Do you struggle to find and keep Peace of Mind? For me, it feels like a daily battle. I start out well, thankful and quiet with God, but them little people wake up, hubby texts something stressful, dishes fill the sink, piles of clothes seem to multiply, emails flood in… and my peace goes out the window. My thoughts get all filled up with stress and thoughts of Praising God… well they are harder focus on. Can you relate?
This past year we have worked our way painstakingly through Philippians 4:8 to find out how to get Peace of Mind. Finally, we’ve made it to the end of this verse, word by challenging word.
“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).
If anything is Worthy of Praise or is Praiseworthy
How often do you ask yourself:
Does this thought honor God?
Does this thought lead me toward worship or praising God?
I can’t remember ever asking those things outside of Church for most of my life. Then A pastor on the radio challenged me (yes it felt very personal) to allow Praise to bring Peace of Mind even if you struggle with Anxiety.
I was all like – game on – I’ll try anything to get relief from this Anxiety! Can you relate? Anxiety can be a controlling force in life. You are not alone in this struggle.
I put together a 40 day Reading & Journaling plan with many of the verses I Go To when Anxiety overwhelms me. I’d love to share them with you Free below!
The Radio preacher shared this challenge while Teaching through this last phrase of Philippians 4:8 – It may be the most challenging one of all eight.
Can my thoughts lead me to worship or Praise God?
Many of my thoughts are task driven. Do task driven thoughts worship God?
‘I need to wash the clothes.’ ‘The dishes are piling up.’ ‘Is the blue shirt still in my drawer?’
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Presenting my body – as a living sacrifice to God – is describing a way to make every part of my day become an act of worship.
Did you ever think about directing your task driven thoughts toward worship?
Years ago a friend taught me how to do this and I was blown away by how quickly it worked. You can infuse an element of thankfulness into you task-driven thoughts as a way to “Pray Continually“.
How to make your Task-Driven Thoughts Thankful to praise God
Let me give you some examples:
As I think through my list of housework I can be thankful I have a home to clean.
As I think through what I should wear to a meeting, I can be thankful I have clean clothes, and a job or ministry to plan for.
Notice I am not lying to myself. I am not trying to convince myself I love housework. I am just shifting the focus of my thoughts toward what I can honestly be thankful about in this situation. It takes practice, but is so rewarding!
Honestly, many of my thoughts lead away from praising God.
Thoughts that complain about my tasks are the opposite of the thankful heart God instructs me to cultivate. And boy do I have a lot of those thoughts – and words! Can you relate?
Philippians 2:14-15 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,
Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
If a thought leads dead opposite of God, His Will and His word, I need to stop it in its tracks or it will eventually come out of my mouth!
Psalm 19:14 Let the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
These complaining, fault tallying kinds of thoughts are in line with our human/sinful nature. But remember that we are being challenged in this passage to think differently.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says we have “weapons of warfare” that can be used to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”. We can capture those un-praiseworthy thoughts and replace them with praiseworthy thoughts.
You can also put on Praise Music – worshipping God through song – to turn your thoughts toward Praise!
Just to Recap – Any Thoughts can be turned to Praise God
- Task driven Thoughts can be turned into thankful thoughts.
- Complaining and Angry thoughts can be taken captive and replaced with scripture or music to begin praising God instead.
Paul ends this passage by instructing us to “dwell on these things.”
This means to calculate, to weigh, to meditate on those thoughts. We should be continually thinking through the good thoughts which will leave no room in our mind – or time in our days – to dwell on the negative things that destroy our Peace.
I remember when I had to choose to do the hard work of making this my way of life. It took time. It took commitment and accountability. But something amazing happened as it took root in my heart. The old things that triggered anxiety and depression became less powerful and Peace of Mind became my new normal. I believe that can be your story too.
What Task-Driven, Complaining or Angry thoughts can you replace with Praise to God?