key element in true, lasting peace
is the presence of God. Isaiah says
to God, The steadfast of mind
You will keep in perfect peace,
because he trusts in You (26:3).
Christ is our peaceHis presence
is the presence of peace within
us (Eph. 2:14). And so Jesus
declares, In Me you may have
peace (John 16:33).
is this peace? It is an inner sense
of contentment and quietness, regardless
of lifes circumstances. It
is steadfast confidence in our ever-faithful,
immutable heavenly Father. It is
the presence of joy in the midst
peace does not merely dull our pain.
A person who has genuine, godly
peace can endure an avalanche of
hardship and difficulty and still
enjoy an inner peace that surpasses
all human understanding. Why? Because
it does not come from pleasant circumstances,
nice events, or good things others
may do for us. Instead, it is based
on the fact that the Spirit of our
holy, omnipotent, and never- changing
God lives within us.
enjoying Gods perfect peace
mean that youll never feel
the effects of the storms raging
around you? Hardly. But His peace
is complete, adequate, and sufficient
for anything you face. Keep in mind
three keys to experiencing sustained
on God. Perfect peace comes
when you fix your mind on God.
You must discipline yourself
to meditate on Gods presence
and work. When you spend time
concentrating on a problem,
does it not seem to grow bigger?
In the same way, you will have
a greater sense of Gods
presence and provision as you
fix your mind on Him.
Him. You never have to worry
about God acting too late or
providing insufficient help.
His timing and purposes are
perfect; in fact, He uses your
tribulations to reveal more
of Himself to you. His Word
is full of rock- solid promises,
many of which involve granting
you peace. Know that He will
always honor them
on His Word. Psalm 119:165 emphasizes
that those who love Gods
Word have great peace. Your
most precious material possession
is your Bible. Every believer
should love Gods Word
and feast on it daily. If you
love it, youre going to
believe what it says and
then it will guide and anchor
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