PEACE, PEACE, oh how we desire and need peace! As Beth closed day 5 of our lesson, I want to repeat her words, "Lord, I want your peace! I want peace in ALONENESS, peace in PROVISION, peace in the STORM, peace in the WAIT, peace in the TEARS, peace in Your PLAN - and even peace in my DEATH. How may I have such peace?"
I am not sure how many of you are still asking that question, but in order to have the peace of God, you must first have peace with God by accepting His gift of Salvation. If you have done that, then God's peace, the peace that He died to give, is in you. It belongs to you.
She had us read Romans 8:6 which tells us that a mind controlled by the Spirit is the key to peace. That verse takes me back to the Mary Spirit Study when we learned that we must "think about what we think about." Isaiah 26:3 tells us that if your mind is steadfast on Christ that you will have perfect peace. What are you thinking about? Maybe your mind needs a good cleaning out!!
Then to maintain peace, Philippians 4:6-7 tells us that we must, in thanksgiving, present our prayers and petitions to God regularly. As a result, peace comes and guards your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. What a beautiful promise and Beloved, it is for you.
I want to share a devotion that I read this morning. It was entitled "Prayer of Joy. " Joy and peace are so closely linked, I believe that peace could easily fit as well.
" Prayer can be like incense, rising ever higher and higher, or it can be like a low earth-mist clinging to the ground, never once soaring. The Eye that sees all, the Ear that hears all, knows every cry. But the prayer of real faith is the prayer of Joy (Peace), that sees and knows the heart of Love it rises to greet, and that is so sure of a glad response."
(God Calling, Nov. 1st, pg. 175.)
We should pray in the hope, joy, peace and confidence that we possess through the Holy Spirit. Do not pray as though you have no hope or in defeat.....Pray because you know the Supremacy and Sovereignty of your God!!!