Here is one of the wonderful promises of God: “He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.” (Isa 26:3) Peace in our hearts is not only a promise and reward of God – a state that unbelievers often envy in an increasingly frenetic world – it is also a condition that we are commanded to enter. Jesus said: “Let not your hearts be troubled.” ( John 14:1,27 )
Here is another example of the importance of peace in the heart and mind ( 2 Cor 2:12-13 ). The apostle Paul said that he went to Troas to preach the gospel. That was his call – to spread the good news of Jesus Christ – so he was doing what he needed to do. He also reported that the Lord had opened a door for him – a confirmation that his journey was according to God’s will. However, he moved on quickly. Why? Because he “had no peace of mind”. That’s how important it is to have peace and to keep that peace always.
There are many ways we hear from God and, since there is such a fine line between soul and spirit, it is advisable to seek confirmations. We have the example of Gideon, who put out fleeces ( Judges 6:36-40 ), which, by the way, teaches us another lesson: Make it hard on God and easy on yourself.
The final confirmation, when seeking out what God wants you to do, is to have peace in your heart. Significantly, the Israelites in the wilderness did not move on until the cloud lifted. ( Exo 40:36-37 and Num 9:17 )
Decide today that carrying the peace of God is vital to your spiritual well-being. Accept the promise of God in Isa 26:3.
Recognise that God will endow you, supernaturally, with the blessed gift of peace when, as an act of your free will, you do one thing: Keep your thoughts fixed on Jesus.
- How important is it for Christians to have a vision?
- Does God want you to improve your self-image?
- Is faith marked by a positive mental attitude?
- What is personal development for Christians?
- Don’t trust a man who walks without a limp
- False humility
- Changing toxic thinking
- Crucifying the sinful nature