Who are you?
The believers, the faith walkers, that is who we are supposed to be. We are also key to peace in our own lives and in the lives of those around us. We don’t want just any kind of peace. We don’t want to settle for a feeling that comes and goes. Nor do we equate peace to a season when nothing seems to be happening. We want perfect peace that remains and is not dependent on outside circumstances or misleading feelings. For this last key, we return to a familiar verse:
Isaiah 26:3 — You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (NLT)
When we focus on God and trust in all he is to us, he keeps us in perfect peace. If we look away and choose to focus on circumstances, we can easily become overwhelmed. Our trust can lessen and our need to control can increase. This can open the door to become focused on self and give in to fear, pride, or other temptations.
Romans 8:6 — So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. (NLT)
Knowing God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and knowing who we are in our relationship with God, helps us to walk out this state of perfect peace.
Taking action is necessary.
We don’t just aimlessly float about with peace. There are some choices to be made and actions for us to take that impact our peace:
1. Depart, do, seek, pursue.
Psalm 34:14 — Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. (NKJV)
We have to take a stand and be determined to turn away from wrong doing. Because God is peace and the giver of peace, we could even say that we must seek God and pursue him. When we make the choice to focus on God, to pursue him and his will, we find him and his peace.
2. Don’t worry, pray.
Philippians 4:6-7 — Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)
Worry does not bring about peace and it does not help or change anything. When we choose to not worry, and choose to pray, that activates peace, the security system of the heart and mind. We have to make the choice to take this step, and then be receptive (another choice).
3. Let the peace of God rule and be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 — And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (NKJV)
For example, if you let anxiety rule in your heart, then peace will not rule there. The choice is yours. You choose what rules your heart. Ungrateful people also lack peace, because gratitude is like a fertilizer that allows peace to grow. Test it. Just think of all the ungrateful people you know — those full of complaints, problems, negativity, dissatisfied with almost everything. Do you see peace amongst them? No.
4. Make peace.
Matthew 5:9 — Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. (NKJV)
We are to be the “peace be still” people remaining in the world, people who bring calm in the midst of storms and peace to those in our presence. It is not by our own power, but by the Spirit of God living in us and the power he gives to us to use in this world.
5. Trust God and Rest.
Psalm 4:8 — I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (NKJV)
God has you covered. Trust him. Don’t lay awake at night fearful of what tomorrow may bring. Be at peace and rest in it.
Be mindful of the decisions you make. Don’t inhibit what God has for you, but rather, choose to be open to what God has for you. That benefits package includes peace.
Question: What choices will you make this year to experience peace like never before?