The Bouncer

One of my favorite verses from Colossians is 3:15: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart.” The word “rule” here means “umpire.” That means you get to have the peace of Jesus as the most powerful bouncer in the world, determining which thoughts are allowed access to your heart and mind.

Jesus’ peace stands between you and every difficult moment. That doesn’t mean you can hide from them, but his peace prevents fear, pain, and resentment from taking control as you deal with them.

No matter what you’re facing, you can overcome it in his peace. You can reset your mind, restore your heart, recover what’s been lost, and rebuild what’s been broken.

When you have a moment, take a few deep breaths and read some or all of these—out loud, if possible. As you’re speaking, let peace fill your heart, until every anxious thought gets kicked out, and every word of life Jesus has for you gets celebrated.

Philippians 4:6-7

“Don’t be anxious about anything, but instead pray about in everything with thankfulness. Let your heart’s desires be made known to God, and his peace, which is far beyond all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not live in fear or dread, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:10a

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you.”

Psalm 18:4, 6, 19 

“The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. In my distress I called upon the Lord. He heard my voice, and brought me out into a place of safety and freedom. He delivered me, because he delights in me.”

Psalm 23:4 

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”

Matthew 11:28-29

“Come to me, all who are exhausted from laboring under heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke with me instead, and learn from me, for I am gentle and tender hearted. In me, you will find rest for your souls.”

John 14:27

“I’m giving you a gift—peace of mind and heart, a kind of peace the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 16:33

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.”

2 Timothy 1:7

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even if outwardly it seems we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Romans 8:38-39

“I am convinced nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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