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WEEK 5: Peace of Mind

‘You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. ‘ Isaiah 26:3-4

Steadfast – to lean, to rest, to support

Mind – frame of mind

The way we act or respond and the peace of mind we have is greatly determined by who we lean on for strength, peace, and patience. It takes deliberate adjustment to lean on the Lord for our strength and peace of mind. Do you have areas in your mind right now that you don’t have peace? Would you be willing to lean on the Lord for rest and support in that area?

About the Author Pastor James Greer

Pastor of Journey Church. Business Owner of D&J Tire, D&J Custom Homes, D&J Autoplex and D&J Investments

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Aaron Nelson says January 29, 2018

We tend to lean on other things for our peace that isn’t the Lord, and it always makes the issue that we are facing become bigger in our lives than smaller. Going towards other people, materialistic things, alcohol, drugs, etc., is like drinking salt water, it will always leave you wanting more and more because it never satisfies. However, Jesus is the only thing that gives us the eternal peace and satisfaction that we search after. If we lean on the Lord for our peace, it doesn’t necessarily mean that our circumstance will improve, but you individually will. Your perspective will change because your hope in Jesus is greater than anything that you may face, and by stepping out of the way and having Him fight your battles through and within you, that’s where true growth comes from.

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    Andrew Barber says January 31, 2018

    Boy… that is some GOOD stuff! Proud of you!

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      Shelia Lower says January 31, 2018

      Amazing insight Aaron and so true.

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darrell Ingram says January 29, 2018

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock” (Isa 26:3-4, NLT).

Sometimes, trusting God causes us to leave the familiar behind and move to a new city, like Journey Church stepping out in faith to open a new campus. God promises peace to those who trust in Him. If we go where God calls us, where we need to be. Rest in that. Remember why you moved, and reflect on how God has been faithful to you in the old place and then reflect how faithful God will be in the new place. We will never know the peace of God until we take the step being who God wants us to be.

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    Steven Roberts says January 30, 2018

    Come one now! That is so good. I need to take more time to reflect on the amazing things God has brought me through in my past!

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Todd Demaris says January 29, 2018

GOD is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end. We shall lean on GOD, our Rock, lash ourselves to him as a Captain would lash precious cargo onboard a ship pitching in the water during life’s storms. We can count on GOD to never change, never move, HE has seen and heard it all! Nothing we go through Is a surprise to GOD.

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Levi Demaris says January 29, 2018

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the Lord Himself, is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:3-4 NIV

In times of worry and stress we as humans instinctively try to take control of each situation to ultimately control a particular outcome. One of the toughest things to do is let go of every worry and stress this life gives us. But it’s important that we come back to that peace that is instilled in each and every one of us. The peace of GOD that has already been given to each and every one of us. Before we ever encountered that trouble GOD knew it was going to happen, it’s no surprise to him. GOD already has a solution to that problem. So when we go to work and take control of the situation GOD steps back, but when we take a step back and let our GOD go to work, he moves mountains.

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Steven Roberts says January 30, 2018

This was a teaching that I heard my entire life. From youth and young adult church all the way up. Yet it was still one of the hardest falls I have ever taken in my life. It is so easy to try to put your trust and happiness into things of the world that will give us peace for that moment, but for me it always made the night feel even more lonely. I absolutely love the sentence, “It takes deliberate adjustment to lean on the Lord.” This is something that I had to learn to do, and honestly sometimes it is still a struggle to lean on God in certain moments, but He always rewards me with a feeling of belonging when I do.

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    darrell Ingram says January 30, 2018

    Amen. We all struggle with relying on God. That’s where faith comes in.

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Levi Demaris says January 30, 2018

In times of worry and stress we as humans instinctively try to take control of each situation to ultimately control a particular outcome. One of the toughest things to do is let go of every worry and stress this life gives us. But it’s important that we come back to that peace that is instilled in each and every one of us. The peace that GOD has already given to each and every one of us. Before we ever encountered that trouble GOD knew it was going to happen, it’s no surprise to him. GOD already has a solution to that problem. So when we go to work and take control of the situation GOD steps back, but when we take a step back and let our GOD go to work, he moves mountains.

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Josh Poe says January 31, 2018

The mind is a battleground. God has peace of mind for me, but I have to learn to take captive every thought.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 New International Version (NIV)
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and WE TAKE CAPTIVE every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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Andrew Barber says January 31, 2018

Where you are putting your trust and who you are leaning on is a CHOICE. You will never have to tell someone where your faith is because the choice you make is evident and clear by your actions and reactions.

