Living in the Peace of God

By Kelly M. Williams -March 19, 2021

Where to find the peace of God in the circumstances of life

It is possible in spite of great grief, sorrow, loss, discouragement, confusion, pain and broken relationships, to learn how to live in the peace of Jesus and return to peace when ambushed by the anxieties and the brokenness of this life.

All of us battle anxiety.

All of us struggle to live in the peace of Christ. All of us struggle to remain in perfect peace.

However, the Prince of Peace, Jesus, can restore peace to you regardless of how the world around you tries to take it from you.

The apostle Paul told the Philippians in Philippians 4:6 not to be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

If you and I are going to live in peace we have to stop worrying.

That is easier said than done, right? When you are lying on an operating table or sitting at your kitchen table trying to figure out how to make ends meet, or saying goodbye to a love one, or trying to save your marriage or rescue a wayward child. These moments are not easy moments. It is hard in these moments to turn off the mind, to trust the Lord with it, and live out peace in your life.

It is easier to give up, give in and just worry ourselves to death.

The apostle Paul wants to teach us from God’s Word how to break these cycles of worry that create chronic anxiety in our lives that cripple our emotional abilities to function in healthy thought patterns. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:7 that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

You have to let the peace of God guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

How does this take shape in us?

It took me a long time to learn this, but now that I am almost 50 years old, I’m a lot smarter.

I hope.

When you are in the midst of a crisis or consumed by worry, ask yourself this question: Do I want to understand and control my life, or do I want the peace of God?

Here is the catch, you can’t have both. This is the fundamental decision that will determine the level of peace in your life.

I have decided I would rather know that God’s got it than to know what God’s doing in my life.

And when I reach this place, his peace consumes my fear because my control has been released to him. And then I no longer want to know what is going to happen. I am just comforted to know that whatever happens, God’s got it. And more importantly, God’s got me. It is at that moment when his peace passes my understanding.

I would rather have God’s peace in my life than the knowledge of knowing what he is doing in my life.

My knowledge only complicates my life. His peace simplifies my life. It gives me hope, regardless of the circumstances or the eventual outcome. This enables me to return to peace quicker and live out peace in my life more effectively.

As you practice letting go of needing to understand your life, you realize what you think about has a lot to do with how effective you will be at living in the peace of God.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8 that whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and praiseworthy we should think and meditate on.

It is important that you and I practice good mental health.

It is unhealthy to focus on dishonorable, unjust, impure, unlovely, uncommendable, things that lack excellence or are unworthy of praise. However, God wants us to practice healthy things and to think on healthy things.

So, are you practicing what you think about? Are you thinking on healthy things, or do you focus on unhealthy things in your life? Do you focus on how people have wronged you, the relationships that you wish were different but can’t do anything about, and the pain and destruction other people have caused you? Are you getting better or bitter with age? Only you know the answer to that question.

No one wants to be a negative thinking or acting person, but many of us find ourselves in this rut. We feel out of control, which leads to negative feelings, which lead to negative thinking on negative things. This negative thinking eventually leads to negative acting. Once this occurs, our behavior begins to destroy the fabric of our mental health.

Negativity is not a healthy thing to focus on, and it will negatively affect your walk with the Lord and even your physical and mental health over time.

Who in your life models for you good mental health? Paul encourages us in Philippians 4:9 to focus on those people in our lives. We are to put into practice the things we have learned, received, heard and seen in them, and if we do, the peace of God will be with us.

If you and I want to experience the peace of Christ, we have to practice the presence of Christ we have seen lived out in others’ lives. As we do this, we have to remain positive about what God can and will do through us. He tells you in Philippians 4:13 that you can do all things through Christ. What does that mean? It means you can handle success and failure. You can handle gain and loss. You can handle good times and bad times.

Ask God for the strength to do it. He will give it to you. And sometimes that strength will come through the help of others. Paul was grateful for the help he received from the Philippians. He told them in Philippians 4:13 how kind it was for them to share in his troubles. All of us need someone to share in our troubles. It is how God made us.

One of the first things anxiety steals is your attitude of gratitude. It is easy to feel alone, overwhelmed and defeated. It is important you remember how others are with you. Who in your life are you grateful for? Remember them. It will give you the strength you need to go on.

God will give you the strength to do what he has asked you to do and endure what he has asked you to endure. He will bring just the right people in just the right time to help you shoulder what he has asked you to carry in this season. I have experienced this many times in my life over the past 24 years of being a pastor.

We know from Acts that God called Paul to share the gospel in Rome. Philippians 4:22 tells us Paul was effective because he remained faithful regardless of the cost, even if that meant his life.

Paul went to Rome and spent quality time with the Lord in a jail cell. I wonder if he ever thought to himself, So this is what my ministry influence has come to? I expected more in the later years of my life.

Little did he know that Rome would become the vehicle by which God would disperse the gospel to the entire world. As they say, “All roads lead to Rome.” And if all roads lead to Rome, then that means all roads from Rome lead to the entire world.

