“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.”
In the world we live in, we desperately need peace. The turmoil around us is mind-boggling. Reports of wars, earthquakes, floods, and every other type of calamity fill the news. It seems that the only things we hear about are tragedies.
Meanwhile, man has more conveniences and luxuries than ever before. Many of them are designed to save time as well as make our lives easier. All we have to do is push a button and things get done!
With all of our modern conveniences, you would think that we would have more time. But despite modern technology, we seem to have less time. And even though we have every possible convenience of the times, there is no peace.
Thank God, our Heavenly Father has provided peace for us! Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
God loved us so much that He sent His Son to redeem mankind and restore our peace with Him.
Keep Your Focus
When anxious, fearful thoughts bombard our minds, we can cast them down. As we keep our thoughts focused on the right things, God can deliver us and keep us in perfect peace. Here are some things we can do to maintain a peaceful mind:
Refuse to fear.
When a problem strikes, don’t panic. Make your request known to God (Phil. 4:6–7).
Draw upon God’s strength.
Focus on all the good things God has done for you.
Quit pondering the “what-ifs” of life.
As we meditate on God’s promises, we won’t have time to worry, complain, or grow discouraged. We’ll always have a good report—the report of God’s Word.
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According to John 10:10, Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
Of course, we cannot have peace without knowing the Prince of Peace. We must accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior before we can experience true peace.
Sadly, many people today who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior don’t have peace. Why? Because they have not accepted Him as their Peace Giver.
I know when things begin to crumble under my feet—and they do crumble sometimes—Jesus is the One I turn to. You see, everything is not going to be a bed of roses just because we become Christians. We’re still going to go through trials and struggles.
In John 16:33, the Lord said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jesus is telling
us that in this world we will go through rough places and deep valleys, but we’re not to camp in those valleys. We’re to walk through them in peace, knowing that He has overcome the world.
Instead of turning to the Lord for peace, many people today—including some Christians—are turning to drugs and alcohol to help them find peace. But God can carry us through the dark days and troubled times without altering our body chemistry!
Besides, drugs and alcohol can only give us temporary peace. But God can give us permanent peace. In times of anxiety and stress, we must turn to the Lord, because He is our peace! He’s the only One Who can lead us safely through the storms of life!
Keep Your Mind on the Mountain Mover
As long as we’re living on this earth, there will be challenges. But we can still have peace. Sometimes
we get so involved in thinking about our mountain of problems that we forget to keep our minds on the Mountain Mover. When we keep our minds on our Heavenly Father, we won’t worry about troubles in the economy. Everything around us may be spinning, but our confidence will be in God and His Word!
There’s an old song that says, “I trust in God wherever I may be, Upon the land or on the rolling sea, For, come what may, from day to day, My heav’nly Father watches over me.”1
God is watching over us! And His desire is that we live a life of peace, joy, and abundance. As we keep our minds focused on the Lord and lean on Him, the struggles will fade away, the turmoil will cease, and He will give us a peace that nothing else can!