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How do you gain peace and sustain it? Maybe if I lived on the beach and every morning I could watch the sunrise glisten on the waters, I would have peace. Or perhaps if I had no struggles or temptations, my heart would abide in peace. But the battle between good versus evil rages on, and no life on earth is free from struggles and temptations. Even the beach has its storms and hurricanes.
Jesus assured us that although we would have adversity in the world, we could have His peace. He said, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33 NKJV). Jesus’ victory over the world means victory for us. In Jesus, we can have victory over anxiety, worry, trials, and temptations.
We can appropriate this victory and gain peace by depending on God and staying close to Him. We have peace when we join ourselves to God.
“A resource that relieves the soul, peace is an inner stability and strength that comes from counting on God to take care of us and from remembering that He is in control of all things. The root word of the definition of peace means ‘to join.’1 When we join ourselves to God, we can rest in His comforting presence, trust in His perfect power, and rely on His supreme goodness. Growing in our closeness to Him and in our knowledge of who He is, brings a calmness to our hearts when the storms of life rage around us. When dangers and distractions tempt us to be anxious, God’s peace gives us a confidence to keep moving forward.”
- 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, p.12
Stay close. Drawing close to God dissolves the “ickies”—those gloomy things that steal our peace and replace it with anxiety and despair. God’s love chases away sadness. The hope He gives reminds us that good things are coming. His plan gives our lives purpose and energy. His power protects us and limits what Satan and the world can do to us. His grace enables us to win our spiritual struggles and battles. His joy sustains us when we feel like giving up.
Join your heart to God’s. Know Him, love Him, and abide in fellowship with Him. When we keep our souls close to God, He will be our shelter, victory, and peace.
“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NKJV).
Discussion Point: Has drawing close to God ever brought you peace? What difference do you think staying close to God makes in our lives?
1Larry Pierce, The Online Bible, CD-ROM (Winterbourne, Ontario: Larry Pierce, 2007), 2 Timothy 1:2.
The excerpt in this devotion comes from my book on winning the spiritual battles of life and ministry. I needed the principles of this book as much as anyone else. 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory is a 40-day Bible study that walks through the verses and principles of 2 Timothy, offering over 275 principles of how to fight our spiritual battles and win. It is available as a paperback and an e-book, and includes a leader guide for small group discussion.
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