Raise your hand if you are fed up with the division and hostility that have overrun every nook and cranny of our culture! Does it create Anxiety in your life when you long for peace ? It does for me…
It has sucked even the best of us in and spit us back out with fewer friends… with a lost world watching us act just as lost as they are.
So How do we Claim Peace?
There is so much going on that needs to be addressed. Honestly, I am tempted to give the people around me a piece of my mind as each new crisis fires off. how easy is it to become one more angry voice in the crowd!?!?!?!
But can I ask you a hard question?
What good are all the angry voices accomplishing? The division is laid out before us like an insurmountable chasm – feeling hopeless…
I have a choice… we all do.
- We can choose to offer up a Piece of our minds.
- This would keep stirring this pot of hate/division soup -solving nothing.
- We can choose to Claim the Power God gives us for Peace of mind.
- Figuring out how to rest in Jesus’ “Peace that passes understanding” in the midst of this storm.
Do you ever wonder if it is possible to experience Peace with Anxiety?
Honestly, Anxiety feels like an unwanted tagalong little sister that just never leaves me alone for long. She worries my mind endlessly and steals my joy and peace many days.
BUT GOD… Y’all, I know there can be Peace of Mind in the midst of Anxiety because I have experienced it.
I have personally worked hard for years to battle through this disease. Can I offer you a Free Resource to help Overcome Anxiety in your Life?
We can choose Peace of Mind
It may look like
- A real conversation about the real issues.
- Honestly listening to both sides rather than adding to the judgment and condemnation on those around us.
- Mentoring someone just behind you in the faith – that would make an exponential Kingdom difference!
- Guarding our thoughts from negative influences.
“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders” (Matthew 15:18-19 NASB).
Perspective Shift: Our words come from our heart which is tied to our thoughts.
The things that can defile us start inside our heart in our thoughts. Then they come out of our mouth. But, they are in our thoughts long before they come out of our mouths.
Consequently, as we examine the things we say, It is critical that we start by looking hard at what we are thinking about.
My words start in my thoughts!
Do you see the promise here?
In Christ and under the authority of the Holy Spirit, I have power to take every thought captive.
Step 1 – Take control over my thoughts.
When a thought leads me down an angry path I can push it out of my mind.
The ability to do this comes through Christ alone. I fail every time in my flesh! Only with Jesus help can I intentionally guard my thoughts.
Step 2 After we take the negative thought captive- replace it!
Scriptures give us a clear test for our thoughts.
“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 4:8-9 NASB).
Any thought that does not line up with Philippians 4 needs to be taken captive and replaced with something that does line up.
Join me as I dig into the 8 words describing the way we should think… because I don’t like to gloss over things and I love to know what the words mean! My #WordNerd is showing, but I love understanding scripture!
Let’s learn to train our minds for peace by examining our thoughts… before they come out of our mouths.
Follow the word to read about each word in this passage.“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, 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).