So often, our minds function like highways and main streets. They become busy. Thoughts, ideas, fantasies penetrate the mind at a very rapid pace. Sometimes, thoughts have a way of catching you off guard, especially when you’re idle.
Big cities like Chicago, New York, or even Atlanta have highways, or main streets filled with traffic. Imagine sitting on a park bench, seeing hundreds of cars drive back and forth, going extremely fast. As you sit and watch, cars are rushing to work, dropping kids off for school, disobeying traffic lights, locating a parking space to go shopping and some are simply cruising through town, enjoying the sunny day. Oh, and let’s not forget the bike riders who aim to stay in their narrow lanes trying to avoid an accident. Can you say chaotic!
So often, our minds function like highways and main streets. They become busy. Thoughts, ideas, fantasies penetrate the mind at a very rapid pace. Sometimes, thoughts have a way of catching you off guard, especially when you’re idle. They become like a car in your blind spot, causing you to ask yourself, “now where did that car come from?” In the same manner, we ask ourselves, “where did that thought come from?” If you’re not careful, your thoughts will cause you to have an accident, or perhaps evoke you to guard your spiritual inheritance, which is peace.
The devil, your adversary comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly. A part of that abundant life includes the fruit of peace. Don’t ever underestimate the value of peace, as it is a commodity that is lacking and has been stolen from the lives and homes of God’s precious people. Today, make a sober decision to get up, gear up and get your peace back!
The Power of Peace
In John 14:27 (ASV) Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.”
Peace is a fruit of the spirit that isn’t against the law to possess, according to Galatians 5:22-23. It is the result of living in the spirit and not fulfilling the lust of the flesh. It is also a result of pursuing righteousness. Peace is not the absence of struggle, trials, tribulations, nor storms. Instead, the kind of peace Jesus Christ left you is the kind the world can never provide. The world’s version of peace provides temporary relief, but Christ’s peace enables you and gives you the power to walk through life stress free! When His peace rules in your heart, you can walk through any storm without drowning; not fret when you hear a doctor’s report, and not go into a depression when you’ve lost a job, or feel rejected. No! His peace transcends humanity’s natural understanding and allows you the freedom to trust in the true and living God.
Who Robbed Your Peace
Take a moment to identify and write down the thieves who stole your peace. Was it a family member, a friend, a co-worker, or boss? Maybe it’s your own internal thoughts you wrestle with day and night, or is it the situation you are in currently. Who is it, or shall I ask what is it? Go down to the station of prayer and ID the thief in the line-up. Let legal authorities (God) know who stole your peace and get it back now!
Take it by Force
When something has been stolen from you of great price and value, you will do whatever it takes to get it back. Listen, when your peace has been disturbed you smile less, laugh less, create less, and sleep less. This isn’t abundant living. God made you to create, get proper sleep and laugh because it’s like medicine. Child of the King, take back your PEACE today and eat of its fruit! How can you do this you ask? By doing three things:
- Keeping your mind on Jesus (Isaiah 26:3)
- Tuning your ears to God’s voice (Psalm 85:8)
- Filling your mouth with His praise (Psalm 71:8)
Take courage my friend. Renew your mind, take your peace back, and live an abundant life through Jesus Christ, our sovereign Lord and King.
Additional Scriptures to guard your mind:
- Psalm 29:11
- Psalm 34:14
- John 10:10
- 2 Corinthians 10:4
- Colossians 3:15
- I Peter 3:11
- Philippians 4:7