PEACE

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YOU WILL NOT FIND MY PEACE by engaging in excessive planning attempting to control what will happen to you in the future.  That is a commonly practiced form of unbelief.  When your mind spins with multiple plans  Peace may sometimes seem to be within your grasp: yet it always eludes you.  Just when you think you have prepared for all possibilities, something unexpected pops up and throws things into confusion.

I did not design the human mind to figure out the future.  That is beyond your capability:  I crafted your mind for continual communication with Me.  Bring Me all your needs, your hopes and fears.  Commit everything into My care.  Turn from the path of planning to the path of Peace. 

   Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  1 Peter 5:6

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.  Proverbs 16:9

Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

Psalm 37:5 

THERE IS A MIGHTY BATTLE

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THERE IS A MIGHTY BATTLE going on for control of your mind.   Heaven and earth intersect in your mind: the tugs of both spheres influence your thinking.  I created you with the capacity to experience foretastes of heaven.  When you shut out the world and focus on My Presence, you can enjoy sitting with Me in heavenly realms.  This is an incredible privilege reserved for precious ones who belong to Me and seek My Face.  Your greatest strength is your desire to spend time communing with Me.  As you concentrate on Me, My Spirit fills your mind with Life and Peace.

The world exerts a downward pull on your thoughts.  Media bombard you with greed, lust, and cynicism.  When you face these things , pray for protection and discernment.  Stay in continual communication with Me whenever you walk through the wastelands of this world.  Refuse to worry, because this form of worldliness will weigh you down and block awareness of My Presence.  Stay alert, recognizing the battle being waged against your mind. Look forward to an eternity of strife-free living, reserved for you in heaven.

      And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:6

  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.  

    Romans 8:6

Do not love the world or anything in the world….The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.    1 John 2:15, 17

TRY TO SEEK THINGS

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TRY TO SEE THINGS more and more from My perspective.   Let the Light of My Presence so fully fill your mind that you view the world through Me.  When little things don’t go as you had hoped, look to Me lightheartedly and say,  “Oh, well.”  This simple discipline can protect you from being burdened with an accumulation of petty cares and frustrations.  If you practice this diligently, you will make a life-changing discovery:  You realize that most of the things that worry you are not important.  If you practice this diligently, you will make a life-changing discovery.  You realize that most of the things that worry you are not important.  If you shrug them off immediately and return your focus to Me, you will walk through your days with lighter steps and a joyful heart.  When serious problems come your way, you will have squandered your energy on petty problems.  You may even reach the point where you can agree with the apostle Paul that all your troubles are light and momentary compared with the eternal glory being achieved by them.  

    A man’s steps are directed by the LORD.  How then can any one understand his own way?

        Proverbs 20:24

   For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:17