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.

When Making Choices

Two EvilsWe are constantly confronted with making choices.  It’s the stuff that life is made of.

A common phrase is, “I’m choosing the lesser of two evils.”

Bad choice.  Evil can only produce more evil regardless of “greater” or “lesser.”

Instead, there’s always a “third alternative.”  You may feel driven to make a choice, but the Holy Spirit never drives us.  He’s our Guide.In a “westernized” world, we live in a culture of hurry.

A “lesser evil” driven by the felt need to hurry is a product of fear.  Fear will never guide anyone to God’s wisdom of choices.

The response to being driven to decide “right now” is to STOP.  Take a deep breath.  Settle your heart.  Ask God for His wisdom…His “third alternative.”  And don’t make a decision until a peaceable intuition lights gently on your heart.

Charles Spurgeon said, “Of two evils, choose neither.”  That was some of the greatest wisdom he ever uttered.

The song goes, “Slow down, you’re moving to fast…”

Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Does this apply to you, today?

Gary