Can You Have Peace?
By: Rick L King
November 24, 2012
In this day and time of turmoil and problems all around us is it really possible to be at peace? If we follow the Lords direction it is very possible and should be the norm.
First and foremost we must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We must be born again. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit. The world cannot know what God only can give.
The church for the most part has done a disservice to the body of Christ. It has taught walking in the flesh and doing works of flesh. The problem is that it will not bring peace. Romans 8:8 states “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God”. The Word tells us that they which are in the flesh cannot please him. This means anything we do by our flesh is not pleasing to God. We come up with our own plans and schemes and ask God to bless them. Have we ever considered that maybe, just maybe that God has a better plan? We can never know His plan unless we have learned to spend time with Him and waited on His counsel. When we do our own thing according to Isaiah 31, God says therefore shall I wait. God will allow you to do your own thing but He does call it rebellion according to Isaiah 30:1.
Do you ever wonder why you get frustrated when things just don’t work out? Did you know that frustration is the fruit of the flesh? When the flesh does not get what it wants it becomes frustrated. When we are trusting in our flesh or in other men we are not trusting in God. Many people will say that if God really cared for me and loved me then he would do this or that for me. The truth is that because God does love you so much that he doesn’t allow you to have your fleshly way as it could kill you or be bad for you in the long run. We must look from an eternal perspective rather that a worldly temporal one. Man tends to think that his life on earth is all that there is and it is all about him. That is a very untrue belief. Our walk in this world is the temporal not the eternal. God wants to prepare us for eternity to rule and reign with him. God said that it is the Spirit that gives life and the flesh profits nothing.
The bottom line is that God wants us to trust in Him and not in our self. The true message of the Bible is dying to self and walking by His Spirit alone. God will allow us to get to the end of our rope so that we will cry out to him for help. Until we do this we are still running things. We are not God. If we gave our heart to Him and He really is Lord then we must learn to trust him with everything. Jesus learned this as he stated that he did nothing of himself, but did only what he saw the Father do and spoke only what he heard the Father speak. He said of his own self that he could do nothing. He said he came to not do his own will but the will of the Father that sent him. He is our example.
If we are truly walking with the Lord then we can and should have peace.
Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
The Holy Spirit leads when we are at peace. When we are in turmoil it is very difficult to be led by the Lord. The very reason that God allows so many trials in our life is so that we will die out to self and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us.
Two main scriptural things that will bring to us peace:
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
If our mind is stayed on the Lord he promises to us peace. This means that are focus is on the Lord and what He wants. We choose to listen to His voice speaking to us and our priority is to listen and follow His leading. If we are still following our own head and flesh, then he does not promise to us peace. Those who have walked with the Lord for years should know this as they have allowed their flesh to be crucified and all him alone to live within them. They have learned to “let this mind be in them which was also in Christ Jesus”.
Secondly, peace comes as we learn how to think correctly. This does tie in to the above scripture as our mind is stayed on the Lord. This next scripture shows what it means to have our mind stayed on the Lord. And the promised result of doing so.
Philippians 4:8, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Thinking correctly is of major importance. We can think on troubling things and be troubled inside. The Holy Spirit once told me that what others do is not your problem. Do what I tell you to do and leave the rest to me. This has become a major revelation to me over the years. It is so easy to take on things that the Lord did not intend for us to take on. He said that His yoke is easy and burden is light. We must learn to take on only His burden, the one that He wants us to carry. Any other thing will weight us down and we will be ineffective as we are not free to listen and follow because of the weights on our spirit.
Isaiah 59:8, The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
The bottom line is that peace is possible and should be the norm. Peace is one of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. If we are truly yielded to the Holy Spirit, then we should walk in peace. It is just when we yield to other things like our flesh, demon spirits, and even others, that we find that our peace is disturbed. When we even talk negative about others our peace is disturbed. We just become sensitive to the Holy Spirit and learn the things that rob our peace so we can reject them as they attack us. Little by little we learn what is correct and what is not correct. Peace comes no other way. This may sound tough, but there is no way other way to peace other than Gods ways.
Paul said in
Philippians 4:11, Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Contentment means no matter what is going on around you that you can stay in a peaceful tranquil state. But notice that Paul said he “learned” this. It was not automatic like flipping a switch and he got it. It is a process. This process is originated by God and will cause us to become Christ like so that we can walk in the Spirit.