My Peace I Leave You
Perfect Peace: by Laura Story
“Peace is not the absence of affliction but the presence of God.” Unknown
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
“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.” John 14:27 (NIV)
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
Dear One, The Word of God tells us that in this life we will have tribulations, but that we can find peace in Christ Jesus. We should find encouragement in knowing He has overcome the world through His death and resurrection. He offers His children peace in the midst of their trials and storms. John 14:27 directs all believers to put aside fear and worry, and yet we continue to fall prey to fright and anxiety. Why do we refuse, neglect, or forget the peace our God offers us so freely?
Isaiah 26:3 tells us that God will keep in perfect peace the one who has a STEADFAST MIND. To be steadfast is to be resolute, firm, and unwavering in conviction. This conviction and stance to rely on God lends itself to stability. Stability and loyalty to God produces a peace that transcends all understanding. This verse also states that the one who is steadfast TRUSTS in God. Trust produces a steadfast spirit, which then produces a conviction of faith and reliance, which bears the fruit of peace and a sense of stability.
When we trust in God, the fruits of the Holy Spirit become more evident in our lives. Romans 15:13 offers up a prayer asking the God of HOPE to fill those in need with joy and peace as they trust in His power. By trusting God in all matters, He will fill us with joy, peace, and hope! Indeed, He blesses His people with peace! (Ps. 29:11)
We find in Psalm 119:165 that those who love God’s law have great peace and that nothing can make them stumble. With a solid knowledge of the scripture, the Holy Spirit can speak to your heart and mind, directing your steps so you don’t stumble in your spiritual walk.
Peace is gained through a trust and faith in God. It requires believers to consciously lay down their will and set aside their fears, casting them off with purpose. Reading the Bible permits the Holy Spirit to direct our steps, thus reducing any anxiety pertaining to what we should do and where we should go. Peace comes to those who trust a guide who is wise and able to do all things.
Finally, Philippians 4:6-7 describes a peace that transcends or surpasses all understanding. In order to attain this peace, we must petition God with our requests and do so with a thankful heart. The thanks comes in knowing that He hears and answers all of our prayers with His infinite wisdom and grace. May the peace of our God be with you today, dear one.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)
“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165 (NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)