Yesterday we looked at the peace of God, and how we can get it. How do we maintain that "peace of God" in our hearts and minds? The first step is by constantly letting God know all about what is worrying us, and knowing that He will answer our prayers in His good time and in His good way. God goes on to tell us how to keep that peace active in our hearts and minds in the next verse: Philippians 4:6-8 "6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." What kinds of things do we let our minds dwell on? When we go to sleep at night, what are we mulling over in our heads? When we wake up, what kinds of things do our minds automatically start working on? Is it politics? Work worries? Family problems? Finances? Sure, all these and many other problems rightfully demand our attention, but what God is saying here is that the underlying foundation of what's in our minds needs to be built of things that are true, honorable, right, pure, and so on. These kinds of things are what our minds should automatically start thinking about. That is in stark contrast to the way the world thinks. Psalm 36 starts out "Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes...3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4 He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil." Proverbs 6 says " 12 A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth...14 Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife." The minds of these people automatically revert to things that are completely opposite to what our minds should dwell on. We need to replace the tendency for our minds to revert to dwelling on wrong things, with the predisposition to think God's thoughts. We need to displace the world's ideas with God's thoughts. One man nailed it: "When the motor of my mind is in neutral, the hum of the gears is the sound of Isaiah 41:10. fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." When our minds are not actively engaged in things needing our immediate attention, they should automatically revert to things that are of excellence and worthy of praise, things that are true, honorable, right, lovely, etc. May God grant us His peace as we learn to fill our minds with His thoughts.