"...the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace." Rom 8:6b (NIV)
There are so many times in my life when I have attempted to do things relying on my own abilities...it's hard work! When I buy-in to the illusion that what I have is dependant upon my ability to build and protect it, I leave myself subject to the whims and uncertainties of this world. Living with me at the centre of all I do and think is a sure way to squeeze the joy out of life and steal away my peace.
The contrast of life lived with God at the centre is striking. In this verse the apostle Paul reminds us that true life and peace can only be found when we live in the Spirit. When we live with God at the centre we find ourselves in that place where we are guided, prompted and filled with God's Spirit. Here we can freely and confidently enjoy the fullness of life that Jesus promised (John 10:10).
When we actively set our minds with God at the centre, everything changes. When we consciously subject our thoughts, priorities and actions to the Holy Spirit we will find peace, fullness, completeness and restoration - that's a promise!
Do you feel like your life is lacking peace and vitality? Place your mind and thoughts before God, ask Him to govern them by His Spirit and you will experience a life and peace that surpasses all understanding.