Over the past decade, the church as focused quite a bit on the words of our mouth. Rightly so, our words are very important.

Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

What comes out our mouth will be seen in our future – it is a biblical truth.

I, for this reason, have been careful about the words that come out of my mouth for many years.  If I don’t want to eat of it, I don’t let it come out my mouth.  In doing so, I thought I was doing all that was right, however, I was missing one very important truth.

Joyce Meyer said it best when she said, “The battle is in the mind.”

You can discipline yourself to the point that no negative words come out of your mouth at all and still deal with the negative effects of words…those in your mind.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

In Proverbs, the Bible says we are what we think.  The thoughts we hold in our mind affect our bodies physically.  If we are at peace in our mind and our emotions,,, our physical body will be at peace.  If our mind is full of turmoil, our body will be filled with turmoil.

In other words, it doesn’t begin with our words. it begins way before, in our thoughts.  That is where the battle begins and that is where it must be won, once and for all.

Yes, it’s important to watch our words, but that’s not where it starts.  What are we thinking on?  What consumes our thoughts.  Are we thinking on good things?  Is our mind focused on God and what His word says?  Or is our mind stayed up the attacks of the enemy and the thoughts he is whispering in our ears?

I also thought peace in my home meant peace in my heart.  For that reason I cultivated an atmosphere of peace throughout my home.  With worship music playing continually – my home is peaceful.  I guess that’s why it came as such a shock to realize I didn’t have peace in my body.

Our peace comes from Jesus.  The chastisement of our peace was upon Him. He left us HIS peace.  But that peace must operate from within not without.  It is a force within.  Within our mind and within our hearts.

Peace begins on the inside.  There simply is no other way.

Today, I encourage you to seek God and ask Him to show you any areas in your heart, mind or emotions where there is a lack of true GODLY peace.  When your heart and mind is at peace, you body will be at rest.  Keep your mind and thoughts on God and His word.  That is the very best and most sure way of keeping your mind at peace, as it is stayed upon Him.  Eyes on Him…it’s where it really begins.

 

Meditate on this:

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thess. 3:16