Philippians 4:4-8 ampc
4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!
5 Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon].
6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
What we do with our thoughts in the arena of our minds, can make or break us. We may know God, but if we neglect to reign in and control our thoughts, we can end up in a mess of trouble.
The absence of God’s peace, gives place to confusion, despair, and chaos. The presence of God’s peace makes us strong and ready for whatever challenges the day may bring. There is no situation God can’t get us through if we let Him lead us in His way and His timing. A key to dealing with anxiousness, depression and hopelessness is found in verse 8. What we choose to think on directs and feeds our emotional and mental well being. God gives us very clear directives for the type of thoughts we should nurture and dwell on. He knows we are but dust, terribly vulnerable to the effects of negative thoughts and images. But He also declares we are fearfully and wonderfully made with great power waiting to be released or hampered by our thought life. Our minds are made to worship Him as we dwell on His truth. I will worship Him with my whole being which is spirit, mind and body. He can’t choose for you what you think and meditate on, but He does give you clear instruction to open the doors that bless and also shut the doors that curse.
What have you been thinking about today? Did it bless your soul, or pull you down?
love in Him,