“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace”
Charles Stanley (Pathways to His Presence, August 19) lists seven categories of thoughts that steal our peace:
Can you identify with any of these thoughts? He says that each category represents an area in which Satan desires to establish a stronghold in our minds; so it is essential that we “extinguish the flames of their fiery paths through our minds” because we will not experience God’s peace until we do.
Christ gives us His peace, a quality of the fruit of the Spirit, so that the filling of the Holy Spirit releases the glorious power of His peace. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Paul tells us in Romans 8:6, the key to this peace is our “mind controlled by the Spirit.” His instruction for maintaining peace is: “Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
We don’t need to understand why things happen to us because God’s peace transcends all understanding. Jesus gives us His peace, that the world cannot give, because we are His. As we yield our heart and mind to Him, we are filled with the Holy Spirit, who is quickened and manifested in us when our mind is “stayed” or steadfast on Him (Isaiah 26:3).
How do we let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15)? By keeping our attention focused on Him, He will keep our mind at peace. He encourages us to think on the things that are “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8). Ask Him to replace your desire to ponder more negative concepts with productive thoughts of His plan for peace in your life.
Tune your anxious heart to patience,
Walk by faith where sight is dim;
Loving God, be calm and trustful
And leave everything to Him. –Chambers