Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
I never knew real peace until I was saved.
The day I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, I made peace with God. But I also found that the day I submitted and began doing His will, I found the peace of God.
Salvation made me a new creature. I was no longer an enemy of God; a child of the devil. It was Jesus who has the power to make me become a child of God.
John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
God literally gave me the power to become one of His children. But that power came when I received Him. I did not earn it, inherit it merit it or deserve it.
Many of us have known periods and times of peace in our life. But to have lasting peace; peace the sustains us; peace that carries me over tumultuous seas of trial and trouble; peace that holds my hand as I try to navigate the darkest hours of my life – that peace only comes from the Prince of Peace and my ability to draw that peace from Him.
Even this morning as I was unable to publish this post, the frustration I felt left me yelling at my computer. I can imagine how foolish it must have looked; totally devoid of the very peace I am writing about. But as I sat in my car to go to work, I stopped and talked with God about it.
I said, “Father, there is no way I can show what difference Christ makes in my life if I cannot keep my spirit under control!” I realized that my frustration stemmed from the ‘things’ of this life. We enjoy some sense of control with those things – but when it comes to people, it is totally different.
This is supposed to be the season of peace and joy!
But do we possess the very thing we sing about or tell others they can obtain?
I find that I need to re-prioritize my time and schedule when peace has eluded me. Referring again to my inability to publish this post this morning, I had to stop, find a quiet place and still my mind. Once I was able to do that, my prayers began to be more focused and my ability to see clearer returned.
God and His peace came once again and the frustration began to subside.
So the simple receipe is this: clear out what clogs our ability to pray; make it our utmost priority. Once we are able to do that, then our next step is to quiet our mind enough to listen. Lastly, is obedience… obedience to the Spirit of God.
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
It is spiritual fruit that we must bear. It is the Holy Spirit’s work in us that brings about the peace we seek. Without Him, I can do nothing. But with Him, all things are possible.
My prayer is that you are able to find the peace you are seeking this Christmas season!