We all want peace of mind. And we all want to feel like we have stability and a safety net just in case we need it. But peace of mind is a mystery that few of us have figured out. It seems like we are always in the pursuit of it and somehow, peace of mind eludes us. Instead of peace and tranquility, our lives are filled with turmoil and stress. Maybe that’s because we are looking for peace in the wrong places. The world tells us that peace of mind comes from money and success. If we work harder and run ourselves ragged, maybe we will find peace of mind and some security to fall back on. If we can’t find it in our work, then we could try some crazy eastern religion, chanting, standing on one leg and putting burning, hot rocks all over our body. Maybe then we’ll see peace of mind manifest itself. And we might, just might, find a little bit of peace in these worldly things. But the peace the world offers won’t last long. As soon as another stressful event happens, we’ll be right back where we started in the first place.
But instead of turning ourselves into workaholics or new age gurus, we have another option available to us. One that will actually give us the peace of mind we’re looking for. The Bible is very clear about where peace comes from and how we can get it for ourselves. So, today instead of looking for peace in the world, let’s examine the Scriptures and find true and lasting peace of mind. Here are four easy steps to finding peace of mind in your life today.
#1 Know where peace comes from…
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in you.
Perfect peace only comes from Jesus. It’s as simple as that. If we know Jesus, then we know peace. Because He is peace itself. When we put our trust in the Prince of Peace and focus on Him continually, we will find a perfect peace that only comes from knowing Him.
#2 Understand that peace from Jesus is different…
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The world says that if we want peace we will find it in ourselves, either by achieving our goals and aspirations or through other religions. This type of peace that the world gives, only takes us farther and farther away from the truth of who Jesus is and leaves us feeling empty. Things the world offers, like money and meditation only serve to distract and confuse us. But the perfect peace of Jesus is different from anything we can find on our own. It takes us directly to the heart of who He is and gives us abundant joy. The peace of Jesus takes away fear, confusion, worry and strife and gives us the safety net we are looking for. It sets our minds at ease and gives us a safe place to rest. Now, that’s a special kind of peace! (I will both lie down in peace, and sleep: For you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Ps 4:8)
#3 Give your worries to Jesus…
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Worry is bound to catch up with us at some point. But when it does, we can take all of those anxieties to Jesus. He cares about everything in our lives. The really big, earth shattering things that cause doubt and fear to rise up inside and threaten to overtake us. And the little day to day worries that we all experience too. Whatever roadblocks are preventing us from having the peace of mind we desire, Jesus wants to hear about it and lift that burden from us. So, take your worries to Him because He cares for you.
#4 Let peace rule your heart…
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…
Sometimes we stand in the way of our own peace of mind. We can allow stress to rule our lives without even realizing it. But once we make the choice to let the peace of Christ rule our hearts and minds, He takes over and shows us a peace that we never knew existed before. The stress of day to day life and the overwhelming turmoil we face no longer affects us. Not because these things don’t happen anymore, they do. But those stresses don’t threaten to derail us anymore because we have the peace of Christ within us. If we let it, the peace of Jesus will fill our hearts to the brim!
Peace of mind may seem elusive. But if we know where to look, we can easily find it. Instead of running around from place to place in an endless search, we can choose to focus on the One who can bring peace into our lives for good. We can simply be in the presence of Jesus and experience His perfect and lasting peace. Because real peace comes from knowing Him. If you are looking for peace of mind today, I pray that you will turn to the Prince of Peace and allow Him to fill your heart with peace, love and joy. May God bless you!
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O you of little faith, why did you doubt?
Doubt is a dirty word in Christian circles. It’s something we don’t talk about just in case the pastor is listening. And we pretend that we don’t feel it because we think our friends will look down on us if we admit it. But the truth is, we all have doubt. Every single one of us. I have doubt, and I bet you do too. Having doubt doesn’t mean we are bad or that we don’t love Jesus. It just means that we’re human. Because it’s human nature to doubt what we can’t see. We think if we can’t touch it or hold it in our hand, then maybe it’s not real. Sometimes doubt is just a fleeting thought. It comes to us in an instant and leaves just as quickly. But other times doubt lingers. It plays tricks with our mind, tears us apart on the inside and robs us of our joy.
Before we go into how to overcome doubt, let’s look at where it comes from. If we can understand the source of our doubt, we can easily quiet it when it comes calling.
All Christians have an enemy in Satan. He seeks to destroy us and doubt is one of the many tactics he uses against us. He will search for a way into our lives to achieve his goal of utterly demolishing us. Once he has found a way in, He is relentless in his attack. He will slink in, like the snake he is, and put doubt in our minds leaving us feeling hopeless. Then slink off again to look for some other poor soul to terrorize. But we don’t need to fear Satan or listen to his lies. Jesus has already defeated him. However, we need to be mindful of his plan to place doubt in our hearts and minds and learn to recognize his devious actions.
#2 Outside Sources
We are called to live in the world but not of it. But sometimes living in the world leaves us vulnerable to doubt. These outside sources are the things of this world that distract us. They could be the people we surround ourselves with, the things we read or watch on TV, social media, etc. Anything we put into our minds can cause doubt to form if we allow it to influence our thoughts.
