We’ve all done it. We’ve all lost our tempers in a fit of anger, or slipped into panic mode during stressful situations. From hitting the snooze button for an extra hour of sleep, to having that extra scoop (or three!) of ice cream, we all have allowed ourselves to indulge in guilty pleasures from time to time. Yet, when we continually lack self-control in our lives, we break down boundaries that are keeping us safe. We become unreliable and weak, making ourselves slow-moving targets for the devil’s fiery darts. Lack of rule over our own spirits make us unfit for the service of our King. So think twice the next time you want to give in to your anger, or indulge in that extra portion of dessert. You will be much safer and stronger if you chose to control your spirit!
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” – Proverbs 25:28
“He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.” – Proverbs 17:27
When someone has wronged us either in word or deed, it doesn’t take but a few milliseconds to come up with a response. Often, those quick and thoughtless responses can be more damaging than the offending deed! The Bible tells us to use our words sparingly. We can’t undo what has been said or done to offend us, however, we can control how we respond. Using the art of silence can help us from saying things we regret in the heat of the moment.
“There is no law that says that we must comment on everything that is said to us or that we must critique everything that is done to us. If something has been done that disappointed us, it has already been done and there is no undoing it. There is no need for us to summarize our displeasure. This is the time to use the art of silence.” – Jack Hyles
Christian, are you one of the multitudes of believers desiring peace in your life today? Peace from the everyday loudness of the world around us? Peace from thoughts and worries that often plague our minds? Try being thankful! Thankfulness is key to peacefulness. Once we learn the art of being thankful, we open the flood gates to pace in our lives.
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” – Colossians 3:15
Are you feeling weighted down by what is on your schedule for today? Why not take your heavy burden filled with the cares and expectations of today, and exchange it for God’s lighter burden of love, joy, and peace? When you drop to your knees and give your day to the Lord, you are emptying your sack of all the burdens of today. Reading His Word fills your sack with God’s precious promises!
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
As new Christians, we become zealous in our walk with the Lord. We change the way we talk, dress, who our friends are, and even what music we listen to!
Over time, as we grow in the Lord, some of our zeal tends to fade away. Some Christians even return to the things they had once given up for God. Peter warns us to beware! Don’t become so comfortable in your Christian walk, that you begin to fall from the things you once were steadfast about! Be determined to live in a way that is pleasing to God!
“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.” – 2 Peter 3:17
”But I trusted in thee, O Lord : I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.” – Psalms 31:14-15
Do you ever wonder how you will die? Will it be long and painful, or unexpectedly short? If you find you are thinking about your own death, you need to recognize that those thoughts are not healthy, and they are NOT from God!
David was a man whose life was hunted by a madman, put in danger during many battles, and pushed out of his own kingdom by his son. I’m sure there were times he wondered how his own life would end.
“But I trusted in thee, O Lord : I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand:”
If we, like David, put our trust completely in the Lord, we can have peace in knowing that our life is in God’s hands! So stop worrying about your end, and rest in the knowledge that God is holding your times in His hand!
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” – Psalms 139:17-18
There are roughly 7.6 billion people on the earth right now. Can you imagine God having time to think about every single person? Yet, David said, “how precious are thy thoughts unto ME, O God!”
Not only does God think about us each individually, He thinks about us often! David said, “if I should count them, they are more in number than the sand”.
Think of the many sandy beaches around the world. Imagine the wide expanses of desert that are spread throughout many continents. Picture the sand underneath the oceans. There is an estimated 500 quadrillion grains of sand on the earth! I think it’s safe to say that God thinks of us A LOT.
Not only does God think of us individually, not only does God think of us often, but God’s thoughts of us are PRECIOUS! David said, “How precious are thy thoughts unto me”! So as you walk through your busy day, remember – you are on God’s mind!