This is the fourth post in a series on Peace.
What Is Peace?
Peace is defined as “freedom from disturbance; tranquility”. But let’s face it, the world around us is in a constant state of unrest. So how does one maintain peace in the midst of confusion, instability, disturbance? Close out the world? Take a vacation? I don’t know, what do people do to keep sane in these “crazy days” of Coronavirus, police brutality and all of the insane stuff that comes over the news feed?
The fear factor is in full effect. You have two choices (so to speak): sign up for the fear package or take God at His word: “For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father”. (Romans 8:15)
So, what is true peace? It is the ability to maintain that “freedom from disturbance; tranquility” in the midst of all of the chaos; realizing that our “Daddy” will not put more on us than we are able to handle. (I Corinthians 10:13)
Your Roadmap To Peace
Today, I want to share how I maintain the PEACE of God in these uncertain times:
P – Prayer: Pray everyday. What should you pray about? Well, let’s start off by saying what you should not pray about: Don’t pray about the problem! He already knows what the problem is. That leads us to what we can and should pray about: Heavenly Father, Grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; courage to change that which can be changed (we change it by saying whatever He says, Mark 11:22-26), and wisdom to know the one from the other, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. (The Serenity Prayer)
Personal Note: I put the Scriptures in the form of a prayer and thank God for the answer. It is a very effective way of praying.
E – Eat The Word: Just like your physical body needs food for nourishment, your Spirit also needs the Word of God for the nourishment of your spiritual well-being. Spending quality time studying the Bible builds your faith. Faith-building cultivates trust in your relationship with God. The trust factor yields peace because you know, that you know that He has your back.
A – Adoration: Oh that men would praise the Lord for His Goodness! When we praise God, we bring His presence on the scene. Where God is, there is peace. (Psalm 140:13)
C – Confession: Confess scriptures daily for your spiritual edification. Confession is good for the soul. (Romans 10:9)
E – Embrace: His Goodness. O taste and see that the Lord is Good and His mercy endures forever!
Fear puts your focus on the facts. Let us instead put our focus on the truth of God’s word. Believe His word because without faith, it is impossible to please the Lord. We must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) Believe that if you follow peace and acknowledge the Lord in all of your ways, He will lead you to a life that is full of purpose…and peace.