Intro: What we put into our minds makes a great deal of difference. What we watch on television, what we read, how we handle our conversations, actually develops and shapes our thoughts and attitudes. We are to deliberately think upon the things that are true like the Word of God, because our thoughts become words, actions, and habits that either reflect the righteousness of God or reflect the unrighteousness of the world. We cannot have the peace of Christ if we feed on the stinking thinking of this sinful world.
In our passage today, the Apostle Paul teaches the church at Philippi about true peace which is confidently knowing that God is in control of all things. The peace of God can be found and experienced even when we face conflict and challenges, because true peace radiates from the indwelling Christ. God’s peace is not bound to this natural realm in which we live. To practice appropriating God’s peace we need to pray, express our needs to God, and thank him for the goodness he brings into our lives, every day. Then, we can breathe and know the peace of God is guarding our hearts and minds. God is with you, today. Enjoy Him!
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 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.
8 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. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the peace that passes all understanding. Thank you for guarding my heart and mind as I live making you Lord of my life each day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.