January 1.
Let God's Peace Serve as an Umpire For Your Mind and Emotions!

Colossians 3:15

Have you ever had one of those days when there was so much confusion whirling around your head that you felt like screaming, "STOP"?

From time to time, everyone has that kind of a day And when you do, your temptation is probably either to get in the flesh and react to someone in an ugly way or to get depressed, go to bed, and forget about it all. However, you know that neither choice will help you solve the problems you are facing.

Rather than throw in the towel and give way to these emotions that want to get the best of you, why not stop right now and make a decision to let the Word of God rule you today? When I say "rule" you, I'm talking about God's supernatural peace dominating and governing every emotion and situation that confronts you. If you don't make this decision and follow through with it, worry, fear, insecurity, doubt, and a whole host of other emotions will assuredly try to take control. And there is no worse roller-coaster ride than when you are being knocked all over the place by emotions that are out of control!

Instead, let the peace of God rule in your heart, as Paul wrote in Colossians 3:15. He said, "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." I especially want you to notice the word "rule" in this verse. It is from the Greek word brabeuo, which in ancient times was used to describe the umpire or referee who moderated and judged the athletic competitions that were so popular in the ancient world.

Paul uses this word to tell us that the peace of God can work like an umpire or referee in our hearts, minds, and emotions. When detrimental emotions attempt to exert control over us or try to throw us into an emotional frenzy, we can stop it from happening by making the choice to let God's peace rise up from deep inside us like an umpire or 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 umpire called "peace" steps into the game, it suddenly begins to call the shots and make all the decisions instead of fretfulness, anxiety, and worry.


Colossians 3:15 could be translated:

"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 referee in your emotions and your decisions...."

Even though it's true that everyone has hard days and difficult weeks, you don't have to surrender to those emotions that try to steal your joy, disturb your relationships, and rob you of your victory. When you feel overwhelmed by problems or emotions that are hitting you from every direction, just stop a moment and deliberately set your heart and mind on Jesus and the Word of God. As you do this, the wonderful, conquering dominating supernatural peace of God will rise up from your spirit and take control!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, I don't want to let my emotions get the best of me today, so I ask that Your peace would rise up like a mighty umpire and referee in my heart, mind, and emotions. Help me recognize those moments when unhelpful emotions try to sneak up on me. I ask You to teach me how to put those emotions aside and release Your supernatural peace that is resident in my heartthe peace that is always ready at every moment to moderate every thought and emotion that tries to pass into my life!

I pray this in Jesus' name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I confess that God's supernatural peace dominates me. When I am tempted to get upset and my emotions try to take control of me, I put these emotions aside and allow the Spirit of God to release a supernatural, dominating moderating peace to rule my heart, mind, and emotions!

I declare this by faith in Jesus' name!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER

  1. Do you recognize moments when your emotions try to throw you into an emotional tizzy and steal your peace and joy?
  2. Have you asked God to help you overcome these moments?
  3. What steps can you take to quiet yourself so you can focus on God's Word and allow the peace of God to rise up and referee what is going on inside your heart, mind, and emotions?

January 2.
Could You Use a Little Extra Strength To Make It Through Your Day?

Philippians 1:19

At times everyone gets physically tired and mentally exhausted. However, some believers, regardless of how long or how hard they work, seem to have the knack, fortitude, determination, and will to keep going strong, even when everyone else can barely take one more step.

Have you ever met someone like this? Have you wondered, How in the world can that person keep going the way he does?

Could it be that this person has learned how to tap into a supernatural Source of power? Well, the same inexhaustible supply of power is available to you! In Philippians 1:19, Paul talked about this kind of power: "For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ."

I especially want you to notice the word "supply" in this verse. It is the Greek word epichoregeo. To those who read Greek, this word seems like a strange choice for Paul. However, after reflecting on the original usage of this word, it makes this verse very exciting! The word epichoregeo is an old word that literally means on behalf of the choir. I know this sounds peculiar, so let me explain where this word came from and why Paul uses it here.

Thousands of years ago in classical Greece, a huge choral and dramatic company practiced endlessly for a huge, important theatrical performance. After they put in a great amount of time, effort, energy, and practice, it was finally time for the show to go on the road. But there was one major problem—they ran out of money!

These people had given their lives to this production. They had committed all their resources to making sure the performance succeeded. But because they ran out of financing, it meant the show was over—finished! They were washed up before the show ever officially got started. From all appearances, it was the end of the road for them and their dream.

At that exact moment, a wealthy man heard of their crisis, stepped into the middle of their situation, and made a huge financial contribution on behalf of the choir. This contribution "supplied" all they needed to get back in business again! In fact, the gift the man gave was so enormous that it was more than they needed or knew how to spend! This man's contribution was excessively large, abundant, overflowing, and overwhelming.

This is where we get the word "supply" in Philippians 1:19 that now describes the enormous contribution of the Spirit that Jesus Christ wants to give to you and me!


In light of this, Philippians 1:19 could be taken to mean:

"I am certain that this situation will ultimately turn around and result in my deliverance. I'm sure of itfirst, because you are praying for me; and second, because of the special contribution of the Spirit that Jesus Christ is donating for my present cause."

This means when you've run out of steam; when you've given your best effort and you don't feel like you have another ounce of energy left to give; when it looks like your resources are drained and you are unable to take one more step unless someone steps in to help you—that is exactly the moment when Jesus Christ becomes your personal Benefactor! Like the wealthy man in the story above, Jesus steps into your life at that moment to donate a massive, overwhelming, generous contribution of the Spirit's grace and power for your cause!

Jesus is your wealthy Benefactor. He has more strength and power to give you than you'll ever be able to use! If you are weak, He has precisely what you need to get up, get recharged, and get going again! If you'll open your heart to Him right now, Jesus will give you a brand-new contribution of the Spirit's power—and it will be more than enough to get you on your feet and back on the road again!

So when your natural human will is too tired to keep going and you've exhausted all your resources, let Jesus reinforce you with a new "supply of the Spirit" that will give you all the strength you will ever need. Just open your heart to the Holy Spirit's help today. Allow Him to fill you with a supply of power so large, you could never even begin to use it all!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, I realize I don't have enough strength by myself to do what You have asked me to do. Today I'm asking You to donate a new supply of Your Spirit into my life. Right now, I open my heart and ask You to fill every nook and cranny of my life with the power of the Holy Spirit so I can get back on my feet again and fulfill what You have told me to do!

I pray this in Jesus' name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I declare by faith that I am refilled and recharged with the Spirit of God. There is no lack of strength in me because Jesus continuously provides a huge supply of the Spirit in my life that empowers me to achieve everything I need to do. There is no excuse for me to fail or to stop short of the goals God has given me for my life, because in the Spirit of God there is enough supernatural strength and power to energize me to finish my divine assignment!

I declare this by faith in Jesus' name!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER

  1. Do you ever run into times in your life when you feel like you've hit a wall and you can't go any further?
  2. How do you normally respond to times like these?
  3. Compare the results of your past responses to these difficult times to what would happen if you took the time to talk to Jesus about your need for supernatural strength.