As we celebrate the birth of our Savior this Christmas, our prayer for you is that His peace would fill and overflow your heart. God loves you more than you know… and we love you too! Beyond the busyness and noise of the holiday season, may His voice be clear to you and may His relentless love be real to you. I would like to encourage you for a moment about the reality of God’s grace and peace. These are precious gifts that He has given to us and He wants us to enjoy them!
The world that we live in can be turbulent at times and in life there are many opportunities to loose our peace. As children of God, we need to be reminded on a regular basis that we have access to peace, a peace that has power to quiet the storms that come against our minds, our homes, our families and our relationships.
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NLT
The peace of God affects our lives in the moment that we receive it but it doesn’t stop there. Walking in God’s peace can also have a powerful impact on our future… the Bible teaches that God’s peace actually enables us to fulfill our God given destinies! In Judges 6, the Lord appeared to Gideon and spoke to him about his future. Gideon was full of fear, timidity and was uncertain about his future at the time but the Lord encouraged him and spoke peace to him. This peace was real to Gideon and it impacted him to the point of building an altar as a memorial of what had happened that day. He called the name of that place Jehovah Shalom, which means the Lord is Peace. For Gideon, receiving God’s peace was a destiny altering moment that gave him a clear vision of his future and powerfully impacted his life. This is one important reason why we must choose to stay in peace… our future depends on it!
Here are 7 keys to staying in peace:
#1 – Look to Your Source.
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace….” -1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV
God is the author, creator and originator of true peace. In the Old Testament, Jesus is called the Prince of Peace and, in the New Testament, there are 5 places that call our Heavenly Father the God of Peace. He is the source of absolute, genuine and pure peace. In other words, the peace we are talking about is the peace that God himself has, walks in and enjoys. This is the peace that fills Heaven. This is the same peace that also filled Jesus and calmed the storm in Mark 4:39. As a person made in His image and likeness, this is the peace that you were created for, a peace you were destined to know and enjoy!
#2 – Enjoy the Peace You Have With God.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1 KJV
Jesus came as the great Peacemaker to bring peace into our relationship with God. After the fall of Adam, mankind was spiritually separated from the God of Peace and, as a result, we no longer knew the way of peace (Romans 3:17). The Scriptures show us that Jesus came to guide our feet back into the way of peace and, in Colossians 1:20, we see that through His work on the cross, Jesus brought about peace between God and man. This peace of forgiveness and righteousness with God puts us into a place of favor with Him and it gives us access to a life of peace… spirit, soul & body. Jesus gave us peace with God so we could enjoy the peace of God!
#3 – See the Grace & Peace That’s Ever Coming to You.
“Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come.” – Revelation 1:4 KJV
You and I are in a living relationship with God. He is our Heavenly Father and His posture towards us is one of grace and peace. So much so, that 17 New Testament letters begin with grace and peace be unto you from God, our Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ! This is the context of our relationship with God or, you could say, this is the atmosphere in which the New Testament was written. He is ever gracious towards us and His peace is ever available to us. Our part is to respond and to choose to participate in that relationship (and the peace that it brings). In other words, don’t live at a distance in your heart and mind from the One who loves you. Draw near unto Him in faith and take time to fellowship with the God of peace. As you do, His peace will come upon you and affect you in a wonderful way.
#4 – Acknowledge His Peace That Is Within You.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace….” – Galatians 5:22 KJV
The Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit now dwells within us and that He is ever at work, producing God’s peace on the inside of us. Yielding to the Holy Spirit leads us into a life of peace and He gives us power to live in peace with those who are around us. God has empowered us from within to be at peace and to bring peace into our environment. It’s good to acknowledge and give God thanks for the peace of the Holy Spirit that is within us. Doing so, enables us to access that peace that is readily available on the inside.
# 5 – Let His Peace Reign in Your Heart & Mind.
“Let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state to which as members of Christ’s one body you were also called to live. And be thankful (appreciative), giving praise to God always.” – Colossians 3:15 AMP
Throughout each day, we always have a choice to make where the condition of our heart is concerned… are we going to let our heart be troubled or are we going to let the peace of God reign instead? Whatever we let ourselves think on and talk about the most is what is going to reign in us. David said in the Psalms that great peace have they which love God’s Word and we see in Romans 8 that what we think on can produce life and peace. Let’s think on God’s Word! Let’s allow the truth of His Word to fill our hearts, our minds and our conversations. Doing so is a sure way to experience His peace that passes understanding!
#6 – Contend for Peace in Your Home.
“My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” – Isaiah 32:18
The peace of God that fills our hearts and minds can also fill our homes. When Jesus sent out His disciples, He said that their peace would come upon the homes of those that would receive them. This is a real peace that we should expect to experience in our marriages, with our children and in our homes!
#7 – Be a Peacemaker & Choose to Avoid Strife.
“Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.” – Proverbs 12:20 NIV
A major part of living a life of peace is choosing to be at peace with others. We can’t control what other people say or do but we can always control our responses to others. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” He didn’t say blessed are the people who win every argument or blessed are the people who prove their point or get their way. No, He said blessed are those who seek peace and desire to be at peace with others. The older I get, the more I realize the value of having peace in relationships. This is a major part of staying in peace and it keeps us focussed on what matters most. Let’s be like our Father in Heaven. Let’s be peacemakers!
We hope that these verses are filling you with the peace of God! Also, we’ve included a link below to two messages that I recently taught on the peace of God. I hope that they are a blessing to you. We love you and we are praying for you. Have a very blessed Christmas!!!
GRACE & PEACE,
Jordan and Melissa Gash, Pastors