Sometimes I am stunned by the circumstances people are struggling with. The storms that come against God's children are too many to name. It is challenging to stay in a place of rest when we are buffeted around by the enemy, and it can be so difficult to stay centered in that place of peace with Jesus. Difficult but not impossible. If we look back over His ministry we can see that He was always speaking peace over people during His ministry, reminding them to not be afraid. He was and is the Prince of Peace and just where does He reside? In us! There it is, what we need to stay in peace!
Last week I watched a couple of teachings at Bethel Church that presented me with a fresh perspective on peace. That "Be still and know that I am God" promise put into action. Some of what I received from the teachings was so insightful.
"Jesus anointed us with peace and we are expected to use it. He knew troubles would come, and He prepared us for it with peace. We can trust His covenant of peace and live a full abundant life. We are recipients of an endless supply of peace, so use it in all circumstances.!"
John 14 tells us Jesus gave us peace as a weapon of warfare.
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let our hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
I have never thought much about peace as being something that God gave every one of us to use, release, or hold on to in tough times. Another weapon of warfare. He is the Shalom of Heaven and since He resided in us so does His Peace. So simple, yet so powerful, this truth found in His Word.
Any of you dealing with circumstances that want to steal your peace? I know I am raising my hand. Well, don't stand with the enemy who steals, kills, and destroys, but choose to stand and agree with the Peace that passes all understanding. The Prince of Peace. Choose Peace, and have such a firm grip on that precious gift that no one and nothing can take it from you.
Lord, You have told us to speak to our mountains, so I come before you in prayer for all of us who have been hearing the lies of the enemy and agreeing with them. I repent of believing those lies. I speak to the mountains of anxiety, fear, and worry, and I command that each be broken off in Jesus name. I speak Peace into the minds and hearts of us all, and I declare that we will receive a flow of the peace that passes all understanding. We give you Praise for the Shalom of Heaven, and we rejoice that we can live out of a place of peace. We speak Peace into the minds and to the heart sand souls of your creations. In Jesus Holy and powerful name. Amen