Friday, April 19, 2013

Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26:3

 Anxiety is all around us in this world.  Many Christians struggle with anxiety and live with guilt because they know God says not to worry.

God does say not to worry, but you may be wondering how?  How do I not worry with everything going on all around me?  How do I not worry in this world of chaos and unpredictability?

The answer:  Our mind.  Anxiety is rooted in our thoughts.  Our thoughts determine our attitude.  The enemy will come to try to put negative thoughts into our minds, but he cannot force us to accept those thoughts.

When a thought comes, we need to assess the thought and not just accept every thought. Assess before you accept!  Does the thought line up with what God says?  If you don't know what God says, then go to His Word and see what he has to say about it.  If it is a negative thought, I about guarantee it isn't from God.

After assessing the thought and deciding that it doesn't line up with God's Word, we then need to disregard the thought and cast it out.

"Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." 2 Cor 10:5   

We need to take those thoughts that don't line up with God's Word and cast them down.  Sometimes this is easier said than done.  It may take many times, days, even weeks to change our thoughts.  It will happen though if we persist in our quest to rid our minds of destructive thoughts.

The verse at the top of the page says, "You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you."  Peace may seem like a foreign far off fairy tale to you.  However, God is always faithful to keep His Word.  The key is our mind.  Again, if your mind is always thinking about the negative "What ifs", then it isn't stayed on Jesus.

If you are someone who struggles with worry and anxiety, please stop feeling guilty.  Guilt and condemnation are never from the Lord.  God doesn't say we have to keep our minds in perfect peace. He said, "I will keep him in perfect peace."  It is our job to keep our minds on Him.  It is His job to keep us in perfect peace.

We don't have the power in and of ourselves to keep ourselves in perfect peace, only He has that power.  He is faithful who promised.  God is not a man that He can lie (Numbers 23:19).  He will see that His Word is performed. 

Keep your mind on Jesus today.  He will give you a perfect supernatural peace that can only be found in Him.  Love you! 

Father, I pray that we would keep our minds on You.  I pray that we would cast down every thought and pretense that sets itself against the knowledge of You and take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.  Father, thank you that you keep us in perfect peace when we keep our mind on You.  We love you and trust you in all things.  Protect our homes, our country and our families.  We trust you.  In Jesus' Name, Amen. 

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