Peace Taker #12- Believing for Bad Things, Part 1 (TMF:695)

Peace to Live By: Peace Taker #12- Believing for Bad Things, Part 1 (TMF:695) - Daniel Litton
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       Number twelve: Believing bad things will happen in the future. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV). Another thing that can rob us of our peace of mind is by believing that bad things will happen in the future for us. Again, this negative form of thinking will breed discord in our minds. It is the opposite of hope. God wants us to be hopeful. If you’ve had a lot of bad things happen to you in the past, you may have cultivated the mindset that your future must assuredly hold bad things as well. But remember, just because you may have experienced some bad things in your past doesn’t mean you will or that you have to experience bad things in the future. The past doesn’t always have to dictate the future. Satan may remind you a lot about bad things from your past, but remember you don’t have to think about them. Again, I touched on this a bit last week. The Apostle Paul taught us that we are to forget bad things that have happened in our past and move forward into the future (see Philippians 3:13).

Peace Taker #11- Hypothetical Situations, Part 2 (TMF:694)

Peace to Live By: Peace Taker #11- Hypothetical Situations, Part 2 (TMF:694) - Daniel Litton
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       What are we thinking about throughout the day? Are we consistently cultivating possible worries and fears based on speculation that’s not founded in truth? Remember, Jesus has told us, ““Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34, ESV). This advice can save us a lot of mental headaches and heartaches. Like I stated beforehand, if we are thinking about ‘now’ and not thinking about tomorrow, this gives us peace in our minds. God generally isn’t wanting us to be concerned about tomorrow. That doesn’t mean we don’t make plans, but we shouldn’t be thinking too much about what we are going to be doing tomorrow. We should be thinking about today, enjoying today, getting the most out of today, and that will give us more peace in our minds.

Peace Taker #11- Hypothetical Situations, Part 1 (TMF:693)

Peace to Live By: Peace Taker #11- Hypothetical Situations, Part 1 (TMF:693) - Daniel Litton
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       Number eleven: Contemplating on daily hypothetical situations. “But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge” (Psalms 71:14,15, ESV). I think all of us, to some degree, have trouble with besetting thoughts that come to mind about possible hypothetical situations that could occur in our lives. Satan will present us with possible outcomes to situations, and these are outcomes which are negative or even worst-case-scenario. When we believe his lies, like I talked about earlier, it can hinder our progress and make us paralyzed with fear of doing anything. And when we think about a situation for too long, and think about it too much, lies are presented to us and we get confused. The truth becomes intermixed with lies, and we often then can’t see the forest for the trees. But we are not to contemplate these lies that Satan sets before us. We are to destroy these thoughts, and embrace faith in our varying situations in life. We make each thought obedient to God’s truth.

Peace Taker #10- A Negative Self-Image, Part 2 (TMF:692)

Peace to Live By: Peace Taker #10- A Negative Self-Image, Part 2 (TMF:692) - Daniel Litton
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       King David said to God in Psalm 139, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (139:14, ESV). It is true that God spent a lot of time intricately making each one of us, designed us as his image-bearer how he wanted us. We were so important to God that he sent his Son to the earth to die in our place, which reconciled us to him. So, we definitely have value, as Jesus said, and God definitely cares for us. While this fact alone will give us peace of mind, we need to love ourselves inwardly since God loves us as much as he does. When we realize we are one-of-a-kind, and are designed with particular interests and abilities, we can learn to love ourselves more. This can make us less critical of ourselves, and we can stop comparing ourselves to others, another thing that will take our peace from us. We are who we are, and that is how God has made us. There is peace in understanding that fact.

Peace Taker #10- A Negative Self-Image, Part 1 (TMF:691)

Peace to Live By: Peace Taker #10- A Negative Self-Image, Part 1 (TMF:691) - Daniel Litton
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       Number ten: Having a negative self-image. “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows" (Luke 12:6-7, ESV). People who don’t view themselves correctly usually don’t have peace. If we don’t like ourselves, and we are constantly rolling over negative thoughts, how could we have peace inside us? Remember, Jesus taught us, ““You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39, ESV). Now, notice how he said we love our neighbors ‘as’ ourselves. That fact is often overlooked. Yes, we are to show love for our neighbors, but we cannot show love for them if we don’t love ourselves first. Yes, it’s true, God does expect us and want us to love ourselves. King David said to God in Psalm 139, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (139:14, ESV).

