When the storms of life hit, would those around me say that my life is more characterized by fear and anxiety or by the overcoming peace of Christ?
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. - John 14:27
INSIGHT: Most people only feel peace in their life if their relationships are happy, their family is together, the money is flowing, their health is good, the job is satisfying and their favorite sports team is winning. What about when nothing seems to go right in your life or everything falls apart? The peace of Jesus is a peace that surpasses all human understanding and protects our hearts and minds, even in the worst of circumstances. It is a supernatural peace given to us as a reward for our faithfulness and godly living (obedience). If we are walking in sin, disobedience, or poor understanding, it will prevent us from experiencing the peace of Christ (Phi 4:9).
Just like with contentment and the other promises of Christ we’ll cover, you cannot work up this kind of peace through a positive attitude or self-talk. It is given to you, directly by the Spirit of Christ, and you will know when you have it (WOW!). Having the peace of Christ does not mean that you won’t ever have a fearful or anxious moment, but it does mean that you won’t stay that way long at all. By putting your focus back on God and His promises, He will keep you in perfect peace. I hear from people all the time that are trapped in worry, fear, and anxiety (The devil’s playground). Sometimes they are being tormented through disobedience, and sometimes they are simply not trusting God. They don’t yet have enough personal evidence that He is trustworthy because they have not trusted Him enough to consistently obey Him (do you see the catch 22?). My heart aches and burns in frustration for those that don’t find His peace. If you will stay faithful to Christ and this discipleship journey, I promise that He will change your heart and provide a peace for you that you won’t want to ever live without.