The enemy is relentless in his efforts to steal our peace and joy in order to bring our soul into turmoil. He is looking for gaps in our hedge to infiltrate in order to bring chaos and darkness.
God is so faithful to give us the very specific strategy we need to defeat every assignment of the enemy. We only have to ask, turning our attention away from the disturbance and locking eyes with Jesus.
Of course this happens in the place where we quiet our minds to "come away" from the turbulence into the secret of God's presence to get divine perspective from above.
During one afternoon last week, I started sensing turbulence through negative information that kept coming to me. I realized that this was an attack to steal my righteousness, peace and joy, so I disengaged my mind from the issue and simply went to the Lord, putting on some beautiful worship music while handing every detail over to Him and simply said, "Lord, what do You say about this?"
As I took my hands off, so to speak, giving it to the Lord and putting my trust in Him to work it out for good, I got my peace back.
I started journaling, writing down what was flowing through my thoughts as I was waiting on the Lord and He changed my perspective completely.
A little later I watched a sermon on 11 Chronicles 20, when Jehoshaphat was king over Israel. Three armies were against them and they were totally outnumbered. He set his face to seek the Lord and God spoke through the prophet, telling them to start praising Him and He would give them the victory.
Praise is one of our weapons of warfare and spoke directly to my spirit. I started praising the Lord for His Omnipotence, His Wisdom, His Will and His faithfulness and every part of my soul (mind, will and emotions) were in perfect peace and joy again.
In order to maintain righteousness, peace and joy in our soul, we need to quickly take action the moment we experience restlessness. Taking it to the Lord, resisting the enemy will give us the victory.
"Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).