Hey guys 🙂 I hope your week is going well. Today I wanted to talk a little bit about controlling thoughts and what it means when people say to focus on God. I know that people have told me that when I am feeling stressed, but I never really understood what that meant. My pastor talked about this on Sunday and it was really helpful, so I thought I would share it with you all!
There are so many great Bible verses like 2 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:9, and John 14:27 that tell us to not be afraid and instead rely on God. That is great and everything, but it’s HARD. When I am stressed about something it is difficult to just release that, even if I feel like I do trust God. I think that the answer to this problem is found in Philippians 4:6-7 which says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This verse tells us that instead of being anxious, we should focus on God, prayer, and giving thanks. The doubt and struggle that we have is not in God, but in ourselves. Obviously, as this verse says, God will guard our hearts. So, what is the problem here? Spoiler, it’s us. It comes down to what we are filling our minds with.
My pastor said that we should be emptying our minds and filling them with good (God). Godly thinking will lead to Godly living. How are we expected to feel God’s peace when our minds are constantly filled with worldly things that are not helping us in any way. When we were saved we became God’s, our minds should not be in this world, they should be with God. Philippians 4:8-9 gives us instructions on what we should be filling our minds with, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
This verse instructs us to focus on what is true. The ultimate Truth is God and His Word. When we are focused on this we will be able to experience the peace that He promises us. It also tells us to think of things that are honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent in the eyes of God. It does not tell us to watch a movie, think of the fears of this world, watch a movie or go shopping. I think it can be easy to say something isn’t “bad”, but ask yourself, is it good? We need to look for this peace in a way that will connect us with our God. So, this week ask yourself if you are filling your mind with good. Spend time in prayer and ask God to reveal how your life needs to change so that you can grow closer to Him.
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