Letting God’s Peace Have the Final Say

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Compulsive fearing and over-thinking are some of the things I do best.
Some of my finest fear-feats include:

  • Worrying excessively about what other people think.
  • Exhausting every possible adverse outcome in a situation.
  • Allowing negative self talk to dominate my thought life.
  • Spending precious moments of “I-should-be-sleeping” time thinking about all of the ways I might have disappointed someone that day.

Do you find yourself on the same struggle bus?

If you do—for the love of sanity–Please! Come sit next to me and we can overreact about all of life’s circumstances and convince each other we aren’t crazy.

(If you don’t ride this struggle bus,  please come rescue us and teach us your ways. SOS!)

If you’re anything like me, having a fearful and negative thought life slowly leads to a discouraged, dejected and apathetic heart. The filter in which we look through life becomes clouded by “what-ifs”. Precious, God-given days are spent heavy with angst rather than filled with joy. New opportunities are seen as new ways to fail rather than chances to flourish.  

Over time, fear becomes the unwanted (yet welcomed) guest, and we become the doormat it walks on.

Well, friend–I’m sick of being a dirty, faded doormat.  Aren’t you?

We were never intended to be slaves to fear or our anxious thoughts.  

We’ve been set free from that.

And we can live free again.

 

 

Letting the Peace of Christ Rule

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace…” – Colossians 3:15

We have been called to peace. We have been designed for it and ordered to live in it.

With Christ as the head and believers as the body, we should seek to go where He leads–just as our bodies follow where our head decides to go. (For me, that is often to the fridge for another piece of cake.)

If Christ, the Prince of Peace, is the head, then we must be a people or body of Peace. Click To Tweet

It’s who we are and who we are called to be.

There is a key word in this verse that is so helpful in envisioning what it looks like to let peace win in our hearts.

The Greek word used here for RULE is brabeuō (bra-boo-oh)– meaning “to be an umpire”.

The Umpire of Peace

An umpire is an impartial third-party who settles a dispute between two disagreeing parties. Today, we mostly think of an umpire as the person at a sports event who makes the important calls in a game. They are the vigilant watchmen who keep their eyes on the game and call out bad plays, fouls and illegal moves. But most importantly, they always have the final say.

Let’s look at this verse with a new perspective:

Let the peace of God…be the umpire… in your hearts.

Now, I’m a very pictorial kind of gal, so I imagine a little buff guy blowing his obnoxious whistle, fouling out all of the negative thoughts that scream, “You’re not good enough! They don’t like you! You can’t do anything right!” I imagine him escorting those untrue and degrading thoughts right back where they came from! And I thoroughly enjoy watching them GET THE BOOT.

This picture of God’s peace being the ‘umpire’ in our hearts reveals that there is an ongoing dispute between two disagreeing parties: what the enemy/world/flesh says about us and what God says about us. God’s truth is ultimately the deciding factor of what thoughts are true and peace-giving and which are not. We have been given the authority to disqualify fearful and negative thoughts. Practicing this truth allows the peace of Christ to win the game.

As 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Giving God the Final Say

Let His word have the final say about you. Allow His Spirit to remind you of who you actually are. Let the peace of being a fully known, accepted and loved child of God set the precedence for how you see yourself and others.

There is so much freedom when we allow God’s truth to sink into our hearts. His truth produces a lasting fruit of peace that has the final say in who we are. Memorizing scripture, spending time with God in prayer and in His word are all ways to keep our hearts alert, aware and equipped to fight off the lies of the enemy and cling to the peace He so freely offers us.

We no longer have to succumb to dark days clouded by anxious thoughts.

We can be free again.

So take hold of His peace and remember the One who takes hold of you.

Let His peace have the final say.

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22 Comments

  1. Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

    You’re such a cheerleader for the Lord. I love it and I love how you re-center me when I read your posts. Thanks a bunch. #keepon

    01 . Jul . 2017
  2. RebeccaLynn

    Let Christ be the umpire of your peace. Yes!! Amen!! I’ve done a lot of fighting against thoughts that bring death to my peace and joy. And it really is powerful to envision actually binding them up, and making them kneel in obedience to Christ. And then giving them the BOOT! lol Thank you for this, Kaitlin! xoxoxo

    02 . Jul . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      RebeccaLynn,
      I’m so glad we don’t have to fight this alone and have each other! Love you friend!

      02 . Jul . 2017
  3. Edith

    I’m that type too: worrying obsessively even if not for the same reasons. I’m learning everyday to bring God into my situation but the problem as one sister pointed out is not letting go after handing the problem to God. Thanks for sharing this.

