GOD PROMISES HIS PEACE
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
When we come to God for salvation, we have peace WITH God (Romans 5:1) because the enmity between us has been removed. We become His friends, no longer His enemies. In our daily life we need the peace OF (or FROM) God (Philippians 4:7) to fill us and be with us. “Don’t be anxious” is God’s command, but we can only stop anxiety by replacing it with peace.
Have you ever tried talking yourself out of anxiety, or ignore your fear and act like it didn’t exist? How well did you do with that? What about whipping up peace on your own ? Anxiety/fear can’t just be removed, they have to be replaced buy something stronger – God’s peace.
God’s antidote to anxiety/fear is to pray which includes thanking God for all the wonderful things He has done for us and all the bad He has prevented, most of which we aren’t even aware. As we focus on God and trust in Him, He will give us peace in our “hearts” (emotions, subjective feelings) and “minds” (objective thoughts and plans).
All this is done “in Christ Jesus,” the only place where true peace will be found. Hannaniah, Azariah and Mishael found this as they were being thrown into the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:8-25). Stephen experienced it as he was being stoned to death (Acts 7:59-60). Peter, who feared a servant girl, a few days later had peace and courage to stand for Jesus before all the religious leaders (Acts 4:8-13).
Do you have peace in your life? What is your biggest enemy to peace? How can you have victory over anxiety and fear?
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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