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Sin Destroys Peace With...
Ourselves.

I have never felt so understood when I read this post a few months back, where a mom recorded 5 minutes of her thoughts.  It's funny at first (because many of us can relate), but the reality is this mentality is not what God desires for us.  It's not how it's supposed to be—we should have peace!

Our minds are in constant turmoil when
our hearts are not at peace with God.

I wonder what it would have looked like to be a woman in the Garden of Eden before the Fall. I imagine Eve's thoughts were lovely, her intentions were always good, her work was always fruitful. I am certain she felt constant peace, and knew nothing other than having a calm mindset.  Yet, one bite of the forbidden fruit shattered that peace.  And now we are left in this world of sin.  

Romans 1 :28 (ESV)
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God,
God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

It’s not just ‘human nature’ that we wrestle with thoughts, anxiety, stress or boredom all the live long day.  Our true nature was one where our minds were at complete peace with God, peace with how He created us, peace with our life mission, peace with our body.  

At the very core of sin, we desire God to serve us and place ourselves on the throne. Instead of being at peace with our God-given role of serving and worshiping Him, we try to play God ourselves. This sin severs any peace we could hope to have on our own.

Case In Point:

  • We worry over the safety of our loved ones because we don't truly believe God cares for them more than we do. 
  • We obsess over bodies because we don't believe what God creates is good enough.
  • We lust after the next great thing that will bring us happiness because we do not believe God when he says HE is all we need.

It seems we are left having every possible thought other than peace!
Yet there is hope.  

When we realize that our greatest problem is that we want to be God, we can dethrone ourselves and put Him in his rightful place. We do this by confessing our sin, believing that Christ's sacrifice on the cross covered us and made us right with God, and following Him.  It is then that God will give us peace that transcends all understanding and guards our hearts.

Philippians 4 : 6-8
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Sisters in the Round, maybe you are wrestling today over who is on the throne of your life. Would you confess with me to God that He is King and we are not?  Let us pursue peace by laying down our burdens at His feet and dwelling on His goodness and perfect plans.  May we be women of God with redeemed thoughts that are worthy of praise!

Jenn