Philippians 4:8 “…if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
It is said that on the average, the human mind produces about 70,000 thoughts a day. Now that’s a lot of thoughts! About 80% of those thoughts are subconscious―they are stimulated by no deliberate action of the individual, but from stimuli in our environment. Proverbs 23:7 reveals to us that the thoughts of a man shape the life of a man. This explains why we hear people say that a person is a “product of their environment”.
If our thoughts are left uncontrolled, then we will become a product of the environment we live in. As an example, Africa is said to be the continent with the highest rate of poverty, this is reinforced in the environment of the continent, and then people who grow in that environment begin to believe they are poor. However economic analysis shows that Africa is a continent with the largest deposit of natural resources, and has the most favorable climate conditions for societal development. Hence the poverty problem in Africa is a mind problem. If we do not take deliberate steps to correct our thinking, our hearts will be fed with stimuli that are controlled by the devil (1 John 5:19).
We can take charge of our lives by feeding our minds with the right thoughts― things that are true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think upon things that is excellent and worthy of praise. This is why it is important that we regulate what we hear, what we see, and the words that we speak, because all of these are fed back into our system as stimuli, in turn setting the boundaries of our life.
Scriptures to Meditate: Prov.4:23, 23:7, 2 Cor. 10:3-5, Isa.55:8, Matt.12:33-37