Years ago, I listened to a teaching by Pastor Dave Roberson. This teaching greatly impacted my life – from that day to now. It was called, Peace, The Aggression Weapon of God.
When I first began to study this subject, I wasn’t clear on how peace could be a weapon. Especially an aggressive weapon. However, I have learned that it is just that.
Cultivating peace in one’s life takes a great deal of effort. And it takes time. However, you can get to the point where you have peace, regardless of the circumstances. God’s peace.
John 14:27 says; 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 haven’t been given just any peace; we have been given the same peace Jesus walked in. Not a peace that is present when everything is going our way, but a peace that remains regardless of what we are walking through.
Philippians 4:6-7 calls it a peace that passes understanding.
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.
A peace that isn’t even understandable under the circumstances. A peace that takes us out from under the circumstances and places us firmly in faith in God’s word and His plan for our life.
Then, how do we obtain this peace?
Isaiah 26:3 tells us; You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
The most vital way is to keep our mind stayed on God and His word. When the enemy tries to bring things to steal our peace, we simply declare the word of God and remain hidden in God’s presence and His promise.
Psalm 119:165 says; Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.
I love this scripture. To have great peace, we must love the word of God. We must allow His word to abide in us as we abide in His word. When we do that, we are promised, not only peace, but great peace. And that’s not all, the word of God says we will not only have great peace, but nothing will cause us to stumble. This is one of the many promises of a person who cultivates a life of peace.
Psalm 29:11 says; The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.
A blessing is an empowerment. God will empower us to walk in peace.
Finally, 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.
Over and again, as I studied peace, I found it is linked directly with a thankful heart. You cannot remain in peace without being thankful. Gratitude and peace go hand in hand.
God promises us that we will remain in perfect peace, if we stay focused on Him and His word. Perfect peace. There is great power in perfect peace. It is the word, shalom. It means nothing broken and nothing missing – complete and absolute wholeness.
Peace keeps us from stumbling. Peace brings forth wholeness, with nothing missing and nothing broken, in every situation. Peace is an aggressive weapon of God. One that is worth cultivating.