Have you ever tried to give advice that you personally struggle to follow yourself? Advice like oh no don't be afraid, or just be you or fight for your peace etc... Today I want to talk about peace and how difficult it is to keep it no matter what. If you have read me long enough, you would notice that I talk a lot about keeping our peace and keeping it at all costs (here and here). Nevertheless, I do not consider myself as a peace master but I discovered in my humble walk with Christ that peace is a source of power. Also, I discovered that peace is not only power but it always comes with joy and confidence, even when you don't have everything figured out.
Let me define it for you: peace is simply the absence of control, or just letting go. Peace is also the calm during the storm. Bill Johnson said one time: "peace is not the absence of turmoil, but the confidence and assurance during the turmoil". This is truly peace. We are so consumed with taking control of everything: our life, career, age, marriage, school, children, ministry and many other things, that we completely lose ourselves in anxiety, pursuit of perfection and many other unhealthy things. Believe me, I have been there, done it and still talking myself out of an anxious way of living. Jesus said in John 14:27 "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" Now how would the world give us a peace that is different from what Christ is giving us? In this world, peace would be knowing everything in advance and fitting into its standards. Peace will having control of everything.
The truth is, not following this kind of peace is hard. It is a battle that needs to be fought everyday with the word of God. I have been trying to follow my own advice, which is to fight for my peace, but I have failed numerous times. I have been anxious, I have tried to control everything, I have been sad, fearful and I have been putting the word of God aside because of I was tired of always using faith to get what I needed. In fact, keeping peace as a Christian would always require faith and a firm decision to stand on the promises of Christ. It is not always easy, especially when the devil and his lies come in. It is hard! And if I share it with you, it is because I am not alone and I want to show you that you are not alone. There were times when I was so sick inside that I almost gave up the fight, but surprisingly I never felt like rejecting God or blaming him. Have I questioned him? Yes! But my questions were always about me. For instance: Lord what is wrong me? Why can't I be at peace like you said? Why do I feel like that?
I have always believed that God's goodness is true and does not change. He is faithful and true no matter the circumstance. In that case, my only way of getting there is to receive strength, strength from him. Don't be discouraged if you feel like you have tried hard to keep yourself calm and to believe. The issue was never about the feeling of not having peace, it was all about believing that we have peace even when it looks like we don't. The reality is that we have an ennemi and because this world is focused on what we see and touch and feel, he makes sure that we base our faith on that. On an encouraging note: let's take a break, let's breathe and ask God for help. He will always be there to help like a genuine father.
Thinking that God is against us will be setting ourselves for failure and death. He loves us,take heart...
Isaiah 40:31 "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Colosians 3:15 "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful
Glatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,"
Do you feel like you can't make it? Are you struggling with fear or anything? Write me in the comments or email me at email@example.com, we always have victory when we agree together in prayer in the name of Jesus.
What I am Wearing
Dress: Guess (on sale at any outlet mall)
Espadrilles: Circus by Sam Eldman
Cross body bag: Gift but similar (here or here)