Summary: What we should be focused on in the Christian life and how to accomplish it.

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Philippians 4:1-9

FOCUS – On what I want, not what I don’t want

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.”

True – Unchangeable, Eternal, Absolute truth. In speech

Honest – Honorable, venerable, reputable In action

Just – Just and Righteous In regard to others

Pure – Chaste or Holy In regard to yourself

Lovely – Amiable for ourselves and others

Good Report - Useful and profitable

Virtue - for the good of mankind and opposed to a vice

Praise - worthy of praise or commendation

FOCUS – on one thing at a time.

Proverbs 17:24, “Wisdom is before him that hath understanding;

but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.”

FOCUS – on one victory at a time.

Matthew 6:11, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take

thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil


FOCUS – on God’s power not will power.

Jeremiah 12:23, “

Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

FOCUS – on doing good not feeling good.

Galatians 5:16, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of

the flesh.”

FOCUS – on people who help me not hinder me.

Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his


FOCUS – on progress not perfection.

Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work

in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

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