Guarding our minds and hearts (Philippians 4)

. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 7:7

I think it would be awesome to have someone in our lives who would always guard our minds and hearts so that we would never sin.  Think through this with me.  If you had someone to guard your mind and heart you would always be thinking the correct thoughts and you would be saying the correct things.

This would be super wow.  I mean I would be guarded from getting mad and from being attached by sin.  I would be a person who actually practices what I profess.

But wait a minute, does not the Bible say we have this guard already?  The answer is yes.  We (Christ-followers) have been given the Holy Spirit who guards us (John 16:9-11).  We have also been given the means to stay on course with God as we face the trials and temptations of this life.

The means I am talking about is “prayer.”  Paul writes:

  • Prayer brings us a place of peace. (We have peace with God and we have the peace of God).
  • Prayer brings us to a place of protection.
  • Prayer brings us to a place of power.  (We hear our Lord say, “I have this.”

Remember this sentence from yesterday’s blog: “Don’t wear your mind out worrying.  Wear your knees out praying.”

In the book Apprentice, there is a question for day three reading on Pg. 84, “Why does prayer sometimes seem so insufficient when we are searching for answers?”

I have found in my life the answer is multicolored:

There are times when it is that I want to know why immediately.  At other times I want to get out of it in that moment.  Still at other times I fail to trust God and sometimes I just have let my guard down.

Brothers and sisters, it is of greatest important that we keep the guard up around our minds and hearts at all times.  Take time to-day and put up your guard.

Here is an amazing prayer by Paul:

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family[c] in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen

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