2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
One of the names of the Messiah was to be and is today the “Prince of peace.” Whenever someone come to Christ the Holy Spirit of God enters them and they, from that moment on, have a Source of peace that they did not have before and will never leave. My friends, I have enjoyed Jesus as my Prince of peace now for 43 years! Have I had times when my heart by the circumstances of life was troubled? Of course I have. Have there been times when the situations of life were troubling? This last election cycle and American politics in general are troubling. Have we ever had health issues that were troubling? From miscarriages to accidents to Jared’s epilepsy, to issues of raising children, to financial troubles, yes, we have. But the Prince of peace has never left me.
The enemy of our soul wants us to forget about the peace that Jesus gives. The enemy of our soul wants us to focus on our pain both within and without. The enemy of our soul wants to attack us and then to make us think that God has left us alone. The enemy of our soul does not want us to live in the peace of God.
So, what do we do? What is the secret of living in peace in the midst of a peace-less life? I have found that in the darkest hours I must force my mind back to these scriptures. I must put my faith in the God who wrote these promises. I must turn away from doubt and in full faith believe that what God has written is the best prescription for me and determine to live there.
The mind is an amazing clump of mushy tissue. It responds to stimuli. When I cast down false imaginations and determine that they are lies against the truth, I am able to change where my mind wants to go and look to the real Way, the real Truth and the real Life. I begin to sing a hymn of praise instead of crying tears of self-absorption. The peace of God protects me from my own mind. The Word of God comes alive in my soul and rebuking my mind for its wrong turn brings me back to praise and to peace.
Depression and fear are bad places to live. I have temporarily lived in them both and through the promises of God and the power of the Prince of peace have never lived in those dark places for very long. What do you do when your mind begins a downward trek? Do you know enough of the Word of God that the Holy Spirit can bring it to your mind and lift you up and out? Take these four passages, memorize them, and as Jesus did in the wilderness when tempted by the Devil, shoot these verses at the enemy of your soul and find the Prince of peace, He who overcame Satan’s attacks, at your side singing His power and grace and love back into your mind.
I am thankful for a warm house this morning! Whew, it is cold outside and that is part of being in the Midwest. But one thing is sure, come March and April it always warms up again.
This Sunday evening we are taking all who want to come with us to Sunrise Assisted Living for a Christmas Carol sing. They are expecting us at 6:00 so I would like to meet at the church at 5:30, go over our songs, then car-pool over to Sunrise. We will do two 30 minute sets, one in the main section and one on the reminiscence floor. We have caroled around the church every other year and thought that the people in Sunrise might enjoy our caroling there. All are welcome to join us, the more the merrier.
Have a great day in the Lord,