–“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 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. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Quick thoughts from these verses:
Don’t worry about things. (v.6)
Instead go to God in prayer and make your requests, worries, concerns, and things that cause you to stress known unto Him. (v.6b)
When you do this it is like exchanging your worries for peace. (v.7)
You give your problems that are to big for you to the Lord and in exchange He gives you peace!
This peace will guard your mind and emotions from worries and things contrary to what God says about you and circumstances. (v.7b)
The memory is a very strong asset of the Christian. That is why we should journal, blog and even take pictures of God’s working in our lives. These jewels will help us to fulfill Philippians 4:8 where the Bible commands us to think on several different positive things.
Paul tells believers time and again to “remember.” (e.g. Eph 2)
How much of what God has done for you have you forgotten? What are you doing to remember God’s goodness? What are you doing think upon truthful, honest, and just things? How much time do you spend thinking upon pure and lovely things or things of good report? How about virtuous things, or things that cause God praise?
Our minds are a major battle ground. If we lose here we lose everywhere.
I don’t know about you but I can be a bit undisciplined in this area at times and it has dreadful effects.
The Bible commands…
II Cor 10:5 – “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
We have to learn to take bad thoughts captive and release good thoughts for our minds to meditate upon.
Application: Today, when something depressing, or wicked tries to take up residence in your mind, first, take it captive. (This doesn’t negate our responsibility to fulfill our responsibilities.) Then move to the next stage of releasing something good, pure, or just etc., etc. into your mind for it to dwell upon.
I know I have to become more disciplined in my thinking how about you?
The great thing about it is that all the while this is taking place inside of you the God of peace is with you (v. 9).