God used Paul in that little jail cell to send the gospel to the household of Caesar. From there, the household of Caesar took the gospel to the entire world. This is why you and I get to know of Jesus today.

Sometimes looks are deceiving. Sometimes our “insignificant moments” turn out to be our most significant moments in life.

Maybe you feel like Paul may have felt. Maybe you feel like your ministry or the significance of your life has been narrowed to little or nothing of what you expected.

Remember this, God sees, and he hasn’t forgotten what you have done for him.

He remembers and he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

It worked for Paul, and it can work for you too.

Can you say, I don’t understand what God is up to in my life, but I trust him?

If so, the gospel of Jesus Christ will go forth in your life in a more effective way, in spite of the anxiety-filled circumstances of your life, because you have chosen to live a life of peace through the power of Jesus Christ.

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Author: Narrow Path Ministries

Non-denominational, Independent, Bible believing Church

5 thoughts on “Living in the Peace of God”

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    Let Go and Let God!

    “Do I want to understand and control my life, or do I want the peace of God?

    Here is the catch, you can’t have both. This is the fundamental decision that will determine the level of peace in your life.

    I have decided I would rather know that God’s got it than to know what God’s doing in my life.”

    My man you put it spot on! What does it mean for us to give all kinds of lip service or say prayers so beautifully in public or even alone if our hearts aren’t truly given and entrusted to Him our Lord and Savior; if we really don’t fully “Trust in Him!”

    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

    Saying that and meaning it, by living it, and truly putting it into practice day in and day out is not so simple for we fallen creatures of habit, and especially for those who seek convenience or worldly satisfaction; which I know you will agree with me is a majority of the human race especially in these spoilt modern times of so much decadence or glitter and fool’s gold so many are playing the game and living in the “ways of the world;” but here and there making a statement to look good and delude themselves in the end! Too much fakery or baloney, come on how can I be wrong when we see what the world governments and many officials have been doing to us and still are with the massive NWO agenda to change the political landscape and indeed the human race into something ugly! Look how many did and still are going along to get along with the world’s heinous ways! I see them all around me not wanting to make waves or stand out because they are afraid or just too lazy to fight back! I’m not, I’ll willing to die right now if they came to say I can’t believe as I do and I must get the jab with a passport; to which I would reply, kill me now, or get out of my face you devils!

    No we must be committed and genuine in our prayerful supplication on bent knee and totally committed; although nobody is capable of doing a perfect job in our current state of being, we are capable of not being baloney artists if we so choose! I tell you this from my own experience because I’ve been there and done that; making a valiant effort and being a good ole boy for varying stretches, but my habits or flesh nature got in my way time and again! Remaining vigilant is a tough road, many bumps and potholes or even a ditch all over the place. Are they all there to test us or make us stronger as we learn by trial and error or is it just because we and his world are damaged merchandise from the get goes? We know the answer to that or at least I’ve learned its both! Why then should this even be going on? As I see it to grow, and truly become the greater or better part of our nature; what Abe Lincoln referred to as, “the better angels of our nature!” That seed of greatest within that God planted in us before we were in our mother’s womb, must be nurtured and weather all the storms and trials of life in order to become the unique beautiful being and child of God He intended; to be Born Again!

    41 “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41

    Let’s put it this way; I know this from factual experience and what God demonstrated to me through others and my own suffering, that it’s like the tempering of steel; being placed in that red hot fire to then be pulled out and immersed into the cool, refreshing life giving water, changing the inner character, the very molecular structure of that piece of metal from within; making it much stronger and better than what it began as; when it came from the ground and dust!

    And let’s admit it, there are so many temptations out there to be had today; overwhelming opportunities to sin while that enemy the Devil is right behind watching, for another opportunity, to stick it to us if we let down our guard, and man do I know I messed up and let it happen again to me, taking another knife to my heart; not that I was terrible or evil, but, I just allowed the door to be open enough that the snake slithered on in and bit me! That’s all it takes because the enemy is powerful and so deceptive; especially catching us in our weak moments, and we all have them! Then add to this the simple truth that there are those individuals out there among us that will do any of us great harm with pleasure if given the chance, as they have darkness in their souls loving to inflict misery upon the good; and I was a victim of that as well; “s*****d, blued and tattooed” by such agents of the Devil; they were even wolves in sheep’s clothing, really fooled me. There is great good in this sadness, not just that I found out the hard way that I’m far better than them, but also because, I also learned that “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” for sure, much stronger and wiser; and those that did those evil deeds to me are weak and doomed, which is what they wanted; so it’s a win, win and they get what they deserve too!

    To conclude, I say all this which you share is beautiful enlightenment and for sure the wisdom is here in all of these words, but, keep it all in check with this one other passage that works for me when I think of it, especially if I’m feeling my flesh crying out for more freedom to slough off into the material secular world!

    “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

    Thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, who truly is my life!
    God bless you.

    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

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