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Renewing Our Mind - Part 4

A PEACEFUL MINDSET            Page 3

V. 6 ** This is a noble calling indeed, but how do we do it? What are the steps to "A Peaceful Mindset"?

There are only two! Paul gives them in order, first in the negative form and then the positive.

1) Be anxious for nothing... In fulfilling this command, how far reaching is the application to our lives? Paul says "...for nothing...", which totally eliminates all areas of life from our world of worry. There is nothing that we are allowed to be anxious for! (cf. 1Peter 5:6-7)

2) ..in everything..let your requests be made known to God. This phrase indicates that we should be specific about our needs and involves another "constant", that being our communication with and total dependence upon God Himself!

** If we take a closer look at the second step in us acquiring "A Peaceful Mindset", we will see the guidelines for our requests, as we make them known to the Lord. Do you see them?

1) Prayer - this is the attitude of worship
2) Supplication - an entreaty, crying out to God
3) Thanksgiving - for the answer that will display God's will for our lives.

V. 7 ** As we faithfully obey both of these steps or commands by the apostle, what will happen to our minds?

"And the peace of God...shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

** Is this the peace with God, that we receive because Jesus bore our sins on the cross?

No, that peace rescued us from being the enemy of God through our sin, but is not the peace spoken of here.

** Then what is this peace and how does it effect us?

Isaiah 26:3 - A calm, settled state of mind, because of our trust in the Lord.
John 14:27 - Heavenly deliverance from earthly troubles and fear.
Colossians 3:15 - God's peace is the "arbitrator" for us against all of life's daily woes.

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