Have You Got Your Heartguard?

Last night before I went to sleep I read the passage I’ve been chewing on for the last several days, again.  Something stood out to me that I have never really noticed prior to today:  It’s the peace of God which guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

For a long while now I’ve known that the name of the LORD is a strong tower where the righteous run to find safety, but it never occurred to me to dissect this passage about who or what stands guard over the entrance to that Tower.  Read Philippians 4:7 with me to see what I mean:

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

How do we arrive at this place of peace?

First, rejoicing in the Lord always.

Second, refusing to be anxious about anything, instead everything that could give us reason for anxiety is presented to God through prayer and petition.

Third, redirecting our thoughts to what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy, and generally watching and learning in order to imitate those among us who practice such a lifestyle.

The only way the peace of God can guard us from anxiety is when we present our requests to God through prayer and petition.  Once this is done, the only way to remain peaceful is to think about such things as Paul listed in verse 8 which means, in order for us to be examples of the peace which passes all understanding we must first have bought into the truth of God being our only solution, answer and protector.  The nature of the world we live in presents plenty of things for us to be anxious about by default.  Our foil for this natural consequence of living in a sinful world is faith in the God who gives peace outside of human ability to either understand or destroy.

What guards our relationship with Christ?

The peace of God we find through trusting Him.

By what method do we invite such peace?

Through prayer and petition.

Once we have the mind of Christ, the only way to remain peaceful in Him is to focus our spiritual and physical eyes on those things which speak of Him.  He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  He is the King of Kings, which makes His nature, truth and Way the noblest of them all.  He is the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star (removing Lucifer from that position forever), which makes Him the most lovely “thing” or being we could behold.  Everything about Jesus is admirable, praiseworthy and excellent.  And, if we are found in Him wholly given over to His heart and mind, we will be lights of His nature to those who need the directions to peace of heart and mind as well.

So, again, the only way to guard your heart from anxiety is the peace of God.  The only way to find that peace is rejoice in Him, and when our hearts are tempted to be anxious, to present these things through prayer and petition, trusting He will take care of us.  The only way to remain firmly rooted, grounded, founded and solid in this peace is fix our eyes on Jesus, who represents everything that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.

Did I repeat the point enough?

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3 Responses to “Have You Got Your Heartguard?”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    I like this! I have to rejoice (find joy again and again) IN Christ and there I find peace. Thanks!

  2. jonnysoundsketch2 Says:

    By writing this I reminded myself of the truth of it. It’s almost laughable how often I’ve read this passage then turned right around and let the world get me down. I have to keep repeating Paul’s circumstances when he wrote to the Philippians—he was in prison!

    So no matter what I go through, it can’t be worse than that.

  3. tlc4women Says:

    Exactly. Same here.

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