Peace

Lately I’ve been struggling with peace.  It’s been very hot lately.  Upset customers are calling because they’re seeing pest activity.  Added administrative responsibility coming down from region & division management.  A new president that seems to think the way to motivate the company is through showcasing failure.  Finding it hard to make time in prayer and devotions.  All this and more has me struggling with keeping my peace intact.  I’ve been asking God to show me what He has for me, to help me maintain my peace.

Then the other day I found myself back at Philippians 4:6-9.  A familiar verse that revealed even more to me in my current state of peace.  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 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.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me - everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

This is one of those verse sections that not only tells me what I am looking for, but also how to get it in clear words.  The first thing I notice is not to worry about anything.  Anything?  Anything!  Instead, pray about everything.  If God knows everything about me, why do I need to pray about my needs?  I think the simple answer is because I need to know that God knows what I need.  Praying over them helps me associate my needs with God’s provision.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  Thankfulness.  Thankfulness is the outward expression of inward gratitude and relief.  To recap so far, 1. Don’t worry, God is in control.  2. Pray about everything, telling God what I need.  3. Thank God for all He has done.  Result - Then you will experience God’s peace.  This isn’t world peace.  This is a peace that is beyond anything I can comprehend within myself.  This is a peace that guards my heart and mind as I live my life with Christ Jesus.  “Inner Peace” is an oxymoron.  Peace cannot come from within myself.  It comes from a sure hope.

Now, what I should be thinking about.  Truth, honesty, right, pure, lovely, honorable, excellent, worthy of praise, practicing what I have learned from studying Scripture.  The promise: Then the God of peace will be with me.

I hate to sound like I’m oversimplifying it.  But this is the roadmap to peace.  Peace of mind.  Peace of heart.  Spiritual peace.

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