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Learning to Live Above Your Circumstances

Learning to Live Above Your Circumstances

Romans 8:6 NLT  “…letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”

Jesus calls you daily to come spend time with him, to be in his presence, and to be filled with his peace that surpasses all understanding. Do you answer his call? 

Jesus won’t force his way into your life. He knocks at the door of your heart, but will wait for you to open that door and invite him in. His calling is one that is gentle, loving, and encouraging. His words speak life into your very soul and tell you who you are called to be. Often he speaks in a quiet whisper and offers us just the right words we need to hear in any given moment to fill us with courage, hope, strength, peace, and joy. Whatever our need is, Jesus knows and brings the solution.

Too often though, we let the noise of the world around us drown out his gentle and reassuring voice. We can’t hear him through the clutter we allow to build up around us. We don’t slow down long enough to be still before him, and the chaos that is building consumes our attention. We let our never-ending “to do” lists dictate our days instead of handing our days over to Jesus and asking him to ordain our steps. Is it any wonder that we don’t feel peace if we determine our success by the amount of “stuff” we tackled on our lists? Is it any wonder that we don’t feel peace if we let the storms of life determine our level of security and stability in life?

God’s Word, which we must remember is breathed out by God Himself and graciously given to you and me, provides the solution to how we learn to live above our circumstances. His Word teaches us how we can walk in the peace of Christ daily no matter what storm we are in, no matter the security of our job, our health, or our relationships.

We must relinquish control of our minds to the Holy Spirit and as Carrie Underwood’s song says, let  “Jesus Take the Wheel.”

Romans 8:6 in full says, “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” 

This means when we operate on our own, we leave ourselves wide open for self-destruction, and likely the harm of others around us. We tend to be selfish in nature, as much as we want to do good for others, we constantly come back to what is good for me when we operate in the flesh (our own reasoning) vs. the Spirit (The Holy Spirit dwelling within us). We make decisions based on what we want and what feels good in the moment. This will eventually lead to long-term consequences that negatively impact our lives. I am certain you know what I’m talking about as you have acted in your own capacity vs. letting the Spirit be your guide. We have all been there and the outcome is not often peace is it? We can quickly find ourselves in a whirlwind of chaos swirling all around us and wonder how we got there.

The solution is simple to find, “letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace” and not so easy to apply in our day to day lives is it?

BUT if we truly want to learn to live above our circumstances, instead of letting our circumstances define our peace and joy, we must strive to apply this more and more.

Here is what we need to do to help ourselves get to this place that God so desires each one of us to be:

  1. We must first choose to believe that God intends good for our lives and that He desires to fill us with His peace. This is a choice we have to make. Chaos does not come from God. Disorder does not come from God. Anxiety does not come from God.  Do we believe God intends peace for our lives?
  2. Second-we must read His Word more and become very familiar with it. His Word is our guide to tell us all we want to know about the character and truth of God. His Word also tells us what God desires for each of us as we put our hope in Him.
  • Let’s review just a few scriptures to build up our faith that our God is a God of peace, and desires for each of us to walk in this peace daily. 
  • 1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace.” 
  • John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.”
  • Colossians 3:15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

3. We need to give our worries to God and trust He will handle them according to His perfect will.  1 Peter 5:7 teaches us, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

Our youth learned at Bible Camp this year that people and circumstances will disappoint you at different times throughout your life. Another truth we can bank on is that our circumstances will be ever changing. Sometimes we will be thrilled with our current circumstances and sometimes we will be right in the eye of the storm.

However,  if we truly learn to let the Spirit control our minds, we can experience the peace of Christ every moment of every day, and live life to the full as God intends us too. As we keep Christ at the center of our heart and mind, our joy is made complete regardless of our circumstances. Christ IS our joy! Ephesians 2:14 also makes it known to us that, “For he himself is our peace…” 

May you remember as the waves crash against you, that you have the mind and Spirit of Jesus Christ within you. Relinquish control in the midst of your circumstances and let His peace wash over you. Choose to live above your circumstances, and be filled instead with the joy of Jesus Christ that is the wellspring of life within you.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Let’s pray:
Heavenly Father I thank you for being a God of peace and love. I thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit you have placed within me to be my guide in all aspects of my life. Lord I admit I let my circumstances dictate my happiness and peace in life far more than I should. Lord make my joy complete in you and you alone. Help me to not let my circumstances determine the peace and joy I have in my heart, but let that come solely from walking closely with you. When the world around me gets to be too much, remind me through your Holy Spirit that you are near and have all things under your control. Remind me I don’t have to fix every situation or person in my life; rather you simply ask that I trust in you and give you my cares to handle. Help me to let go and let your Spirit lead me more. Help me to seek you daily and develop a hunger for your Word. I want to know you deeply Lord so that I draw upon your truth as my peace, regardless of what my circumstances appear to be. Thank you for reminding me that you are a God of peace, and peace is what you desire for me walk in. I pray you will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.  Amen.

Love God with all your heart. Love others the same, and be blessed in return!
Pastor Karrie

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