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Word of God Speak: 8 Thoughts to Think on to Attain Perfect Peace
Have you ever thought it possible to attain perfect peace in this life? God tells us exactly how one can attain peace just by being mindful of what we think. Our thoughts weigh heavy on our peace.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.— Philippians 4: 8
Rhema, in the Bible, is many times translated as the word "word".
Rhema is believed to be a special revelation from God. It may come as a realization that a Biblical verse, in spite of its context, applies to a current event or set of circumstances.
Thank you for joining me here this Sunday in this new "Rhema" series. Have you ever been given a word from God or a particular scripture at the precise time when you needed it? Today, we will be looking at what God tells us to think on so that we may be kept in perfect peace. So many books, programs and the like have been written today, which actually take from God's Word of two thousands years ago. And it is no wonder this is the case being it works when it is put into practice in our daily lives. There is nothing complicated here.
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.— Isaiah 26:3
Is Perfect Peace Attainable?
Yikes! Don't run around like a chicken with its head cut off!
Truth be Told
As a young adult, mother and wife, I was, at times, filled with much anxiety and worry. I placed so much pressure on myself to be the "perfect" mother, wife, daughter, employee at work, and so on.
I thought I had to have a spotless home. However, God does tell us to keep our homes in order. I believe He tells us this so that our homes are a sanctuary for peace and refuge, without clutter to interfere with that peace.
I do remember being consumed with worry over my children. I wanted only the best for them in this life, as any parent does, and they did have a happy childhood.
My favorite time of year is Christmas, and I would become so wound up in having everything perfect in the home, and the "best" meal planned, with the most thoughtful gifts to all of my family given and wrapped so beautifully, that even my children noticed when they were older how stressed I would become ...about the most joyous time of the year!
At times I suffered from insomnia just from rerunning the day over and over in my mind and thinking how I should have handled this or that, which didn't bring me any peace at all to rerun it in my mind.
Then at work, although I gave 110 percent, which I still do, and knowing I gave my best, I still worried about my abilities!
I can laugh now about attempting to be the perfect mother, as my children figured out long before I did, that I was only human, and that is okay, because they knew through it all just how much I loved them, even with my imperfections. And that is all that matters.
The word "perfect" is used, in opposition to a false and imaginary one.
This is not always felt, received, and enjoyed in the soul; yet the foundation of it always is, and is perfect; and besides, this peace is true, real, and solid
Think on These Things
Many of us believe in God, but do we truly believe God? In other words, do we take Him at His Word? God loves us so much that He has blessed us with the gift of His living Word. There is no situation in this life He does not address in His Word, and He has done so, I truly believe, so that we may have life and have it to the full.
Certainly, if you have been on this planet for more than a decade or so, then you have more likely than not, been faced with some sort of trial or adversity in this life. God does not promise if we believe in Him, life will be smooth sailing, but then again, we can rest assured knowing that no matter what this life entails, the good, the bad and the ugly, peace is attainable, even during the midst of a storm.
I am no theologian, scholar, or preacher and don’t have any more insight to offer into God’s Word than anyone else, and so the best way to share of the power of God’s Word is to tell of how when I apply these truths to my life, what happens. God does tell us to not merely read His Word, and be so deceived, but do what it says. Therein lies the key. Believe what He tells us and then put it into practice in our daily life.
1) Whatever is True
You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.— Song of Solomon 4:7
Don't Believe Lies About Yourself
For me, when I think of what is true, I always think of God's promises to us in His Word. So, when I notice I am becoming a bit anxious about something, I think about all of His many promises and then I claim them for myself. Then that sweet peace, His peace, the peace that passes all understanding falls down on me.
My parents were always sure to tell us how smart and beautiful we were, but for some reason I did not always feel smart and beautiful. I was so tall and lanky in high school and felt so awkward when I compared myself to others. That was my first mistake. Never compare yourself to others as you are unique and beautiful, no matter the world's version of beautiful. There's no other person like you on the planet, even if you are an identical twin! Try to see yourself through God's eyes. I think when I was younger, I was one to be pretty hard on myself. Although I had a 4.0 grade point average in high school and was in the National Honor Society, I always thought I could do better.
It's a lie to think ...you are worthless, ugly, unworthy or stupid.
You will Never Look at Yourself the Same Again
The following inspirational video is well worth watching. Here is someone who was born with no arms or legs, yet he smiles through life. Listen to how he inspires young people to not believe lies about themselves.
Don't Believe Lies About Yourself
2) Whatever is Noble
She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear at the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.— Psalm 31: 25-26
A Woman of Noble Character - My Mother
When I think of a woman of noble character, I can't help but to think of my dear mother. I can only hope that one day I will become one-fourth of the woman she was in this life.
As I may have shared here at HubPages before, in my lifetime, I never once heard my mother speak ill of anyone, ever! I wish I could say the same about myself. I noticed that no matter what was going on in our life, my mother was always kept in perfect peace. I was a bit perplexed about this growing up, especially when my dad returned home from the wars, and suffered with PTSD. My mother possessed strength beyond my comprehension and courage throughout her life.
I never heard my mother complain about anything in her life. We did go through some hard times, but she never complained about what she did not have. My mother always put others before herself. She certainly sacrificed a lot for her family.
