Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
It is an interesting and important fact that we humans can only think of one thing at a time at any given moment. The mind cannot dwell or meditate on multiple things "at one time" though your mind may race across many thoughts; those thoughts come and go like an old still frame projection reel going through the slides. If you don't believe me, just try it! Your mind will hop back and forth from one thing to another with poor results of focusing in on either thought.
The Apostle Paul and the Holy Spirit capitalize on this particularity of our minds in the above mentioned verse. They twain instruct us to fix the thoughts of our minds solely upon the positive things and leave no room for the negative thoughts of life. We can all testify that life is filled with much negativity and that even those of us that are saved, if we are not careful, can find ourselves consumed with the thoughts of troubles, turmoils and trials. Let it not be so...
When we learn to exercise positive thinking we will find many areas of life to which it will begin to greatly impact:
(Philippians Chapter 4)
1) Our Social Life - (vs.1-2)
2) Our Spiritual Life - (vs. 3-5)
3) Our Secular Life - (vs.6)
4) Our Secret Life - (vs.7-8)
When we learn to exercise positive thinking others will see the change in the character we display to those around us:
(Philippians Chapter 4)
1) It Makes Us Helpful - (vs.3)
2) It Makes Us Happy - (vs.4)
3) It Makes Us Holy - (vs.5)
Someone once 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 that embodied 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 then no marvel as to what motivated the Holy Spirit to impress the Apostle Paul to write unto us to, "take heed to your thoughts..."