THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY FOR YOU TO FIND AND FEEL A SINCERE PEACE THAT FILLS YOUR HEART AND SPIRIT
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Is peace a state of mind that comes naturally to you? Could you honestly say the words, “I feel completely at peace right now,” and truly feel it? In many ways, finding peace is a lost art. Your world may be filled with distractions and meaningless babble that capture your attention and warp your sense of reality. If you watch too much cable news, your perception might be that the world is one step away from disaster. Binge too many fantasy features and you might get a warped sense of how your relationships should look. Or playing too much of the comparison game with your neighbors might make you feel inadequate. A sense of comfort can be difficult to come by if you are looking in all the wrong places. According to Scripture, there’s only one way for you to find and feel a sincere peace that fills your heart and spirit. That is via a mind that is unswervingly toward Christ—meaning you are in harmony with Him and rooted in His Word.
Put your trust in His promise; it’s a much more beautiful melody than the noise of the world.
It is imperative for ONES to continually renew their minds with the Word of Christ. Spending time in Scripture and reading truth will ground them and help them feel more secure in their “yes” and “no” responses.
Awareness for Ones: When your trust is in the Lord and your mind is being renewed, peace will be with you. You won’t get caught up in asking yourself, “Am I good?” You will know you are good because you are a child of God. This week as you meditate on Isaiah 26:3, ask the Lord to quiet your inner critic as you set your mind on things above. Write down the words you hear your inner critic whispering to you. Ask the Lord to take those words captive so you will have peace as you trust in the Lord.
Journaling is a great exercise for TWOS. Writing down on paper what they are really feeling helps them form their thoughts. This type of reflection brings them peace.
Awareness for Twos: Spending time reflecting on the Word of God that is truth will help you put things into perspective. When you can center your thoughts on God, you are able to put your trust in Him. This week as you meditate on Isaiah 26:3, allow yourself to feel God’s perfect peace as you write down several ways you have put your trust in the Lord. As you journal, stay present in the moment and recognize the blessing of a renewed mind.
THREES find peace doing something for themselves that is not tied to achieving. They no longer chase people’s approval, because they give themselves permission to be who Christ created them to be.
Awareness for Threes: When you are able to reflect on who God is, you find that your trust in Christ grows because you understand that He is Jehovah Jireh—our Provider. This week as you meditate on Isaiah 26:3, recognize the peace you have experienced from simply putting your trust in Christ. Write down the ways
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Eve Annunziato is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who segued from news writing and reporting to ministry leadership roles at some of the fastest-growing churches in the country. A freelance producer and writer, she loves spending time at her farmhouse outside Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Charlie Neese, and their two kids.
Jackie Brewster, a certified Enneagram coach, consults with teams and individuals, leading them toward finding the best version of themselves in their work and personal environments by identifying their unique personality type through the teachings of the Enneagram and biblical truth. Leaning on their many years of church ministry experience, Jackie and her husband, Stephen, own a consulting company while raising their four children in Franklin, Tennessee.
Adapted from Hearing God Speak: A 52-Week Interactive Enneagram Devotional. Copyright © 2021 by Eve Annunziato and Jackie Brewster. Used by permission of Ink & Willow, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.