Peace is very needed in the world today. Peace is one of the most important things you can have. Jesus sacrifice was the greatest gift God could give, but the gift of peace came with Him. Peace is a gift that only God can give you. Peace isn’t something you can create, but it is something you can steward. Peace is a gift from God, but it is up to you to receive it. And it is up to you to keep receiving peace. Jesus gives perfect peace.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:27 NKJV
Jesus doesn’t just give peace, He gives His peace. Read the Gospels. Not a single time will you find Jesus stressed out. When He calms the storm, He is calm. When He works miracles, you won’t find any anxiety in Him. He is peace. Jesus gives perfect peace, because He is in complete control. His peace is a gift and it is your choice to rest in it. It can be as simple as reading this verse out loud. Or saying, “I have peace. His peace is given to me. Not like the world gives. I always have peace, and never lose it.” That builds faith, and helps you to walk in what’s yours by grace.
The peace of God that Jesus gives is a constant. This peace is not tied to your circumstances, or anything happening around you. In the same way that Jesus calmed the storm with a whisper of, “peace be still,” He gently whispers to your heart through that still , small voice, and calms the storm in you. Imagine Him saying to you, “peace, be still.” All your fear, stress, and anxiety just fades away, when you hear the sweet, loving voice of your Savior.
Peace is part of the fruit of the Spirit. Peace is a natural out flowing of the presence of God in your life. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you have all the peace you could ever need inside you. You just have to walk in it. God has given you His Spirit for a reason. God dwelling inside you means that everything God has is yours, including His peace. Fear has to flee when God shows up. Stress melts away in the presence of an eternal, sovereign God. Anxiety has no place beside Jesus. God lives in you. Just believe it. Receive it. A simple prayer of “God help me,”goes a long way. Be filled with Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of Peace and Comfort. Just thank Him for it.
Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” If you are born again, the peace of God is already in your heart. It is up to you to submit to that peace. Let the peace rule. Make a decision that you will never water the seed of fear in you heart. Resolve to never let worry live in you. Let peace rule. Is Jesus Lord of your life? If He is, then you have nothing to fear in life or death. So let the Prince of Peace bring peace to your heart. When you feel scared or overwhelmed, just start thanking God for the blessings in your life. When you cultivate gratitude, your focus shifts onto God and His goodness, and away from you and any negative circumstances. Being thankful fosters peace.
When you see a good God, nothing but expectation of good can remain. Fear is expecting bad things to happen. Worry is meditating on the bad that is possible. Stress is being overwhelmed because you feel out of control and not enough. Believing God is good removes fear, because a good God does good things. Faith in the goodness of God removes worry, because faith meditates on what’s real, and God causes all things to work Togetherfor your good. You can’t stay stressed in the presence of God, because He declares you more than a conqueror. You are a child of the King, and all the power of God is yours. You aren’t enough. You are more than enough. You are equipped by God for anything you face. Knowing this calms the soul. Perfect peace is yours.
We have this gift of peace because Jesus is alive. He has conquered death, so He is always able to help. The salvation that He brings, and the peace with God He has supplied lasts forever.
If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”