Peace of Mind… An elusive thing I am always reaching for. But, in the midst of this drama filled world – is it possible? I struggle to know what is the Truth or what is spin in our culture. What about you?
That 1 verse is so jam packed with advice – we just have to dig deeper!
I love words! Especially bible words. The way I see it, if the Holy Spirit took time to inspire so many specific words, they must each have practical meanings!
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NASB).
And then he tells us…
:9 Those things, which you have both learned and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Just a Disclaimer: I am not a Bible Scholar – just your average Jesus Girl who loves to dig deeper. I research the words using concordances and online commentaries. I love the resources at Biblegateway.com and blueletterbible.org. Using them, anyone could dig deeply into the scriptures. ANYONE. Even you 😉
What is a True Thought?
The verse asks Is this thought True”? The deeper meaning here could say “is this a fact”?
We have to evaluate our thoughts objectively – no emotion allowed. That is a tough one. I am an emotional Gal Y’all!. Sometimes I need a second opinion from someone not directly affected by the situation.
Did you know we actually believe what we think, hear and say?
I need to be sure I believe what is true in every situation.
To be honest, I know I don’t believe the truth all the time. Can you relate?
How to do I fix that?
Can I weed out the emotional part truth we believe?
Yes! I can then Take Captive any lies with replace them with truth according to 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.
So I ask God to shine His light on the lies, then I push them out. But what If I can’t think of a true thing (like when emotions cloud my mind)?
I think scripture! I actually have scripture taped up all over my house to help me! Here are a few that I cling to.
Truth about myself
I am a Loved Child of God
1 John 3:1 (NASB) See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
I am Chosen by God – (a royal princess)
1 Peter 2:9 (NASB) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Truth about God
God will Never Leave me or Forsake me
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV) Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Nothing is impossible with God
Mark 10:27 (NASB) Looking at them, Jesus *said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”
Truth about others (even in marriage)
My mind always believes the extremes, like “he always does…” or “he never does…” Always and Never are not true thoughts. I need to be careful to think things that are true rather than emotional… because it’s easy to let the emotion escalate and then I am giving you (or someone else) a piece of my mind and losing my peace of mind.
It can be hard to get past the emotions when I have been hurt. I know that has been my struggle. This is my story of Finding a Pathway to Forgiveness. It’s yours free! I had to learn to release people, so I could walk in freedom!
When I am forgiving others -regularly – I am no longer keeping a running log of their offenses. This is where my Emotion gets in the way.
Each offense has to stand alone so that a true thought would be “what he just did hurt me”.
The Bible tells us to think well of others
Philippians 2:3-4 (NASB) Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Truth in Politics
Bear with me as I step up onto a soap box you didn’t know I had tucked away…
We have got to start a new habit: Verify the facts from News or newsfeeds before believing them (or sharing them or condemning others with them).
It is more and more common for the news to not be reliable.
So I habitually find both sides and see where facts line up so that I can toss out the opinions… Seriously, I am an intelligent woman and when given the real facts I can form my own opinion – Thank you very much!
The bible tells us we can only expect this to get worse so we must learn to find the truth and avoid the sensationalism.
(2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NASB) But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
These are 6 verses that Help me Think Truth – which leads to Peace of Mind.
What verses that help keep you centered in truth? I’d love to add to my list. Just drop the verse in the comments.