One of the things I have noticed, as we live this life the world is becoming more chaotic, everyday.
There’s divisions, hatred, sicknesses, whether or not to wear a mask, catching COVID-19, and the death of our love ones. We have allowed things and people to interrupt our peace, and Philippians 4 provides a call to discipline. Paul declares that the goal of peace and fulfillment runs through the path of self-discipline.
The apostle elaborates on three disciplines that helps the Men and Women of God to stay aligned with their mission. Verses 1-5 tells us to govern OUR actions.
Paul pleads with his friends to stand firm, live in harmony, and display self-control. In verses 6-9, he instructs to guard their attitudes, and in the middle of a crisis we have to GUARD OUR A T T I T U D E . . . . . BECAUSE....There is a war going on, and most of us are losing through our thought life, and negative emotions, BY LOSING AND SURRENDERING OUR PEACE OVER TO THE ENEMY OF OUR SOUL. THE ENEMY IS PUTTING THE SHACKLES OF WORRY AND ANXIETY ON OUR MIND... we have to take our thoughts captive, before they capture us.
One of the oldest tricks in the book of warfare, is to divide and conquer. When your mind is divided from peace, irritation and all kinds of conflicts start to surface. James says, “where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that wars in YOUR members?” There are warning signs that you have given up your peace, and when anxiety, worry, fear, and perturbation becomes your normal behavior. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God.” Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Do not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong.” If you always get agitated, upset, frustrated when you’re not in control
of a situation.... SOMETHING IS WRONG!!!
This is the season peace to understand the power of your peace, we must get comfortable praying to God! When speaking with my friend, whose pastoring, we were discussing our Super Tuesday 30 minute Prayer Calls. Anxiety was on his face, when he said, “I can’t pray that long!” Prayer is having dialogue with God. Prayer is consistently communicating with the Father! God wants us to have a “FIXED POSITION” in everything, and THAT “FIXED POSITION” IS PRAYER. We can’t give fear, worry, or our negative thoughts free room and board in our minds! We must evict anxieties through being thankful to God, no matter what we’re going through. The weapon of peace is unexplainable, it’s the peace that passes all understanding that guards our hearts and mind, in Christ Jesus. The Bible describes three great aspects of peace that relates to God.
THE PEACE FROM GOD, this peace IS a gift from God.
THE PEACE WITH GOD, is the relationship that we enter into with God.
THE PEACE OF GOD, goes beyond the mental capacity, which is the peace He desires for us all to have! This is THE ULTIMATE POWER OF PEACE!
Bishop Kendall Paige is the Pastor of Immanuel Christian Church and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.