It was a quiet Saturday morning. My plan was to spend time with God and in the word.
I walked into my kitchen, my mind drifted to the past few weeks. It has been a tough few weeks. Busy. It seems I have been putting out fires daily. I was ready for times of refreshing in the presence of my Lord.
As I started my morning, I felt the Lord speak to my heart and reveal something to me. He revealed to me that the enemy had come after my peace. That’s what the past few weeks had been about – stealing my peace.
If you know me, you know I have in times past, fought to have peace in my life. And I have fought to keep peace in my life. I do not want a life of chaos, regardless of what is going on around me. I am not one for drama. I choose peace. Peace is something I have had for many years…so this revelation stunned me for a moment.
But, as I thought about it, I realized it was truth. All the things that had been happening was disrupting my peace. As I began to write, I glanced over at my fridge. My eyes caught sight of a magnet my Mom had bought me about twenty years ago. She had bought me and my sisters different ones, the one she chose for me was personal. It fit my desires perfectly.
Mine says, peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work, it means to be in a midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
This is the perfect explanation of peace. The peace I have walked in for years.
So, how had it slipped away? The Bible says the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. If he steals our peace, everything else will be in jeopardy. When we have no peace, our reactions will be filled with fear, not faith. That’s a road none of us should go down.
I am reminded of the disciples. Remember the day they were all in the boat and a storm arose? The bible says Jesus was sleeping during the storm. The disciples, however, were terrified. I can say with confidence they had no peace that day. Jesus, however, is the Prince of peace. He was sound asleep.
When the disciples, in fear, woke Jesus, the storm did not move Jesus. Instead He spoke peace to the storm and it disappeared.
The storm wasn’t the problem. The storm was never the problem. Their response was the problem.
1 Peter 3:10-11 says; For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
I love what this scripture says. If you want to have a good life, watch your words. Stay away from evil. And…seek peace and then work to maintain it.
The enemy will do everything he can to steal your peace. However, it is an empowerment from God. He can’t have it if you don’t hand it over to him.
Psalm 29:11 says; The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.
The Lord blesses His people with peace. This word bless means He empowers us with peace. Empowers us to what? To come through storms without fear, harm or stress. He empowers us to rest, to sleep, during storms of life.
2 Thessalonians 3:16; For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
His covenant of peace will never be removed from your life. To me, that is great news!
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.
We have been given His peace. We have been empowered with the peace of God. The same peace Jesus had while He walked the earth. That is an awesome amount of peace. We can walk in that peace daily. Regardless of what is going on in our life, the peace of God can and will remain. However, it is up to us if we walk in it or not.
How do we do that? We keep our eyes on God. We keep our mind on His word.
Isaiah 26:3 says; You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
I found the word perfect in this scripture to be interesting.
In the Hebrew text it is actually…peace, peace.
The word “perfect” is not in the Hebrew text. It is peace, peace; which is doubled to denote the certainty of it. And the constancy and continuance of it. It expresses all sorts of peace, with which God empowers His people. Peace with God and peace with men, peace outward and peace inward. Peace before the storm, during the storm and after the storm. It denotes the abundance of peace that believers can have in the kingdom of God.
My friends, peace is a powerful gift. A powerful weapon. Today, allow His peace to overwhelm you. Allow His peace to lead you and guide you. If you have lost your peace, fight to get it back. Declare His word over your life. Over your heart and mind. Until peace is once again your first response.
May peace be your response in every situation from this day forth. And may the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7)
“When we abide in Him, our confidence will hold steady.”