Renew Your Mind Sample Lesson: Philippians 4:8 Principle

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Philippians 4:8 Bible Journaling

I'm excited about the Renew Your Mind Bible Journal Class beginning July 1, 12024. Below is a sample lesson from the class. 

For decades, I've been entangled in a grueling spiritual war, sparked by childhood neglect, abuse, and abandonment. These wounds left deep scars, perpetuating a cycle of self-doubt, trust issues, and tumultuous relationships.

The ripple effects were devastating, with failed marriages, crippling emotional pain, and a legacy of suffering that echoed through generations, affecting my children and grandchildren. But I've come to realize that  this legacy of pain can be broken, and victory can be won.

I'm sharing my journey and the transformative lessons I've learned, through the RENEWING YOUR MIND class with the hope of empowering you to join me in renewing our minds and shattering the lies that have held us captive for far too long. In this transformative course, we'll dive deep into the Word of God and explore how to cultivate a renewed, Christ-centered mindset that will transform every aspect of your life.

Renewing your mind isn't just about reading the Bible and praying; it's like gardening. You pull out weeds and plant seeds of truth, nurturing them to grow strong. This transformative process involves deep engagement with God, allowing His guidance to reshape your thoughts and actions. It's about letting Scripture take root, memorizing it, and letting it change you from the inside out. 

The class begins July 1. You can join with a free trial membership and access to 26 other classes. Enjoy daily class interaction in our vibrant Facebook group

Sample Lesson

Lesson 5. Redirecting Thoughts: Philippians 4:8 Principle

Once we've learned to take our thoughts captive, the next crucial step is redirecting them. The Apostle Paul provides us with a powerful framework for this process in Philippians 4:8:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Understanding the Philippians 4:8 Principle

This verse offers a clear guideline for redirecting our thoughts. It's not just about avoiding negative thinking; it's about actively focusing on positive, godly thoughts. Let's break down each element:

  1. True: Align your thoughts with God's truth, not falsehoods or half-truths.
  2. Noble: Focus on thoughts that are honorable and worthy of respect.
  3. Right: Consider what is and aligns with God's standards of righteousness.
  4. Pure: Direct your mind to morally clean and uncontaminated thoughts.
  5. Lovely: Concentrate on pleasing things and promote peace and harmony.
  6. Admirable: Think about things that are commendable and of good repute.
  7. Excellent: Focus on thoughts of high quality and virtue.
  8. Praiseworthy: Consider things that are worthy of praise and honor.

The Power of Positive Redirection

Redirecting thoughts isn't about ignoring problems or pretending negative things don't exist. Instead, it's about focusing on what is good and beneficial. This practice can transform our outlook, emotions, and even our actions.

"The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale  has sold over five million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 40 languages. It has resonated with a diverse audience, helping many people to overcome obstacles and achieve personal success through positive thinking and faith-based techniques. Why? Because it is a principle based on God's Word. 

Both the power of positive thinking and Philippians 4:8 underscore the significance of our mental focus. By intentionally directing our thoughts towards God's truths and the positive aspects of life, we build a strong foundation of faith that can sustain us through challenges and lead us to a more fulfilling, spiritually rich life.

Practical Steps for Redirecting Thoughts:

  1. Pray: Begin with prayer, asking God for help redirecting your thoughts. Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your mind and give you discernment.
  2. Identify the Thought: Recognize when a thought doesn't align with the Philippians 4:8 criteria.
  3. Pause and Evaluate: Ask yourself, "Does this thought fit into any of the categories Paul mentions?"
  4. Choose an Alternative: If the thought doesn't align, consciously select an idea that does fit the criteria.
  5. Use Scripture: Memorize verses that embody the qualities mentioned in Philippians 4:8 and recall them when needed.
  6. Practice Gratitude: Regularly express thankfulness, which naturally aligns with many of the qualities Paul mentions.
  7. Engage in Uplifting Activities: Surround yourself with media, people, and environments that encourage positive thinking.
  8. Serve Others: Focusing on helping others can redirect your thoughts to what is noble and praiseworthy.
  9. Reflect and Journal: Regularly write down thoughts that align with Philippians 4:8 to train your mind in this practice.

Handling Criticism and False Accusations

One of the biggest changes I've experienced in redirecting my thoughts is handling criticism, especially when I have pure motives, but someone falsely accuses me. In these situations, the natural tendency is to become defensive or harbor negative thoughts about the accuser. However, applying the Philippians 4:8 principle can transform our response. 

I've learned to pray and ask God to help me see things from that person's perspective. I'm always pleasantly surprised at how well He does this. He gives me empathy to know that person in a new light and gives me compassion so I can pray for them.

This has happened to me at least a dozen times in some very sticky situations. When I pray from that person's perspective, I always receive empathy, illustrating the transformative power of prayer in redirecting our thoughts. 

We open ourselves to a radical shift in our thinking by seeking God's perspective. We move from defensiveness and potential resentment to understanding and compassion. This aligns our thoughts with Philippians 4:8 criteria and reflects Christ's character in how we view and treat others, even in difficult situations.

The next time you face criticism or false accusation, challenge yourself to pray for God's perspective immediately. Journal about the insights you receive and how they change your thoughts and feelings toward the situation and the person involved. Practice turning your initial reactive thoughts into prayers for the other person, and notice how this redirects your mind toward what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

Overcoming Challenges

Redirecting thoughts can be complex, especially when dealing with ingrained negative thinking patterns or challenging circumstances. Remember:

  •  It's a Process: Changing thought patterns takes time and practice. Be patient with yourself.
  •  Seek Support: Share your journey with trusted friends or mentors who can encourage you.
  •  Pray for Guidance: Ask God to help you discern and focus on thoughts that honor Him.

The Impact of Redirected Thoughts

As we consistently practice redirecting our thoughts according to Philippians 4:8, we can expect to see changes in our: 

  •  Emotional well-being: Increased peace, joy, and contentment
  •  Relationships: Improved interactions with others as we focus on the positive
  •  Spiritual growth: Closer alignment with God's character and will
  •  Decision-making: Choices that reflect godly wisdom and discernment


Redirecting our thoughts using the Philippians 4:8 principle is a powerful tool for renewing our minds. It's not about positive thinking for its own sake but about aligning our thoughts with God's truth and character. As we practice this principle, our minds will transform, leading to a life that more closely reflects Christ's example and experiences the peace that Paul promises in the following verse: "And the God of peace will be with you" (Philippians 4:9).

In the next lesson will discuss how to "Renew our Minds Daily." This upcoming topic will build on the foundation we've laid here, exploring practical ways to make renewing our minds a consistent, daily practice. We'll examine how to integrate the principles we've learned about taking thoughts captive and redirecting them into our everyday routines, ensuring that the transformation of our minds is an ongoing, dynamic process rather than a one-time event.


Before you can effectively renew your mind, you must understand the spiritual landscape in which this renewal takes place. In the first three lessons, we build a comprehensive understanding of spiritual warfare: knowing our enemy, understanding our authority, and utilizing our God-given weaponry. This strategic approach ensures we are prepared to face any challenge, fortified by God's truth, power, and guidance. Join us today!

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