WHERE IS MY PEACE
By Carolyn Dale Newell
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.
John 14:27 NKJV
Nothing could portray peace more than a sleeping baby snuggled in his mother’s arms. Mary recognized the peace all would receive since the baby Messiah came into the world.
At His birth, Jesus brought peace to the believing world. Before He departed, He gave His peace to His own. Why does the world still seek for tranquility?
First, this gift is only for the redeemed. It is a spiritual peace, unrecognizable by the world. We own this gift, but have we left it upon a shelf?
One Christmas, someone gave my husband a GPS. He has never used it. He has never benefited from it because it still sits in the box.
That is what happens to our peace. We possess it, but we refuse to utilize it. We allow emotions to rule our lives, chasing any peace away. We dwell on small anxieties rather than our big God. We spend time worrying rather than praying. We try to solve our problems rather than handing them over to God.
When we choose panic over peace and dread over prayer, we play right into Satan’s hand. He comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
We access peace through thankfulness. A grateful heart rests calmly. Thank God for what He has done and will do.
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.
Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
This verse commands us to stop being anxious. Stop fretting. It directs us to pray. God’s first response to prayer is peace. Even before our requests are answered, peace flows in when we hit our knees. Prayer is the channel through which peace flows.
Another key to tranquility is righteousness. All blessings follow obedience. A disobedient life forfeits harmony.
The final avenue to peace is faith. Anxiety rules when we do not believe God will break through on our problem. Our doubts infiltrate our peace. Believe for your miracle. Believe God will save that unbelieving spouse. Believe God will break the chains of addiction. Believe your loved one will be made whole. Believe!
When we believe, we no longer stare at the problem, because we believe the problem will soon fail to exist. We focus on God.
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah :3 NKJV
Perfect peace rests on those who completely trust in God. They look nowhere, but the face of the Father for solutions.
Our peace is not missing in action. It sits upon the shelf, waiting for us to pick it up and put it to use. Go grab your peace today.
Lord Jesus, Your birth brought peace. As we embark upon the Christmas season, help us activate the gift of peace You have given us. In Your name, we pray, Amen.
Read Colossians 3:15.
HIKING THE TRAIL
Which emotions rob you of peace most often? Resist being a slave to those feelings, and rely on a thankful, obedient faith looking to Jesus for peace.
Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.