Silence Steals Our Peace of Mind [Peace Series Philippians 4:8]

Silence Steals our Peace of Mind

Do you ever feel Anxious?  Broken?  Damaged beyond repair?  Unlovable? Driven to Silence by those feelings…
I am sure many do since that snake tends to use the same dirty tricks on us all – then he makes us feel like we shouldn’t talk about it for fear of judgement.
Which is crazy if you think about it; if we all wrestle with these things, our silence actually makes it harder to find healing… because those who have come out the other side healed and whole are not talking about it!!!!!!

Silence Steals Our Peace of Mind [Peace Series Philippians 4:8]

I am stepping out of that crazy cycle for 2 reasons…

  1. God has healed me of this.  If my story can help anyone – I want to make it available for God to use.
  2. The enemy likes to take anything we hide (weather it is bad or just embarrassing) and make it public in a hurtful way.  So I like to live without that “mask” to give him less to hurt me with.  My life is filled with landmines he would like to set off and destroy me with… but I try to lable them and point them out before he gets there…  plus, when I acknowledge them – it allows God to heal them and use them to help others.
But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops” (Luke 12:2-3 NASB).
The earliest memory I have of visiting a doctor was being diagnosed with an Anxiety disorder.  As a Tween I left the doctors office with a bag of several kinds of anti-anxiety pills… which my dad promptly threw away.  I would have panic attacks often and I was sure I had experienced several heart attacks before my 13th birthday.

Brain processing Anxiety

I was sure I would be this way for the rest of my life.

My mind was filled with anxious thoughts and would run wild with a lot of vain imagination.

“6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 4:6-9 NASB).

I heard Pastor James Macdonald teach on this many years ago and it literally transformed my life.  I mean seriously, does the Bible really tell us how to get rid of this anxiety?  I can’t say it goes 100% away, but I learned that the battle is won or lost in my thoughts.  I can change the outcome.  I just have to get my thinking to line up with Philippians 4.

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. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:6-9 NASB).

Each of those 8 words has a specific meaning and application for our minds.  I will walk through each of them and give examples of how I have used this to Take Captive the wrong thoughts (I imagine a sort of trash shoot in my mind that I push that bad thought through) and replace it with a right kind of thought.

It has truly changed my life and my relationships which were always in drama and chaos… because of me mostly 🙁  Now they are health-ier.  I’m not perfect… ask anyone who knows me 😕 .  But I am better!!!!!  Praise the Lord for that.

 

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I couldn’t find Pastor Macdonalds sermon, but he has posted about it since.  “Out with the Bad – In with the Good”.  Check it out here.

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Ps… You are in the middle of a series on Peace of Mind.  To read the first post, click here “A Piece of my Mind or Peace of Mind

We will look “True Thoughts” next 😉

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