, even in your failure and sins. Think on this.
7. If you cry out, He will hear you. Isaiah says that even before we call, God answers, and that even while we are speaking, God hears us. That’s a good thought, so think on this.
8. Jesus is praying for you. Even as you fell, Jesus was interceding on your behalf, with the Father. Even in your failure, He prays for you. Think on this.
9. God will heal your broken heart, and bind up your wounds, according to Psalm 147:3. No matter how much your sins have wounded you, you need to think on this.
10. There’s nothing to fear. Psalm 27:1 gives us the assurance that the Lord will deliver us, and there is nothing we need to fear, so think on this.
If you can keep your thought life under control, after a fall, you have a good chance of surviving. In fact, there’s no doubt that you can win the battle, if you can just keep your mind fixed on Him. Remember, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Even our own sins, will not offend us, if we keep our minds fixed on Him, and on His truth. So if you have fallen, think on these things. (DH)