Sunday, June 2, 2013

Prescription for Peace of Mind

Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 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.

Paul writes about peace of mind and it is about how to achieve it. The greatest way to achieve this peace of mind is, not to worry. Replace worry with prayer. It seems to be a quick and simple process, when we begin to worry, we pray and then fix our thoughts on Jesus.I was thinking today about how easily we can lose our peace of mind. It can begin with a thought and we grab hold of the negative thought, which then creates a negative emotion. This keeps on multiplying and then it becomes “worry”. Paul, in Philippians 4,  gives us the prescription on how to deal with worry. Like today, I had to call the pharmacy to refill a prescription. On the bottle it states the name of the drug and then the description of how to use it. We have the same written in God’s Word for us. It goes something like this:

Prescription for Worry
Take 1 prayer of petition and thanksgiving,  as needed for peace of mind
Use daily with thoughts that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise.
If you put into practice daily, you will maintain your peace of mind.
Precautions: Guard your heart and minds

This prescription for worry is written by the Great Physician himself. It is delivered to us personally and the prescription never runs out. Now this is something to always rejoice in!

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