The Gift of Peace

Psalm 119:165 (AMP) Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.

John 14:27 (NKJV) 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.

We can have peace even when there seems to be no peace.  Having peace does not mean we have to be “perfect”.  Peace comes from loving the Lord, loving His word and accepting  peace as one of the gifts of salvation through having Jesus as Lord.

Peace from God is not like anything the world has.  It is truly supernatural and you can have it in the worst times and situations.  It is a gift of peace. You do have to choose to accept it,  just like any other gift.

Having peace is tied very closely to choosing not to worry or fear.  Trusting God to take care of you and care for you.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (MSG) So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (AMP)

6 Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,

7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

Choosing peace is a continual process.  Every time fear, anxiety, and worry come to you, choose to cast those cares onto the Lord and choose His peace.  When fear, anxiety, or worry come to you get into the Word of God and find passages on peace.  Read them to yourself.  Surround yourself with the Word and choose to trust and believe on God’s promises to us instead of whatever it is that you are tempted to stress over.

Psalm 55:22 (NKJV) Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Romans 5:1 (NLT) Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

Notice here this peace is not something we are trying to get, it is a gift Jesus has provided for us.  We need to take the gift.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)  6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Today, don’t worry, give that to God and enjoy peace!

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