Now the Peace of God
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.” Hebrews 13:20
People will do almost anything to find peace. We all want it! Most people measure their peace by the absence of conflict in their lives, getting things done, doing more things, getting more things and believe they have peace when they experience a serene feeling or a pleasant condition. But the truth is, peace seems to be elusive to many. People carry a high degree of stress, anxiety, fear, anger and tension in their lives. Instead of turning to the Lord for peace, they turn to outside stimuli to help them find peace.
In this world where peace is hard to find, God’s Word tells us that His peace is available. God offers His gift of perfect peace by the blood of Jesus’ chastisement (Isaiah 53:5). It is for everyone who believes in Christ and will accept His Word. God’s peace provision of Christ is our power position to accept the ‘what is’ in our lives.
When we stop fighting unwanted circumstances and accept them in peace, they change into what we really want. Jesus Christ’s peace is in all believers, waiting for us to say so. The peace the world gives is temporary, unsatisfying and powerless. The world’s concept of peace is false and it can become a driving force to strive to achieve unrealistic goals in order to feel good. Without revelation of the Holy Spirit power in us, there is hopelessness.
God is called a God of patience, consolation and hope (Romans 15:5 & 13). Patience is the spiritual ability to have a flexibility cause in our disposition, remaining calm when humanly we would rather panic, hurry or become angry. Patience is a fruit of God living in us, who is patient (Romans 15:5). Patience does not happen overnight. It develops and grows under trials, so it is important not to run from difficult situations. Patience is not about human will power to endure. It is the Holy Spirit released to give power to keep doing what works (Galatians 6:9). Instead of trying to be patient, say, “Holy Spirit, I release You to be my patience at this moment.”
Consolation gives a word of comfort or strength. It is receiving hope in face of delay, disappointment or when something didn’t turn out the way we thought. After a time of holding on without complaining, there is a prize of victory. That is why it is important to understand the principle of paradoxical thinking and speaking; thinking and speaking opposite of how it is, based on God’s Word.
Hope is a gift from God to be experienced. It is a confident expectation of what we know is sure to come to pass because it is based on His finished work. Hope is a life giving emotion necessary and important to effectively live life with a sense of purpose. It keeps us focused, persistent and patient. True hope is a discipline, a determination to believe in God’s power and what He says in His Word, even when the world seems to be crashing down around us. The key to surviving any challenge is hope. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11). Take all we ask or think and surrender it to the Lord. He knows how to fulfill His promises told to us in the Bible and He knows the path for us to take (Psalm 62:5, Proverbs 23:18).
Loss of hope without faith changes our life. We’ll shift from living of joy and creativeness to living a life of sensual pleasures…over indulgence of food or alcoholic beverages, misuse of smoking or prescription medicines, over spending or excess entertainment. Seeds of anger, disappointment, hurt, discouragement, frustration, bitterness or resentment need to be released to the Lord. When we bury destructive seeds and allow them to control our lives, they chip away at our hope, create more difficulties and eventually become physical pain.
God’s peace is the doorway to patience, consolation and hope (John 14:27). The peace of God is a beautiful gift. It is there for each of us if we desire it. We can truly have the peace of God which surpasses all understanding if we allow ourselves to give up control and trust Him, knowing all things work out together for our good (Philippians 4:7, Romans 8:28). God is watching over us and His desire is that we live a life of peace, power, joy and abundance. The only peace we can enjoy in this world is His peace.