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01/05/14 Everyone Should Have These Godly Virtues!

Posted by Pastor Steve on Friday, January 10, 2014 Under: Sermon
Text: Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things."

Intro: Today is a special day for a man who has been called by God to be a Deacon; this man must have these virtues that Philippians 4:8 refer to; however, every believer should have these virtues to experience spiritual stability. The Holy Spirit allows us to have the mind of Christ therefore this should help each of us to be used to our full potential in whatever area God allows us to serve. Today Bobby Culpepper will be ordained to serve as a deacon at Ocean View Baptist Church. With every Deacon Ordination that I have done here at Ocean View I have referred to Romans 12 for instruction. This service will be no different – verse 2 reminds us: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Application: Godly virtues require transformation into God’s perfect will.

This transformation means, be renewed in the spirit of your mind and love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, too prepare your mind for action (for service).

The psalmist cried out: “Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart.” Psalm 119:34 (NLT)

Believers must discipline their spiritually sensitive minds to think about right spiritual realities. In this brief list, Paul catalogues eight godly virtues to concentrate on. The Word of God is the source of what is true.

1. “Whatever things are true.”

In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus prayed to His Father that the disciples would be Sanctified by the truth and we are reminded the word is truth. Thinking on whatever is true means reading, analyzing, and meditating on the Word of God. The remaining seven virtuous categories of thought are all based on the truth of God’s Word. All of them are ways to view the truths of Scripture.

2. “Whatever things are noble.”

Believers are to think on whatever is honorable, whatever is noble, dignified, and worthy of respect. (Honorable) comes from a word meaning “to revere,” or “to worship.”

In 1 Timothy 3:8 it describes the dignified lifestyle required of deacons: “Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money.”

Believers must not think on what is trivial, temporal, mundane, common, and earthly, but rather on what is heavenly, and so worthy of awe, adoration, and praise. All that is true in God’s Word is noble.

3. “Whatever things are just.”

Believers are to think on whatever is just or right. (Right) is an adjective, and should be translated “righteous.” It describes whatever is in perfect harmony with God’s eternal, unchanging standards, again as revealed in Scripture. Believers are to think on matters that are consistent with the law of God.

4. “Whatever things are pure.”

Believers are to think on whatever is pure. (Pure) describes what God in Scripture defines as holy, morally clean, and undefiled. We are to be free from sin. Believers are to purify themselves because Jesus Christ is pure: “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:2-3

5. “Whatever things are lovely.”

Believers are to think on whatever is lovely. (Lovely) appears only here in the New Testament. It could be translated “sweet,” “gracious,” “generous,” or “patient.” Believers must focus their thoughts on what the Bible says is pleasing, attractive, and agreeable before God.

6. “Whatever things are of good report.”

Believers are to think on whatever is of good standing. It describes what is highly regarded or well thought of. Believers’ thoughts are elevated by Scripture to fix on the loftiest themes.

7. In summary, Paul exhorts, “if there is any virtue” (excellence)

8. And “if there is anything praiseworthy.”

Meditate on these things, dwell on these things. The key to godly living is godly thinking, as Solomon wisely observed: “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” Proverbs 4:23

Conclusion: “Everyone Should Have These Godly Virtues!”

When you allow the mind of Christ to dwell in you, these virtues will be a part of your chemistry. You will be able to give God your best because you are all in. Are you all in?

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