Phil. 4:7 (AMP)And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:7 (ESV) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We've been told many times how important it is to guard your hearts, guard your mind, and obviously I'm a big supporter of that! Proverbs 4:23 says "GUARD YOUR HEART..." but I want to help you put an end to some unnecessary "striving".
The Word says in Phil. 4:7 that the PEACE OF GOD will guard your heart and your mind. It is a frustrating thing in life when you lack peace. You're really not going to like this next statement, but OFTEN (I'm not saying all the time because there are many situations where this isn't true) lack of peace is at its root a lack of faith.
The peace of God comes with confidence in who God is. That is why the peace of God will guard your heart and your mind because His peace knows that He "works all things for the good of those that love Him" (Rom. 8:28), it knows that He has plans to prosper and not harm you (Jer. 29:11), it knows that He speaks to you (John 10:27), it knows that He has overcome the world (John 16:33), it knows that great is He that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4) ETC.
If you are a born again Christian then you have peace, however you may not choose to walk in it, but you have it, just like you have faith. Jesus said in John 14, I give you my peace, it says in Gal. 5 that a fruit of the spirit is peace. So, you have access to peace even when it doesn't "feel" like it. So how do we get our hands on it? Let's back up in Philippians 4.
Phil. 4:6 (AMP) Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests) with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God... V. 7 AND God's peace...
Do not fret. Do not have anxiety, as Jesus said in John 14 "Let not your heart be troubled...". It is in that place of anxiety, fear, hopelessness, discouragement that we leave ourselves unguarded. Our heart and minds open for attacks of the enemy. Through prayer, through relying on the Holy Spirit (Prov. 3:5,6 "in all your ways acknowledge Him), and through the Word of God we are able to be at peace, trusting and knowing who God is, having faith that He will continue to provide, protect, encourage, work miracles, turn situations around, heal, revive, restore... etc.
In my life I have found no greater weapon against the enemy than simple peace. I know that sounds a little crazy because you'd think i'd say PRAYER, the WORD, WORSHIP, CONFESSION, DECLARATION, JOY, etc. but when I am at peace the enemy cannot infiltrate. It will take a combination of all of those other things prayer, Word, worship, confession, joy.. etc to stay in peace, but when I enter into it there is no power in hell that can take hold of me.
I encourage you to take a little time and do a study on peace. You'll find it is talked about and emphasized throughout scripture. God wants His children to be at peace because when we are at peace our hearts and our minds are guarded.
Be Blessed, J. Tate