Tuesday, August 23, 2011
BE COOL BOY!
My title is a line from a song in the stage play and movie 'West Side Story' when the Jets and the Sharks gangs were going to rumble and the advice was 'be cool boy.' Do not allow every little thing to bother you. You have to set your mind on good things and good thoughts to stop losing your peace. John 14:27 says "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." Fear, worry, agitation, being emotionally disturbed, the 'what ifs' and a host of other emotions come about when you take your eyes off Jesus. Sometimes we conjure up things in our own minds and try to orchestrate the outcome ourselves. This will not work.
Satan loves it when he can get our focus off God. If we dwell on our problems or potential problems our faith and trust go out the window. It is easy to get mad about things in life. You can choose to have a peaceful spirit or one that is constantly fretting and on edge. Keep yourself focused on good things. Colossians 3:2 says to "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." If you dwell on bad things it will take your peace away. There is enough bad stuff today to think on so it is a discipline to trust God and allow him to take the controls of your life. Commit your thoughts to Him as well. If the news upsets you then turn off the radio or TV and stop looking at the newspaper. It is that simple. Turn on some praise music and focus on God and happiness.
Psalm 55:22 says "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." If we constantly want to carry our own burdens we will never achieve or maintain a peaceful heart. When you keep worrying you are telling God in a round about way you do not trust Him to take care of you. He is God of all so I think He can pretty much handle things.
Do not give the upper hand to Satan by caving in to a lack of peace. John 10:10 tells us that "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." The thief as we know is the devil. He steals your peace. He likes to get you upset as when you are you can not have victory. Say out loud "Devil I am not going to listen to your lies! I am a child of God and I have the peace of Christ in my heart." Say it and believe it .
"In this world you will have much tribulation but rejoice for I have overcome the world."(See John 16:33). It is your choice. Think on good things or things that keep you constantly in a tizzy. God wants to be in your heart and your mind. Give him the controls today.
PRAYER: Lord God I want to fully trust you. Many things happen in life that sometimes cause the focus to get shifted. It is easy to start worrying. Give me your perfect peace. In Jesus name. Amen!
It is a great day. Enjoy the following praise song. Click on link below.