Perfect Peace

‘Whose thoughts are fixed on you’ Isaiah 26:3 NLT

The secret to ‘perfect peace’ lies in this Scripture: ‘You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!’ It’s not your circumstances, but how you think about them that robs you of peace. Focusing on your circumstances just causes more anxiety, because circumstances constantly change and often spin out of your control. However, God never changes, and nothing ever spins out of His control. Peace and worry are mutually exclusive. Worry throttles your confidence, chokes your perspective, and suffocates your spirit. It robs you of the peace that comes from knowing the God who can handle anything, and through whom all things are possible. The reason we worry so much is because we engage in exactly the opposite behaviour to that which brings peace. Worry is like a ‘no-confidence’ vote in God. You may not intend it that way, but every time you give in to worry, in essence, you’re saying ‘I don’t believe God can or will handle this for me. I’m not sure I can trust Him in this matter, so I’ll just have to carry this burden and take care of the problem myself.’ God is either the object of your trust or just a part-time helper you call on when you cannot handle things on your own. It is reminiscent of the elephant and the mouse that walked over a bridge. When they got to the other side, the mouse said, ‘Man, we really shook that bridge!’ When you begin to see God as playing the major role and you the minor one, you will begin to find the peace which has eluded you for so long.

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God’s Peace

God’s peace is a wonderful thing. And some of the people around you today are in need of it. It comes when you commit your life to Christ and live by the principles laid out in Scripture. When you ‘commit’ something to the Lord, you transfer every part of it from you to Him (see Psalm 37:5). Peter writes, ‘Casting…the whole of your…concerns, once and for all, on Him, for He cares for you’ (1 Peter 5:7 AMPC). What a privilege. Have you been availing yourself of it lately? ‘How do I cast all my cares on Him?’ you ask. Through prayer! As soon as you become aware that you’re starting to worry and lose your sense of peace, take it to God immediately and leave it with Him. Don’t give the devil time to work you over. The longer you wait, the greater his holdover you becomes. ‘But I can’t help thinking about it,’ you say. ‘What can I do?’ These 2 things:

1 Give it to God and then start to focus on other things. It’s a learned response, one you’ll have to practice daily. Paul writes, ‘Whatever is true…honourable and worthy of respect…whatever is lovely and brings peace…think continually on these things’ (Philippians 4:8 AMP). In other words, redirect your thoughts!

2 Find out what God says in His Word about your situation. Then line your thoughts, words and actions up with it. When you do this, ‘You will experience God’s peace’ (Philippians 4:7 NLT).

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