Peace Taker #9- Having Negative Self-Talk, Part 2 (TMF:690)

Peace to Live By: Peace Taker #9- Having Negative Self-Talk, Part 2 (TMF:690) - Daniel Litton
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       Our self-talk can either motivate us with positive thoughts, or if our self talk is negative, it can cause us to get into a bad mood and not be so motivated to do much of anything. I believe that much of our life experience is based and dependent upon the types of thoughts we are thinking in our minds. So, if we want to have a more peaceful life, we need to eliminate inappropriate negative and unnecessary thoughts from our minds. Many of us are too hard on ourselves. We have set standards for ourselves that we usually don’t meet, and then we get upset inside our minds when we feel we have failed. But we should be careful about imposing upon ourselves rules in our minds, which must be carried out in our lives, that God never made rules. If we give ourselves too heavy of a burden to bear, this will cause more and more negativity to develop in our minds. We become frustrated with ourselves because we ‘feel’ we haven’t to been pleasing to God today, but often much of what we have made rules are not things that God said we have to do. So, we create a false standard by which we are thinking that God expects us to live by. And this takes away peace.

Peace Taker #9- Having Negative Self-Talk, Part 1 (TMF:689)

Peace to Live By: Peace Taker #9- Having Negative Self-Talk, Part 1 (TMF:689) - Daniel Litton
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       Number nine: Having negative conversation with ourselves. “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6, ESV). All of us are carrying on conversation within ourselves on a daily basis. We are constantly saying things to ourselves. Now, sometimes these things are good, and sometimes bad. For some even, their conversations tend to be more bad than good, and this can cause unnecessary anxiety in people lives. Our self-talk can either motivate us with positive thoughts, or if our self talk is negative, it can cause us to get into a bad mood and not be so motivated to do much of anything. I believe that much of our life experience is based and dependent upon the types of thoughts we are thinking in our minds. So, if we want to have a more peaceful life, we need to eliminate inappropriate negative and unnecessary thoughts from our minds.

Peace Taker #8- Thinking Negatively, Part 2 (TMF:688)

Peace to Live By: Peace Taker #8- Thinking Negatively, Part 2 (TMF:688) - Daniel Litton
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       You can change from thinking negative thoughts, about whatever situation it is, to thinking positive thoughts. Yeah, you may not always get everything exactly the way you want it, but this does not mean you have to be negative. If you are always focusing on the what is wrong instead of what is right, you’re not going to have much fun in life. Don’t look at something good someone shows you, and only point out what is wrong. You can find wrong in anything and everything if you look hard enough. Some of us need to take off the negative eyeglasses and put on the positive glasses, and thereby see what is positive in a situation or in our surroundings. This cultivates more and more peace in our minds. Now, this doesn’t mean we should abandon common sense. We shouldn’t have magical thinking. But in many situations that come in our lives, we can choose to think positively versus thinking negatively.

Peace Taker #8- Thinking Negatively, Part 1 (TMF:687)

Peace to Live By: Peace Taker #8- Thinking Negatively, Part 1 (TMF:687) - Daniel Litton
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       Number eight: Thinking negative thoughts in our minds. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13, ESV). We all know that when there is a good amount of negativity in our minds, then it becomes more and more difficult to be hopeful. We shouldn’t forget perhaps the most famous verse in the New Testament for the Christian: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, ESV). This verse can fill us with hope, which will in turn give us more peaceful mindsets. And this verse isn’t dependent upon whether we are a generally positive person in our lives, or if we lean more toward being negative most of the time. The promise is that God will work good in our lives in all things. Indeed, this is a tremendous promise for us. I, myself, have struggled with negativism from time to time in my own life, and I can tell you from experience that you can change how you think. You can change from thinking negative thoughts, about whatever situation it is, to thinking positive thoughts.

Jesus Died on the Cross to Make Us Right with God (TMF:686)

Peace to Live By: Jesus Died on the Cross to Make Us Right with God (TMF:686) - Daniel Litton
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       God sent Jesus to the earth 2,000 years ago, and he died on a cross to pay our sin debts, all the wrongs we’ve done in our lives. He died to make us right with God. Jesus rose from the dead and is today with God in Heaven. God gives both truly fulfilling life now to those who will believe in him, and eternal life for the future. If you would like to come into a personal relationship with God today through Jesus Christ, then I want you to follow my lead in this prayer: God, I have realized today that I’m not following you in my life. Today, though, I want to turn from doing wrong and accept Jesus into my life as my Guide. I want to do things the right way and have your peace. I believe Jesus died for my offenses and can make me right with you. I believe he rose from the dead, is alive today, and will help me in my life. Please Father, help me to start making right choices, choices that work peace in my life, and help me to be close to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.