En Garde

Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life.

Proverbs 4:23 BSB

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

Did you get that?

It is the PEACE OF GOD which guards our hearts and our minds! WOW! That is freeing! I don’t have to be on guard all the time if I remain in the peace of God!

So, how do we stay in the peace of God?

  1. FOCUS: keep your thoughts continually fixed on these things:
    • The Truth-all that is authentic and real, an undeniable reality that has been tested and tried
      • Jesus is THE TRUTH. He is tested and tried. I guarantee you-He’s the real deal!
    • That which is Honorable and Admirable
      • those things which have weight because it is respected and majestic
    • That which is Beautiful and Lovely
      • focus on those things worthy of your investment and affection
    • Those things which are Pure and Holy
      • those things which are righteous and just in the eyes of God, unmixed with guilt or condemnation. For “there is no condemnation for those who ARE IN Christ Jesus.” Rom 8:1
    • All things Merciful and Kind
    • His Goodness
      • those things full of moral virtue and excellence. It is the “goodness of God which leads us to repentance.” Rom 2:4
    • Every glorious work of God
  2. Praise Him continually!
    1. “That’s tough!”, you say. “How can I praise Him continuously? I can’t just sit around praising all day! I’ve got other stuff to do!”
      • Praise Him in every circumstance and every situation. Sort of a “whistle while you work” kinda thing. Enthusiastically acknowledge His goodness, His majesty, His mercy…
      • He is good in every situation and circumstance. He is good even in the bad times. He remains good. His character never changes. (If you need help here the Psalms are an excellent resource!)
    2. Stay in the WORD.
      1. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, 
Because he trusts in You.  
Is 26:3

Know this: When we hide ourselves in Him He covers us and shelters us in His own heart. God keeps us! He holds onto our hearts and minds. All we must do is trust Him and keep our minds focused on all that God is.

So, when the enemy challenges you to a sword fight you remain in the Spirit. Your sword is ready, powerful, and sharp! En Garde!

Keep Reading

John 14:27

Isaiah 9:6, 7

Col 3:15

Ephesians 6:17

Isaiah 49:2

Hebrews 4:12

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