A few years back, my daughter, Breanne, added a new horse to her farm. This was the fourth time she had added a new horse. Each time there had been a period of adjustment for all horses involved. There were fights, horses getting bit and kicked and everything else you could imagine, until they all finally decide to get along. This usually takes several weeks and can be an intense time for all involved.

This new horse, Buckeye, was purchased from a friend. It is a horse both kids have trained on and knew. However, you just never know how they will get along with the other horses and the two miniature donkeys.

As Breanne let him into the gate, we both stood and watched. Breanne shared, “they told me two things about Buckeye. They said he was an alpha horse and they said he was a peacekeeper.” She went on to say, “I don’t understand how those two things go together.”

I could understand it.

An alpha horse is a dominate horse, one who believes he is the leader. A peacekeeper would be one who would keep peace among the herd.

We immediately saw both qualities in Buckeye.

The other three horses immediately challenged him, but he was not moved. He would raise his head and look at them and neigh and walk on in peace. There was no biting, no fighting and nothing like in times past. He merely made his stand and stood firm in peace. To our surprise, all the other horses followed him, this had never happened before with a new horse.

A couple days passed, and I asked, “Breanne, how’s Buckeye doing?” Her reply was a surprise. She said, “Mom, he’s doing great, and he has changed the entire atmosphere in the field, there is no fighting or anything, it is awesome!”

That’s what peace does! If you allow it to, it will rule AND it will change atmospheres.

Colossians 3:15 says and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Philippians 4:7 says, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Psalm 147:14 says, He makes peace in your borders.

Psalm 29:11 says, the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Psalm 34:14 says, SEEK PEACE and PURSUE IT.

This I know for certain. If you seek peace, you will find it.

I have had people tell me they can’t have peace in their home because of another person living there who refuses to walk in peace. However, I firmly believe you can still have peace within yourself, and it will change the atmosphere around you. God promises us peace in our borders, but like anything else, we must pursue it and lay hold of it.

Breanne has a female horse which has always caused trouble with every other horse. This horse attempts to bully any horse that comes in the field. It doesn’t matter to her if they are twice her size. But, when peace came in, she, too, had to submit to that peace. So, it can be with us and our households.

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 Him through crowds who wished to stone Him. The same peace that carried Him through the cross. The same peace that carried 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 allow it to. A peace that changes atmospheres.

So, how do you begin to get this peace? That 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 and walk in peace, we must keep our mind on God. On His Word and His promises. Then and only then will we walk in peace.

You can have peace and you can have it continually; it is entirely up to you. Will you allow peace to rule?