You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
—Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
Nothing is constant in life. You may feel peace when life is good and experience fear when life is uncertain and hard. But you don’t have to live by what you feel. Fear doesn’t have to control you.
Jesus gave you peace with God through His blood which was shed for you (Colossians 1:19-20). As a born-again believer, you have become God’s righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). His peace is yours (John 14:27). You are at peace with God in Jesus. Your standing with God is perfect peace. His perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). He has overcome fear’s power to control you (John 16:33). He has overcome your roller-coaster ride of feelings.
For you to know God’s peace, you have to believe that God’s peace is yours. You have to trust God above anything else. To trust Him, you must believe in the infinite value of His love for you and the costly value you are to Him. He paid His life for you. He will hold you safely in His perfect peace when your mind is on Him. He will keep you in His perfect peace when your mind has been renewed by His Word. You will be transformed to believe the peace He has given you (Romans 12:2).
The only constant that will keep you in God’s perfect peace is to know the truths of His love for you. God hasn’t given you a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). You have the power to believe that the One who died for you certainly takes care of you and your concerns. You have the mind of Christ that lives by faith and not by feelings (1 Corinthians 2:16). But if you don’t believe the truths that the Word reveals, you will not experience His peace. When you are at peace in your relationship with God, you believe in the infinite value He has placed on your life. When life is difficult, you have no reason to doubt Him.
Never trust your feelings. They will betray you. They always change. Trust God and the unchanging truth of His Word. His words are spirit and life (John 6:63). God asks you to look beyond what you feel—what your natural mind says is true—and believe what He says is true.
You receive faith by hearing the Word of God and being renewed in the spirit of your mind (Romans 10:17, Ephesians 4:23). Faith requires you to trust in the truth of God's Word beyond what you experience or feel. When you allow the Word to teach you what is true instead of letting your feelings tell you what is true, you are renewed by God’s truth. The Word transforms the way you think (Romans 12:2), and you begin to trust God’s Word rather than how you feel. When you continually focus your mind on the truth of what God says instead of what you feel, you experience the power of His faith over your feelings. Your feelings will eventually be controlled by His truth.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:8-9, NKJV).
God guards your mind and keeps you in perfect peace when your thoughts are on Him instead of what is happening or what might happen in your life. Don’t dwell on personal problems you have or might have. Your natural mind will run havoc with feelings of fear. Dwell on things that are true and just and pure and noble and of good report. Being spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:6).
Do you believe in your value to God? He didn’t pay for you with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of His Son, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:18-19). His blood never loses the value of its power.
You were costly to Him. You are priceless to Him. And He has given you His priceless peace. You choose to make His peace your own. You choose to exercise your faith and trust in the priceless and precious blood of Jesus. And when He is your truth, your way, and your life, you trust Him. Your mind stays upon His truth and you believe it in your heart.
Your world is always changing. You will never find peace in this world, and you will always have feelings come up that try to steal your peace in Christ. You may go through things that are beyond your control, but when you know that Jesus has overcome the world, His peace guards your heart and mind.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
© 2023 Lynn Lacher