The difference between where you are and where you could be might be the pain you are unwilling to endure.
The goal is to confront life’s challenges without losing your peace. If you find yourself in a situation where darts are flying at you from every direction, take time to stop and focus on Jesus. Put your mind on a short leash and guide it back to the place where you felt God’s peace all around you. Then camp out there for a while. If you have lost your peace altogether, ask yourself, When was the last time I felt Him near me? Then go back there. Remember this: You may have lost sight of Him, but the Prince of Peace will never lose sight of you.
Think about such things. Things that are good. It’s a challenge to do this today. There’s so many competing messages, so many distractions, so many opportunities to get off track. But at the end of it all: my mind is my greatest strength. I can choose to think about whatever I want to. What is good? What is true? What is pure? I challenge myself in this daily because the power of owning my inner world is unstoppable. No one and no thing has power over my mind. And that is a truth I must hold fast to.
Prayer can no more be divorced from worship than life can be divorced from breathing. If we follow his impulse, the Holy Spirit will always lead us to pray. When we allow him to work freely, he will always bring the Church to extensive praying. Conversely, when the Spirit is absent, we will find excuses not to pray. We may say, “God understands. He knows I love him. But I’m tired… I’m so busy… It’s just not convenient now…” When the Spirit is absent, our excuses always seem right, but in the presence of the Spirit our excuses fade away.
March 30, 2020
An unpeaceful mind cannot operate normally. Hence the Apostle teaches us to “have no anxiety about anything” (Phil. 4:6). Deliver all anxious thoughts to God as soon as they arise. Let the peace of God maintain your heart and mind.
The only time I’m happy about procrastinating is right now. It has no past value nor any future value. It’s like the drug that pretends to make the world go away.
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How can we claim to have spiritual dominion over demons and disease when we don’t even have dominion over our minds and our stomachs?