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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Are You Training Yourself to Have Peace of Mind?
How can we find peace of mind in the middle of chaos? Life is full of things that can rob our joy—fear, disappointment, busyness, stress, technology, anger, cynicism, etc.—but there is only one way to have true peace: Jesus! Continuing our “Better Together” series through the Book of Philippians, Pastor Doug laid out seven spiritual disciplines that, if put into practice, will help us grow closer to Christ as we reflect His character and experience genuine peace of mind.
For the Note Takers
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s teaching this weekend:
Celebrate Every Day (Philippians 4:4): Don’t wait until you get to Heaven, experience joy in the daily progress. There is so much to celebrate about this life, even when we’re faced with constant trials. We can celebrate life, freedom in Christ, and our citizenship in Heaven, which no one can take away from us.
Be Steady on the Inside (Philippians 4:5): Are you like a thermometer or a thermostat? A thermometer’s internal temperature rises and falls based on the external; it’s levels are determined by the temperature of the world around it. On the other hand, a thermostat sets the temperature; it regulates its surroundings and changes it to what it needs to be by pouring in the necessary temperature. We should all strive to be a thermostat, not controlled by our surroundings but instead being steady on the inside and affecting our surroundings.
Reverse Your Worry (Philippians 4:6): Did you know that 92% of the things we worry about are either imaginary, won’t happen, or are out of our control? But Satan is a liar who knows how to manipulate and steal our joy. When we trust in the Lord and know that, even if we have no control that He is in full control, we can reverse the train that leads to anxiety.
Pray With Gratitude (Philippians 4:6–7): Replace worry with prayer! If we find ourselves worrying a lot, we need to spend more time in prayer because more than anything else in all existence, prayer brings peace. And this peace transcends understanding.
Think About What You Think About (Philippians 4:8): What do you allow into your mind? You can determine what thoughts take you. Remember, as a man thinks, so he is (Proverbs 23:7).
Follow Good Examples (Philippians 4:9): Find the best in others; find role models. Who do you listen to, hang out with, or learn from? Whenever we find ourselves without good examples or mentors, we find ourselves in a dangerous spot.
Learn to Be Content (Philippians 4:10–13): Paul learned this through difficult experiences. Contentment comes from knowing that God has providence. So we can be content in suffering because we know God is using it to advance the gospel and to do something amazing in us. Remember, life is not a series of accidents, it’s a series of God-guided appointments.
Quote to Remember: “There is a huge difference between trying to do something and training to do something . . . You must arrange your life around certain practices that will help you do what willpower can’t. It’s not a matter of trying harder, but training wisely.”—Pastor Doug Sauder
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A Look Ahead
This Wednesday, we’ll continue our “Open Letters” series in Revelation 3 as Pastor Doug teaches on the church of Sardis. This stagnant church was spiritually near death. There was a faithful remnant there, but it was time for the spiritually comatose and lethargic majority to wake up and repent. Learn how to avoid falling into a spiritually dead state. This weekend, we’ll conclude our “Better Together” series with a study of Philippians 4:14–23. In these last few verses, we’ll get to unpack one of the most powerful and misunderstood verses in the New Testament: Philippians 4:19.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.