by Rebekah Harvey
The last several weeks in the Simple Truths Bible Study we have been studying about peace. The definition for peace is a quiet and calm state of mind, agreement and harmony among people, freedom or a period of freedom from public disturbances of war.
The verse we were challenged to memorize is Isaiah 26:3 it says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” This verse tells us that the pathway to peace is making sure that our mind is fixed on Jesus. In life we will be faced with situations that are difficult and nerve racking, maybe you are facing something like that right now. The challenge is to go through it without allowing the worry, anxiety and frustration of it to creep into our heart and cause us to separate from the perfect peace that comes from trusting the Lord. (Read that last sentence again.)
Jesus tells us He gives us peace in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Jesus was not controlled by fear, worry, anxiety or other negative emotions that try to work their way into our lives. I imagine He experienced the opportunity for them while He was on the earth, He was tempted in every way as a man, without sin. But he did not allow Himself to become separated from the “perfect peace” of a mind focused on the Lord.
The conversation that Jesus was having with the disciples when He told them that He would be leaving them His peace was during the Passover celebration after He had washed their feet. Some of the conversation they had was about a betrayer in their midst, Jesus also announced that God would bring Him into His glory. He predicted Peter’s betrayal of Him. During this time together He said to them, “Don’t be troubled. You trust God now trust in me.” Jesus was fully aware of the emotions that His friends were experiencing. Jesus also told them that He would not leave them as orphans or abandon them, that He will come to them.
Jesus understands what it is like to be a human, He understands that we face fear and anxiety and so many other negative emotions and He has compassion on us and gives us the opportunity to have peace. It won’t happen automatically; we must do our part and “fix our thoughts on Him”.
One way to fix your thoughts is to think about something over and over. If you will think about a verse that deals with overcoming what you are struggling with then every time an opposing thought comes to you pull out the verse. Write it on a card and put in your pocket, save it to your home screen so you see it often, put in on the bathroom mirror and the refrigerator door. If you continually put it before your eyes it will get into your heart and mind bringing peace to your life.
We are instructed to take our thoughts captive in 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
As believers in Jesus, it is our job to make our thoughts obedient to Christ by taking them captive. We cannot allow every thought that comes to make a home in our mind, this will not bring us peace.
Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.”
We choose what we think about, choose to think about the things of God that bring peace to your life.