5 Q.U.I.C.K. Steps To Maintaining Your Peace
Today’s reflection on #50daysto50 is about maintaining your peace. If you haven’t been keeping up with my daily reflections for these 50 days, you can go to wendytwine.com/50daysto50.
As I was asking God today what do I share, he spoke to me about an article I had written about how to Declutter Your Home The Q.U.I.C.K. Way and how our spiritual home is cluttered with a lot of stuff that is robbing us of our peace. In fact I did not come up with this acronym when it came to decluttering a home either but by an editor named Lori Baird who wrote “Cut The Clutter And Stow The Stuff.”
Anyhow, how does this acronym on quick apply to our spiritual lives. Let me begin showing you the correlation if you decide to read my other article.
Step 1 Quantify: It’s about how we are to to measure or gauge how much of something. I want you and me to think about how much of our thought life is about life and death, positive and negative, blessing or cursing. There is a scripture that says in Deuteronomy 30:19 of the Bible, “…I have set before you life and death, blessing and curses, now choose life…”
Step 2 Unload: Okay how many of us are walking around with anxieties, worries, or cares. I know I have been guilty of this more times that I care to admit. But here again there is a scripture in I Peter 5:7, that says we are to cast all our worries and anxieties on to the Lord because He cares for us.
Now what about unforgiveness and bitterness? We all are guilty of this at one time or another in these areas too. God the Father is very adamant about not letting bitterness spring up and taking root in us or it will defile us and those around us (Hebrews 12:15). We all know anytime we get angry or bitter we take it out on all those around us.
Step 3 Isolate: You have seen shows or may have even experienced it in real life, that when someone gets a virus or serious disease they quarantine the person so that they don’t infect others around them. Well it is the same with our thought life. Did you know that not every thought that enters into your head originated form you?
The enemy of our soul will have birds fly over our head and squawk all kinds of things that you and I think are from our thought life. Now just because the birds fly over head and are squawking doesn’t mean we have to allow them to nest in our heads.
Let me give you another example in scripture again. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says we are to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. What does that mean? It means that every thought that is not aligning with God’s purposes, plans and word is to be held captive so that it doesn’t to additional harm to our soul.
Step 4 Contain: When it comes to containing our peace, its very important that we hide (contain) God’s word in our heart. You know why? According to Psalms 119:11, it says so we don’t sin against him. If we don’t know God’s ways, his statues and laws, how do we know when we are grieving the heart of God.
When we are going down the road and see a speed limit sign it is for our safety and its a guideline to help us from not hurting ourselves or others. So, it is when we contain/hide God’s word in our heart.
Step 5 Keep: We can keep our peace if we do everything by prayer, petition and letting our request be known to God with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is huge hear. We are so quick to come and dump our requests and not thanking God for his answers and provision. When we add thanksgiving then in Philippians 4:6-7 in the Bible says we will have peace that surpasses all our understanding. Wouldn’t you like to have that kind of peace? I know I would.
Now that you have these steps to maintaining your peace, which one spoke most to you? Please share.