Finding Deeper Peace

What has you the most concerned, today?

The ‘Master Key’ to finding a more profound sense of peace in life is found in discovering the supernatural solution.

God’s word is the entrance to the supernatural.  Anytime we enter His world through the doorway of a text; we cross over the threshold from mere natural existence into an extraordinary land of promise.  God’s realm is accessible to any of His sons and daughters that commit their way unto Him.

Ambrose, one of the most influential bishops of 4th Century Milan is quoted,
Meditation is the eye wherewith we see God and prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven.  Let your door stand open to receive Him, unlock your soul to Him, offer Him a welcome in your mind, and then you will see…the treasures of peace, and the joy of grace.

Proverbs 16:3 counsels us, “Commit your works unto the Lord and your thoughts will be established.”

Let’s unpack that verse a bit with the language that initially framed the thought:

Commit = roll away as a heavy stone.
Works = business, pursuit, undertaking, labor, activity.
Thoughts = ideas, considerations, plans, imaginations.
Established = fixed, fashioned, made firm & steady.

We all have pursuits in life of one kind or another.  Along with those daily activities come ever rolling thoughts that are both encouraging as well as worrisome.

By God’s design, mankind’s thought language is the imagination.  Therefore, our inner theater is our strongest support or heaviest weight.

Our picture thoughts are powerful pillars of support when they are fashioned and anchored by the inner working of the Holy Spirit.  The same inner projector, when powered by the flesh, casts images that produce anxiety and fear.

The difference in results is found in which source we allow and encourage to function.  The choices are being made by each person on a moment by moment basis.  The one given the most attention grows in strength and dominates our lives.

Godly imagination is built by fueling it with meditation in God’s truths.  Asking for the Holy Spirit’s help and allowing one’s self to see on the mind’s screen the pictures that His word paints.

Vain imagination of natural reason and speculation is built the same way; gazing at the worrisome pictures painted by the flesh.

Godly imagination is initiated by “What Is” (according to God’s counsel).
Vain imagination is intiated by “What If” (based on negative speculations).

Developing the habit of intentially meditating in the Scriptures, and praying them back to God, as they apply to personal circumstances, increasingly releases the aroma of supernatural peace in one’s soul.

Abandoning one’s self to God, in this way, takes practice.  The average person has such a habit of worry (negative speculation) that it takes time to re-train oneself.
The average Christian is so used to living by the standards adopted from the world that it takes effort and diligence to adopt thinking like the New Creation they are.  But, the result is Kingdom of God rest.

“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”  Hebrews 4:11 (NIV)

The alternative to God’s rest (Deep Peace) is troubled lives of stress and worry (perishing).

Peace that is beyond natural comprehention is already bought and paid for posted to our account.  Whether or not one spends it is their choice(s).

What are you worried about, today?  What kind of scenes are you picturing and feeling in your mind?  Are you living with peace or stress and fear?

Choose peace.

Peace-A-Plenty

PeaceJPG.001To experience “Peace-A-Plenty,” some people will need to take the next exit off of the road they are currently traveling.

To live with peace requires a different mind-set of attitudes and actions.  Many Christians don’t realize that an atmosphere of peace is possible, now.  The reality is…peace-a-plenty may well just be around the corner for you.  Or, maybe you’ve already discovered God’s green pastures of peace and the following will simply help you keep on track.

As you read God’s Word, you discover many verses that describe the potential life of peace.  You also see it demonstrated in the life of Jesus even as He walked through turmoil.  For this posting, we will find nuggets of gold in Isaiah 26:3:

   “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

To Keep

We see that the “keeping” action is performed by the Lord.  The Hebrew word picture, “to keep,” is that of a honey comb being placed deep inside a thorn bush.  This is something the shepherds would do to protect the honey from predators.

Perfect Peace

When this promise was given Israel was in a dark period of her history. It will help us in the church age, when surrounded by gloom, depression, doubt, fear and worry. When all is going well it is easy to read a promise like this in a very superficial way, but when clouds of trial, disappointment, anxiety and alarm blow across our skies and the sun is hidden, these words become very precious to us.

There is not a promise in the Bible that says we will be free from troubles, wars, trials, temptations, tears and sorrows in life. God promises something better. He promises peace in the midst of the storm.  The peace He promises is “perfect” peace.  This isn’t like the world gives.  Superficially dependent on circumstances.  Perfect peace is the quality of God given peace that abides in the soul.

Whose Mind Is Stayed On You

Stayed is a word that gives us the picture of a person leaning so hard against a wall that they are potentially off-balance.  If the wall were taken away, the “stayer” would “face plant.”  That’s how hard they are leaning into the wall for support.

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

Leaning on our own understanding is the thing that robs us of peace.  We normally are not nearly as smart, wise, and logical as we think we are.  Human reasonings have their place, but not the place we normally give them.  The understanding that cushions us with His peace is that which comes from His mouth.

Mediate/Ponder/Deeply Consider/Imagine

Whatever word you’d like to use, the key to peace is found in “mining” God’s Word.  Meditating. Pondering. Deeply Considering.  Imagining.  That’s the heart and mind activity that brings God’s revelation/insight/clarity.  It’s from that place that peace springs forth like a fountain watering the garden of our hearts.

Peace-A-Plenty is available.  Not by begging for it, but by digging for it.  Try some.  It’s sweet.

Gary