I. If yes, what are you thinking on and why are you thinking on it? (Philippians 4:8-9,
1. As we control our minds on what to think on or what we allow in our minds
greatly controls our peace.
2. Our lives are a result of what we have been thinking on all our lives.
3. It’s our thoughts that influence our relationships and actions.
II. Two main ways to control our thoughts for the good:
1. Screen your thoughts.
i. What’s the source?
ii. Will this get me where I want to go in life?
iii. Where will it lead me?
iv. Is this scripturally and spiritually sound?
v. Is this thought going to build me up or tear me down?
vi. Can I share it with others?
vii. Does this line up with who I am in Christ?
2. Select the thoughts.
i. You have to choose whether you will keep the thought or let it go on
ii. It may not be right or wrong, it might be the difference between
good and best.
iii. If it’s the right thought, cultivate it.
iv. If it’s the wrong thought, let it go. (2 Corinthians 10:5, NKJV)
III. Truth about trust. (Philippians 4:19-20, ESV; Matthew 6:33-34, NKJV)
1. Peace is a by-product of trusting Jesus.
2. Peace comes as we learn to trust God’s purpose + Plan + Promises = Peace.
3. Trust is running to God not from God.
4. Trust is believing no matter what’s happening, good or bad, God’s working it
out for our good.
5. The right trust brings confidence and security that brings about boldness and
6. Trust is earned over time.
7. When we learn over time to trust, that trust results in loyalty.
8. Trusting in the Lord: When one intentionally aligns his or her life, choices,
thoughts, and actions under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)