• Rev. Joseph A. Bias

In Perfect Peace

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

Having our minds focused away from things that rob us of peace and focused toward the nature and character of God brings us peace of mind, and not just any peace, but perfect peace. The reason is clearly stated, “because he trusts in You.”

Our trust in God brings God’s keeping grace to bear on our lives at a deeper dimension than we can comprehend. When we consider Him and trust His Word He then gives us a level of peace that is ultimate.

We are by nature and by creation spiritual beings recreated in the image of Christ. When we choose to direct our thoughts toward contemplation of God we connect with our source of life, we connect with the source of the substance of what we are, spirit to Spirit, just like an electronic device is empowered (brought to life) when it is connected to a power source. When we connect with the world we disconnect from our power source and the world can only drain our energies and sap our strengths because it cannot give us life.

Notice, we do not keep ourselves in perfect peace. God is the Perfect Peace Keeper. He will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. What we can do is keep our minds on Him. We can choose our thoughts, and we can choose our words. When those choices are toward God then we receive the highest level of peace from God.

His peace is not affected by circumstance or diminished by time. The apostle Paul demonstrated this peace when he was in imprisoned in Rome. Though confined in a dark, dank Roman prison, chained to a wall in the midst of sewerage, rats and surrounded by darkness, disconnected from his friends and fellow ministers for the cause of Christ, he had every reason to despair and be depressed, but quite the contrary, he was uplifted by his thoughts of the Lord and the people he was called to serve.

It was from this place that he wrote to the church at Philippi,

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

The more we meditate on God, on His Word, the more we receive His peace, the more we receive His peace, the more He guards, protects and keeps our minds and our hearts in perfect peace. Our peace is multiplied as our minds are more continually stayed, focused and fixed on Him. Does this mean we are just to think about Bible verses and when we speak we speak only in Scripture texts? Not necessarily, but the more we have the Word in us, in our hearts, out of that abundance we will speak.

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” Luke 6:45

And what we speak determines our actions, as our actions determine our habits, as our habits determine our lifestyles, as our lifestyles determine our destinies. And our destiny is to be in perfect peace, where we continually think on God’s Word, the full measure of His fullness in Jesus Christ our Lord until we are fully transformed into His Image.



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