Be Anxious For Nothing
Our thought life is vital to
finding peace! What we think and how we react or respond to those thoughts, affects
our overall life
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 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. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. NKJV
What we choose to think and meditate on matters. Our thoughts direct us. The devil wants to fill our mind with confusion, fear, impure thoughts, and mostly unbelief. There is a war raging and that war is for control of our mind. That is when we choose to refocus our thoughts on the things of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and other Heavenly thoughts.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
- Colossians 3:2 -
However, we must make the decision to refocus before those negative thoughts come. Did you get that? We must make the decision to refocus before those negative thoughts come. If you wait until the thoughts come and then think about refocusing, it is too late. Thoughts of bitterness, resentment, anger, discontentment, fear, and wanting to control the situation, must be immediately brought under the obedience of Christ.
Refocusing on something other than your imminent distress is not natural. That is where Philippians 4:9 is vital.
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 - NLT
Some versions read, Keep putting into practice. In other words, keep practicing the principle of refocusing until it becomes natural. Until it becomes part of who you are. Be patient with yourself, because this will no doubt take time. It means going against your will of wanting to dwell on the problem. You want to focus on it in order to find a solution. That, my dear one, IS the problem. We want control. Time to surrender all to God!
Make a conscience effort to change your thought process from pondering over those ugly thoughts to focusing on Heavenly things. You cannot think on worldly things and Heavenly things at the exact same time. Try it! Which one will you choose?
So how do you hold on to Jesus? Practically and literally speaking, what are the things to focus on? Focusing on any sweet thing does not have the same power to affect your mindset and create a new heart. Babies are sweet cuddly precious ones of God. Tiptoeing through the tulips is fun. Dreaming about fluffy, billowing clouds is just that, dreamy. What we need is power, real, life changing, miraculous, dynamite power! 1 Thessalonians 1:5 tells us “. . . our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power. . .”
That word power in Greek is dunamis (doo’-nam-is). It is the ability to produce, in abundance, mighty miracles of power, strength, and wonderful work. It is where we get our word dynamite. This is the power needed to fight the enemy and/or the flesh, that battle in our mind for top position.
You are now ready for battle! However…
WHAT ARE THE HEAVENLY THINGS TO FOCUS ON?
When we come to Christ, we learn we have a choice not to sin. We also have a choice not to listen to those ugly thoughts. God teaches us practically what it means to “give it to Him,” and “lay it at His feet” (those ugly thoughts).
Philippians 4:6 ¹Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by ²prayer and supplication, with ³thanksgiving, let your 4requests be made known to God NKJV
A command verse – Four (4) things we see in Philippians 4:6
1. The first thing we see in verse 6 is something we find impossible to do:
______ _______________ _________ ________________!
Anxiousness is a mental tension found in most forms of mental disorder
2. The second thing we see describes our _____________________ with God: ______________
how I feel or how confused I am in my mind. I thank You for loving me unconditionally.
Ask yourself why you pray the way you pray. Is it to give thanks and glory to God? Is it to manipulate God in doing things your way? Do not be so quick to say you do not try to manipulate God - Think about it:
Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. NKJV
When people seem to “lose” heart or mind, it is often connected to an ____________________ of the ______________ ________ __________.
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. NKJV
My thought life is vital to ________________ _____________!What I think - how I react - affects __________ _______________ ___________
…I dwell in the high and holy place, with him (her) who has a contrite (repentant) and humble (unassuming in attitude and behavior) spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
- Isaiah 57:15 - NKJV
Philippians 4:9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. NKJV
Again, make that choice ____________ the ugly thoughts come. Keep ________________ the principle of ________________ until it becomes part of who you are. Instead of __________________ that ugly thought, immediately _____________ those thoughts with any of the following:
First – focus on the things of God
b. Meditate on His character – the Names of God
c. Read Romans Chapter 1, Psalm 139, Genesis 1 and 2
d. What does the Bible say about the wisdom and knowledge of God?
e. Daniel 2:20-22, Job 5:10-16, Psalm 44:21, 138:6, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 11:33, 1 Corinthians 3:19, Ephesians 3:8-10, Revelation 7:12.
f. He knows the secrets of my heart.
g. He knows my every thought
h. Focus on the goodness and grace He has shown me:
i. Exodus 34:6, 2 Samuel 7:28, Romans 2:4, 2 Thessalonians 1:11.
j. What good thing has God given to me that I know I do not deserve?
k. Remember how He protected me in the past and now:
l. Psalms 146:9, Genesis 22:8, Matthew 19:26, Proverbs 3:5-6.
m. What about the times I was late going somewhere. I don’t know that wasn’t part of His plan so I would miss that accident had I left on time.
n. Things can be worse!
o. How does He show grace to me as His child?
p. Psalm 84:11, Philippians 2:15, 1 John 3:1.
q. Think about the many promises of God:
r. Genesis 28:15, 1 John 1:7, Psalm 32:7, Deuteronomy 4:29 & 31:6, 1 Chronicles 28:20, Psalm 119:114, Isaiah 41:10 & 42:16, Psalm 27:5.
Second – focus on His Son, Jesus Christ
a. Think about the prophecies and plan of God pointing to Jesus’ appearance. Especially in the Old Testament:
b. Isaiah 11:1 and all of chapter 53, Jeremiah 23:5 and 6, Zechariah 6:12, Daniel 9:24, Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 42:1.
c. Look up the Gospel accounts of the life of Christ -- from His nativity to His death, resurrection and ascension:
d. Specifically the four Gospels: Matthew 1, Mark 1, Luke 1:26-56, and John.
e. What has Jesus’ life and death meant to me and my position in Him as a New Testament believer?
f. Write down what it means to me that Jesus gave His life for me and my sin.
g. What does it mean to me that He rose from the dead?
h. Read all of Ephesians.
Third – focus on the teachings and principles in His Word
a. Read my Bible consistently.
b. Pray (without ceasing) – have an attitude of prayer. Pray to myself when I talk to someone in person or on the phone. Lord, help me to say the right thing.
c. Thank Him for every good thing that comes my way. A quick help, or thank you, can be sufficient. Do not forget to thank Him for my food, clothes, housing, car, job, spouse (yes!), parents, and children. Find something in all of these to thank Him.
d. Make sure I have a quiet time with the Lord. This is a place where I will be free of distractions. No phones, no computers, and no children! I may have to sit on the potty behind locked doors for 10 minutes a day. If that’s what it takes, then so be it.
e. Wait quietly for the Lord to speak to my heart. Don’t just jump up from my prayer time.
f. What verses speak to my heart? Make a note of them. Meditate on them. How do they apply to my situation? Write them on index cards.
g. Read a Proverb a day. There are 31—one for each day of the month. These teach me how to respond to certain situations in life.
h. Sing songs of praise from the psalms. If I can only make a “joyful noise,” praise the Lord.
i. Play worship music – music ministers to the soul. Many worship songs will bring tears of joy.
j. The Bible is the sword of the spirit—use it!
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- Hebrews 4:12 –
Get your mind ____________ with the things of _________; His _________, Jesus; His __________. That is how you can ____________ your thoughts from further _______________ when those ___________ ___________ of ___________, ___________________, _____________, ____________, _____________________ or ________________ attack your __________.
Conviction is from God, and draws us closer to Him
Condemnation is from Satan, and takes us away from God
Philippians 4:9 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.
Learn to acquire knowledge of a subject or skill through education or experience
Receive to take or accept something given
Hear to understand fully by listening attentively
See to examine, look at or watch somebody or something using the eyes
Practice to do something repeatedly in order to improve performance in; to do something as an established custom or habit