Of course, we wouldn’t think about leaving our homes unprotected for thieves to help themselves; we buy sophisticated gimmicks to safeguard our belongings and keep loved ones from harm. But as believers in Christ, do we put that same concentrated effort into barricading our peace of mind? Peace is our strength, making it one of Satan’s must-haves.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).
When centered in Christ, we are surrounded by a heavenly host.
Today the world is overrun with ways to cause us anxiety; unfortunately, many of us attribute our loss of peace to people when it’s really Satan working behind the scenes. However, once we receive the revelation of his tactics, we begin to have a different perspective and direct our prayers accordingly.
We can’t afford to have a casual mindset that worry is just a part of life that we must endure. Perhaps that might be true for unbelievers, but our Lord gave us the peace of God that passes the knowledge of human understanding.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
But how can we safeguard this precious gift? First, we secure it by knowing its intrinsic value. And secondly, by faith, stay within the realm of safety; turn away from gossip, faultfinding, judgmental spirits, and other ensnaring strategies of the enemy.
Barricade your peace:
- Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14)
- Treat people the way you want to be treated; what goes around comes around. (Luke 6:31-36; Galatians 6:7)
- When angry, sin not. (Ephesians 4:26)
- Forgive others. (Matthew 6:14)
- Expect all things to work together for the good of those who love God. (Romans 8:28)
- Let the peace of God rule your heart. (Colossians 3:15)
- Storing heavenly treasures is a far better investment than accumulating earthly goods. (Matthew 6:19)
- Monitor your thoughts. (Philippians 4:8)
- Keep God your number one priority. (Matthew 6:33)
- Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul. (Mark 12:30)
When we feel agitated or worried about anything, we must check our barricade to see if we left an opening for Satan to slitter through.
Jesus gave us His peace; however, it’s our responsibility to protect it from the enemy!
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