The state of mind left unchecked quickly deteriorates until it is totally negative and evil for the fallen nature’s desires are constantly enticed by the world. A stable, positive, peaceful, and pleasing state of mind is a constant conscious decision until it becomes routine, primary, and rudimentary. God’s peace through Christ Jesus guards my heart and mind (7).
Rejoicing in the Lord is the main theme of this letter, written by Paul while awaiting trial with either a verdict of death or innocence (4). Rejoicing in the Lord at all times in any life situation is a conscious decision. Elation and cheer in Jesus are not always easy, but they always become positive, peaceful, and pleasing when sincere.
Anxiety is a state of mind that is part of the fallen nature. It is fed by the rejection of the truth that God loves and cares. The Lord Jesus is right here in me and around me (5). He is ready to listen and help. Anxiety is controlled and subdued with talking to Jesus about that which causes me to be anxious. Prayer with a thanksgiving heart is what is intended to overcome an anxious mindset (6).
I can and should decide to think in a way that is ultimately for my own good. I can choose to think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, anything excellent or praiseworthy (8). A mind that houses negative and evil thoughts is cold, drafty, damp, and rotting away. It is destined to fall. A mind that houses positive and godly thoughts is warm, comfy, full of pleasing scents, and joy.