Saturday, February 17, 2007

Let Him Rule

Have you ever had a bad day, where you just wanted to hit the “do over” button and start over? All of us have had one of those days before. Our default response is usually to surrender to the pressure and react in an ungodly way or to get depressed, or better yet hit the fridge for that “comfort food.” However, there is another way; we have an option that does not require us to “white knuckle” our emotions.

Everything in life begins and ends with a choice. Why not make a choice to let the Word of God rule you? What do I mean by “rule”? Allowing God’s divine peace to rule and reign every emotion of your heart, and to dictate how you respond in every situation. Emotions such as worry, fear, terror, panic, and anger raging out of control throw our lives into much turmoil.

Our only healthy option is to allow the peace of God to rule in our hearts. Paul spoke about this to the Colossians. He said, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Look at the word rule in this verse. It is from the Greek word brabeuetoo which in Ancient Greece was related to the referee who judged the Olympic style games.

Paul is telling us that the peace of God can work like a referee in our hearts, minds, and emotions. When negative emotions try to control us, we can stop their attempts by choosing to God’s peace rise up on the inside like a referee to moderate our emotions. As we do, we will be kept under the control of that divine peace as it rules in our hearts. When this divine referee called “peace” steps into the game, it suddenly begins to call the shots and make all the decisions instead of worry, fear, and anxiousness.

If he were writing today Paul might have said it like this: “Let the peace of God call the shots in your life…” Let the peace of God be the umpire in your life and actions…” Let the peace of God act as a referee in your emotions and your decisions…”

Next time the waves of emotions attempt to crash upon you like a Tsunami, stop! Intentionally set your heart and mind on the INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT AND THE WORD OF GOD. Soon the Holy Umpire will rise up as you yield and the wonderful peace of God will begin to RULE in you.


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