As I went throughout my day today seeking to walk in the Spirit and be filled with His peace, I felt very much that the Spirit was keeping troubling thoughts out of my mind. As soon as worry would start to arise, the peace of God would set in and remind me that He was in control. It was such a comforting feeling, to know that my mind was protected by the peace of God.
The verse that I shared in yesterday's blog from Philippians 4:7 says that the peace of God will "guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." God promises that His peace will protect us. Once we choose to have peace rather than worry, it's as if we put a protective helmet on our minds that shields us from the worry, strife, anxiety and stress that constantly bombard us. In the power to choose peace, we have the power to choose the very thoughts that enter our minds. Look at 2 Corinthians 10:4-5:
"For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)."
When the peace of God is protecting our minds, we are doing just that- taking our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Jesus Christ. It's as if each thought is questioned at the "gate" as to its motives and purposes before it is allowed to enter our mind. Peace is the guard, the gatekeeper of the home where our thoughts, ideas, and intentions live.
I am so thankful for the protection of peace. If we had to maintain sanity on our own, we'd all be in the loony bin! :) But thank God, he gives us a guard and a gatekeeper to protect and take captive every thought before it comes into our minds. We truly can rest our minds at ease knowing that God is in control when His peace is reigning in our lives!