“In the world ye have tribulation, but be of Good cheer, I have overcome the world…in me ye have peace.”
We all live in the same part of the country, in the same time and economy. We have the same news, the same tv programs, and so many of the same problems in common. In the midst of the troubling times we live in, times when so many people are discouraged, defeated and in despair, there are also thousands of people who hearts are filled with peace. Peace of mind; peace of spirit; peace of soul.
What could the secret be…when one person can’t sleep night after night-yet her neighbor gets a full eight to ten hours of sleeping like a baby, and waking up refreshed, enthused and ready to take on the new day?
The basic secret lies in a choice that each and every one of us makes. What we think on…what we meditate or focus on. The contented, peaceful person lives in the same world as her uneasy and discontented neighbor. Where their lives get worlds apart is on the inside.
IT’S TOUGH TO CHANGE OUR UPSETTING THOUGHTS TO PEACEFUL ONES…BUT NOT AS LIVING A MALCONTENTED BITTER LIFE. Changing our ways of thinking DOES take effort…but it’s a lot easier than staying shattered and heartbroken at the way our lives are going.
Breaking all the rules that lead to happy peaceful life makes for a difficult life. The Bible words it like this: “THE WAY OF THE TRANGRESSOR IS HARD.”…
Living a life of peace on the inside, living a life ruled by the PRINCE of Peace on the inside…allowing HIS gift of peace to rule your heart by faith.
The hardest thing I found in gaining peace of mind was learning how to accept the relaxed attitude that comes when we accept the gift of the peace of God.
That’s what that word, “grace” is all about. In the Bible, the word for grace means, “that which brings sweetness to life; that which makes life sweet.”
If we’re ever going to live godly, that is a GOD quality of life that GOD CREATED us to live, we’ll have to be the kind of people that God created us to BE. That means getting rid of the OLD ways of thinking and doing and making room for the NEW. PUT OFF THE OLD MAN AND PUT ON THE NEW…EPHESIANS.
A. In the area of having the kind of atmosphere in our spirits that the Holy Spirit can work in, we have to get into the habit of emptying ourselves…of our fears, angers, worries, doubts, guilt’s and regrets.
I find that I at least have to do this at least two or three times a day. HERE’S HOW: Jesus said “THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU.” And, COL, EPH says that “YOU HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON.” I simply think of the thoughts that are in the Kingdom of God…is HATRED there? NO! And, I kick it out. FEAR?…WORRY?…DOUBT?…ENVY?…ANGER?…JEALOUSY?…GUILT?…AND I KICK THEM OUT!
The reason I have to do it 2 or 3 times a day is because as soon as they’re kicked out, they hunt for a way to disguise themselves, and within a matter of hours, the same ones or others will try to sneak back in.
Making a conscious effort at emptying your inner self to these kinds of thoughts and feelings brings you a sense of IMMEDIATE relief and peace. LET’S TRY IT!
It’s similar to the feeling you can sometimes get when you have a close friend or confidant that you can talk to when you need to get something off your chest.
I picture them as bad, mean people, literally being thrown out the gate of my walled city, and told never to return, and then locking the door behind them. I then tell my guards to watch for them at the door, because I KNOW they’re going to try to sneak back in.
Here’s why I use that one: PROVERBS. “GUARD THY HEART…REMOVE A TALEBEARER AND STRIFE WILL CEASE…LIKE A CITY WITH ITS WALLS BROKEN DOWN IS A MAN WITHOUT CONTROL OVER HIS SPIRIT. (PROV. 27:18)
Others I’ve talked to about dealing this way with the thoughts and feelings that try to rob them of peace of mind do other things: One says he simply counts them as “dung” and flushes them down the toilet. Another sees herself throwing them out of her house and slamming the door. You might want to put them in a barrel and throw them over the Niagara Falls…A RED Niagara Falls, putting them under the blood of Jesus! Or send them into space…Whatsoever works for you. Even as the Apostle Paul said it like this, “THIS ONE THING I DO. FORGETTING THE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND, I PRESS ON TOWARD THE MARK OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.” He saw it as putting them behind him and leaving them…getting further away from them…till they were too far away to touch or come back to disturb him any longer.
