Do you feel like you are trying to manage all the chaos of the world? Are there things in your life and ministry that are challenging and cause you anxiety? Are you searching for answers?
Whether we face problems that need to be solved or tensions that need to be managed there are many places where we experience trouble.
There are things that contribute to our lack of peace:
There is chaos around us and chaos within us. Here is where we can related to David as he expresses this shared experience in Psalm 63:
My inner self thirsts for you, my flesh longs and is faint for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
We desperately need peace. Where do we find it in the midst of a world that is filled with chaos and confusion? Where are you looking for peace?
“I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.” John 14:27 NLT
“Peace I leave with you; my [own] I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] John 14:27 AMP
Isaiah 26:3 ”You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.”
The peace we so desperately crave is a peace that we can not get from the world. It comes from no place, no one, no thing, no circumstance. Peace...true, lasting, secure peace comes from God Himself. How do you allow yourself not to be agitated or fearful or unsettled? What are you focused on? What are you thinking about? What are you holding onto? What or who are you trusting in?
Where do you look for peace?
The power comes when you realize that regardless of what is happening around us, even how we feel, the gift of peace is still ours. Because HE is peace...He is security.
Today, let's pay attention to where we are fixing our thoughts. What are you ruminating on? What do you keep running through your mind? What do you keep watch on? Mindset Mantras are so important. It’s how we keep our thoughts fixed on the Lord.
Write down 3 truths from scripture about God and His promises. Every time you feel unsettled, anxious, worried, agitated, frustrated, or fearful, speak these truths. Say them out loud, repeat them silently in your heart. This is how we keep our thoughts fixed on Him and receive and accept the gift of perfect peace.