Philippians 4:8-13 … This section begins and ends with great memory verses. Why memorize Scripture at all? Because godliness comes with reactions and thoughts that are saturated with God’s Word. Psalm 119:9 asks this question: How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. Young women and young men alike can keep pure in a morally impure environment by living according to God’s Word.
Philippians 4:8 gives a wonderful start on this indicating six things to replace ungodly and unwholesome thoughts … telling us to dwell on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. With the verse memorized, those things will come to mind when worldly influences compete for your attention.
Next, Paul expresses gratitude for the material gifts sent by the Philippians. Recalling that Paul is writing from prison where he is totally dependent on outside assistance, it’s instructive to us that he says (v.11) that he’s learned to be content in any circumstances. That’s something he told a young apprentice named Timothy as well (1 Timothy 6:6) … Godliness with contentment is great gain. Today’s reading ends with another great memory verse because it’s a source of recalling that every believer has supernatural empowering in Christ Jesus: I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
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