The secret to inner peace and calm in these troubling days

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on thee: Because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3, KJV)

Isaiah prophesied the words above hundreds of years ago to give us the secret to peace when the storms of life are raging. First, he says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace.” Peace comes from God. Jesus reiterated this point when He said “My peace I give unto you”. There are certain things in life that are beyond mere human ability. One of them is what we are talking about right now: peace of heart.A similar example is satisfaction in life. We desire these things, but they often seem to be far fetched. As a child of God, there is the peace of God in you.

Isaiah goes further and becomes more practical. He did not just end with the fact that God will give us peace. That is God’s part. He tells us our part, what we need to do to have that peace. It says “whose mind is stayed on thee”, that is, the person whose mind is focused on God. In plain language, if you keep your thoughts on God and the things about Him, His peace will fill your heart. If you keep your thoughts on the things of the world, including the current coronavirus, fear, worries and depression, will fill your heart. Does this sound familiar? Paul said the same thing like this:

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6, KJV)

Let me quickly point out two critical principles here before I close this. First, it reminds us of what I called  “biblical psychology”, how the human spirit and mind works in us here and now. There is tremendous power unleashed by the things YOU DECIDE TO THINK about. Secondly, it tells us  that there is an aspect of peace that is not an answer to prayer. You can pray that God will strengthen you to do this but the final results depend on what you decide to think about.

I saw a headline on Facebook of a pastor who was urging his congregation to be careful about the amount of coronavirus news they listen to. This pastor needs to preach that message even more and on rooftops. Many people do not realize the power of information and how their lives can be easily controlled by the information they feed on. I am very careful about what I watch, listen to and the amount of news I get daily. If you want depression, fears and worries that are uncontrollable, constantly receiving negative and nearly information from the world is the best way to do so. I pray you don’t.

We spend our day setting our minds on the tings of the world, and at the end of the day, pray that  God would  give us peace. Well, spiritual things do not work this way. If we  sow information that produces fear and anxiety, that is exactly what we  will reap, fear and anxiety. If we sow information that produces life and peace, that is exactly what we  will reap, life and peace.

Be careful with your thoughts. You are a very powerful creature, and your mind is a mystery. You were created in the image of God. Watch your thoughts, and keep your mind focused on the things above, and you will be unmoved though the world around you is paralyzed with fear and anxiety.

MEDITATE

What does Isaiah tell us to do in order to have the peace of God in our hearts as believers?

APPLY THE WORD

Do you want peace or fear and anxiety? The choice is no longer God’s but yours. Be careful what you allow to settle in your minds. Your thoughts are powerful, and whatever is in those thoughts will govern your life.

PRAY

Ask the Spirit to strengthen you,  first to decide to have a spiritual mind and then do what it takes to keep your mind on Him so that His peace will fill your heart. 

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J Chambers
J Chambers
4 months ago

As a 73 year old Christian that has not been to church in years I yearned for God and his word. I read about devotion and prayed for it. Out of the blue your name and info popped up on my iPad and was then gone. After searching I found you again and am so grateful. If I ever get to Atlanta again I will try to visit your church. I love your book The Devotional Life.

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