You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.
—Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
The key to perfect peace comes from trusting God. Keep your mind on the Lord and His Word. Absorb His Word and trust what you have absorbed. Your emotions follow whatever dominates your thoughts. If you allow your feelings to have control, your thoughts are dominated by what you feel instead of the truth that the Word imparts. Fear, rejection, jealousy, unforgiveness—can not give you spiritual peace. Letting your feelings determine your thoughts will keep you from the peace God promises in His Word.
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6, NKJV). The Cambridge English dictionary says that carnal “relates to the physical feelings and wants of the body.” Your feelings come from the natural—the carnal—what you sense. And that, Paul, says in this verse, leads to death. But to discern the Word spiritually is life and peace. To be spiritually-minded is to be Word-minded. You absorb the Word spiritually. Meditating on the Word renews your mind, and your thoughts line up with God’s truth. Consider the feeling of fear that can consume you. If you don't want to fear, you can't let fear dominate your thoughts. You meditate on a Scripture such as, "God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV). When your mind remains on God’s truth, you receive His perfect peace.
People pray for deliverance from fear. But they reap fear. They pray to be accepted. But they reap feelings of rejection. They aren’t reaping deliverance because they didn’t plant themselves in God’s Word. What you plant in your mind is what is going to grow there. If you plant what brings death to your spirit, you will live on a roller coaster ride of emotion. If you plant the Word, you will reap peace. The truth about fear is that it is not from God. The truth about rejection is that Jesus never rejects you. He accepts and approves of you. Nothing separates you from His love.
"As a man thinks in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). You can know if feelings rule your heart or not. Look at where your mind is focused—on your natural feelings or the truths discerned by the Spirit. His power to bring you perfect peace resides within you. You choose to exercise what you have received.
©2020 Lynn Lacher