    03 . Jul . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      Edith,
      You are so right; sometimes we hand God the problem and then take it right back into our own hands. I know I am so guilty of doing things! Hopefully, we will keep learning that our problems are SAFER in His hands than in ours! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insight 🙂

      03 . Jul . 2017
  4. Kaylie

    Oh Kaitlin, I sooooo needed this! Thank you always for your encouraging spirit and your perfect timing! I’m always thinking negatively about myself and life seasons, and you gave it a whole new perspective! I love you and miss you so much!

    03 . Jul . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      Awww my friend! I love you so much! I’m so glad this brought encouragement to you. I know we all need someone to remind us to trust God and give our issues over to him. I love and miss you like CRAZY!

      03 . Jul . 2017
  5. thisgeorgiapeach

    Indeed, there is so much freedom (and peace) when we allow God’s truth to sink into our hearts. Peace is something that Lord gives us willingly. We just need to reach out for it by remembering His truth, praying, reading the Word – doing all the hinge you’ve said here. Thank you for your post!

    03 . Jul . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      YES! What an amazing truth that He gives His peace willingly and not grudgingly. I have to remind myself that He offers it so freely to us.
      Thank you so much for this reminder and for stopping by 🙂

      03 . Jul . 2017
      • thisgeorgiapeach

        I recently did Pricilla Shirer’s, Armor of God Study (totally recommend!!). She talks about how God gives us His peace, but we must activate and cultivate it. So often I would pray, “God give me peace.” But now I pray, “God help me to know and activate your peace.” 🙂

        03 . Jul . 2017
  6. earlybirdwakeup

    I can catch myself, at the end of the day, going over all the ways I have disappointed others throughout. If I’m not careful it quickly overwhelms me, making me completely restless all through the night. I think accepting God has the final say on who we are is a great reminder for us! He is the beginning and the end, and He has it all figured out!!

    05 . Jul . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      You and me BOTH! It’s ridiculous what kind of silly things can keep us from beauty rest! You’re right– remembering He has it all figured out puts a sisters mind at ease! 😊😊

      06 . Jul . 2017
  7. Bailey

    I love the idea of God’s peace being the “umpire” of our hearts. Putting His word, not our worries, in the driver’s seat is so important.

    05 . Jul . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      Bailey,
      I love that analogy of putting His word in the drivers seat instead of our worries. What a great reminder!

      06 . Jul . 2017
  8. thisgratefulmama

    My struggle with worry and fear seems to come and go with seasons of life. These are great simple tips that will be easy to remember! Thanks!

    05 . Jul . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

      06 . Jul . 2017
  9. Lizzy

    God’s peace really is one of the main ways God speaks to us. If we are feeling unsettled about something we have learnt from experience not to proceed but to pray about why we feel that way and possibly change our plans, not that we always get it right either! Love the Scripture For He Himself is our Peace Eph 2:14 Coming over from By His Grace Bloggers. Pinning and facebooking

    06 . Jul . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      Lizzy,
      I am so thankful that God Himself is our peace. I don’t know what we would do without Him! Thank you for the support &a encouragement, Lizzy!

      06 . Jul . 2017
  10. Kim Brown

    I’ve been on that struggle bus too many times. Thanks for a great article. Learning scriptures to get the truth of who we are in Christ is essential to peace. Seems easy enough, but I still find that struggle. That’s why we need to keep fighting the good fight 🙂 His Peace will come!

    06 . Jul . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      Kim,
      You and me both! I always tell myself memorizing scripture is key to fighting the fight for peace, it’s just prioritizing it that can be hard! Thank you so much for your insight and for stopping by ❤️

      06 . Jul . 2017
  11. crumbsandglamour

    Amen!!! This was so so good.I really needed to hear this today. I write a lot about anxiety, depression and insecurity because its a tough battle that I often fight. Today and yesterday have been exhausting fighting days. I’m so thankful to have stumbled upon this post on the By His Grace Bloggers group!! Your words have been refreshing to my soul.
    XOXO! Amaris, crumbsandglamour.com

    06 . Jul . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      Amaris,
      Aww I love nothing more than when God gives us what our hearts need to hear ❤️ I am so glad it encouraged you. I’m going to have to pop by your blog because I definitely struggle with ALL of the above! 🙂 Praying for you as you continue to battle and as Gods peace continues to take over ❤️

      06 . Jul . 2017

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