When you walk in a right relationship with Jesus Christ, you have the supernatural, innate ability to triumph over adversity. You’re blessed through Christ – not problem free, blessed. You can have joy regardless of circumstances, hope “that does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5), the unexplainable peace of God even within the worst storms. You are blessed.
The peace of God already dwells within you, but you must make the choice to walk in that peace no matter what the circumstances are. The enemy wants you frantic and confused and filled with worries and anxiety about the future.
Do you know why? Because the worst decisions are the ones you make in fear.
What is the Peace of God?
The world will always be full of problems with people, trials and tribulations! But in the midst of it all, the peace of God can still rule and reign because the peace of God dwells and remains in you when you dwell and remain in the presence of the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 says that Jesus Christ will be called “Prince of Peace” and “…Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.” (Isaiah 9:7 MEV)
Ephesians 2:14 says, “For He Himself is our peace…” (ESV) Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace whose life was the example to follow for peace in even the worst times.
It doesn’t make sense to the human mind to have peace in troubled times, but the Lord has a plan for your peace in His Word that you can follow to walk in the supernatural peace of Jesus Christ every day.
How Does God Define Peace?
Remember that God doesn’t define “peace” like the rest of the world does. In fact, in God’s eyes, “peace” isn’t the absence of conflict. What does the Bible say about peace with God? The Bible says that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies fights the enemy to win everlasting peace through salvation for people!
- Romans 16:20 says “…and the God of peace will soon crush Satan under His feet.”
- Exodus 15:3 says “…the LORD is a Man of war.”
- Isaiah wrote that “the punishment of our peace was put upon Him”. (Isaiah 53:5)
Sometimes war is needed to establish peace in your life, but you don’t wrestle against flesh and blood – remember that! Your battle is with the Adversary of the Lord and you’ll have to battle him and battle your own flesh to walk in the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.
Peace from God is a spiritual condition, a fruit that grows from your maturation in Christ. (Galatians 5:22) Yes, everlasting peace with God was paid for by Jesus Christ, but there is still a “price” to pay for the fruitful peace of God in your daily life.
What Does it Mean that the Peace of God Will Guard Your Heart?
There are numerous Scriptures about peace in the Bible and there are many promises, however, there are also many principles of peace that you can live by so that the peace of God is allowed to rule and reign in your life.
The Bible shows that there is both a natural solution to pursuing peace outside of yourself, and a spiritual solution to finding God’s peace within you.
The Lord has you covered, but you always have a choice – get dragged or rise above. You won’t be able to use willpower, you need the power of God to hold onto the peace He gave you while the battles rage.
How Do You Let Peace Through Christ Rule in Your Heart?
In Philippians 4:4-7, Paul lays out a list of actions for believers who want to walk in the peace that comes through Jesus Christ:
- “…Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”
- “…Show gentleness to everyone…”
- “…The Lord is at hand, don’t be anxious about anything…”
- “…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 your minds in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 4:4-7 ESV)
Finding the Peace from God When Storms are Raging
So many times in life the peace of God is not seen anywhere outside of you, but within you Christ can rule and reign with peace from God if you allow Him to. Remember, the peace of God is the presence of the God of peace!
Peace is a spiritual condition that grows within you from your relationship with the Lord. The more time you spend in His presence, the more you will see the true peace of God in your heart, in your mind, in your soul, and even in your body.
Colossians 3:15 says “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful…”
Living a life of peace – even in hard times – comes from two things:
- the time you spend in God’s presence, and
- the actions you take in every situation you face
Colossians 3:12-15 gives a list of choices you can make to walk in the supernatural peace that exists in you through Christ that goes beyond anything you’re experiencing in the natural realm:
- “…Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…”
- “…bear with one another…”
- “…if one has a complaint against another, forgive each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive…”
- “…And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony…”
- “…Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.
- “…be thankful…”
1 Thessalonians 5 presents more choices and actions for believers that strengthen the foundation of God’s peace through a lifestyle of holiness and sanctification that invites the God of Peace into the spiritual atmosphere you want to live within:
- “…always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.”
- “Rejoice always…”
- “…pray without ceasing…”
- “…give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you...”
- “Do not quench the Spirit…”
- “Do not despise prophecies, but test everything…”
- “…hold fast what is good...”
- “Abstain from every form of evil…”
“And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15-24 ESV)
Philippians 4:8-9 makes it very clear that the peace you’re seeking in your life will absolutely come from within you and has absolutely nothing to do with what you see around you. Why? Because the God of Peace is in you and the peace He gives is unrelated to the natural world, but is a spiritual state of being.
“Set your mind on these things…”
- Whatever is true
- Whatever is honorable
- Whatever is just
- Whatever is pure
- Whatever is lovely
- Whatever is commendable
- Whatever is worthy of praise
- What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things…
“…and the God of peace will be with you…” (Philippians 4:8-9 ESV)
The peace of God doesn’t need anyone’s permission to flow in your life – except yours.
Peace in Hard Times Surpasses All Understanding
Peace that “passes all understanding” has nothing to do with what you can see, feel, hear, or otherwise experience. If God’s peace made sense to your understanding, it wouldn’t be enough to sustain you in hard times.
You can always look to God’s Word to light your path in the darkness. (Psalm 119:105) And the Lord is always with you. (Matthew 28:20) But if you’re going to live and walk in the peace of God though the storms, you’ll often have to fight for it because your enemy wants you running scared like a deer who is being chased by a predator.
Don’t fall for it! “Stand, therefore!” (Ephesians 6:14)
Praise the Lord that the God of Peace is on your side! But just like the peace of God is a choice you make and actions that you take, the God of Peace walks with you according to His Word and His principles as well.
Thought for today: Praise Belongs to the God of Peace Who Will Soon Crush Satan
There may not be “peace” in your life right now, as you define it, but there is peace through Jesus Christ in every situation. You’ll need the peace of God to rule your heart and mind and you’ll need the God of peace to sanctify and guide you as you move ahead.
There are separate and distinctly purposeful actions that cultivate the spiritual peace of God inside of you and the same goes for walking with the God of Peace. Finding the peace within you means refusing to look for it outside of you. That’s the essence of faith.
In every instance where the peace of God is mentioned and where the God of peace appears, there is worship involved because worship is a hiding place for you where God’s presence protects your spirit.
- “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, give thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:16-17 ESV)
- “…in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God…” (Philippians 4:7)
- “Rejoice always…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
- “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice…” (Philippians 4:4 ESV)
There is a natural path of your choices and actions and a spiritual path from your time with the Lord that will bring you the peace that surpasses all understanding. You’ll need to battle your flesh, but don’t give up. Let the peace of God rule in you and you won’t bend or break in the storms.
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