Response is your responsibility

By Pastor Fred Gillenwater - Your pastor speaks

We have been in a series titled “The Renewed Mind.”

In Proverbs 23:7 it says as a man thinks in his heart so is he, so in all reality we are not what we think we are, we are what we think. When we allow wrong thinking: negative, critical, and judgmental thoughts to take place in our minds we forget our peace and exchange it for fear and anxiety. As believers in Christ we are called to bring heaven to earth. Peace is the atmosphere of heaven. Most people think peace is the absence of war, conflict, noise, chaos, and confusion. Peace is not the absence of something. It is the presence of something (Jesus Christ). Peace is a person.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 says for unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. As believers in Christ, we are called to walk in peace. In Romans 14:17 it says the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. When we allow our relationship with Christ to govern our minds by the Holy Spirit, it produces peace. The carnal mind brings forth death (separation from God), but the spiritual mind brings forth life and peace.

When the prevailing influence on our hearts and minds is the presence of Christ, we have peace that conquers all worry, anxiety, and fear. Now we are in a position to bring solutions to our struggles as well as others.

We should not go around echoing the problems we are hearing about in the news, media, and the world. No matter the outcome of the midterm election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. But we should be prophesying, which means to speak what God says. When we speak what God says it gives solutions and answers to our dilemmas. But when we echo the negative in our world we just assist in helping to make matters worse. In Romans 10 it talks about how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace. Our gospel is the good news of peace. In Philippians 4:7 it says the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Our greatest weapon and protection over our hearts and minds is the peace of God.

It’s time to take a stand and not just be a bystander, but to stand up and be willing to speak what God is saying to us through His word. Romans 16:20 says the God of peace will crush Satan’s influence in our lives and others. Our response to any given situation is our responsibility, so when my trust is in Jesus He will assist me and help me to stay in peace. He said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” When my trust is in God it produces peace. Isaiah 26:3 says in His perfect peace He will keep thee whose mind is stayed on thee and whose trust is in the Lord.

If you have not trusted in Jesus Christ as your Savior, why not? What are you waiting for? He has a plan for your life. In Jeremiah 29:11 He says, “I know the thoughts that I think towards you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Romans 10:13 says for whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. If you will call upon Him now and ask Him to forgive you of all your sins He will come into your heart and help you on this journey called life. He says, “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and I will sup with him, and he with Me.” The word sup is taken from the word supper. At the supper table is where all the major decisions and communication took place. Jesus is saying your most important decisions and communications will take place between you and Him in life. What an invitation!

By Pastor Fred Gillenwater

Your pastor speaks

The writer is the senior pastor at Russell Road Church, Sidney.

The writer is the senior pastor at Russell Road Church, Sidney.