As I sit here this morning, I hear planes arriving and departing from the airport a few miles up the road. They started me thinking about how our mind is like an airport. Each thought is a plane and we’re the air traffic controllers. Is there peace on the tarmac? Is everything running smoothly? Do you need a giant hole fixed? Have there been plane crashes and explosions that are still blocking the run way?
Before we can find peace we must realize that yes, God does want to give us peace.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
#1 Quiet the Airspace.
“Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
This memory verse promises perfect peace. That is the first step. We have to stay our mind on God. This is also the first step to the renewed mind. It’s very powerful. In order to do that we must clear the airspace.
- Spend some moments in your quiet time with God in rhythm with God. Here’s an exercise that will discipline your mind. Relax, and sit very still while looking at the clock. Plan to start with one minute increments. Clear your mind of all thoughts. Yes, all of them. Now, keep it clear for one whole minute. When you can do that, move up to five minutes by one minute increments. If a thought wanders in, start over. It’s harder than you think… at first. God works within you (Phil. 2:13) but if you can’t hear Him because your mind is racing you’ll lack the peace He offers. I call it “getting quiet” or staying your mind. This exercise puts you back in control. Your mind is a muscle. It has to obey what you tell it to do.
#2 Manage your Airspace
Once you have a quiet mind, and trust me you’ll feel the difference right away, you’ll begin to notice how your mind works. The thoughts (planes) in the airspace are now under your management. How would you like things to look on the tarmac? Do you want airplane crashes, ambulances, and innocent victims being rushed from the scene? Or would you like a well-oiled operation and a steady stream of positive outcomes? Yes, the second for me too. Now, God would also like to land some planes called “word of wisdom” and “word of knowledge” on the tarmac of your mind. Are you tuned into His radio frequency? Do you hear Him calling for a place to land? A great habit to get into, is asking; “God if you were me what would you think right now?” He might ask you to pray. He might solve a scheduling conflict. He might help rearrange the plane (thought) arrival times so you have smooth landings and take-offs. You have freewill. He never takes over that freewill. So you have to ask and make the conscious decision to involve Him in your operation.
“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known [me]. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted [with] all my ways. For [there is] not a word in my tongue, [but], lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.” Psalms 139:1-4
#3 Employ Security Guards
Our mind was created to hold the Word of God. Our hearts were built to believe it. If you don’t believe me, teach the Word to a child and see how excited they get. They haven’t had the time to get talked out of it yet. They don’t know how not to believe it and they get immediate results.
When someone lands negative, toxic, or down right evil planes in our mind, scripture verses are like the security guards. They watch and when these planes come in, they check the planes against the Word of God and reject them if the are going to do harm.
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
#4 Understand the Operating System
If the head air traffic controller didn’t know the computer programs or how planes work, she would be in for a world of hurt. What is the most peaceful operating system for our minds?
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
What thoughts should we let land in our mind? The list above works well. God is going to abide by His own list. If you get a thought you just know was from God, but it contradicts the above list, check twice. Why would He go against His own Word? This is where the landing gear really hits the pavement. We decide what thoughts should stay and deplane or should go and never be seen again.
#5 Expand your Operations
All of the nine operations of spirit produce fruit. What is the fruit of the spirit?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. …25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-23, 25
Operation of any one of them produce a clump-like fruit like grapes, of blessings. These are what come out of expanding your operations to include walking in the spirit. We can do all the mental push ups available, but if we do not include these operations we are just doing drills. Yes, there will be benefits, but spiritual peace is our goal. Right? The steps above help us get there. The first one of the nine is speaking in tongues. Did you know that anytime God writes in His word, “praying in the spirit,” He is talking about speaking in tongues. Why? Because it’s a powerful prayer. It’s perfect prayer. There are twelve benefits in that one operation. Do you know what those 12 are? Click below for a free .pdf handout on how to operate this wonderful manifestation and what the benefits of operating it are.
There are nine manifestations of the one gift of Holy Spirit. These are the clean up, maintenance, baggage claim, ticket handlers, and processing center for smooth air traffic control. These produce fruit! Godly fruit. Well…imagine a hole in the tarmac opens up from a renegade plane that landed years ago. You can “stay” your mind, sure, but how are you going to heal the hole? Miracles are needed, word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healing and maybe discerning of spirits as well. All of these operations heal the mind, body and soul and things begin working smoothly again. Operation of this immense power brings peace GOD’s peace. How many times has the world come into our “airport” and tried to cover the holes with camouflage netting (prescriptions) or justify them with psychological diagnosis? The hole is still there! It can only be healed by the Guy who created us. We have to expand our operations to include the spiritual truths for deliverance. Otherwise we’re just spinning our wheels again.
God Bless You Today!
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