Not a lot of uplifting things in the news these days, huh?
We wake up to breaking news alerts regarding threats from North Korea, more hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, widespread fires. I don’t mind telling you, it can be a bit overwhelming.
That’s why I’m so thankful God’s Word tells us plainly in Philippians 4:6-9 HOW we can experience the peace God offers–no matter what we are going through! Here’s how the passage breaks it down for us:
- Talk to God about what’s on your mind. (See verse 6) Tell Him everything because He cares. Yes, of course He already knows, but He loves hearing from you–much like a parent enjoys hearing from their own children! And while you’re talking to God? THANK Him. For always being there and for being willing to listen. Affirm your faith in Him by thanking Him in advance for His help that will surely come. Let me tell you, I have learned that REALLY pleases our Father!
- Think about GOOD things. (See verse 8) Guard your heart and mind by taking your thoughts captive. Be mindful of the quality/purity of things you allow into your mind–tv, music, internet, books and magazines. Seek to fill your mind with the best things– Listen to an encouraging message via podcast while you clean house or drive. Turn on some uplifting praise/worship music instead of what’s “popular” on the radio right now but has lyrics that aren’t exactly pure. Write some Bible verses on index cards or sticky notes and place them all around your home. These are just a few easy but effective options to redirect your thoughts in the right direction.
- You know all those things you got excited about and highlighted and underlined in your Bible? DO them! (Is that harsh? I’m just quoting verse 9, below) And preaching to myself too! I love to read my Bible and to color code passages so I can dig really deep in study, but you want to know one of THE most important steps of good Bible study that’s not always as fun as reading, highlighting, diagramming, and verse mapping but even more valuable? Living. it. out. That’s the best and most powerful witness we can give to the watching world! THAT is what will attract others to Him.
“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.” (Philippians 4:9)
Don’t you just love how practical God’s Word is?! He knew we would feel anxious, so He equips us to experience His peace by telling us what we need to do to truly experience it.
Which one of these steps do you need to be more intentional about? For me it is for sure #3!