"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
When a perfect storm blows into your life your stress level goes through the roof and anxiety tries to take you hostage.
I call your attention to the first five words of this verse "AND THE PEACE OF GOD"! Your first defense against anxiety is not you trying to muster up some peace of mind but it is God downloading HIS peace into your heart, mind and spirit. This peace is HIS personal peace and in fact, it is His Person - the Holy Spirit!
The original language gives us encouraging insights into God's personal and powerful peace. Here is the breakdown of those words:
“huperecho” = compound word “huper” (Over, above, beyond) and “echo” (I have, I possess) = Literally – God’s peace is so above, so superior, so elevated, so excellent that no one peace can be compared to it, nothing else is even close!
GOD’S PEACE IS BIGGER THAN LIFE!
“nous” = “mind” but not just in terms of where you think or reason or remember but also the center of your emotion and will! Today we might call it your core or the center of your being.
GOD’S PEACE CAN CONTROL YOUR CONTROL CENTER!
“phroureo” = soldiers, sentries, security detail who stand guard constantly and continually over the entrance to your control center.
So, literally translated Philippians 4:7 goes like this, “And the peace of God – a peace that is so wonderful that is cannot be compared to any other known type of peace; a peace that stands in a category by itself rising far above and goes beyond anything the human mind could ever think, reason, imagine or produce by itself – will stand at the entrance of your heart and mind, working like a guard to control, monitor, and screen everything that tries to gain access to your mind, heart and emotions”
GOD’S PEACE BECOMES YOUR PEACE!
HOW OFTEN DO YOU THINK GOD WORRIES OR GETS ANXIOUS?
DON'T YOU THINK HIS PEACE CAN KEEP YOU FROM BECOMING ANXIOUS?