All week there has been one word that keeps being whispered to my heart multiple times a day. What is that word you ask? PEACE. This can be such a loaded word at times becuase it has so many different meanings. The dictionary defines peace in two ways; 1.) freedom from disturbance, tranquilty. 2.) A state or period where there is no war or war has ended. The Bible has a multititude of defintions for this word, however, there are a few that really stick out to me that I want to share with you.
In the New Testament it shows us that God is peace. We find this in the scriptures Romans 15:33,16:20 and 2 Thessalonians 3:16, these verses all show us that God is being referred to as Peace. To have God with us and in our lives is to also have peace in our lives. He gives us peace through His blessings, His love and His every being. So why do so many of us struggle with having no peace? I personally believe because as humans we try to fix all the struggles in our lives on our own without seeking God. If we dont constantly invite Him to be with us, then we are also not inviting His peace into our lives either.
The Bible also tells us to have “peace with one another” (Mark 9:50) and to “live in peace with one another and the God of peace will be with you” (2 Corinth. 13:11) To me these passages show me that in order to sustain Gods peace in your life you need to have peace with those in your lives as well. You cant expect to live a peaceful life when you’re not practicing peace with your relationships.
I can continue on and on with different meanings of peace throughout all of scripture, but I wont. I feel like these are the two examples God has laid on my heart this week. The enemy wants to steal our peace, meaning steal God from our lives. Think of him as a road block constantly popping up and trying to detour from where you are supposed to go. If we allow him to constantly block us from God then we are allowing him to block us from Gods peace. Our relationships with those in our lives is the same. He will try to destroy our bond with people so that he can destroy our peace as well.
My pastor recently said in a sermon that we need too “tell the devil to shut his face.” That statment couldnt be anymore true. The next time the enemy tries to steal your peace you need to tell him to SHUT HIS FACE. Show him that no matter what he tries to throw your way, that you will always have the God of peace with you to shield you with an overflowing bubble of His everlasting peace! I want to do something different with this post and end it with a prayer, pray along with me.
Father, I thank you for your everlasting peace You give to my heart. I pray that you help me to fight the road blocks that try and steal my peace. Help me to live my life in peace with others. Show me how to overcome my fear and find the victory of peace today. It is in Jesus name I declare all these things. Amen.