My mother was sure to remind us, when she heard my siblings and I not speaking kind about someone, that if we did not have something nice to say, we were to say nothing at all. No matter the person, my mother was always able to find the good in everyone. When she was silent, we knew she was putting into practice what she had told us, to just say nothing at all.
So, when I begin to feel myself getting upset with another person, I think about my mother and I refocus my thoughts, then that peace always comes.
3) Whatever is Right
I am reminded of that old saying, “All’s right with the world.” Well, we all know the reality is that all’s not right with the world, yet we can surely find something in this world that is right.
On the Honor System
That's right, the owners of this little fruit and vegetable stand are not always able to be there, so they just post a note saying to please take what you want and place the money in the designated area. The cost of each item is posted.
It's like something from back a hundred years ago, but it is right here in this day and time. Now this is something that is "right" with the world! To my knowledge, there has never been anything stolen.
There's certainly nothing "right" about this, but we can make it right!
When we think on the things of this world that are right, then we are able to experience peace.
However, if you've tried to think of something that is right in this world and come up empty, but you know of a specific situation in your sphere of influence that is not right, then maybe (just a suggestion) it's time to get off your behind and attempt to make it right by whatever means you have at your disposal.
It has been made right!
4) Whatever is Pure
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.— Psalm 51:10
A Child's Innocence
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.— Washington Irving
Whenever I think on what is pure, I can't help but to think of a pure heart.
Of course, a child's innocence is pure, but we all know that even a baby knows to scream and cry when it wants something and even toddlers can pitch a fit when they want something they cannot have right away.
So, back to the pure heart. It may be difficult to think of someone with a truly pure heart nowadays. I'm sure there are many who do have a pure heart; those are the ones who do things to help others without having an underlying motive to get something back in return for themselves. Well, I do think of Mother Teresa.
Another area as relates to keeping oneself pure until marriage (as I did), is something that I do think on from time-to-time, as I am so thankful I did so because I did not bring any baggage into the marriage and that gives me peace. I am not judging others who made other choices in life, but this is one of my thoughts on thinking on what is pure.
I can't help but to think of God's love for us, His divine love, is the purest form of love, and knowing just how much He loves me, gives me such peace, the peace that passes all understanding.
I pray Psalm 51:10-13 for myself every day.
5) Whatever is Lovely
A Child's Smile
A Lovely Toothless Smile
This one is easy! I just know without a doubt that we can all think of something in this life that is lovely. All you have to do is look around at the beautiful creation.
A smile is always lovely. Laughter is lovely. A new little life entering this world is lovely. The change of seasons is lovely. Kindness is lovely. Caring is lovely. The sound of birds singing in the morning is lovely. A sunrise is lovely. A sunset is lovely. One with a beautiful heart of love is certainly lovely. Family is lovely ...especially when we choose to forgive.
A Lovely Sunset
6) Whatever is Admirable
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.— John 15:13
Is there truly anything to admire left in this world?
Well, of course, there is plenty, but what comes to my mind is our Veterans who paid the ultimate price for serving their country and saving their buddies' lives by jumping on an IUD without even giving a thought to their own life. Then there are those who do return home, but are disabled for the rest of their lives for the same reason.
There are even the service dogs who protect soldiers. The following video is heartwarming and admirable in that a soldier wanted to adopt the service dog who saved his life and his buddies' lives. He had to fight long and hard to adopt the service dog, but he was finally able to do so.
7) If Anything is Excellent
“If” there is anything excellent, then search it out and think on it.
When thinking of the word, "excellent," one may think of excellent service, one who excels, excellent grades, etc. However, when I think of the word "excellent" in the frame of reference as to the peace God is desiring for us, then that is altogether a different type of "excellence".
After watching the following video about organ donation being the gift of life, I think of how something so tragic as the loss of a loved one's life, can be turned into a beautiful gift to allow another one's life to go on. It is truly a miracle.
I have never been in that situation in my life, and so I can see how one could have mixed emotions about it. However, this mother received a special blessing after her daughter's heart was able to allow another one to live. Hearing her daughter's heart, seemed to comfort her and give her peace. Please take a few moments to watch the video to understand to what I am referring.
Giving the Gift of Life Through Organ Donation
If you have a few moments, I hope you will watch the following video. The gift of life, through organ donation, is truly something excellent.
Heart-to-Heart - Hearing Her Daughter Again
8) If Anything is Praiseworthy
Search it out …is there truly anything to praise?
Well, of course there is much to praise! For me, this is an easy one too, for I praise God every day for His many blessings in my life. I believe when we start thinking of all the "have nots" rather than all of our many blessings, then peace escapes us.
I had breast cancer. It was there and then it was gone. God healed me, so I praise Him. I praise Him for my family. I praise Him for my warm bed and soft pillow to place my head on each night before drifting off to sleep. I praise Him for all that He provides. I praise Him for His love.
If there is anything worthy of praise in your life, then think on those things. Peace is sure to follow.
The Serenity of Rolling Green Pastures
Please Take a Moment to Participate in the Poll
Do you believe peace is attainable in this life?
Life is too short to go through it without peace
Please try to be mindful whenever you realize you are experiencing any type of anxiety, to just stop and think what you have been thinking on for the past hour. Immediately change your thoughts. Then, go and have a peaceful day!