God hasn’t taken His hand of blessing off this nation, but it can sure feel like it some days.
When we turn on the TV, open our web browser or scan through Facebook, we are confronted with yet another crisis going on in our nation. Thanks to today’s technology, we have hourly exposure to mass shootings, crime, ungodly laws being put in place, rioting and rumors of war. In this constant barrage of negative news, it is challenging to remain in peace. Challenging, but not impossible.
While thinking on this, I remembered a statement I heard recently. It was, “if you protect your peace, your peace will protect you.”
I pondered this statement for a few days. While I knew in my heart it was true, I went in search of a scripture to confirm it. I did not have to look very far.
Philippians 4:7 says; And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I found some interesting things as I studied the word keep.
In the Strong’s Concordance, this word means; to be a watcher in advance, to mount guard as a sentinel (post spies at gates); to hem in, protect, keep (with a garrison).
It further means; to guard, protect by a military guard, either to prevent hostile invasion, or to keep the inhabitants of a besieged city from flight.
I have known peace is an aggressive weapon for years, today I discovered it is also a guard and a protector.
However, before that peace can be your guard and protector, it must first be cultivated in your life…into your heart and mind.
Peace is not something I sense on most people, even Christians. I believe this would be different if we realized the true power of peace, His peace.
Jesus said in John 14:27; 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.
Do you see what He is saying? He gave us HIS peace. The same peace that carried and protected Him through crowds who wished to stone Him. The same peace that carried Him through the Cross. The same peace that carried Him, that garrisoned about Him, through Hell. The same peace that led Him out to rise again. That peace is the peace He has given you and me. A peace that rules and reigns, if we will allow it to. A peace that protects and guards.
So, how do we cultivate this peace in our life? The answer is found in Isaiah 26:3;
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in you.
We can’t keep our mind on the problem, or on the news and walk in peace. We must keep our mind on God, His word and His promises. Then and only then will we walk in peace.
Once we have peace, we must protect it. We can’t allow things or people to come in and steal our peace. And trust me, the enemy will do everything in his power to steal your peace. However, he can’t touch it if you don’t allow him too. Jesus gave it to you, it is yours. Yours to keep or yours to let slip away.
As you cultivate and protect peace in your life – that same peace will protect you.
While we may not be able to change the facts that invade our daily lives, we can change our reaction to it. We can change how it affects us and our family. We can also change the atmosphere that surrounds us. We do that by cultivating and protecting the peace Jesus gave us.
Just as scripture says, peace will watch out for you and warn you in advance. It will garrison about you and protect you. It will help you to stand your ground when things try to invade your atmosphere.
How do we walk this out in our daily lives? We can when we choose to keep our minds firmly upon God and His word. When we don’t lend our ears or our eyes to the negativity of the media. Instead we choose to think on God and think on His Word. As we do that, we will stay firmly planted in His plan and in His peace.
Meditate on this:
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16