Are you searching for peace? I’m assuming you are if you clicked on this post. What about peace draws you in? Are you longing for a peaceful environment, peaceful relationships or inner peace within yourself?
You know what, many us of have the complete opposite of the peaceful life that we so desperately want. We think that if we can create a peaceful home, a peaceful work environment, a peaceful homeschool routine, peaceful relationships that we will experience peace within ourselves. But we have it all backwards.
By trying to control the external we are denying our souls the exact thing we crave.
In order to have peace in our lives, we need to first have peace within ourselves.
Let’s define peace the way the God does,
Peace is to be safe from harm in your spirit, mind, and body.
Does that definition have you scratching your head a little bit? To understand it a bit more let’s take a look at what the opposite behavior is.
Worry is to live in fear of harm in your spirit, mind, and body.
Now worry we all understand, we get that because we all are guilty of doing it more than we should.
You see, peace is the result of a Christian who is expressing love and experiencing joy. Now that makes sense since it’s listed right after joy in our verses. God sure knew what He was doing. God’s power will be on the life of the woman who expresses love and experiences joy. When we are being a tool for God to use we will have more chances for the devil to attack our ministry outreach. He wants to bog us down with worry, fear, and frustration. He wants to steal our peace so that we can’t be used by God.
Yet we are on the winning side, we already have the victory and we can claim the promise that all things are possible with God (Matt. 19:26)! We can claim the words, I can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). We can fight against Satan’s attempts and claim the peace of God which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). When we do this we will be from worry.
Worry is the catalyst to fear and anxiety. Once you go down that road it is hard to break their chains.
As a child of God, we need to remember that we are safe under God’s wings of protection. While a circumstance may seem fearful, God has it all under His control. The key is to give up control. Giving God the control and trusting Him to work everything out. It’s not until we experience true contentment of letting go of control that we can experience the peace we so desperately long for. We want things to be fixed right now so we don’t have to experience those uneasy feelings. When we do this, we leave God out of the picture, denying ourselves the peace of God.
How do we experience this biblical peace?
Giving control over to the Lord. Letting go and trusting Him.
When we give up control, everything that comes up in life can be looked at through trusting God. This peace makes people look at you and find it hard to believe that you are so calm in the midst of the storm.
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
This verse is comforting to remind you that nothing in this world can steal your peace! I don’t know about you but this is the kind of peace I am seeking after after I’ve been trying to control my environment and my relationships.
Become spiritually minded. Live and approach each situation in life with an eternal perspective. When you are focusing on what you want, what you think and how you feel you are acting carnally minded. You are letting your flesh control your life. Doing so robs you of the Spirit-led life you are seeking after. A spiritually minded person is under the influence of what God wants, what God feels and what God feels. This leads you to a peaceful life. Inside and out.
Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Keep His commandments. Obey His Word, every single commandment not just the ones that appeal to you, and you will experience a life of peace. He promises it to you!
Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Give your worries to the Lord. There are going to circumstances that come up that are going to test our resolve of letting go of control. When we immediately give them to God and continue to do so every time the temptation to worry rises up, we are choosing His peace over worry.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
My Pastor gave a great illustration of this awhile back. Think of our cares and worries at the end of a fishing pole. We cast them off to the Lord (through prayer) but eventually we reel them back in. It’s in the casting them back out to God that we are choosing His peace and trusting Him to take care of everything in His time.
Friend, you can experience His peace in your spirit. I can experience His peace in my spirit. I’m on this journey of discovering His peace, I haven’t arrived that’s for certain. I can testify that it is indeed a journey. Usually a hard road to travel. It’s not something that’ll change in you overnight. It’s going to some ugly tears, some hard conversations and lots of prayer and changing your thought patterns as you work through the issues that are holding you captive. But we can get there. We can break the chains of worry and anxiety and claim his promise of peace. Are you ready to that?
Since I just love Young Living and the fact that they have an oil for everything (!!!) I thought it would be fun to give you an oil suggestion for each of the fruits of the Spirit. While we work towards changing our hearts to be aligned with God’s will and commands, there is an oil to help you move closer to that goal. Peace and Calming is an oil that supports you in feelings of peace and supporting you when you feel depression, anxiety, worry and stress. I love this oil, it might just be my favorite! Send me an email to get yourself a bottle!