Are you a leader? Do people look to you for inspiration or as an example to follow? In this post on 1 Peter chapter 1, we’re talking about leadership and dealing with depression. Even if you have never thought of yourself as a leader, please keep reading anyway because I believe when you become a Christian, you ARE called to be a leader, whether you have an official platform or not. When you give your life to Jesus, that sets you apart and, in a sense, levels you up to leadership status, even if that is not your personality or general position in life! Because as Christians we have so much the world doesn’t have, such as true PEACE, HOPE, JOY, POWER TO OVERCOME—we must share it by leading others to a salvation knowledge of Jesus also! So, you see, you ARE a leader, after all!
Being leaders and Christians, doesn’t mean we get to experience a life without difficulty or hard, sad times. It doesn’t mean we are immune from things like depression or fear. Those things come to everyone at some point. HOWEVER, we DO have the tools we need to overcome and help others overcome as well. That’s why in my last post for We Are Beautiful, I talked about one key to overcome depression specifically related to loss and/or hard times, (you can read that here) and today, I want to look at one way we can super charge our peace and protect ourselves from falling into fear or depression.
Let’s look at 1 Peter 1:13 in the Passion Translation
“So then, prepare your hearts and minds for action! Stay alert and fix your hope firmly on the marvelous grace that is coming to you.”
Our inner dialogue plays a huge roll in our feelings and our initial reactions to everything in life. If we will intentionally work to keep the inner chatterbox, as Steven Furtick calls it, positive and Spirit led, full of the promises and Word of God, when life gets rough, we will be able to weather the storms in peace.
Isaiah 26:3 NLT says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
Google gives this definition of fixed:
- fastened securely in position.
- predetermined and not subject to or able to be changed.
So that means if our thoughts are in line with the Word and we have already decided that we believe no matter what comes our way, it will work out for our good (Romans 8:28). The result of this way of thinking is PERFECT PEACE! That means, though fear may try to come, PEACE is ours. And though depression may try to come, PERFECT PEACE is ours if we keep on keeping our thoughts on Him!
We “prepare our hearts and minds for action” by learning the Word of God and meditating on what He says about every area of our lives before we are faced with the loss or difficulty. It’s vital that we don’t wait until the storms come to get prepared!
We must work every day to think on the right things and encourage ourselves with the Word, listening intently to the Holy Spirit and paying attention to what He’s speaking to us TODAY, because He knows exactly what is ahead and He wants to prepare us for it. He is faithful to give us exactly what we need if we will only stay alert to what He is saying and doing in our lives.
Peter’s instructions say to “fix your hope firmly”. Remember, something that is “fixed” is not subject to change! If our hope is in Him and that is not subject to change, it doesn’t matter what comes, we have hope that even the worst situations can and will work for our good. With that settled in our hearts, we are stable, and that’s obvious to those around us when we go through things without giving up or losing our hope and they want that hope too! We can help them find that hope by sharing this promise of peace from Isaiah 26 and the process we went through to prepare ahead of time for the storms.
I encourage you to begin today to adjust your internal dialogue. If you already do this, why not look around and see who needs help in this area of their life and begin to help them live in this peace as well? I think you’ll find you’ll become even stronger in it as you begin to teach others how to find peace!
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