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August 15, 2014  - By Well-Watered Women

Some mornings I wake up with lists and worries swimming around in my head. I grab a cup of coffee and my Bible and sit still in the Word, only to feel like I can’t concentrate because the heaviness of these mind troubles wages war for my peace. Have you ever been here? Maybe this morning was that way for you. The mind is a battlefield that we must fight for everyday. Our enemy, Satan, stabs the truth with his lies, he rages battle for our comfort in Christ and deceives us and does all he can to pin us down in defeat. The problem is, many of us wake up waving a flag of surrender before the day even begins. We feel the fight is too hard and have a defeated mindset before the day begins. Sisters, this is not what God intended for us. When Christ laid down His life on the cross for us, He did so that we might victors through Him.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”(emphasis mine). The word for “destroy” means to take down, demolish, refute, break down a fortress. The lies and worries that fill your head in the mornings and throughout the day are clearly against the cause of Christ. They are put there by an enemy seeking to make this day distracted and useless for the Kingdom. BUT, we have the power, through Christ, to demolish these! The problem is, most of us don’t fight hard enough to “take every thought captive.” Isaiah 26:3-4 tells us this great promise:

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. 

Perfect peace. Doesn’t that sound amazing? The key to both of these verses is the actions that you and I are required to take. The first one is to “stay” our minds on Christ. Literally, we are to rest our purpose on Jesus and to think of Him always. When we feel overwhelmed, we think of how He was temped in every way and knows our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15). We also rest in Him, knowing that we will get done all that He has purposed for us that day. When we feel afraid, we think of God’s character. He promises to never leave us or forsake us and we think of the cross where Jesus defeated death. The second command we are given is to trust in God. We are to be confident, bold and secure in the character of God. Why? Because He has never been unfaithful. It isn’t who He is. We can be confident in our God who never changes and never will. Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” That is amazing!

This perfect peace is possible. The word for “perfect peace” is shalom in Hebrew. It means to have completeness, soundness, safety and friendship with God. Because of Christ, we can be friends of God and have complete hearts in Him. Think about that. The shalom peace of God goes before you, behind you, beside you, above you and all around you. Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus the “Prince of Peace” – or Sar Shalom. When Isaiah 26:3 says to stay our minds on God, it is saying that we must rest in Christ, the embodiment of peace with God. In our relationship with Him that was made possible by the cross of calvary, we can have perfect peace. Why? Because Jesus is that peace.

We must train our minds first to go straight to the throne of God and praise His faithful character rather than to an endless road of worry. When you feel overwhelmed, fix your thoughts on Jesus. Fight the good fight of faith in Christ. We weren’t created to live defeated, worn-out lives. We were redeemed to live victoriously in Jesus. And this victory begins in the mind. Meditate on Isaiah 26:3-4 with me this weekend.

Let us have hearts and minds that are steadfast on Jesus, our Savior.

fixing my mind on Jesus,

Gretchen

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  1. bonnieangel1797@gmail.com

    August 15th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I shared your post today on my page.. I loved reading this this morning.. I too try to do this every single day.. you’re right it’s SO NOT EASY, but by keeping our minds focused on Jesus.. we push the enemy down and render him ineffective. Hallelujah to the power that is within us. Loved reading this today.xo thank you for the blessing of your words in my life this morning. xo

  2. gretchen.saffles@gmail.com

    August 19th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Amen and amen Bonita! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Tiffywiffums@gmail.com

    August 21st, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Shalom! Wow.. this season of my life has been a season of God plucking me from all things comfortable and placing me in a position where I have to look to Him for all things or the waves would surely take me under. I am sitting in a room I never thought I would be in, in a church I never thought I’d go to, and surrounded by circumstances and people I’d never thought would come my way. And I am blessed. Prayerfully seeking The Lord is my only Shalom. I just wanted to thank you for your blog, your artwork and your journal, ever since you commented on my picture on Instagram, The Lord has continually sent me back here to draw from the living water. I haven’t stopped being encouraged, and for the first time in years I’ve picked up a pen and started drawing again! Jesus is good! Thank you for your ministry, sister!

  4. Bonita Rose

    August 15th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I shared your post today on my page.. I loved reading this this morning.. I too try to do this every single day.. you’re right it’s SO NOT EASY, but by keeping our minds focused on Jesus.. we push the enemy down and render him ineffective. Hallelujah to the power that is within us. Loved reading this today.xo thank you for the blessing of your words in my life this morning. xo

  5. gretchensaffles

    August 19th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Amen and amen Bonita! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Tiffany

    August 21st, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Shalom! Wow.. this season of my life has been a season of God plucking me from all things comfortable and placing me in a position where I have to look to Him for all things or the waves would surely take me under. I am sitting in a room I never thought I would be in, in a church I never thought I’d go to, and surrounded by circumstances and people I’d never thought would come my way. And I am blessed. Prayerfully seeking The Lord is my only Shalom. I just wanted to thank you for your blog, your artwork and your journal, ever since you commented on my picture on Instagram, The Lord has continually sent me back here to draw from the living water. I haven’t stopped being encouraged, and for the first time in years I’ve picked up a pen and started drawing again! Jesus is good! Thank you for your ministry, sister!

  7. natalia.a.crawford@gmail.com

    August 17th, 2014 at 12:55 am

    This has been one of my struggles as a morning person. I wake up alert and ready to start the day with my mind on everything I need to get done. I have realized that the more I discipline myself to start with the Word the more I wake up with a desire to read the bible before doing anything else. Thank you for sharing such an inspirational post!

  8. gretchen.saffles@gmail.com

    August 19th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Yes! I am the same way, Natalia! SO thankful we have the peace that Christ offers us!

  9. Natalia Crawford

    August 17th, 2014 at 12:55 am

    This has been one of my struggles as a morning person. I wake up alert and ready to start the day with my mind on everything I need to get done. I have realized that the more I discipline myself to start with the Word the more I wake up with a desire to read the bible before doing anything else. Thank you for sharing such an inspirational post!

  10. gretchensaffles

    August 19th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Yes! I am the same way, Natalia! SO thankful we have the peace that Christ offers us!

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