So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things. Philippians 4:8-9 Passion Translation
It’s not always easy to keep your mind thinking right thoughts, but it’s so crucial to maintaining your peace of mind. I don’t know about you, but living in turmoil is not where I want to stay! I need peace in my life! Not peace that’s found in this world, but the peace of God which is beyond comprehension. It guards my heart and my mind!
We’ve all heard the expression, “What you feed-grows & what you starve-dies.” This is so true in every area of our lives, but in our thought lives is it doubly important. Why? Because every word that comes out of our mouth begins in our minds. The things we hear become the things we think on, which become the words we speak, which shows up in the garden of our lives.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Life and death is in the power of the tongue and those who love it eat the fruit of it.” That’s why Paul specifically showed us to think on good things. It produces the peace of God. If you want to change the drama in your life, change what and who you’re listening to and choose to think right thoughts.
Anything that robs me of my peace-it’s out of here! I refuse to think ill of people, even if they’re being jerks! We all came from the same Father and somewhere inside of them is undiscovered DNA brimming with potential and possibilities. I choose to think good thoughts about them and pray for them because that’s what I’m compelled to do. I refuse to be frustrated by things or people I can’t control or have a right to.
Finally I will be God focused. I will think on His vast love for me, His blessings on my life and that He’s always with me. When I’m tempted to complain, I will thank Him for the Word that is active in my life, constantly working all things out for His glory. I will take inventory of His generosity to me, for truly the blessings of the Lord never leave us lacking for anything.
So may God shower his peace upon you, my beloved friends. And may the blessings of faith and love fill your hearts from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus, the Messiah. (Ephesians 6:23 TPT)