When Jesus left this earth he gave us something very important. He could have given us anything, and given the chance to choose our "GIFT" from the "creator of all things", I would assume we could come up with some cool stuff.
But Jesus said - "I am leaving you with a gift . . . Peace I leave with you, My Peace I give unto you"
You've got to be kidding right? How about wealth, power, wisdom, or maybe even a cattle on a thousand hills...but peace?
Yes, he gave us peace. Now, if Jesus gave us peace, then why don't so many Christians have it?
I challenge you to grasp the truth that negative behaviors (habits, addictions, etc) you face today are holding you back from a life of peace and fulfillment. Additionally, realize that even as harmful as your behavior is, it is the pattern of failure in this area of your life that is even more devastating. I want to say that once more so that you understand how important it is. The failure becomes as much of an issue as the original behavior.
It may seem an impossible task to unravel the causes for your behavior. The human mind is the most complex organism in the universe. It was created by God when He created man in His image. And the human mind was created so that the incomprehensible God could be comprehended by His creation. Man had perfect understanding from the beginning. God gave him a beautiful place to live and work and plenty of good food to eat.
Along with the ability to understand his creator, God gave man a will of his own. It was to be exercised immediately; he was given the opportunity to choose to obey or disobey. The consequence of Adam's choice is the sin nature. It has been passed on to every person who has ever lived.
Why discuss that here? Because the human mind is the root of our behavior. And the human mind was affected by the sin of Adam. Paul taught us in Romans that "those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires."
Did you see that? HAVE THEIR MINDS SET!
Our unique ability of self-consciousness (of thinking in terms of who we are and why we are alive) exists for a very important reason. This reason is for us to find God. And finding Him is not simply getting a ticket to go to heaven. It's not just about getting something in the future; it's about becoming someone different right here, right now. AND THEN to SET OUR MIND ON BIBLICAL TRUTH.