Paul urges the believer, in every circumstance, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, TO PRESENT THEIR REQUESTS TO GOD.
When they do that, they exhibit faith and confidence in God.
· When we give thanks to God we acknowledge our utter dependence upon Him and we affirm His greatness and His goodness.
Point #3: Thanksgiving is an expression of faith and confidence in God
After submitting one’s requests to God, with thanksgiving, one is in a position to receive God’s peace. Peace comes because prayer is an expression of trust
VERSE 7 - And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
Point #4 – A Lifestyle of Gratitude Positions us to receive God’s peace
God’s peace will guard your mind against anxiety and the attacks of the evil one. In order to keep your mind free from anxiety, you must keep your thoughts fixed on the good things of God.
VERSE 8 - Finally, brothers, 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. (NIV)
This is not merely “positive thinking” - rather it is keeping your mind stayed on God.
VERSE 9 - Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me —put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (NIV)
PUT INTO PRACTICE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED!