Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Peace of God

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:7

For the past few months, I've been dealing with a personal health issue that at times has been discouraging.  One of the biggest challenges for me is to try to keep on going despite not always feeling one hundred percent.  God's Word tells me that I can do all through Him, and right now going through this, I don't want Satan to get a hold of it to the point where I don't do anything at all.  There may be a time in the future that I'll share my condition because I think it may be a help to some to know that they are not alone.  I believe it is a blessing from God when you can be encouraged by others who have gone through the same thing.  Thankfully, there is treatment for what I'm going through.  It may be surgery, but I won't know until I see another doctor next week.  I've really had to grab onto the thought of having peace in God, rather than in doctors.  I am thankful that God has given us doctors, but ultimately, I need to let the peace of God rule in my heart. Without it, I'd be a mess.  I was feeling very nervous at first, but God is continuing to give me peace and assurance that everything will be all right.  Being at peace means being at rest.  I can be thankful to know that God is in control and knows what is best in my life right now.

So, what about you?  Are you going through a hard time with something this very minute? 
Let God's peace rule in your heart and mind continually.

Here's a creative plan of action:  

1.  Sing to God in praise to get your outlook on Him, rather than on your circumstances.  Listen to music that will get your thinking in the right perspective.
2.  Meditate on verses about the goodness and peace of God.
3.  Post Scripture verses anywhere you will be constantly reminded that God is good--on your fridge, bathroom mirror, etc.  This is something I've done recently and it's been a huge help.

I hope this encourages you to have God's peace no matter what you're going through.  Remember that God is good--all the time.

1 comment:

Christina and photography by Buddy said...

Excellent advice, thanks Theo for sharing! I too believe in constantly giving praise to God, He will bless us more, as any loving Father would do:)
Christina