KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
E.W Kenyon once wrote in his book the new kind of love that ‘selfishness is the mother of all sorrows’. To be carnally minded or to be dominated by self is death according to Romans 8:6a. On the vice versa a spiritually minded person is life and peace. Romans 8:6b. The man who is absolutely yielded to loving God wholly is a spiritual man.
Peace of mind has eluded most people because they have fallen in love with other things, other than the heavenly father. It is amazing to find a lot of Christians who are so passionate about football. These brethren cannot tell you verses of the scripture but they know the names of every star player. They are ready to stay away from fellowship time to watch a football match. Ask such brethren how many minutes do they spend worshipping the Lord in their devotional moments, and it may be nonexistent, yet they adore all the soccer stars. Their love for God is nonexistent. When crises arise such brethren are found wanting.
Football is just but one of the many things that dominate the hearts and minds of people. Take it or leave it, these things are like chasing the wind. The simple principle is do not keep idols in your heart. An idol is anything that takes the place of God or the love of God from your heart.1 John 5:21 ” Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen”.
Anything that competes with God for a place in your heart robs you of your peace. Peace of mind is always a function of our good relationship with God. Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God”. Peace with God is that access we gain into God at salvation and also by believing the word of God. There is also the ‘peace of God’. This is the peace that God has and enjoys and he can share with us.. This peace of God comes as a result of our fellowship, participation and a focus on Him. Philippians 4:6,7 ” Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus “.
This peace of God comes when we are in true love with the Lord. When we are ready to leave problems to Him.
True satisfaction in life is a heart that exhorts the Lord. The Lord is all I have, and He is my life and everything.
Psalms 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them”.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.