Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Peace of God…there is nothing else like it. It is my new drug. If you have never experienced the power of peace that only the Lord can give us – it is time to find it. You must have it. It is captivating. I am not entirely sure when it overtook me somewhere in the process of refinement marking the last three years of my life. I have celebrated great victories in my God and wept in the lonely darkness waiting for His Light. Those times when I was alone and began groping in the inky blackness of isolation, peace is the very thing that He offered me instead of my fear. He exchanged the anxiety in my heart for confident hope that would allow me to step out by faith rather than hide from the storm. It wasn’t anything I did for myself. I was merely trying to survive. God didn’t create me just to make it but to boldly take authority over the enemy in my life. One might think I must wage war against him but I have found that when I sit quietly in peace in the midst of great shaking that he flees from me. I now know that when I cannot be moved from my faith in God by my circumstances that he is totally frustrated and retreats. It is confident hope of God’s Holy Inhabitation of my life coupled with the Oneness that I have found in Jesus Christ that gives me this peace. Faith does not make my life peaceful but rather gives me peace in the midst of my life.
Be anxious for nothing. Pray about everything. Be thankful. Let your requests be made known to God and leave them there. The Peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ. Peace is what we are after. It is the calm answer to our problems that just do not make sense. It settles the situation that keeps us from victory. If we can just find some peace and quiet, we could think. If we could just have one moment of peace, surely we could see the Light in the midst of darkness. Anxiety rises in our frustration. Pray seems elusive in our busyness. We cannot be thankful in the dissatisfaction of our life. We are so busy working for what we already heave that we forget who we depend on so we complain to others rather than simply asking for what we need from our Provider. The Peace of God surpasses our natural understanding requiring additional assistance to become the confident hope our faith leans on in the midst of uncertainty. Peace is what we need to guard our hearts and minds until Jesus comes so we do not make irrational decisions to rebel and retreat from God to pursue that which can only be found in Him – peace.
Romans 5:1-5 (NKJV)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
I believe that this is the process of discovering peace with God in our life. Jesus Christ is our peace. He is the only Way to have peace with God again called righteousness. Once established everything in our life is subject to change thanks to the peaceful covenant Jesus died for us to have. Nothing is withheld when faith is invested in God that produces confident hope. Confidence in the Lord allows us to trust Him settling the uncertainty inside of us concerning His Faithfulness and Unfailing Love. This makes all the difference in the world. Hope in God will never disappoint us. However, to experience such outcomes require faith in God including His Will, His Way and His Word that human beings are not naturally inclined to. We are taught at an early age that if it seems too good to be true that it probably is which is sound advice when it come to the things of this world but absolutely false when it comes to our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. God is that good!
Ephesians 2:14-18 (NKJV)
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
The peace that I have discovered is nothing that I have done at all. It is God’s Reaction to my faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Locked away in sin my whole life, Jesus Christ opened the door to the cell that once held me. I was set free. However, I had to step out of my sin and darkness to experience the Light. He did not drag me from it but simply opened the door. It was not until I took a step of faith that I began to experience the Peace of God in my life. Fear stems from doubt and distrust of the Lord but you will never believe or trust the Lord unless you try Him. This is the dilemma of people so they live on the threshold of faith and never fully step into the realm of hope where we have peace with God. As we begin to reconcile our life with God leaving behind those things which belong in our old life as we ask Him to make all things new as He promised it can be a painful process as we see in Romans 5:3-4. But to fully experience the Peace of God that passes all understanding we must move from Romans 5:1-2 through Romans 5:3-4 to have Romans 5:5 which is confident hope which allows us to live in peace with God. Jesus Christ is the peace that we are after. It is only through a thriving relationship with our Savior and Lord that we discover the kind of peace that keeps us living in confident hope.
