Wow, what a wonderful message Lead Pastor Ben Snyder brought to us in our new series, Finding Peace. Ben talked about a powerful verse from the book of John that perfectly illustrates the topic.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
Ben mentioned that God’s peace is not conditional peace based on circumstances around us but rather provisional peace given regardless of the circumstances in our lives. And understanding that God provides our peace is the starting point to living in it.
In our world, the word “peace” implies to be without problems, conflicts, or stress—which seldom happens. The peace that Jesus offers is something that the world cannot give or take away from us. It’s peace in spite of a world full of confusion. It’s the peace we receive in knowing we are living according to God’s plan.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. If he can speak one word and calm the wind and waves, he can do the same thing within a heart full of fear, anxiety, and depression. Instead of worrying about our struggles, we can bring our worries to him and experience peace.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.
What areas of your life have you been trying to control?
Have you ever doubted God and wondered if we can have peace in a world full of confusion?
How do you find peace when you find your life is in pieces?
Find peace in the middle of your troubles today. Ask Jesus to provide the peace that only he can offer. Do not let your heart be troubled, pray for him to bring peace into your life.
Lord, grant me your peace that is unlike any other. When I am tempted to be anxious, help me remember the promise of that peace. Thank you for giving me the ability to overcome anything before me and help me live by your ways through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
This post was written by Gary Schnabel, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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