“Then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 4:7 (TPT)
Central Truth: The thoughts of the Holy Spirit are Life and Peace, Health and Soundness that will keep your soul well and prosper!
Peace is a powerful weapon that allows us to be in a state of tranquillity. Things around you can be in chaos but you are at peace. People have asked me why I’m not worried and my answer is simple – my faith is not in the circumstances; my faith is in what God says who I am.
Psalms 2 says that you shall laugh at calamity, terror and destruction. Why? Because God said it and that settles it. Faith moves me to say what God says who I am, and I refuse to allow unbelief and doubt to dictate my spiritual wellbeing. If I allow circumstances to move me, it means I believe in doubt to determine my belief system.
“That seems you are a bit too strong and opinionated. Can’t you worry even a little bit?” Jesus could do no miracles in his own hometown because of the people’s unbelief. They did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, but just that he was the son of a carpenter. When we get familiar with our pastors and leadership and become disrespectful, we will not receive from the anointing that they carry to support and encourage us! We must have a good report!
Be anxious for nothing but be saturated in a lifestyle of surrender, offering faith-filled words with no excuse believing in the peace of God as our sanctuary! Prayer, meaning, cleansing yourself by confessing your sins, shortcomings, and anything that would block or hinder [ 1 John 1:9].
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. He that confesses and forsakes his sin will prosper. Removing any place of the enemy brings submission to the Word and obedience [James 4:7]. Guilt and condemnation rob you of your right standing with God, so that you become guilty of your actions and become condemned of your identity. The effect of righteousness brings peace and confidence [Isaiah 32:16,17,18].
Worry comes to steal your peace in your thought life and wants to replace it with fear and mental oppression. God has given you a sound mind with clarity of purpose!
Isaiah 26:3 has helped me in many trails and afflictions: “You will keep him in perfect PEACE WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON YOU.”
Our mind is like a wall, and peace gives us the solid stability to stand and to have complete trust in constant meditation of the Word, just as you would apply cement to a brick—that builds a refuge of strength—which resists anything contrary to peace.
Perfect peace is a guardian that protects your thought-life to keep you on the godly path of reason and tranquillity like a flowing river. Cast your worry completely over on Him as the One who takes your care by force and gives you His peace, for He is El Shaddai [1 Peter 5:7].
The proud say I will sort out my own troubles, but grace humbles us to allow God to be God. Our prayer and asking with thankfulness always bring joy, making our request known in victory over our circumstance. Don’t allow the enemy to steal your peace because you will lose your joy. Remember, the joy of the Lord is your strength!
“And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7 (AMPC)
Peace is like a castle with a strong wall and a fortified city. It is a stronghold against the enemy. Peace comes from a confidence knowing that God is in control. Peace in your mind is a state of wellbeing and builds the Kingdom to establish the will of God and leads you in paths that pleases Him.
Verse 8 of Philippians chapter 4 says think, or ponder and consider, like an accountant these thoughts that are honourable, righteous, pure, lovely, well-spoken, all that reflects virtue and that is of praiseworthy. Thinking these thoughts is thinking like Jesus – thinking the thoughts of Christ [1 Cor. 2:16].
Take every thought, image, imagination captive and bring it to the obedience of Christ and say, “I bind my mind to the mind of Christ,” then lay your hands on your head and say, “I now release the peace of God over my mind.”
You will experience the presence of His Peace that passes all understanding and bring you to a place of rest in Jesus’ Name!
Study scriptures and meditation: Joshua 1:8, 1 Peter 5:5-7, 1 John 5:14,15, Philippians 4:6-8.