The Peace of God
Peace I leave with you, My peace, I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid – John 14:27.
Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and restrains these hostile forces and offers comfort in place of conflict to bring peace to our hearts and minds.
Because we live in a world that has been given to the god of this world, it will bring distresses, uncertainties, pain, and hurt, but Jesus came to give us His peace no matter what may be going on around us. He will give us the peace that surpasses all human understanding.
Excepting God as the One that is Greater than any trouble that may come, He’s Greater than hurt, He’s Greater than loneliness, He’s Greater than any sickness or disease. He’s Greater than the trouble in your marriage; He’s Greater than your problem child, He’s Greater than unemployment, He’s Greater than the no funds in your checking account. He’s the God of the impossible; He’s the God that has promised He would supply all of our needs. He’s the God that what concerns you, concerns Him. He’s the God that watches over His Word to perform them. He’s the God who can open doors greater than the closed door. He’s the God that answers prayers!
God never promised the believer they would not have trouble our disappointments. Life itself will bring them along with the attacks of Satan. This is not something God didn’t know about before He created you. God is fully aware of what would occur in your lifetime, from the beginning, the middle, and the end. Just a parent monitors their children in their growing years and is there to assist them on their way. God does the same thing with the believer; He watches their spiritual growth or decline.
God wants His children to grow in spiritual maturity; He does not want them to always be baby Christians. Crying and worrying about everything that goes on in their lives that is not comfortable for them. God allows trouble to come into our lives to mature us. It’s not for our demeanor but our growth, He has given us the weaponry we need to defeat Satan and his co-host, and He wants us to learn how to use the weaponry.
He does not want every time life gets difficult; we’re telling everyone what we’re going through. Relying on our pastor’s and other believers’ prayers rather than our own. God wants us to fight the good fight of faith with prayer, fasting, reading, and studying His Word. Applying the Word of God to our lives daily, knowing the fight we’re in, God has already gone before us; all we have to do is pray through it, fast through it!
When we look at the problem or circumstances more than we look to the God we serve, the problem and circumstance will outweigh our faith, but when we place our faith in God and His mighty acts, we will be at peace although everything around us is shaking and quaking. To defeat the spirit of fear, you must first come to grips with who you belong to. Secondly, knowing He’s aware of what is going on, and there may be times you have to say, “Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief as the father did when He asked Jesus to heal his son.
Thirdly, Satan has no power over God, and He has to ask permission before he can test or influence you. God will never allow Satan to destroy you when your faith is in Him and not what Satan and life do to you. You will never grow to spiritual maturity when life is always a bed of roses. When you have to fight for what has been given to you, you will appreciate it more and fight to keep it.
Peace is one of the Fruit of the Spirit, and if we have the Prince of Peace residing in our hearts, then we will live in peace because we know whose on board, we know who has all power, we know that He is for us and not against us. We know in Jesus we have the victory. So, let the peace of God reside in you, and allow Jesus to be the Captain of your entire being and soul!