of Peace of Mind
We live in a very
tense, uptight world. This has been called the “age of anxiety” a
major cause of heart attacks and high blood pressure is tension and
Most tension in our
lives is the result of unresolved issues. Moses was a man who learned
how to resolve the basic issues of life and as a result became a prime
example of how to enjoy peace of mind.
Because he made the
right decisions and settled what is important in life, he was able to
live with himself and assume a tremendous responsibility, and yet remain
calm under pressure. He knew how to enjoy peace of mind.
Yet, if anybody had
a right to be uptight, it was Moses.
had the responsibility of leading two million of Israelites out of the
land of Egypt, across the desert and into a new country called Israel,
the Promised Land.
for nearly the entire time the people complained, argued and fought.
Moses displayed an attitude of quiet confidence of inner tranquility and
peace of mind.
Why was Moses able
to have peace of mind? Because Moses was a man of great principles.
Every decision he made was based on fundamental principles of life. He
did not live by his feelings, instead he based his life on God’s
principles for living.
Moses came to grip
with four fundamental issues of life that each of us must eventually
face. If you can learn to settle these issues in your mind. You’ll
learn what it means to have real peace of mind. We read in Hebrews 11
that Moses dealt with four questions. In every one of these crucial
issues, Moses responded in the right way. These were decisions that
determined his destiny.
first thing that Moses dealt with is the issue of identity.
He settled the
issue of “Who Am I”. Moses, when he grew up refused to be called the
son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Understand the conflict: Moses was actually
a Jew, but Pharaoh’s daughter raised him as an Egyptian.
At the age of 40,
he was groomed to be the second in command in Egypt, so he had to make a
choice. Moses had an identity crisis: Who Am I? Am I a Jew or am I an
Egyptian? Am I going to live with a bunch of slaves, or am I going to
stay here and live in luxury in the palace?
Everyone of us must
come to grips with this issue of identity.
We all have a deep need to accept who we are. Moses decided to quit
pretending. He accepted his true identity. It is a liberating experience
when you relax quit trying to be somebody you are not. The foundation
for peace of mind is: Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Relax and
be yourself. God made you. He loves you just the way you are.
How would we
remember Moses today if he had stayed in Pharaoh’s court? Maybe
as an Egyptian mummy in some
museum. There is a direct correlation between identity and influence.
Did you know there is a direct correlation between identity
and influence. Moses has eternal influence because he knew his identity.
He knew who and whose he was.
second issue that Moses dealt with was the matter of personal
He settled the
issue of “what do I really want to be”? The Bible said Moses chose
to be mistreated with the rest of God’s people rather to enjoy the
sinful pleasures of Pharaoh’s palace. Notice that Moses made this
decision “after he had grown up” (Heb. 11:24). It’s a mark of
maturity when you settle the issue of personal responsibility.
We live in a
culture that loves to blame others and not accept personal
responsibility. Moses didn’t blame anyone for his own life and decided
to make his life count.
It is true there
are many things on your life and my life in which we have no control,
but there is one thing we have absolute control over and that is our
response toward life. You can choose to respond toward life in a
negative critical manner or in a positive manner of faith in God and His
No one can ruin
your life, but you. The devil can’t because he doesn’t have enough
power. God won’t because He love you. No one can take away your
attitude unless you give it away or allow it to happen. When you assume
responsibility for your own attitude, then you can start enjoying peace
third issue Moses faced was priorities
He settled the
issue of “what is really important in life.” Moses had what most
people spend their entire life trying to get: power, pleasure and
possessions. God asked him to do something more important, so he did it.
It became a matter of priority in his life. Purpose
determines priorities. Moses was convinced that his most important
assignment was being God’s instrument. He could have had power. He
could have had myriads of possessions along with much pleasure, but he
chose what was the most important. Heb 11:24 By
faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of
final Issue was the matter of difficulty
He settled the
issue of “How am I going to live?” We can sum up Moses life in two
words: he endured. It is a fact of life. There is no gain without pain.
There is not advancement without adversity. There can be no progress
Moses made a
success of his life because he endured
under stress and pressures. The key to his peace of mind was that he
knew difficulty comes into every life and he knew how to respond to them
In summary, how
have you dealt with the issue of identity? Have you asked yourself this
question? “Who am I? What is my purpose in this life? Or – are you
drifting through life without a purpose? It may not be lime-lights, but
everyone of us have a need to determine to live with a purpose and be
settled to know – this is me and this is the reason I am living.
Apostle Paul gave us good advice on this issue in 2Co 10:12, For
we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare
ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring
themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are
not wise. Just be yourself
and pursue the purpose God intended for you and you alone.
How about the issue
called personal responsibility? Are you ready to take on the
difficulties that responsibility may place on you? Assuming
responsibility in this life causes one to mature and grow and become
strong in the Lord. Jesus talks about this in the Be-attitudes.
Much of this sermon has to do with how we respond to issues of life.
Are you willing to
endure through the tough seasons of your life? Are you willing to accept
the difficulty and respond to them correctly? Those who go through
life’s difficulties with peace of mind have learned to do what Peter
tells us in 1Pe 5:7 “Casting
all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Jesus
warns his disciples concerning the difficult areas of life. He knew that
storms would come. Mt 6:25 “
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought
for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for
your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the
body than raiment? “ Jesus was inferring that we
shouldn’t fret and worry because he will care for his children through
every difficult time. Mt 6:34 Take
therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought
for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Moses had a successful life because he chose to deal with issues of life correctly. His mind was focused on what was important. It was a matter of choice in every circumstance. He gave to us principles for a peaceful mind.