15 And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (AMP)
16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace (the peace of His kingdom) at all times and in all ways [under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes]. The Lord [be] with you all.
Psalm 119:165 (AMP)
165 Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.
Isaiah 32:17 (AMP)
17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.
PEACE IS ONE SIGN THAT THE MIND OF CHRIST IS OPERATING THROUGH ME.
How delightful to study His Word with you, to learn of Him. I am learning so much. What I really think, and what I really feel. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this journey with me.
When is my mind normal?
The mind of Christ……that is what He thinks, and feels. God wants us to know what He thinks and what He feels. He want us to have His understanding. WOW! DOUBLE WOW! TRIPLE WOW! That is why Jesus says,
John 16:13-15 (AMP)
13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].
14 He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
15 Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
My friends, did you catch that? The Holy Spirit takes the things that the Father has, that Jesus has, and reveals them to you and to me. This is what I want as my ‘normal.” Yet, it is just as Joyce writes, “Since the Holy Spirit dwells in us, and since He knows the mind of God, one of His purposes is to reveal to us God’s wisdom and revelation. The Holy Spirit desires to bring us this enlightenment, but the mind often misses what the spirit is attempting to reveal because it is too busy. ” I would also like to add that we miss it when we don’t recognize His voice. Recognizing His voice requires time spent listening to Him. Our society is taught to listen but not really to hear. Hearing is the first step of obedience. I am finding that often, the loudest voice I hear is my feelings. They are so loud, so persistent and dominate the landscape of my mind, choking out the certainties(hope, faith, love) I have in God. Walking in obedience to my emotions has gotten me into ugly situations. So many times, I have harvested “Woes me,” and “Nobody knows the trouble I been through.” Poor thought harvests indeed! He is helping me to change my thought farming techniques.
So what does the mind of Christ look like? Joyce says “The mind should not be filled with reasoning, worry, anxiety, fear, and like. It should be calm, quiet, and serene. The mind is normal when it is at rest.” That sounds lovely, but how do I apply this to my mind? Here is what I am learning.
To depend on God, sharing with Him my feelings and entrusting Him to help me with them.
Argument with my husband
Father, You know how angry I am at my husband. You gave him to me. HELP! Help! Help! Help me love this man! Help me to know how to deal with all these feelings, and not sin against him or you. Help me choose your way of loving and speaking and thinking. I submit all my emotions to you and trust you to help me process. I say you are my Source. My source of vindication and peace. Your Word says, “blessed are the peacemakers” so help me to make peace. Help me to get my needs met in you. Help me to see this situation through you eyes. Help me to honor you and my husband. I am depending on you because I want to get him. I want him to pay for all this pain. You created me with these emotions, You know what I need to do, help me to know too. Give me your heart for my husband. Help me to bless my husband, and not curse him. Your word says be angry and sin not, help me not to sin in this anger. I lay down my right to being right. I humble myself before you. Help me to have the same attitude which was in Christ Jesus. Help me think on the right thoughts, Lord.
This is truly, how I have prayed when my husband and I are in arguments( No worries, we aren’t in one now). I usually start out with my heart and mind so angry and frustrated and hurt. My insides all twisted and hurting. I have to empty myself out of all the storm of emotions to hear. I cry out.
Psalm 107:19-20 (AMP)
19 Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivers them out of their distresses.
20 He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction.
Crying out signals my trust and my humble heart. It helps me take the emotions and give them to God. As I began to vent and give it to God, He answers my prayer. His peace, and His hope and His love begin to fill the now emptied out heart. I begin to hear His voice and understanding floods my soul. With the understanding of God being in control and taking care of me and this situation, comes peace. The fruit of my actions turn from yelling and screaming in anger and frustration to gentleness and kindness. You know what scripture says?
Proverbs 15:1 (GW)
15 A gentle answer turns away rage,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Look at the power of gentleness. That is the Holy Spirit. For me, feeling His peace, having kind, gentle words that are hope- love filled is a sure sign that I am receiving help from the Holy Spirit and His mind. This is the standard of measure I use for my mind. Hope, Faith, Love and Peace. However, I can only harvest what I have planted. Here is where I am learning my part in this transformation process. It is to fill or plant His word in my heart before I need it. So when the trial comes, I will have a harvest of His word, instead of my emotions. My emotions still feel the same but I respond differently. I respond in faith with hope and love. Faith that I can trust God with my pain, to supply my needs and comfort my heart. Hope that even though this moment is ridiculously hard, that God is working things together for my good. He has a plan for my future that is filled with hope. Love, for when I am feeling the most unloved and rejected. This brings immediate peace to my heart. Peace that shouldn’t be there, peace that passes my understanding. Isn’t that just like our Lord? He gives us His best.
John 14:27 (AMP)
27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
One more thing, Joyce talks about praying in tongues. This is often a controversial issue. I know for some of you, that may be outside of your belief. I wish to be respectful of you. I request that we not debate the issue here but allow those who do, to do so, and to those who don’t, to not do so. Each of us are working out our own salvation. God is dealing with us, each in the place we are. Let’s each receive and operate in the Holy Spirit as He reveals and honor each other as we do.
Much love to you all.