Hope Notes: Prescription for Peace – May 29, 2012

Want to have peace?

Here’s the prescription in Phillipians 4:6-8
First…
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”
When you do that then….”the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
What do you replace those worry, anxious, stress-filled thoughts with?
“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
If what you are dwelling on isn’t *all* of these, about yourself or others, it’s time to let it go and not touch it again. It’s easy to dwell on the wrong things. Practice this and peace is yours.

Don’t fall into the trap of saying… “Yeah, but it’s true!” Yes, but is it noble? just? pure? lovely? good report? And the rest.. If it isn’t get rid of it. Stop repeating it, stop thinking on it, stop using it to manipulate others. Whatever reason is causing you to dwell on these things is the reason you don’t have peace.

Easy? Not at first, it takes practice, but it gets easier and easier and the Holy Spirit will help if you ask!

Phillipians 4:6-8

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