Acknowledging Every Good Thing which is in us in Christ !
Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2006
The communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledgement of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus (Philemon 1:6)
The partnership, communion, and fellowship of our faith becomes active, operative, and powerful by the recognition, discernment, acknowledgement, and knowledge of every beneficial and good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.
We therefore need to find out and acknowledge every beneficial and good aspect of being a Christian. Our focus needs to be on the good things!
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true...honest…just…pure…lovely…of good report; if their be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8)
This instruction comes in the context of rejoice in the Lord always (v.4)…be careful for nothing (v.6). The Lord is telling us what to focus our thoughts on. How do we rejoice in the Lord? By focusing our mind on his Word!
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3)
We are protected in peace (Hebrew – ‘shalom’: health, prosperity, safety, rest, and favour) when our imagination is established in the Lord, when we put confidence and trust in the Lord’s Words.
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass (Psalm 37:4-5)
We delight and rejoice in the Lord through meditating his Word, as the Lord and his Word are one (John 1:1; Revelation 19:13; 2 Timothy 3:16). We establish our imagination in his Word!
We are not worried or careful when our thoughts are fixed on the Lord’s Word. This keeps us in prosperity and peace.
The devil’s strategy in spiritual warfare is to steal the Word of God from our heart (spirit/soul):
Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the Word that was sown in their hearts (Mark 4:15)
Words are used to create pictures, imaginations, and form thought patterns. The enemy does not want us to establish thought patterns based on who we are in Christ, as this will set us free. As he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). Our first priority is to guard our own heart: keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). We guard our heart through filling it with God’s Word:
If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32).
Our number one battle is in our own heart. We need to train our heart how to think in line with the good things which are in us in Christ. This is done through meditation. Meditation is the process of training our heart and breaking down strongholds in our own mind:
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringeth into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
We need to systematically demolish and pull down thoughts and imaginations which lift themselves up in opposition to God’s Word. We need to take thoughts captive and establish God’s Word in our thought life.
We do this by meditating the covenant promises of God. The ‘good things’ are who we are in Christ Jesus. (For a great list of promises see www.andrewshreeve.org / books/ ‘The Sword of the Spirit’).
Definition: Meditate: (Hebrew: ‘hagah’) (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2) to murmur, by implication to ponder: imagine, meditate, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter (Strong’s Dictionary, e-sword, www.e-sword.net). In this definition six different words are used that demand verbal utterance. Therefore, to be obedient to scripture Christians must develop the habit of including verbal confession of God’s written word in their habit of continual daily meditation.
What is Christian meditation? Christian meditation is focusing on God’s Words in the bible (Old and New Testaments) and speaking those words repetitively out loud until the words impact our soul (mind, will, and emotions). Through this process we permit those words to enter into our spirit. Meditation is an act of spiritual warfare to destroy strongholds in our mind and replace them with God’s Word. This may cause an adverse reaction from our soul if wrong thought patterns are already established there. We will probably need to hammer our soul with the Word to break the strongholds and the stony ground:
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? (Jeremiah 23:29)
Meditation is also the act of planting God’s Words into our spirit and watering those Words so they will grow and take root in our spirit. God’s Word is spirit (John 6:63) and will grow in our human spirit. Spiritual revelation and faith (Romans 10:17) are products of the Word living in our spirit.
We begin meditation with the covenant promises, as they reveal to us God’s divine nature of love and free us from lust and corruption (2 Peter 1:4). The promises reveal to us our inheritance, ‘who we are’, in Christ Jesus. As we daily acknowledge these good things, we will find our communication of Jesus will improve, and we will be effective in helping others come into the Lord’s kingdom.