Emotional integrity is ruling our emotions through truth. Colossians 3:15 Amplified says, “And let the peace (soul harmony) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts (deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state), to which as (members of Christ’s) one body you were also called (to live). And be thankful (appreciative), (giving praise to God always).”
An umpire officiates over the game. They make judgment calls between out and safe. They make sure the rules of the game are adhered to. Peace is an irrevocable gift. It’s the umpire in our hearts that rules if a thought is safe or a foul.
We maintain peace in our heart through our thoughts and trust. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trust in You.” Anything that disturbs that peace is a fiery dart thought targeting our faith.
Doubt, fear, unbelief are fiery darts. We must oppose them by standing in faith and truth. Have you ever doubted your salvation? Truth: you are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). You will never be taken from the Father’s hand (John 10:28). You have eternal life and will never perish (John 3:16).
Are you feeling fear in your circumstances and not peace? Fear is a spirit that is attacking your faith through first person thoughts. Anytime you think independent of God there will be fear. Leaning on your own understanding, and being wise in your own eyes indicates your focus is on yourself (Proverbs 3:5, 7).
We are absolutely dependent on the Lord. We are united and one with our Prince of Peace. He dwells within us to direct our steps and to empower us to endure. His thoughts toward you are peace (Jeremiah 29:11). Are your thoughts towards yourself ones of peace or self-condemnation? Does peace or unforgiveness towards yourself or others rule in your thoughts and actions?
Our heart is our belief center. What we believe about ourselves during our trials must be based on the truth of His word. That hidden truth is our unshakable foundation, and the structural strength of our faith and trust.