Recently a precious believer asked me to pray with her for peace, and thankfully His peace came upon her as we prayed together. After prayer, I told her I would prepare some Scripture references on the subject and get them to her so she could read them, study them, and hopefully memorize many of them. I know that the word of God is key to our living the abundant life Jesus came to give us.
As I prepared these for her, I thought about you, and I hope this will be a help to your life. Regardless of your experience level with Jesus, I believe it will do you good to read and mediate these promises concerning the peace of God.
Most think that peace just means freedom from disturbance, the absence of strife or a place of quiet. To live with just these qualities is great but the Biblical concept of peace is far more significant. The Old Testament word for peace is Shalom which means: to be whole, safe, sound, secure, complete, finished, to prosper. Wow! I have heard that the most literal meaning of Shalom is – nothing missing, nothing broken. This is how God wants His children to live life, and He makes it possible through Jesus Christ!
1. The foundation of lasting peace is a right relationship with God through Jesus:
Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
When you know that you are in right relationship with Almighty God, you need not sweat over the small things. And everything else is tiny compared to being in right relationship with the Lord.
2. God desires that each of His children live life in the peace. Almost every letter inspired by the Holy Spirit in the Bible begins with this expression:
Galatians 1:3 “Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
3. Notice that by faith we have peace with God, and we receive peace from God. But then read:
John 14:27 where Jesus says to us, “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.”
Did you catch it? Jesus promised to give us HIS peace! The very same peace He had while He lived on earth and overcame temptation, self, sickness, sin, and satan – He gives to us! He doesn’t provide us with a different peace but the same peace.
4. So we have peace with God, peace from God and it is the peace of God! So the Holy Spirit instructs us to: “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” Colossians 3:15
5. How do we let the peace that Jesus gives us rule (take the lead place) in our life?
Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplications, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Peace is a gift from God to His children. And He doesn’t give a run of the mill kind of cheapened peace. No! He gives us His peace. But we must choose to follow the lead of God’s peace by praying believing prayers instead of worrying.
6. We decide to set our thoughts on the promises of God and the God who promised.
Isaiah 26:3“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” NLT
7. Learning to train our thought life means we choose to think God’s words and promises instead of our own words or the words of family and friends. This is key to living in real peace. The Bible means when it says:
Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Thinking God’s way results in God’s life and peace releasing in our lives.
8. The Apostle Peter tells us that peace exponentially increases in our life as we grow in our knowledge of Jesus:
2 Peter 1:2 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”
Therefore, we must choose to pursue more understanding of the truth found in the word of God and the presence of Jesus if we want to live a life filled with the “nothing missing, nothing broken” peace of God.
9. The word of God must become the first priority and final authority of our lives.
Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
10. Look what happens when you live in greater faith:
Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
You can be filled with “all peace” in believing! So choose to let God’s word give you a new way of thinking and bring you to a new dimension of faith where you learn to live in the power of His peace! And don’t forget that peace is also a fruit of the Spirit. [See Galatians 5:22] The spirit of Jesus in you is working to produce His peace inside you – all you need to do is learn to let His peace take the rule, and you can rest in confidence that He has you! I pray this helps you. You can be a blessing to us all if you will take time to comment other verses and other practical practices that strengthen you in His peace.