"The Mind of Christ & Peace" - Friday, July 22nd
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your persevering spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Today’s Scripture talks about peace and what it says about it is very reminiscent of what Jesus said about peace in the upper room just after the last supper and just before his arrest and crucifixion. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” We know all too well what it is like to live in this world. We know how readily we become troubled and fearful as we live lift down here on earth. Violence and dangers abound. Income shortages and financial reversals are routine. Difficult, fractured, or broken relationships seem inescapable. The demands and stress of responsibilities escalate all the time and leave us drained and empty. The pull of the world as it seeks to squeeze us into its mold is constant. Trials and tribulations come at an alarming rate.
The peace the world gives seeks relief in the very things that cause us to be troubled and fearful in the first place. I will be at peace if I can find a safer and more protected place to live. I will be at peace if I can accumulate enough wealth. I will be at peace if I can discover my soulmate and others who can bring fulfillment to me. I will be at peace if I can have a fantastic recreational experience to offset the impact of my responsibilities. I will be at peace if I give myself to a “Christian” environment that insulates and isolates me from the influence of the world. I will be at peace if I pull all the rights strings so God will exempt me from difficulties. “If I do this or that” is the world’s way. “If I pray” is God’s way.
Jesus said, “In the world you will have troubles” and “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” So, Christ is with us in the middle of our troubles and our one and only instruction is to draw near to him in prayer. When Christ becomes more real to you than your troubles you will know his supernatural peace; your heart and mind will be guarded so that you overcome being troubled, fearful, and anxious; you will persevere through your troubles in a way that helps others see that God’s remedy for the impact of troubles is best; and you will be a joyful person who can lift your head high and triumphantly right in the middle of what you are going through. The “Mind of Christ” is a beautiful thing as we grow in our ability to let it predominate in how we go about living life here on earth and you can be absolutely certain it will include have having large doses of God’s supernatural peace coursing through your entire being.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, wow! You really do go all out for me. I thank you and praise you for that. Forgive me for “drinking from broken cisterns” (Jeremiah). Help me drink deeply from the living waters of your amazing presence. Teach me to pray at all times so that I truly have the “Mind of Christ” and I discover the wonder of your supernatural peace right where I am right now at this very moment without the need for external changes. I worship you, I love you, and I bless you, Lord. Amen!
Posted on Fri, July 22, 2016
by Ken Hart