If we don’t acquire true peace, whenever the wind blows, we will as well…
If we don’t acquire true peace, whenever the wind blows, we will as well…
I love “To Do” lists and spreadsheets and all of my digital files organized and labeled. I’m a Doer—busy…productive…even when I have supposed down-time. The more “To Do’s” I checked off, the happier I was. I believed I had peace of mind that seemed directly related to my high-level productivity.
Likewise, when a string of people would treat me the way I wanted to be treated, I’d smile inwardly, pleased at what a peaceful day I’d had—all my expectations having been met.
I asked myself why I didn’t feel peace when I didn’t tick all the boxes on my “To Do” list; or when people weren’t being nice to each other on social media; or when things didn’t go as planned or desired.
When things didn’t go as planned, was my peace still deep within, and I just didn’t feel it? Did my peace fall out and get lost somewhere? Did it come back once circumstances got better or I felt better or people were acting better? No, I concluded that I’d deceived myself into thinking that my peace came and went based on superficial things. True peace doesn’t ebb and flow with feelings and circumstances, nope—many times in my life, I’d been relying on a FALSE PEACE.
Christ, Who should be my inner calm, THE CONTROLLING FACTOR in my heart (Col 3:15 AMP), had been set aside and replaced with “that’s how life goes” and “that’s just how I feel today”. I had submitted to the wrong things. It’s a Martha mentality (Luke 10:38-42)—
I’D BASED MY PEACE ON WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE AND CIRCUMSTANCES MET MY EXPECTATIONS
OUR STRONG-WILLED DECISIONS TO “BE PEACEFUL”
WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH TO GENERATE TRUE PEACE
BECAUSE PEACE IS BOTH A GIFT AND A PERSON
(Colossians 3:15 (AMP)
Peace based on thoughts, feelings, circumstances, or our own or others’ behavior, are unreliable, fluctuating, and shallow foundations upon which to build or stand or live. Relying on these things for peace makes us wishy-washy, immature, and far from what God expects of and has thankfully provided for us. The gift and true Peace of God is immovable…unshakeable…Irreversible (Psa 62:2,6, Acts 2:25)
TRUE PEACE DOESN’T WAVER BACK AND FORTH
TRUE PEACE DOESN’T COME AND GO
PEACE IS A FOUNDATION
TRUE PEACE ISN’T A RESPONSE
PEACE IS A RUDDER
Peace dwells within us: our peace is Christ’s very own peace. Peace is our inheritance and the fruit of His Peace comes out of relationship with Him—the Prince, the Leader, the Ruler, the Commander of Peace.
The Lord Himself had surpassed and replaced my expectations and definitions of peace.
I have no excuse to keep labeling things like worry, offense, guilt, agitation, tribulations, and anxiety as a lack of peace—for equating emotional fulfillment with the Peace of God. I realized I couldn’t keep expecting certain conditions to meet my expectations in order for me to live-in-peace! I had to either allow Peace to rule, or reject Him—the Gift given.
There is no way we canNOT have peace if we are truly His—truly living, moving, and being in Him (Acts 17:28).
Peace was given to us, once and for all, inherently, by way of salvation.
PEACE HAS BEEN SPIRITUALLY SEALED (ROOTED) WITHIN US
“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace 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 (AMPC)
Did you hear that? Stop allowing. Wow. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
The AMP version says “…Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance…”
i.e. we ought to stop allowing—stop permitting—ourselves to be agitated and unsettled and start allowing Holy Spirit to be Who He is longing to be within and for us (Isaiah 30:18 AMP). Part of that allowance is getting a grip on our thoughts (Gal 5:23).
We can choose to, or not to yield to, accept, and receive Him as Peace, but what a waste!
WHAT A TRAGEDY TO HAVE GOD BUT NOT THE FRUIT OF GOD
(Gal 5:22 AMP)
instead choosing worry, anxiety, irritation, guilt, regret, condemnation, offense, resentment, criticism, blame, jealousy, carnality, unrest…
Our receiving True Peace comes in part by choice, and also by revelation (truth and instruction being uncovered/disclosed/revealed by Holy Spirit).
REVELATION WON’T TAKE ROOT IN A PERSON WHOSE MIND IS UN-RENEWED AND UNWILLING—WHOSE GOD IS THEIR FEELINGS
There has be a connection—a direct line and yielded-ness of our souls to the spiritual and Living Word we’ve received (Heb 4:12). Otherwise, we will continue convincing ourselves that we don’t have peace when we do; or we do have peace when we don’t. Again, why? Because our minds aren’t transformed by the truth of the matter: that The Holy Spirit is our Peace and He, Peace, has made His home within us.
OUR SPIRITS HAVE BEEN RENEWED TO PEACE, IT’S OUR MINDS THAT HAVEN’T
…do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. / Romans 12:2 (AMP)
PEACE’S DEVELOPMENT AND PERMANENCY IN THE SOUL (MIND, WILL, AND EMOTIONS) COMES BY SPENDING TIME WITH THE ONE WHO PROVIDES IT
THE ONE WHO IS IT
No matter what does or doesn’t happen, how we do or don’t feel, we ought to fight hard to allow Him—Peace—to act as Umpire in our hearts. Otherwise,
IF WE DON’T COME TO KNOW HIS PEACE, WHENEVER THE WIND BLOWS,
WE WILL AS WELL
Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be THE CONTROLLING FACTOR in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always]. / Colossians 3:15 (AMP)
PEACE OF MIND, EVEN IN THE WORST OF CIRCUMSTANCES, IS POSSIBLE
Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. / Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP)
WANT TRUE PEACE?
GO TO HIM.
WANT TO REMAIN IN PEACE?
CLING TO HIM.
Jesus often said to follow Him, but a friend of mine reminded me of Matthew 11:28 where He says “Come to Me”: a much more personal, relationally intimate expression and guarantee of Peace:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] / Matthew 11:28-30 (AMPC)
WHEN WE’RE IN NEED OF SOUL-REST, WE HAVE DIRECT ACCESS AND AN OPEN INVITATION TO HIM AND ALL HE PROVIDES
HOW TO RECEIVE & REMAIN AT/IN PEACE
ALLOW HIM TO BE THE CONTROLLING FACTOR
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I pray that you would be filled with wisdom and spiritual understanding (spiritual and mental intelligence combined) and increase in the correct knowledge of God. / Col 1:9-10