Sometimes our doubt is much closer to home than we would like it to be. At times, we can be our own worst enemy. Our view of ourselves can leave us feeling like we’re not good enough or that we’re a failure. These negative thoughts can cause doubt to creep into our minds if we allow them to take hold.
God, in His infinite wisdom, knows the innermost workings of our minds. He knows we have doubt and He knows that we wonder where He is when everything goes wrong in our lives. He understands our hearts and He has not left us alone to face doubt on our own. We can recognize what causes doubt and quickly overcome it with one simple God given tool…our Faith!
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
In Matthew 14:31, Jesus said to the disciples, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” The disciples had been with Jesus and they saw Him perform miracle after miracle. They had the unique opportunity of being an eye witness to the ministry of the Savior and they still had doubt!
At some point each of us made the decision to give our lives to Christ because the Holy Spirit showed us the truth of who Jesus is. Unlike the disciples, we have not physically witnessed the miracles of Jesus. But we know for a fact that God is real and that Jesus is the Son of God because of our faith. We may not be able to reach out and touch God or witness the miracles of Jesus with our own eyes, but we can see what He has done in our lives, around us and for us. We have seen the hand of God at work. This is the evidence of our faith. When doubt enters our minds, we can remember those times when we were so close to God it did feel like we could touch Him. If we look around we will see His goodness surrounding us.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We have the most powerful weapon on earth at our disposal, God’s Word. Faith comes by hearing the word of God and understanding the truth within it. We can grow our faith by reading the Bible and storing it in our heart. When we become firmly grounded in God’s truth, doubt will no longer have a hold on us. Instead of allowing doubt to destroy us, we can simply turn to the Scriptures and lean on the promises of God to get us through. Because God’s word is real!
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!”
This is a prayer of a man who had doubt in his heart but still wanted to believe. It’s an honest and heartbreaking cry to the only One who could help him in his suffering. We all know how he felt because we’ve been there, on our knees begging God to help us in our pain and unbelief. When doubt creeps in, we have a direct line to God. We can shoot up a prayer to Him in a second and ask Him for strength and guidance.
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Our prayers are not effective because we have great faith or because we are faithful to God. They are effective only because we are righteous through our belief in Jesus. This is our promise from God… He is always faithful to us and He will hear our prayers when we call out to Him.
Yes, we all have doubt, but doubt doesn’t have to keep us from experiencing the loving touch of God’s hand in our lives. It’s okay to have questions. And it’s okay to ask God to help us when we doubt. But we cannot afford to let doubt penetrate our minds and our souls. We must recognize it for what it is and stop it in its tracks. Our faith is the tool that helps us to overcome our doubt and seek God’s face in times of need. So today, I pray that each one of us will turn away from doubt, seek the Father and grow our faith in Jesus. God bless!
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The alarm goes off and immediately I’m struck with a feeling of dread. There’s so much to get done today and not enough time to do it all. Stress takes
over and fills my heart with worry.
We’re all running the race against the clock. Work or school, church obligations, finding time to spend with family and friends, that emergency that pops up in the middle of an already busy day and a million other little things. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. Somehow we manage to get most of it done. Maybe not everything, but the most important priorities get checked off the to-do list. The rest will be waiting for us tomorrow when we get up and do it all over again.
Does this sound like your life? Are you at the end of your rope? Are you wondering how you’re going to make it through yet another crazy, busy day?
There’s a better way. Instead of that stressful, chaotic day, we can have a peaceful day. Peace may be the last thing we’re thinking about when its crunch time. But at the end of the day, when our head hits the pillow, peace is what we all want.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
I must have read this verse a thousand times over the years. But this time, when I read it, God whispered something to me. It hit me like a ton of bricks. “What rules your heart?”
Unfortunately, for me, the answer always seems to be stress and worry. I guess I’m a bit of a worry wart. But all of that worry gets me nowhere fast. It makes me feel like a hamster on my little hamster wheel and there’s no way off. And the worst part is, all that stress and worry keeps me from experiencing the lasting peace of Christ.
And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!
When Jesus spoke these words, He knew that I would be a worrier. He knew that I needed to be reminded of God’s love and peace. So, why am I worrying and stressing when God has promised to take care of me? I don’t know! It just happens and then I have to take a step back and realize that I don’t need to worry. I can trust God. If He cares about the grass and the flowers, then surely He’s going to get me through today.
Maybe for you it’s not worry but something else that is keeping you from having the peace of Christ. It could be family drama, work problems, troubled relationships, fear of failure, a longing for something different in life or one of so many other things that pull us apart. Whatever it is, Jesus wants you to have the peace that only He can offer.
So, how can we find peace?
If you are a Christian, then you already have peace in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself is peace! And He gives us His peace! The Amplified Bible describes this kind of peace as “an inner calm”. Isn’t that what we all want? To have an inner calm when life hits us hard? To feel peace in the midst of chaos? This peace is a spiritual peace that comes from the confidence of knowing Jesus.
Emotional peace, that feeling of peace we are looking for in the chaos of life is more elusive. But we can find it by doing these two, simple things.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Read the Bible
Your word I have hidden in my heart.
It seems so simple, yet, when we’re in the thick of it, it’s so hard. We get caught up in everything else that we need to do and forget to make time to spend with Jesus. But if we want to experience the peace of Christ we need to choose to make Jesus the focus of our life and walk with Him every day. When we do that, the peace we are looking for will come.
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