Lean In To God's Peace
Peace is defined as tranquility and calmness. In the situation with the world-wide pandemic, it can be challenging to have peace. So many, many things have changed and we will likely go back to a, "new normal," as we move past the unprecedented chain of events. The thing is, you can't force yourself to be peaceful. The world seems crazy and scary right now. It is God who brings us supernatural peace in the midst of turmoil. We read in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Using the acrostic, "LEAN," let's look at what we can do to live a more peaceful life.
L – LISTEN to the Word of God
The Bible is our lifeline to God. Without knowing God's promises in His Word, we cannot live a victorious life. The more we understand ALL the things God promises us, the more confidence and strength we obtain for living this life. Psalm 29:11 tells us, "The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace." Some folks just don't know where to start in the Bible. Some people don't feel they understand the Bible. If this is you, find a good devotional. With devotionals there is a brief reading and scriptures that accompany it. It doesn't matter how much you read. Just read a few scriptures a day. You'll be surprised how God can communicate to you personally through His Word.
E – EXPECT God to Comfort You.
God expects us to lean in to Him. He is ever near, waiting to comfort us. We must only believe. Faith is expecting God to move. It is knowing that God has your back no matter what's going on in this crazy world. All we have to do is keep our minds on God. We read in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” We are just passing through this world trying to make a difference while we are here. We should have an eternal mindset realizing one day all pain, evil, and anxiety will be gone. Keeping our minds on God and expecting His supernatural comfort to flow over us, keeps us peaceful.
A – ACKNOWLEDGE God Through Worship
Worship is many things...but mainly it is honoring and appreciating God for who He is. When we listen to christian music or sing with the radio, it is pleasing to our heavenly Father. It also lifts our spirits. Worship can also be our actions. Doing our very best as though we are serving the Lord, himself, is an act of worship. Loving others and helping people is an act of worship. Honoring God through worship brings us into an intimate relationship with Him. When we are as close as we can be to God, Peace overflows in our lives, as well as the lives of others.
N – NEGATE the Lies of the Enemy
You can be sure if you are leaning in to God and serving others, the enemy is not going to like it one bit. One thing that happens when we read the Bible is that we are strengthened and equipped to stand against Satan. Satan wants our demise and he wants us to be fearful and worried. He will send us negative thoughts like, "This is never going to end well," or, "God probably doesn't even hear me," or, "You aren't good enough to be helped by God." He's cunning and ruthless and toys with our minds more than anything else.
Romans 16:20 confirms to us, "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet."
As children of God, we have authority over the enemy, however, sometimes we fail to use it. Knowing God's Word and standing on His promises, puts Satan in his place – under our feet. Don't let the enemy steal from you what God has already established. His perfect peace. Isaiah 54:10 reassures us, "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you."
"May the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD
lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace."
~ Numbers 6:25-26