• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

The Quest For Harmony (Peace)


“The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver; the minds of those who are wicked and out of harmony with God are of little value.” Proverbs 10:20 KJV

“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].” Colossians 3:15 AMP

We all sense it when things are going well and when they are not. We have a sense of wellbeing, balance, ease and energy that just seems to flow without great effort or any deliberate effort at all. When we are really “in the zone” we are focused on the moment whatever the situation is at hand, lost in that reality without an awareness of ourselves per se, at least not of anything that would take us out of the pleasure and fulfillment of the moment.

In those times there is a feeling that “ all is right with the world,” no stress, no fear or anxiety, no worry, no confusion, no strife nor anything that would cause us grief or pain. We simply feel at peace and at one, mentally, emotionally and physically within ourselves and with those around us. For the Christian this is especially true in our relationship with the Father. We sense God’s presence and His pleasure.

You may remember Olympic Runner, Eric Liddell’s statement from the movie Chariots of Fire. He said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

It was in doing the thing that he believed he was created to do that he experienced that complete harmony with God and within himself.

Given a choice each of us would choose to wake up every day to that awareness and have it sustained in and around us throughout our day. Why not? It feels good to feel good…all the time!

But is that reality? No. We all have good days and bad, high moments and low moments, times of challenge and times of peace. But the Word has provided the means by which we can experience continual peace, even perfect peace, that is, perfect harmony within and a sense of peaceful response to the state of our world around us.

The key is where we choose to direct our thoughts and our minds.

“In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:1-4

Outside, the world of men, apart from God, has grown evermore dark and corrupt. The righteous soul can find no peace in it. But there is a place, a strong city whose walls and bulwarks are salvation, safety, rest, protection and unending peace and joy. The point of entrance into this city is a mind stayed on God and His Word and trust in Him because He alone is worthy to be trusted. In that city is perfect peace. That city is not a brick and mortar collection of buildings and asphalt streets. It is a city in the heart of everyone who chooses to look unto Jesus and Him alone for salvation, for comfort and for peace.

“For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:3

Our thoughts originate in our minds and it is our minds that signal our bodies to be at rest and peace. The mind that is stayed on God the Father will be a mind at peace. Jesus and the Father are One, so we can say as the old spiritual is sung:

Woke up this mornin’ with my mind

Stayed on Jesus…

Woke up this mornin’ with my mind

Stayed on the Lord

Woke up this mornin’ with my mind

Stayed on Jesus…

Halleluh, halleluh, Hallelujah

Singin’ and prayin’ with my mind

Stayed on Jesus.

Singin’ and prayin’ with my mind

Stayed on the Lord

Singin’ and prayin’ with my mind

Stayed on Jesus.

Halleluh, halleluh, Hallelujah

Walkin’ and talkin’ with my mind

Stayed on Jesus

Walkin’ and talkin’ with my mind

Stayed on the Lord

Walkin’ and talkin’ with my mind

Stayed on Jesus

Halleluh, halleluh, Hallelujah

We keep our minds on Jesus when we keep our minds on His Word, when we meditate the Psalms, when we speak the promises of God in our hearts, that is when we speak His Words so our ears can hear them and we believe and trust His Word as the final authority over and in our lives. We keep our minds stayed on Him when we worship Him, singing songs of praise, declarations of faith, hymns and spiritual songs that remind us of His power, His Love, His Goodness, His Provision, His Grace, His Mercy, His Forgiveness, His Wisdom, His Understanding, His Patience, His Longsuffering, His Deliverance, His Salvation, His Suffering, Death, Burial and Resurrection!

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

but wholly lean on Jesus name.

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face

I rest on His unchanging grace

In every high stormy gale

My anchor holds with in the veil.

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant His blood

Support me in the whelming flood

When all around my soul gives way

He then is all my hope and stay

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound

O may I then in Him be found

Dressed in His righteousness alone

Faultless to stand before the throne!

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand.

#PeaceOnEarth #TrustinGod #TheWord

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