Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by PRAYER and SUPPLICATION with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the PEACE OF GOD, which PASSETH ALL UNDERSTANDING, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Peace that passeth all understanding…means PEACE that just WON’T MAKE SENSE!
God has equipped us with the unique ability to tune things in and out. If He hadn’t, we would be on sensory OVERLOAD! Also, if He hadn’t, we wouldn’t be able to tune into the spirit realm of God.
Many people use this gift to get lost in a good book or movie, but God wants us to immerse ourselves in the spiritual realm of His Kingdom.
Matt. 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Like searching for a good channel to watch, we are to seek after those things that bring us to the throne room of Jesus….Seek after those things that bring us to the very feet of Jesus. We all know that spending quiet time with JESUS in prayer and meditating on scripture is vital to the life of a Christian. But, also, immersing ourselves in spiritual things throughout the day is extremely important. Whether that means filling up on worship music and sermons, reading inspirational books, or studying the Bible with friends, be sure to tune into the frequency of Heaven and STAY TUNED!
If we keep our eyes on Jesus, He will see us through, keeping our hearts and minds in PERFECT PEACE…that just WON’T MAKE SENSE!
God even tells us what to think about in our day-to-day lives…
Take a moment to reflect on what you’ve been thinking about lately…..and if it doesn’t fit this criteria, and you’ve been stressed out lately TOO, you probably need to kick it to the curb!
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are TRUE, whatsoever things are HONEST, whatsoever things are JUST, whatsoever things are PURE, whatsoever things are LOVELY, whatsoever things are of GOOD REPORT; if there be any VIRTUE, and if there be any praise, think on THESE things.
9 Those things, which ye have both LEARNED, and RECEIVED, and HEARD, and SEEN in me, DO: and the God of peace SHALL be with you.
Six Essentials to Receiving the Promised GIFT… (The God Endorsed and Approved PERFECT PEACE of JESUS):
1. Obey God
2. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness
3. Keep your mind on JESUS
4. Trust in God
5. Acknowledge God in ALL things (Through Prayer, Thanksgiving, Gratitude, Counting Our Blessings, etc.)
6. Cast all our cares on God
In every case, GOD is the CENTER. GOD is the FOCUS.
In every case, WE are only asked to FOCUS on God, GIVE Him ALL of our cares, and CONSULT WITH HIM about EVERYTHING!
Our job is both the simplest and the most challenging job of all…because we must be HUMBLE enough and TRUSTING enough to let God take the wheel of our LIVES.
I don’t know about you, but when I was a child, I used to LOVE napping and sleeping on the back seat of the car on long trips. I knew my Dad was driving and I trusted that he knew what he was doing. That ride in the car was always the most enjoyable ride…whether I was reading, writing, singing with my parents, or asleep on the back seat. I knew that I didn’t have to worry about anything. I have a LOT of fun memories of family time in the car.
Even Jesus himself had this experience, only he was in the bottom of a boat in the middle of a raging STORM! Yet, He was SLEEPING…ON A PILLOW when His peaceful rest was disturbed by those who had NO PEACE. Let’s read Mark 4:38-40.
38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”Mark 4:38-40
So, what about us? What would Jesus say to us during these trying times, right now?
Sure, during this global pandemic, it’s important to wash your hands, wear your mask, and keep your physical distance…but, PLEASE don’t forget to protect your mind and heart with the Perfect Peace Equipment (PPE) that has been given to us with God’s Seal of Approval.
In fact, if you REALLY want to experience PERFECT PEACE in your life, let go of the wheel! You’ve GOT to LET GO of the wheel! Let go, and let GOD have His way!