“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3
Peace of mind. Peace of heart . . .
We all need it, especially in uncertain times, such as the global coronavirus pandemic we are currently facing.
So how do we get peace?
Do we go for a nature walk, soak in a bubble bath, practice deep breathing, eat chocolate, and so on?
Certainly, these can offer a measure of calm. But they lack the power to pull our souls up from deep despair. Only God can do that.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. Psalm 40:2
God is strong and powerful, ruler over all the earth. So it’s to him we turn for peace in times of trouble. God’s peace is like a strong, powerful, mighty warrior standing guard at the entrance of our heart and mind. It’s what protects our soul when fear tries to steal our joy and wreak havoc in our mind.
So how do we receive God’s peace when storms are raging around and within us?
Well, it’s not by osmosis. It takes intentionality and practice, prayer and praise, and capturing unruly thoughts. Mostly, it takes a willingness to obey God’s Word.
That said, I’ve gathered 10 powerful keys (taken from Philippians 4:8-9) to receiving God’s peace. They’ve been an incredible encouragement to me. I pray they will comfort and guard your heart and mind as you put them into practice:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”Philippians 4:8-9
10 Powerful Keys to Receiving God’s Peace
1. Rejoice in the Lord always:
Begin your day with his praise on your lips, and continue praising God throughout the day. Rejoice in who he is and all he accomplished at the cross that we may have life everlasting.
“ I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.” Psalm 34:4
2. Let your gentleness be known to all:
Gentleness is not the opposite of strength. Gentleness is the evidence of our strength and trust in the Lord. Synonyms for gentleness are kindness and tenderness. In other words—be kind to everyone you meet. Kind words and deeds usher God’s peace into our home, our community, and the world.
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
3. Do not be anxious about anything, instead pray about everything—with thanksgiving.
Prayer is simply a two-way conversation with God. Anxiety happens for many reasons. One is simply because we’re not casting all our cares on the Lord in prayer, while keeping a grateful heart.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7
4. Fix your mind on whatever is true.
Our mind is a battlefield and at times it’s hard to distinguish truth from error. Lots of our anxious thoughts are not based on truth, rather on unknowns. Rather than letting our thoughts drift into the land of “what if’s,” keep them fixed on God’s Truth. His faithful promises are our sure foundation when the earth is shaking and our hearts are trembling.
5. Fix your mind on whatever is noble.
The word “noble” carries an idea of something that is honest and pure, something that is worthy of respect. Our thoughts are to be focused on such things.
6. Fix your mind on whatever is right.
Through God’s Word and our conscience, we have the ability to understand right from wrong. We also have the Holy Spirit whose job is to convict us when we stray. When we focus on things that are right (in God’s eyes), we typically experience the peace of mind that comes with a clear conscience.
7. Fix your mind on whatever is pure.
We live in a world full of images that tempt the eyes and can lead us to entertain impure thoughts. Pray daily, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
8. Fix your mind on whatever is lovely.
The earth is full of stunning, breathtaking, beautiful images that can capture our attention, if we let them. I think one of the loveliest images to dwell on is the image of Christ, as revealed in scripture.
9. Fix your mind on whatever is admirable.
Synonyms for things that are admirable are things that are applaudable, commendable, creditable, laudable, and praiseworthy.
10. Put into practice Truth’s found in God’s Word.
The passage in Philippians ends with Paul encouraging believers to imitate his walk with the Lord. Paul is no longer with us, but we can certainly see in scripture that after coming to faith in Christ, he lived a life of utmost devotion to Jesus, serving him with his whole heart. We too are called to love the Lord with all our heart. Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to—
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
By using these 10 powerful keys, we can experience God’s powerful peace, which transcends our understanding and guards our heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!
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