The Power Of Positive Thinking
It is an interesting and important fact that we can only think of one thing at a time. Try it and see! Try adding up a long column of figures while, at the same time, paying close attention to something on the radio or TV Your mind will simply hop back and forth from one thing to the other with poor results for both. Paul capitalizes on this peculiarity of our minds. He tells us we should fix our thoughts resolutely on certain great positives in order to live a holy life.
The effect of concentration on--
1. THE BELIEVER'S SOCIAL LIFE (Philippians 4:1-2)
2. THE BELIEVER'S SPIRITUAL LIFE (Philippians 4:3-5)
a. It makes him helpful (Philippians 4:3)
b. It makes him happy (Philippians 4:4)
c. It makes him holy (Philippians 4:5)
3. THE BELIEVER'S SECULAR LIFE (Philippians 4:6)
4. THE BELIEVER'S SECRET LIFE (Philippians 4:7-8)
NOTE: Someone has said "Sow a thought and reap an action, sow an action and reap a habit, sow a habit and reap a character, sow a character and reap an eternal destiny." It is the same principle as that embodied in the old proverb: "For want of a nail a shoe was lost, for want of a shoe a horse was lost, for want of a horse a man was lost, for want of a man a company was lost, for want of a company a battle was lost, for want of a battle a kingdom was lost." It is no wonder that Paul brings us back to basics and says: "Take heed to your thoughts."