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Kayla Riva says January 31, 2018

If you want peace of mind, stop looking at yourself and start looking at Jesus Christ. His unconditional love for us never fails. It never grows weak. It never deserts us when times get tough. He’s completely and is always reliable.

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Donna says January 31, 2018

It all comes down to what Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 “but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” It doesn’t matter what we are seeking, whether it’s patience, understanding, forgiveness… in all aspects of life keep God first and you will have peace.

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Bryan Hubbard says January 31, 2018

We have to be mindful of God and his blessings when painful circumstances arise, either because of our own doing or someone else’s that we had or have no control over. In time we will be able to see that God is the only source for lasting peace in any situation. Any trust that we put in what the world has to offer is confined that time and space. But God’s is everlasting.

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Bryan Hubbard says January 31, 2018

Proverbs 3:5-6 trust in the Lord with all your heart, and not on your own understanding ; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path’s.

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Bryan Hubbard says January 31, 2018

Meant to say lean not on your own understanding

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Dylan Demaris says February 1, 2018

“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation” James 1:12-18

While reading this bible verse, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Rather, how important is it that we trust God? Well, It’s very important, James writes, “We should call our worst moments joyful things, because trials are what assist us in building trust with God”. Those of us who are willing to set aside our fears in fact subconsciously ask for wisdom—and then take what he gives. Those of us that trust God do not blame him for their desire to sin; they give him credit for all that is good in their lives. They buy into his word, and they act on what they see there.

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Jeffrey Dauzart says February 1, 2018

Trusting the Lord starts with surrendering to Him. Once you become obedient to God you start to obtain a peace like never before. This in turns leads to more peace and a better life. We need to renew our minds daily with God’s word, this where we are to be steadfast. You build a solid foundation and start to experience peace of mind like never before. I’m here to tell you once that happens it only gets better!!!

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Lisa Demaris says February 2, 2018

When challenged with a difficult circumstance in life, you may face turmoil to the point that you feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious and not knowing what to do or where to turn. GOD removes us from certain situations even though we think it’s the worst times of our life, it turns out GOD has removed us for the betterment, and places us where we should be, and the same applies to people that GOD will remove those that are not good for us. That’s why I place my faith in GOD!.

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Tarra Juneau says February 3, 2018

Change your mind…
Change the WORLD!

We are all Possessed by, what I like to call the human condition, the plague of darkness, or sin; which creates an automatic NEGATIVE response to almost every undesirable situation. In the midst of adversity, what we PERCIEVE is how we inadvertently respond. Therefore, spreading this plague of darkness everywhere we go, and to everyone we meet is inevitable, unless we directly change our perception.
The bible tells us over and over that strife, anger, contention, wrath, and a scornful spirit are wickedness. Even if we don’t speak these NEGATIVES out of our mouths, they are living and dwelling in our minds, our hearts, our spirits. You may not think that just one thought will lead to death, destruction; and chaos, but one thought always turns to many, and those thoughts then turn actions.
So, how do we do it, how do we change our minds, and thus change the WORLD? You have to decide to be POSITIVE, decide to stop judging, decide to be kind. Our sinful nature doesn’t allow us to be good first, we have to choose it. If you choose Love, Choose Joy, force yourself to find GOD in every situation, YOU WILL! It’s hard at first, hard to find the positive in being homeless, hard to find the positive in 13 miscarriages, hard to find the positive in being strung out on drugs, but there is one! Even if that POSITIVE is you. Even if that positive is that you didn’t react, you didn’t lash out, you praised GOD for the day instead of curse the moment. Whatever POSITIVE you must use, no matter how small; it’s there. It has to be, because one can not exist with out the other.
Once you have retrained your brain against the human condition, this plague of darkness, you will begin to see the change in the world around you. You will find peace in every situation, you will see love in the midst of a hateful world. By doing this you will see blessings in closing doors, and traffic jams. You will begin to offer that melancholy clerk a kind word, instead of a sneering thought. Instead of cursing the speeding driver who cut you off, you may offer a prayer in hopes that all is well with him, his family, or that he may be safe in his travels. When we Rebuke the Enemy from our thoughts, we allow room for Love, Light, and truth to shine through us. Therefore, change your mind, change the world.
In conclusion, we all live in a world of what you see is what you get, and this truth is evident all around us. If you always choose to see negative; you will only perceive the NEGATIVE, and all the things around you will reflect this negativity, but when you choose to see and perceive only positive; then the world around you will become and reflect only positivity, thus creating a peaceful state of mind.

Proverbs 22: 10 cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
Proverbs 29: 22 an angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.
James 3: 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Isaiah 48: 22 there is no peace, says the Lord, unto the wicked
James 3: 18 and the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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