Philippians 4:7 ESV
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I don’t know about you but I am struggling with the changes that are happening in the world at this moment in time. It seems that the world has been divided into two major factions, each representing a specific agenda...one demanding radical change and the other desiring to preserve traditional values.
It reminds me of the battle I face daily with my flesh vs my spirit. My flesh wants to indulge in creature comforts from the moment I wake up until my head hits the pillow at night. It starts daily with a struggle, wanting just a few more minutes of sleep before facing another day. All throughout the day, I am filled with choices, do I have a healthy breakfast to start the day or should I grab a donut and coffee on my way to work. The world is filled with obstacles along the way. In just a short commute to work, I pass a variety of convenience stores and a myriad of fast food shops. Once I make it through the less than gourmet gauntlet and enter my workplace, I am reminded that today is an ugly sweater day or mismatched sock day all followed up with cake and ice cream in the resident dining room.
It seems that no matter how hard I try and how many times I say no to my fleshly desires there’s another chance to fail or flourish.
On a spiritual level, the battle is greater. While my flesh desires superficial gratification, my spirit groans for my attention at a much deeper level. Romans 8:26-27 reminds us that at times, “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows ...”
This requires quieting my heart, meditating on God’s Word and listening for His voice through His Holy Spirit. When this occurs, I am strengthened, directed, calmed, and comforted. Throughout the day I am able to draw from the well of spiritual wisdom when I begin each day in God’s Word. Otherwise, my well is empty which leaves me dry and open to a variety of temptations and worldly influences.
God’s people have access to Him, His Word (Jesus Christ) and His Holy Spirit at all times. When we think we’re on empty, without recourse, we have a power pack ready to sustain us through any and all circumstances. The peace of the Lord is powerful and it centers our thoughts so that the temptations of the world are no longer able to derail our best intentions. Romans 12:2 “...do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
This gift is available to anyone who allows God to transform them from our temporal state to His spiritual realm. Follow Him, as He leads you to “confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Psalm 51:10 KJV
My daily prayer, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.