How is your thought life? Does it lift you up or bring you down? Are your thoughts characterized by purpose and promise or anxiety and worry?
Jesus says in Matthew 6:25: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry” Later, in Philippians 4:6-8 Paul restates Jesus’ command to “not worry” and goes further by instructing us to replace our anxious thoughts with God’s assurances.
Consider the Philippians 4:6-8 passage in three parts–verse by verse:
Philippians 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
God knows that these types of thoughts will cripple your spirit and this is why He inspired Paul to write: “Do not be anxious about anything.” Concern and planning for your future is fine, but being choked with anxiety is not.
If anxiety is your problem connect with God through prayer and petition, thank Him for all that He has already done for you, and then present your requests to Him.
Lay your anxieties before God, ask for His intervention, and prepare to receive His answer.
Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God’s answer to your prayer will be–the peace of God, which transcends all understanding. The peace is God goes beyond anything the world can offer. It isn’t a natural state of mind–it’s a supernatural blessing. God is Jehovah-shalom, the Lord of Peace, and he will guard your thought life from anxiety’s assaults.
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Let God do the things that only he can do.
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.
You are what you think about. Replace your anxieties with thoughts that are: “true … noble … right … pure … lovely … admirable … excellent … praiseworthy”, i.e., God’s assurances.
God’s way of thinking is perfect.