Philippians 4:8-9 (NASB) 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Why is peace within our lives so elusive? The battle rages; however, this battle is the battle for your mind. If we were to step back for a day and listen to the influences of the world then we would see and understand their attempt to draw our thoughts away from Jesus. Maybe we do not have peace because we allow our minds to ponder things that do not please the Lord. It seems as if the television, radio, internet, and every other secular media outlet want to draw our minds into dark places. How are we to keep our minds thinking in the proper manner? Paul instructs us in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NASB) “3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” Paul is telling the Philippians to think or dwell on things that are of the Lord. If something comes into our life that is of the flesh as its desire is to draw one’s heart away from Jesus then that action, thought, or deed must be brought unto the obedience of Christ. Maybe we do not have a Biblical peace in our life because we have become comfortable and cozy with the things of the world. Maybe our minds are so full of worldly things that we rarely are able to think of spiritual things (Until there is a crisis and we expect God to show up and get us out of the mess we created). Do you have peace? Do you have a real Biblical peace where God covers your life? Maybe it is time to step back from life for a moment and check even our thoughts. Are my thoughts a place where the presence of the Holy Spirit resides? Think on “these” things and the God of peace will be with you!