3 Steps to finding the peace of God
I’ve been wanting to write a post about the chaos unfolding in our world for a while. First it was going to be focused on gay marriage, then ISIS and then… You get the picture. The world is full of chaos and is always changing. What are we supposed to do with that? There’s so much going on every single day that trying to keep up with it all is nearly impossible. Trying to keep up with it all AND finding peace of mind is impossible.
There’s good news about all the chaos though, Jesus has already overcome the world!
John 16:33 (NIV)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Most of us are familiar with the above passage from John, we just get stuck applying the scriptures to real life. There’s a big disconnect between what we sometimes read in the Scripture and how we act in our lives. That’s entirely normal, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a way to keep the peace of God within your daily walk in life.
1. Read the Bible more than anything else you do
While it seems difficult, it’s not. I know how it easy it is to listen to the news while getting ready for the day with that morning cup of coffee, but instead how about listening to Bible read out loud via audiobook or the Bible app on your phone? Taking in more of what God says instead of what the world media says will help your mind find more focus on God and more peace in your heart and mind. Chances are you’ll still end up hearing about current world turmoil through other avenues such as co-workers and friends, so there’s no sense in wasting your time hearing about it via your own TV set. Instead, if you are serious about getting your mind right with God and finding peace, get yourself set into the Bible. Make sure it’s getting more time than any other source of input (TV, Radio, Music, Internet).
Our relationship with the Creator is dependent on our prayer life. If we aren’t reaching out in communication through prayer to Him, how are we going to maintain a relationship? We talk to the people in our life we want relationships with and God should not be any different. A prayerful Christian is a Christian who has a God that is bigger than all the problems in life.
3. Focus on what’s good
The Bible gives us clear instructions of how to think. In Philippians chapter four it tells us to focus on the good.
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
This passage is beautiful and illustrates how we should be shaping our minds. The important thing to remember in all this is the input and information you take in is going to be shaping your mind. If you take in negative information and news on a consistent basis, how is your life going to be reflected? God designed our life to be beautiful. Adam & Eve screwed it up for all of us, but He gave us His Son on the cross to save us. He also gave us the Bible which helps us understand life more than any other piece of literature on the planet.
Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
3 You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
The above verse is one that we should all write on our hearts. We need to rely and trust God. While chaos warms up and groups like ISIS try to bring terror and fear to people across the globe, we have to remember we have the peace of God. We trust God, not Fox, CNN or any other news organizations. God, the creator of all things, loves us and will help us when we rely on Him. It’s through a real and authenticate relationship with God that we can grow as Christians.
As for the others who seem to be gripped by fear, instead of talking about it with them, point them to Christ. Show them the better way of living, which is through a relationship with God. It’s through the blood of Christ they can find true peace. Nobody enjoys seeing turmoil hit close to home, but just as God works things together for good, we can help make that true. It can be around the water cooler at work or in line at the grocery store. If someone is upset and talking about the turmoil in the world (ISIS, gay marriage, gender neutrality to name a few) just share the love of Christ with them. God sent Jesus to minister those in need, share the hope of Christ with them.
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T.K. CHAPIN writes Contemporary Christian Romance books designed to inspire and tug on your heart strings. He believes that telling Contemporary Christian Romance stories of faith, love and family help build the faith of Christians and help non-believers see how God can work in the life of believers. He gives all credit for his writing and storytelling ability to God. The majority of the Contemporary Christian Romance novels take place in and around Spokane Washington, his hometown. Chapin makes his home in the beautiful state of Idaho and has the pleasure of raising his step-daughter Emma and two nephews Isaac and Landon with his beautiful wife Crystal.