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You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Perfect peace. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? I think I could endure any hardship this life could throw at me if I could stay in perfect peace. If I can focus my thoughts on the fact that God has it all under control and no matter what happens, he loves me and will work it out in the end, peace stays with me. It’s the “keeping my thought fixed on him” part that’s hard.
I have experienced the perfect peace mentioned in this verse on several occasions, but I wasn’t able to stay there. I didn’t keep my thoughts fixed on him, They went off in all different directions, trying to figure out what to do, how to handle the situation. The confusion, worry, fear and sometimes even anger crowded out God. Then there’s no room left for peace.
So, maybe it’s time to exercise that muscle called self-control. Stop allowing worry to steal my peace. Stop letting fear take up residence in my mind. Stop trying to figure it out, because my solutions are never the ones that work, anyway. Time to rest in Christ and let him keep me in perfect peace.
Very good message and so true. Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus in the storm and we will have that peace. Post this on the main site in the regular articles too. It will get a lot more exposure over there.
God Bless, Mike
We need God's Grace because of God's Truth.
Thanks for sharing and all praise and glory to God for keeping us in perfect peace when we stay fixed on Him Hallelujah!
Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
I've re-posted this piece to hopefully help someone.
REGULARLY, I GIVE SATAN A PEACE OF MY MIND
Scriptures are from the King James Bible.
Many have heard someone say "I gave him/her a piece of my mind."
Well, here the word piece is replaced with the word peace. I purpose, with steadfast deliberation, to regularly give Satan a peace of my mind.
The Holy Scriptures tell us that we are to have the mind of Christ - 1 Corinthians 2:16. The Word also tells us these things about peace:
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you, Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
We are charged in James 4:7, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
If the devil has our minds, we gave them to him. Too many Christians cave to Satan and his evil practices. I was one of those Christians until our Lord told me that it was time for me to grow up and to steadfastly fight to keep my stand against Satan. Satan is NOT going to willingly give us any ground. Matthew 11:12, "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." God is "the God of forces" - Daniel 11:38. We are to be spiritually violent - NOT physically violent. Our survival depends on us using spiritual violence against the powers of darkness. If we elect to be spiritual wimps, Satan will triumph over us.
With the power of Almighty GOD invested in me, I decree that that ain't happening to this blood bought child of the Most High! I'm not begging Satan for nothing (bad grammar used on purpose). I'm handling what's mine, as given by our great and awesome Lord. That's my appointment and, with the help of GOD, I purpose to keep it!
Hours BEFORE the 5.8 earthquake here in D.C. yesterday, Tuesday August 23, 2011, I was at the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. Today our Lord quickened me that yesterday morning He had donned me in a tee shirt with an eagle drawing on it, and with a necklace that had a lion’s face on it in roar mode. Then our Lord gave me these scriptures:
Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians,
and how I bare you on eagles' wings,
and brought you unto myself.
The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man,
he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war:
he shall cry, yea, roar;
he shall prevail against his enemies.
The other day I heard a pastor say about his spirituality, "I'm not a gambler; I'm an investor." Amen to that. We need to daily invest in the kingdom of GOD to reap eternal dividends. In these days of increased evil, Christians are in peril if in states of rebellion against GOD, and if daily time isn't spent in the presence of our Lord through Word study, prayer, and thanksgiving. It is more and more dangerous out here, people. 2 Timothy 3:13, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." We have a responsibility to wax stronger and stronger in our Lord. The Bible tells us that we are to possess the kingdom - Daniel 7:22.
Awhile ago, our Lord gave me a revelation that self-pity is sin. It's used by Satan to have us to focus on ourselves. When we focus on ourselves, we aren't focusing on GOD. Our Lord's Word tells us that if we keep our minds stayed on Him, we will have perfect peace.
Yesterday, when the 5.8 earthquake hit here in D.C., I was about to enter my apartment unit door. The door shook violently for more than a few moments. At the time, I didn't know what had caused the shaking. What did I do? My spirit was completely at peace, and quickened in a posture of, "Have no fear, JESUS is here." I put the key in the shaking door and came into my unit. I do recall silently thinking something like, "Lord, whatever this is, it's not bigger than You." A few minutes later, on the Internet, I read that we had had an earthquake.
Satan's mission is to frustrate Christians, to wear us down, to devour us, to deceive us and, ultimately, to destroy us. Well, I go on record to state that our missions should be to frustrate Satan, and to resist him firm unto the end through the power of Almighty GOD. How do we frustrate Satan? When he attacks with his persecutions, such as mind games, hindrances, false accusations, and lies - we retaliate against his wickedness when we habitually choose to do the following: live holy, quote to him the Word of GOD, remind him that GOD ALWAYS WINS, praise GOD, sing in worship to GOD, do victory dances, witness to unbelievers, and think, say and do other actions that glorify GOD. Satan hates when we celebrate GOD, and share of His love, mercy and forgiveness. GOOD! I heard one pastor say, "Torment the tormenter." When we glorify GOD, Satan is tormented.
Satan is a low "life." We are commanded by GOD to be of the high life. Colossians 3:1,2, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of GOD. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth,." Our Lord is displeased when we elect the low over the high. GOD is never low. He is forever high. Certainly, we falter but more and more, we should be found spiritually in high places.
Let's steadfastly purpose to give the devil a peace of our minds in Christ JESUS!
2 Peter 1:2
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
Written Wednesday August 24, 2011
My e-mail address is missioneaglesatgmail.com.
Psalm 63:8 - KJV
My soul followeth hard after thee:...
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Beautiful message and your expression of love for the Lord so apparent.
Thank you for this post.
Psalm 119:105 ( KJV) "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."
I love you Lord...Blessed is your name~
Thanks so much for sharing this very good and powerful word. I love reading such wonderfully inspiring words and testimonies of what the Lord shares with His servants and of His goodness and mercies which are new every morning! Imagine that!There is always something wonderful to be learned or experienced through our Lord every morning, especially when we are willing to listen and to have teachable spirits! GLORY TO GOD!
"If the devil has our minds, we gave them to him. Too many Christians cave to Satan and his evil practices. I was one of those Christians until our Lord told me that it was time for me to grow up and to steadfastly fight to keep my stand against Satan. Satan is NOT going to willingly give us any ground. Matthew 11:12, "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." God is "the God of forces" - Daniel 11:38. We are to be spiritually violent - NOT physically violent. Our survival depends on us using spiritual violence against the powers of darkness. If we elect to be spiritual wimps, Satan will triumph over us."
Thank you Sandra.I love the energy expressed here. You are absolutely right when you say,"If the devil has our minds, we gave them to him." It encourages me to ONLY give my mind to Jesus. To think on Him. To ponder on His Grace and His acceptance of me. To saturate myself with His word; after all He IS the WORD.
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