You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock. He humbles the proud and brings down the arrogant city. He brings it down to the dust. (Isaiah 26:3-5 NLT)
We can never avoid strife in the world around us, but when we fix our thoughts on God, we can know perfect peace even in turmoil. As we focus our mind on God and his Word, we become steady and stable. Supported by God’s unchanging love and mighty power, we are not shaken by the surrounding chaos (see Philippians 4:7). Do you want peace? Keep your thoughts on God and your trust in him.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:7-8 NLT)
God’s peace is different from the world’s peace (see John 14:27). True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing that God is in control. Our citizenship in Christ’s Kingdom is sure, our destiny is set, and we can have victory over sin. Let God’s peace guard your heart against anxiety.
What we put into our minds determines what comes out in our words and actions. Paul tells us to program our minds with thoughts that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise. Do you have problems with impure thoughts and daydreams? Examine what you are putting into your mind through television, Internet, books, conversations, movies, video games, and magazines. Replace harmful input with wholesome material. Above all, read God’s Word and pray. Ask God to help you focus your mind on what is good and pure. It takes practice, but it can be done. (Tyndale Study Bible)
What amazes me is that the closer I move to God, the more worldly temptations are presented to me. The stronger your faith becomes, the more severe the devil’s attacks will become.
Just as I explained yesterday, you reap what you sow. As the scripture says, rely on God for peace. It is all explained in the Bible. Don’t rely on your own strength and worldly influence.
It has been said plenty of times, so a man thinks so is he. This includes all your thoughts, even those of your colleagues and enemies. That’s why scripture instructs us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.
The last thing I have to mention is this: what you put in you get out. I am in control of what I put in. Take control; you can!
“Lord, I pray that you will expose me to the right things. Give me the strength and wisdom to make the right choices. Lord, I thank you for your Word. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.”