Be at Peace
"And take heed to yourselves (be aware), lest at any time your hearts be overcharged (weighed down) with surfeiting (excessiveness), and drunkedness (attempt to be at peace with yourself), and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unaware." Luke 21:34
There is so much going on in this world; it seems as if the pressures around us keep increasing. What do we do about it? Psalms 138:8 says, "The Lord will perfect that which concerns me..." the word concern is the same as cares. Both words are used as an attitude that can cause worry and fear, these are opposites of faith. They are destructive emotions, they are a tormenter, they zap our strength, they can make us sick and they slowly undermine our faith, keeping us from God's peace. Worry and fear are the result of not trusting God. They occur when we face a situation and choose to rely on our mind, thoughts and emotions.
There is no profit in fretting or fearing about tomorrow because today requires mental and physical energy, tomorrow will demand the same amount. Nothing happens in the universe that is outside of God's influence and authority; He has no limitations. God's Word says there is peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Without peace, we cannot have joy. Satan likes to make us worry and become fearful because that will destroy our peace. Our responsibility is to trust and obey God, confident that His grace will carry us (Philippians 1:6).
When we are preoccupied with our problems, we can become anxious and upset. But, if we concentrate on God and His extravagant love for us, we will find peace. True peace comes from knowing that God is in control. Let God's peace guard your heart against worry and fear. When we surrender our control over the concerns of life to God, there is power. We have to choose to believe that our gracious God is faithful and He will work out our concerns for us. Trusting in God wholeheartedly is the kind of faith that leads us into lives of peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7).
It takes faith to praise God when things look impossible, but God has a plan for our deliverance from every situation. Faith released through praise and thanksgiving opens the windows of heaven to overcome difficulty. Joyful praise and thanksgiving unleashes the power of the Holy Spirit to work on our behalf; He is our helper every moment and for every occasion. If we are asleep to the power given to us, we will spend our life emotionally controlled by life situations.
God cares about us affectionately and He doesn't want us to worry or be fearful. He does not ask us to do something we cannot do. God wouldn't tell us to worry or be fearful if it were not possible for us to be worry and fear free. I Peter 5:7 tells us to cast our cares upon Him (Jesus). It is difficult to get prayers answered when we hold on to our cares and worry. But, if we turn our cares over to the Lord, He will work on our situation, even while we are asleep.
As believers in Christ, we should be glad to know we can get out from under the burden of worry, fear and anxiety by faith, trust, prayer, a positive attitude and obeying what God says in His Word. Stop worrying an being fearful about anything, give it to God and live in His grace (divine favor, blessings, power). Give yourself, your worries and your fears to God and begin to enjoy the abundant life He has planned for you.
God's 'rest' is peaceful, quiet, still; it is free from guilt, condemnation, worry, fretting, fear and self-effort. We enter God's rest by faith, complete obedience to God's Word and absolute trust. God would not offer His rest if it wasn't possible to enter it. Entering God's rest doesn't mean a life free from stressful situations, fear, frustration, unexpected surprises or negative circumstances, but God's rest gives peace in the midst of them. God's purpose for us is to have calmness and soul-quietness in the midst of tribulation (John 14:17). Since all things are possible with God, then it is possible for us to enter His rest and live free from fretting and fear. God tells us He will be with us through water and through fire (tests and trials). All situations serve a purose; God is on our side, guiding, directing and keeping us safe. We will face obstacles and difficulties (flood and fire) as God continues to strengthen us and prepare us for greater good. When we get a revelation of who we are in Christ, we know that with Christ on the inside of us, there is nothing that can happen that is out of His control (John 4:4).