August 19 Losing Your Peace

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:1–8

Key Verse: Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, 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.

Our thoughts play a great role in the level of peace in our lives. When our minds are occupied with negative, nagging, and unproductive thoughts, we push peace away and invite anxiety and worry into our lives. Therefore, we must learn to recognize and replace negative thought patterns before they rob us of peace.

There are seven categories of thoughts that steal peace from us: sinful, negative, erroneous, unrealistic, rebellious, obsessive, and enslaved thoughts. Each category represents a different area in which Satan aims to establish a stronghold in our minds.

Whether you are plagued by one or several of these types of thoughts, it is important to properly extinguish the flames of their fiery path through your mind. Until they are put down, you will be unable to experience God’s gift of peace.

When these thoughts surface, first reach out to God in prayer. Confess that you are struggling with troublesome thoughts and ask Him to remove your burden. Then turn your mind’s energy to that which is positive, uplifting, and of God.

Philippians 4:8 encourages us to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Allow God to quench your desire to ponder more negative concepts and ideas with positive thoughts of His plan for peace in your life.

Lord, keep me from bulldozing Your gift of peace into a corner when my spirit is driven by negative, nagging, and unproductive thoughts. Help me lift my thoughts to You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 242). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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