“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.” 1 John 14:27 NKJV
Anxiety is a common word in the vocabulary of people these days, this is because there seems to be an increasing number of things to worry about daily, both good and bad. As a believer, your default state shouldn’t be worry or anxiety, there may be many things contending for our peace in this world but these issues should not have the right to mess with your peace.
Galatians 5:22 describes peace as a fruit of your born-again spirit. This means that part of the evidence that you have the Holy Spirit in you is peace. This peace is not based on external circumstances but one birthed from God, just like our anchor scripture states. Because you have the Holy Ghost, peace is your default system. Nothing in this world should be able to steal the peace that you possess.
This does not mean that you won’t have trying or troubling times but it means despite these times you can have peace because you trust in God (John 16:33). One way to activate this peace is by prayer. Instead of worrying over any issue, pray!
Paul says this:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
Another way to deal with anxiety is by giving thanks. Thanksgiving takes your mind off the current situation and fixes it on the faithfulness of God. It helps you remember who God is and how He has come through for you, thus renewing your trust in Him. In times of trouble, thank God for who He is, for past miracles and for fulfilling His promises.
Dear believer, you may think that it is human nature to always worry but remember that God is the giver of perfect peace and He gives us everlasting peace (Isaiah 26:3, 2 Thessalonians 3:16). No matter what the storm may be, you can have constant peace. Take your eyes off the storm and look to God, He is with you.
SAY THIS: I experience peace at all times. My mind is at rest because it is stayed on God’s word. The peace that God gives is the peace I have. The storms in my life will not mess with my peace.
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 2:1-24