In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
April 5-6, 2008 - A Peaceful Heart - Philippians 4:4-7
Welcome to the In Touch Devotional.
Many of us are at war with ourselves and don’t realize it. Some people experience inner turmoil because they’ve never made peace with God. That’s corrected by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. Those of us who already believe may at times feel anxious. Inner serenity comes when we accept who God made us to be. Acts chapter 17:26 says our Father chose the time and place we would be born. He determined what we’d look like. God gave us our personality, talents, and spiritual gifts. Fussing over what He has chosen for us will keep us unsettled. Understand His purpose for our life. Proverbs chapter 3:5-6 reminds us that embracing God’s unique plan for us will bring satisfaction and peace.
Know that we belong to Him. Feeling disconnected can irritate us. You should remember that adoption into God’s family is permanent. It’ll keep us steady. The bible says in John chapter 10:28 that nothing can change the fact that we are His.
Maintain a clean conscience. When we are headed in the wrong direction, our conscience acts as a warning signal. We feel a sense of guilt or shame that troubles our mind and keeps peace away. Once we confess our sin and turn from ungodliness, our conscience becomes clear once again. Inner turmoil is replaced with calmness.
Keep a Christ-centered focus. Taking our eyes off ourselves and steadily looking to Jesus will give us a quiet spirit. A peaceful heart will become a reality when we embrace who we are in Christ, confess our sins regularly, and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
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