John 14:26-27 (NKJV)
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The consummation of our covenant with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son is the Holy Spirit. His Holy Inhabitation inside the heart and mind of the believer is evidence of the righteousness that is offered as a gift from our Savior and Lord. Those who develop a thriving relationship not only with God the Father and the Son but choose to stir up the Holy Spirit will see faith come alive and confident hope exponentially grow in their life. Every Word of God that you read will thrive in a well-cultivated heart as the Spirit prepares us to receive the Word. The Word of God is our peace. (John 16:33) Jesus Christ is the Word. (John 1:14) Great peace belongs to those who love God’s Word and use it in their life to guide them. (Psalm 119:165) While religion tends to destroy relationships and distort our relationship with the Lord, righteousness produces peace and joy as the Holy Spirit prospers us from the inside out. (Romans 14:16-20) Finally, we will have all those things that really matter in our life because His Spirit is carefully overseeing them inside us as they grow and mature to complete our life. (Galatians 5:22-23) God fills us with hope and power by His Spirit so that we who believe can prosper (Romans 15:13) as our soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)
Matthew 10:34-39 (NKJV)
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”
It may surprise you to know that Jesus Christ did not come to bring peace to the world. In fact, His Coming drew a line in the proverbial sand creating adversaries. There are those who love the Light and those who still embrace darkness. Each has been given the freedom to choose. It is a false doctrine being preached in the world today that our life will automatically prosper when we call on the Name of Jesus Christ to be our Savior. Peace is reserved for those who reconcile their life to Christ making Him Lord as well. Those who strive within their own heart when it comes to following the Lord are left straddling a fence called compromise and complacency that will always cause division. You must choose faith in Jesus Christ to have peace with God. This is not in word only but in what we do as well. Faith is demonstrated when our belief calls for a change in our behavior that is obvious to the watching world. Confident hope is revealed in the midst of potential disappointment, pending devastation or overshadowing darkness when we still have peace and joy in our heart and mind allowing us to live without anxiety or fear while thanking the Lord that His Will is done!
Our son has been healed of cancer five times. What is the difference in saying that and our son has had cancer five times? God has delivered him from them all. Am I afraid of cancer? No. Am I worried about what will happen next? No, not really. Because somewhere in this painful process, I have discovered the overwhelming power of living in the Peace of God that fills my heart, mind and soul. I believe true peace in God is when we are at peace with Him which is righteousness. As we discover the vast boundaries of His Love, we become willing to wait for His Outcomes. A long time ago, our son’s doctor told us that we had moved from modern medicine to the realm of hope. I like it there because there is no fear in hope because it cannot disappoint me. The Peace of God is found in the realm of hope that exists with a heart and mind made up to love the Lord with all that it is. Those who find such a peace will fight to maintain it rather than fighting every other obstacle in life which allows God to work His Grace and Goodness through our life unhindered because faith abounds.
Psalm 37:3-6 (NKJV)
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Psalm 37:11 (NKJV)
But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Psalm 37:37 (NKJV)
Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace.
Sometimes I must admit I wonder if I have completely lost my mind. How can I laugh when I should be filled with great sorrow? How can I hope when the odds are stacked so heavily against me? Why do I constantly challenge the world to mark impossibilities? I remember as kid encountering certain Christians that I thought were crazy. I have become one of them. God is good. God has been so good to me. I know that doesn’t seem like a logical response to our ongoing situation but it is truly the revelation of our heart. As I invest small seeds of faith, the Lord just keeps pouring an abundance of His Love, Joy and Peace in our life. I cannot explain it because quite frankly it makes no logical sense. I guess that is what it means to have peace that surpasses all understanding! Trust the Lord. Do good. He is doing His Best for you. Feed on His Faithfulness today until you are too full to doubt. Commit your way to the Lord in pursuit of His Peace today and every day. Be that crazy Christian is just over the top enough to trust the Lord one more time. I promise that it is worth it. His Peace is more precious than any other treasure that I have found!
Psalm 119:165 (NKJV)
Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.