Just getting rid of unwanted thoughts, words and attitudes 2 or 3 times a day isn’t enough to fill you with the peace of mind and serenity that’s yours as a child of God. SOMETHING’S GOT TO REPLACE THOSE OLD UNHAPPY THOUGHTS; otherwise they’ll come right back…and bring some of their even more unhappy friends with them!
So, immediately, you want to start filling yourself with the positive and empowering promises that are in the Word of God. That way, when your old thoughts come back to haunt you, they’ll find they’ve been replaced – there isn’t room for them any longer.
They WILL keep trying to come back at first – don’t get me wrong! They’ve been at home in you for so long, and you’ve been so friendly to them, and they’ve running the show for so long, they won’t give up without a whimper. “CASTING DOWN IMGINATIONS…TAKING EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE…”
But as the new, powerful and wholesome thoughts from the Word of God take root and become stronger and at home in you, the very power of the Word of God on the inside of you will be enough to drive them away, and before long, you’ll have a mind that’s filled with righteousness peace and joy. “THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS RIGHTEOUSENESS PEACE AND JOY IN THE HOLY GHOST…”
B. In the same way that you INTENTIONALLY rid yourself of unwanted thoughts, you have to INTENTIONALLY call to mind wholesome and peaceful, whole and that life was good. Times when you’ve experienced personally the hand of God in your life. Times when the sheer beauty of some part of God’s creation swept you up in its awesomeness. These kinds of thoughts will working your heart and mind like medicine…” A MERRY HEART DOETH GOOD LIKE MEDICINE.”
C. Speak out loud peaceful, confidence and faith inspiring words…I like to use those from Psalm 23. “He leadeth me beside the STILL waters…He restoreth my soul…” He anointeth my head with oil…I use this to LUBRICATE my mind and my thoughts with peace and faith from God. What I’m sharing with you is one of the most simple and most effective ways of getting peace of mind, cleaning and confidence. I’m no smarter than you, I’ve just been a little more desperate at times.
You can use the 23 Psalm over and over again at night, to get yourself to sleep and to sleep well. Repeat the verses that speak to your situation the most. You can use the 91 Psalm the same way.
GETTING AND KEEPING A PEACEFUL, CLEAN AND CONFIDENT MINDSET IS AS SIMPLE AS EMPTYING YOUR MIND OF THE NEGATIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE AND THEN FILLING IT WITH THOUGHTS, WORDS, BOOKS AND IMAGES THAT BRING PEACE!
D. Other ways are:
• Keep your volume and tone of voice peaceful, clean and confident. Illustrate how you CAN’T be peaceful if nervous, high-strung loud and upset!
• Start each day as we said last time by affirming peaceful, cleansing and inspiring words. Instead of, O God, not another day! I like THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE…I WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT! I start it with God, affirm that the day is a GIFT from Him and that I WILL find causes to be happy and rejoice during the next 24 hours!
• Avoid negative, depressive and argumentative people or conversations. Negative, angry and depressing conversations affect everybody around them…and all the other people feel a sense of annoyance, or at least the sense that something is definitely wrong.
• Get a time of daily silence. At least 15 minutes a day. It will definitely build your faith. BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Silence builds faith, it also gives you time for God to speak to you and give you inspired thoughts and ideas. It gives you the opportunity to enter into what the saints of other centuries referred to as “the rest” of God.
At last factor I want to mention in the area of building a life of peace of mind, cleanness and confidence is in the area of dealing with guilt. We all struggle with it at times. When we’ve committed a sin and the sense of guilt just won’t seem to let go.
There’s a part of the human mind that carries around what we would call “unfinished business.” It stores all the things we’ve done that we shouldn’t have done as well as promises we’ve made that we’ve never kept…things like this. In modern