Did you know that we are moments, or a couple thoughts, away from the temptation of fear and discouragement daily?
It’s true. At any given moment we can be given news that attempts to turn our world of faith and peace upside down.
I had such news this past Friday.
Friday night I barely slept. At times like this I get very quiet. I know the power of our words. I needed to make sure my words would not produce fruit I didn’t want to eat of. But keeping silent wasn’t enough.
By Saturday night, I could not stop thinking about the situation. My mind began to be tormented with possibilities. I knew something had to change and change quickly. I knew I was moments away from discouragement. I knew I was a handful of thoughts away from fear.
If we allow fear and discouragement to enter in, it only takes a few moments. However, once it is allowed in your heart, it will take much longer to get rid of it. Hours, days or even weeks. For this reason alone, we must guard our heart from all thoughts of fear or discouragement.
Joshua 1:9 says; Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
1 Peter 5:7 says; Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.
Romans 15:13 says; May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Regardless of how dismal the news is, there is always hope in God. He is a God of hope and He is always ready to fill us with hope! Nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible with our GOD!
1 Corinthians 15:58 says; Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Here’s the key. Be immovable. Don’t allow negative reports to move you off the promises of God.
I read a familiar scripture this week, in a different translation. The scripture is found in Isaiah 26:3. The King James Bible says it this way; Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
The translation I read it in says; With perfect peace you will protect those whose minds cannot be changed, because they trust You. (God’s Word Translation)
I love that! God protects those whose minds cannot be changed.
Don’t allow negative words to cause you to forget what the word of the living God has promised. God’s word is truth. God cannot and will not lie. If it is in His word, He will do it. Our part is to refuse to be moved off His word.
Refuse to mediate on the negative. Instead, pour the word of God into your mind and heart. The Bible says, as a man thinks, so is he. Think yourself into peace and faith! How can we do that during conflict?
How? By keeping our mind stayed on God and His word.
Peace is our promise. The same peace Jesus had. The same peace that remained on Jesus through death, hell and the grave. The same peace that was there when He rose again. That is the peace we have access to. Lay hold of it today by keeping your mind on God.
Fear and discouragement. Or faith and peace. The choice is ours, let’s choose peace and faith.
Meditate on this:
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27Posted by