Gaining and Sustaining Peace

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?

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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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Comments (5)

  • anon

    Wonderful post Katy!  I needed to read this message today and to give my worries to God. I need to rest in His comfort and peace tonight.
     

    Mar 14, 2017
  • anon

    Sharon, I'm so glad it was the right timing. I have shared this devotion on my blog before, but it was four years ago! Apparently, it was supposed to be shared this week. I prayed for you to have God's comfort and peace. With love and prayers...
     

    Mar 14, 2017
  • anon

    Yes, drawing close to God has definitely brought me peace in the past. I think about when I had a miscarriage. God put me in a place where I couldn't turn to any friend or family member with my grief  (every single one was unreachable) until I turned to Him. Then He filled me with a peace that I couldn't have gotten from any of those other people.
    Heather Bock
    www.glimpsesofjesus.com 

    Mar 14, 2017
  • anon

    Wow, The root of peace is to join. I never knew that.  Thank you. I love to say I want to be velcroed to Jesus. Joining Him is even better. Great post my friend. You lightened my load.

    Mar 14, 2017
  • anon

    I love this.  Peace is also a fruit of the spirit, and therefore can be obtained when we need it most if we ask for it.

    Mar 14, 2017

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